Here’s my challenge to you: capture the everyday moments with your baby. Diapering, feeding, bathing, and sleeping! Oh how I wish had more everyday photos of my babies and not just photos snapped at a milestone or for a special occasion. Everyday routines and rituals offer great opportunities for moments to capture and memories to remember. Pictures and videos of them splashing in the bath, getting snapped into their car seat or stroller, feeding or figuring out how to sip from a bottle would be a treasure today. Taking the extra time to snap a photo will help you slow down - and baby too!
For instance, adding bubbles to bath time will make your photos turn out even more spectacular and baby will love discovering the endless fun and joy bubbles bring to bath time. Here’s an added bonus: did you know that playing with bubbles helps babies develop hand-eye coordination and discover that objects exist even when they can’t be seen??? This is one of the many fun facts I learned through the new JOHNSON’S® SO MUCH MORE™ event, which I attended earlier this month. It was so fascinating to learn about the ways that bath time is not just a memorable (and photo-worthy!) time to spend with your baby, but also an experience that encourages learning and happy, healthy development – through bubbles and beyond! Bath time offers the opportunity to engage all of the senses – from touch to smell to sight. And best of all, it’s always the perfect place for those photo opportunities that you just won’t want to miss.
I know it's easier said than done, especially when you’re feeling exhausted in the depths of new motherhood, but you won’t regret capturing these moments. Taking photos - especially of the “boring” everyday moments - easily gets relegated to the back of your priority list when dealing with lack of sleep, wearing the same sweatsuit day in and day out, juggling sleep logs, and what seems to be a never-ending 24 hour cycle of feeding, burping, soothing, and diaper changes.
I wish someone had told me to take more photos from the moment I brought that little bundle of baby joy home. Taking more photos is one of the easiest things to do and also the easiest to put off until tomorrow.
Even more importantly, ask someone to snap a few more pictures of you and your family snuggling your newborn at home in the early days. I honestly have hardly any photos of me holding my babies during the first few weeks other than the classic hospital photo. I think Mom is so often BEHIND the lens when visitors come or she’s home alone with baby, and never ends up in the picture, but it’s those mom-to-baby moments of contact that you really want to remember most!
So, don’t wait for tomorrow. Snap a photo, film a video clip, and even just take that mental snapshot of a moment. That one moment of taking a picture might be enough to help you BREATHE and slow down for just a few more seconds - or minutes - to help you savor the chaos and beauty of your new baby.
Remember this quote my mother told me: “The days are long, but the years are short,” so tomorrow will be here sooner than you think and you’ll be thrilled that you captured those extra “ordinary” memories on film. Those are the moments that end up being the most extraordinary years down the road.
Colleen Padilla is a contributor for JOHNSON’S, the sponsor of this community. She is compensated for travel and attendance at events. Every idea and word written is her own.