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The Precious Memories List: 10 Important Moments All Parents Should Try to Capture on Video

What Memories Should You Capture?

I seriously wish I had come up with — or read — a list like this before my daughter turned the ripe old age of 6.  In hindsight, I regret not being more mindful of the power and importance of capturing wonderful memories forever on video. If I had, I would have a stellar archive of the important milestones in my daughter’s life for me, for my child, and for my child’s child one day. But no, I was lazy about it. And now it’s too late (insert sad face here). Of the big moments of childhood that I have on this list, I only actually captured three out of the 10. Yeah, that’s a big old mom FAIL on my part. Learn from my mistakes and make sure you properly save those precious memories.

Check out this list of 10 suggestions of what you want to capture, or  see how many of the moments you were lucky enough to get, right here:


  • The Birth and/or First Day of Life 1 of 10
    The Birth and/or First Day of Life
    There is a wide range of birth scenarios that parents can film. You've got everything from the full frontal, no holds barred, very graphic birth to just that sweet moment when the new mom meets her child for the first time and a little bit of everything in between. Many opt to keep most of that big day private, while others have no problem sharing their baby's birth with friends and family. But this is one of the biggest days of your life, and having some kind of video record of it is a powerful memory.
  • Bringing Baby Home 2 of 10
    Bringing Baby Home
    This is one I hadn't even thought of before, but I had a friend who video taped the moment her newborn came home from the hospital and entered their new home. The proud (yet scared) look on the parents' faces along with the reaction of their beloved dog was totally awesome. Plus the nursery was so perfectly pristine…it was never that clean again.
  • First Word 3 of 10
    First Word
    My husband and I have debated this for years. I believe our daughter's first word was Ma-ma, whereas he is convinced it was Da-da, and neither of us will announce defeat. Had we been video taping at the time, we could have not only had proof of what her real first word was, but it would have been a cute video to share with her when she is older to look back upon. She'd probably even love it now considering how much her vocabulary has grown!
  • First Messy Meal 4 of 10
    First Messy Meal
    There is nothing funnier than a kid totally covered with his dinner. Whether it's spaghetti, mac and cheese, or strained spinach, the joyful look on his face while he smears his food all over his clothing, face, body, high chair, and/or the walls is totally priceless. I have some classic shots of my daughter with spaghetti all over her, but sadly it's just a static shot. I totally wish we had captured the whole food frenzy!
  • First Birthday 5 of 10
    First Birthday
    One of the things we did manage to capture on video? Our daughter's first birthday party. She had recently conquered walking and was strolling around the party like a socialite (albeit a tiny, messy, un-coordinated one) . There was cake, there were presents, and there was a constant smile on her face. It's a video we all love to watch years later.
  • First Step 6 of 10
    First Step
    That first step is such a big deal in a baby's life. That's when they make the transition from four-legged crawler to a walking and strutting toddler. Whenever I see a video of a child taking her first awkward steps, I get teary-eyed. I can't help it. It's so sweet and sentimental.
  • First Big Holiday 7 of 10
    First Big Holiday
    Our family is like many in that we pull out the camcorder at all the major holidays. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and our family favorite, Halloween. Making sure to capture these holidays each and every year gives you a great timeline of the changes in your child, your family, and your lives. Throw in Flag Day, St. Paddy's Day, and Groundhog Day and you'll get bonus points, and bonus memories.
  • First Day of School 8 of 10
    First Day of School
    Be it preschool or elementary school, that first day is a big, big deal. The nervousness, the shyness, the excitement it's a day to look back upon with a sweet fondness, especially when you revisit the tape when he's graduating years and years later from high school or college. (Warning: that will definitely bring on the waterworks.) You'll wonder how you all survived and be in awe of how tiny he once was.
  • First Trip to Disneyland 9 of 10
    First Trip to Disneyland
    My family is all about Disneyland. And while I was beaming from Mickey ear to Mickey ear holding my daughter's hand and showing her around the Magic Kingdom for the first time, my husband was constantly pulling out the camcorder. And while I kept on asking why he continually was taping us just walking around, he just said I'd thank him one of these days. And he was right (Thank you Kevin!). The videos of our daughter's magical first visit are a family favorite. Oh, and the part where she attacks Tigger from behind? That's gold.
  • First Game or First Dance Class 10 of 10
    First Game or First Dance Class
    We shell out the big bucks on gear, outfits, and classes so that our kids have the opportunity to experience the joys of sports, music, art, or dance. That first recital, that first big game, that first demonstration those are some of the fondest memories parents have. The image of your child dolled up like a ballerina or bending it Beckham is one of the joys of parenting that we all like to play back, rewind, and watch over and over.

A big thanks to Sony for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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Want to capture your own family memories on video? We’re giving away two Sony Handycams! To enter for a chance to win, simply comment on any Sony-sponsored post (including this one) with an answer to the following question: what’s your favorite family memory? Contest runs through 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 30th, 2012, and you may enter once per post. Contest is open to U.S. residents only.

 

 

 

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