Vote: Cutest Baby Laugh Video Contest

You be the judge of cute, but funny these are not. Parents.com held a Cutest Baby Laugh Video Contest which elicited 18 finalists. One of the babies doesn’t even laugh. Seriously, in one video you can barely tell there is a baby present. Turn the sound off and it looks like an older child is trying to barf on a doll.

The rules state there could be as many as 20 finalists, but we’re voting on 18.  That’s even though there are 57 “video response” contest entries on Parents.com’s Youtube channel.

Am I Grinchy today? Oh yes, apparently so.

If you would like to vote, the voter registration process merely asks for your name, e-mail, pregnancy status (including birth date), parental status (including child’s name, gender and birth date), your street address, city, state and country. Simple, eh?

You can view all of the entries here. I’ll save you the grief though. Embedded below are the three most interesting because they show a person interacting with the baby, and the camera angles and lighting are halfway decent.

Also, I think, other peoples’ babies aren’t as charming as your own, or at least you need to be in the same room with the infant to be mesmerized by his antics if you lack a personal connection to the child. Maybe that’s just a Dad speaking.

This first one is the best because you can see a portion of the father’s face. When you shoot a baby video, you’re focused on the child, but really you should capture the interaction. Twenty years from now that grown kid will enjoy seeing his dad’s face.

I’m guessing contest participation was low due to the lame prize, a camcorder and Visa check card worth a total of $1,000. Well, wait a minute. That’s not lame.

Thingamababy’s last photo contest elicited 23 entries for a prize you can buy for $22.49 at Amazon. I bet we’d pull together at least 10 entries with no prize at all. Why? Sense of community. You’re sharing images of your kids as much as anything else.

Sure, people love to win stuff. I love to win stuff. But when you introduce a prize it turns the fun into a value judgment about whether the entry requirements, your time and the odds of winning are worth the value of the prize. And, the more valuable the prize, the more your disappointment is amplified at not winning.

So, what’s my point? No point. It’s just an observation. I’ll continue to host contests and I’m keeping tabs to announce the next inevitable Regis & Kelly baby photo contest which upped the ante last year with a $125,000 prize. Will I enter my son? Probably.

Comments

5 Responses to “Vote: Cutest Baby Laugh Video Contest”

  1. Amy says:

    IN defense of this contest, it is called “Cutest” not funniest. And it did make me smile. But what is up with the one with the mug – I never saw or heard a laugh at all. Thanks for the smiles, even if you are feeling Grinchy! It must the post-holiday blues!

    December 29th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

  2. Kimberly says:

    It was cute, but I could only get through 3 or 4 before I got a little bored, and OF COURSE, my baby’s laugh is way cuter and funnier! :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_ZzsOda2YM

    December 29th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

  3. Kelly K says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FhlDEVwLH8&feature=channel_page How can this be topped?

    I love all things baby, laughing babies only falls below laughing chubby babies.

    December 30th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

  4. Erin G says:

    I’m new here. Hi. :)

    I can’t believe only 23 people entered! There must be millions of these on youtube.

    Baby laughs ALWAYS make me laugh. :) Of these three, the top is my favorite. You make a good point about being happy to see the dad in the shot too, I need to make a point to remember that when filming OUR toddler.

    fun blog!

    January 3rd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

  5. Bethany says:

    Am I the only one who was a little disturbed by the third video here? The kid is sitting in front of a sharp corner on a counter top that it could fall back & hit it’s head on and there’s a stove top with a frying pan beside the mother. Okay, on second thought, I guess I am a bit paranoid, being a first time mom & all.

    January 8th, 2009 at 9:14 am