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Friday, December 18, 2015

Clever Ways to Make Sure You Record a Baby’s “Firsts”


The “firsts” in a baby’s life—first words, first steps, first day home from the hospital, first meal, etc.—are some of the most monumental and precious times of his or her life. These are moments that won’t happen again; a first is a “first” for a reason. You want to make sure you can record your baby’s “firsts” while also taking part in them yourself. As parents, we don’t want to be so caught up in trying to capture the moment that we miss experiencing the moment as well. It’s a common photographer/videographer mistake that should be avoided. So below, we’ve given you some helpful tips on how to make sure you record a baby’s “firsts” as cleverly as possible without missing anything.

Attachable Camera for First Steps
Babies that are learning to walk on their own are going to need some assistance. They won’t get up suddenly one day and decide to do a tap dance in the living room for the family. Learning how to walk is a process that takes a lot of practice and, sadly, a lot of falling over. While you’ll certainly be helping your child learn to walk yourself, you don’t want to miss the fleeting moment where he or she takes his or her first steps. Achieving that balance means that you should invest in an attachable camera that you can attach and leave somewhere, freeing your hands up to teach your baby how to walk while also making sure that, if it does happen, you’ll have caught the moment that they manage to take their first few steps.

Nursery Cam
A lot of a baby’s firsts may happen in the nursery where they spend most of their time, especially in the beginning. Also, a nursery cam is a good idea for safety reasons as well. Keeping a camera in the nursery serves the dual purpose of safety and baby monitoring as well as having an extra eye out in case your baby says his or her first words or has another new experience. A high-tech nanny cam will ensure that your child is safe and that he or she isn’t left alone. Babies are unpredictable and you never really know when they’re going to say their first word or take their first step. That’s why it helps to be prepared.

Dinner/Mealtimes
Set a small camera, such as the Polaroid Cube, down at the dinner table if you want to make sure that you’re able to capture your baby’s firsts on film. Family mealtimes are full of surprises when there’s a baby, and usually those surprises are of the food-throwing variety. However, if you want to make sure that you’ve caught your baby’s first experiences, keeping the camera at the dinner table and setting it down while you’re eating is a clever way to make sure that you catch the footage you need. If you’re concerned about airborne food (not exactly a novelty for new parents; babies love flinging things), you can keep the camera at a safe distance, depending on the zoom capabilities. A glob of mashed baby food won’t exactly be great for recording, so you want to make sure that the camera is stored in an ideal, yet safe, vantage point.

In the end, making sure you record a baby’s firsts comes down to timing and cleverness. Babies don’t come with a preplanned time schedule; we never really know when they’re going to do something awesome. In order to make sure that we hang onto those moments and capture them just in time, you need to be strategic about cameras and recording. Hopefully, the above tips will help you do so. Good luck!

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