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THE MODERN BABY MILESTONE BOOK IS DIGITAL – PRODUCING EDITED HIGHLIGHTS VIDEOS OF KIDS’ EARLY YEARS

I’m very selective with what I post about my family life on social media. I know that there’s a trend towards the ‘insta-perfect backlash’ and authentic posts are all the rage. But for me social media, particularly Instagram, is an escape.

I’d also hate for people to judge me as an oversharing parent.

I have however been making monthly videos of my daughter and sharing them on my YouTube channel. In doing this I feel I’ve found a comfortable outlet for giving an insight into my life, because:

  • I like that it’s a bit different
  • She enjoys watching herself
  • I’m pushing myself to practise my video production and editing skills

SMARTPHONES AS PROSTHETIC MEMORY

My ‘modern baby milestone book’ challenge also means I’m forced deal with the thousands of photos and videos stuck on my phone. Content mainly captured at a time when I came to appreciate my phone as an extension of my own memory.

As a new mother you’re programmed to forget a lot of the early days so you’ll go through it all again. And stress and sleep deprivation reduce your brain power. My excuses anyway for coming to depend on my phone for yet another thing – recording highlights of my daughter’s development.

Digitally capturing milestones is so easy. Too easy. I think I took more photos and videos of my daughter in a year than my parents did in my entire childhood. And so many that I almost filled my 64GB capacity iPhone with ‘baby spam’. Trying to make short, interesting videos from this forces you to find and select the 5 seconds of footage where your child’s looking at the camera, smiling or at least moving.

modern baby milestone book
Visual content, that can be consumed on a mobile, is the future of communication. Part of me is sad that we’re moving on from the written milestone books of my childhood. But I’m also pleased I can create something that entertains my daughter, and others, more frequently than a book of lists would.

MAKE LIFE A STORY WORTH TELLING

Making videos also challenges me to live a more interesting life. Not just for me but my child too.

It’s important for your child’s development to experience different things. But my feelings are deeper than that. Losing my dad taught me that memories are your most precious possession. It’s important to invest time and energy in making good ones.

One of your responsibilities as a parent is as chief memory maker. It’s your role to create excitement. To organise adventures. An added bonus of having this approach as that it makes interesting video content too.

And we shouldn’t forget that: filming definitely comes second to experiencing and living a moment.

MEMORIES DON’T HAVE TO FADE

Apparently by the age of 6 your child will have lost 39% of memories they had at the age of 4.

Videos and photos give them a return ticket to a moment gone. We need to keep them safe and enjoy them long into the future.

THE MODERN BABY MILESTONE BOOK IS DIGITAL

Smartphones make it easy to produce professional quality video. I’ve had BBC standard training in ‘mobile journalism’, using Apple technology – iPhones, iPads and iMovie software, to produce something that could be shown on TV.

I’m a massive fan of using this technology to make videos. It’s accessible to many people, yet can deliver some amazing results. Another benefit is that iPhones don’t attract attention in the street in the way that someone with a huge video camera would.

Maybe I’ll post some tips on video production at some point – would you find that useful? Let me know.

Subscribe to my Youtube channel to follow my progress. Let me know – are you traditional or modern baby milestone book?

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