I've got to say, those baby days sure are weird. One moment you feel like they will never end, and the next you will look back and wonder where all the time went. And with so many sleepless nights to get through, the memories you have can often be kind of fuzzy. Did it actually happen? How did I make it this far? And where in God's name did those eye bags come from?
So, it got me thinking. What are the best ways to store those precious memories of newborns and babies? Because, quite simply, there's every chance that my brain won't! So here are some ideas for all you new mums and dads out there to get stuck into. It's best to get them done as quickly as possible before you forget…
Of course, everyone takes photos of their babies. But, for those extra special memories I would recommend looking into professional modern newborn photography. Unless you are a photography whizz with a £1000 camera, it is unlikely that you will be able to capture all those cute little features as you remember them. The tiny fingers and toes. The first smiles. The wrinkles. THE CHUNKY THIGHS! Just all the fantastic little attributes of a beautiful bonny baby, captured forever.
2/ Hand & Foot Moulds
I can't quite believe that hand and foot moulds weren't around as much until recently, but I'm glad that they are. Because, when I look at my little blue boy and his perfectly-formed limbs, there is a slight concern that one day, things will be very different. Perhaps he'll be a giant, with galumphing great big size 11s and a Kevin and Perry attitude. And should that day ever come, all it will take is a quick glance at the imprints of his hands and feet, and all will be right with the world again.
3/ Baby memory box
I'm not sure why they don’t call a baby memory box a mum’s memory box. After all, they are just for us to look after and cherish for a few decades until our children have their own kids. And then those old relics will come out and everyone will have a jolly good laugh. And, no doubt, the sight of those welcome cards from old friends and the little plastic wristbands the kids wore at the hospital will bring it all flooding back to you. Expect tears; albeit of the good sort.
We're pretty lucky in this day and age to have access to video production tools. It's as simple as holding up your smartphone and pressing record. The only trouble I have is finding the time to do something with it. I have hours and hours of my kids smiling, laughing, crawling, walking and talking. Even the ones of them being sick after eating too much chocolate could be useful at some point in the future. So, one day I'm going to stitch all these memories together. I've found some free video editing software, and I will learn how to use it. Maybe before the year 2030.
If you have any tips for creating memories of your children, then please let me know. I'm always keen to hear from you guys!