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Diel Mon 17-Apr-17 01:44:31

I was in a cot watching my parents sleep. Think I must have been about 18 month or so. My next vivid memory is standing on a sunny street outside my house when I was about 3 or 4. Wondering what other people's memories are like from being a child. What age were you?!

nancy75 Mon 17-Apr-17 01:47:41

My dad taking me to get McDonald's soon after my brother was born. I don't remember visiting the hospital, just getting McDonald's & going to my nans house to eat it. I was 3 and a half

HorraceTheOtter Mon 17-Apr-17 01:49:40

My cousin's baptism. A shell was used to pour the holy water, I remember very clearly mistaking it for lettuce. I'd have been around 18 months. Then nothing until around 2.5/3, when i remember standing under an outside tap on a very hot day.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 17-Apr-17 01:55:38

Standing in a crib screaming for my mum. It was the 'old' house so before 4 yo. Then cracking my head open aged 4.

I think they are memories of memories though. I don't think I actually remember them so much as have thought about them so they are still in storage. Memory is weird.

user1491572121 Mon 17-Apr-17 01:57:43

Oh getting pushed in my pram past a certain tree near our home. I can see it as I would have done lying down. I can see my Mum smiling at me too.

Diel Mon 17-Apr-17 01:57:49

It really is!

Nationcreationbusstation Mon 17-Apr-17 02:02:08

Being carried by my mum through the corridor and seeing my auntie as we passed the living room, and then her putting me into my cot.

pinkiepie1 Mon 17-Apr-17 03:00:39

Sitting on my mums knee when she was pregnant with my sister, asking what will she wear when she's born. 2 and a 3/4-ish

Next one is going to the hospital to see my mum and sis and being so excited cos my new baby sis had bought me maltesers and opal fruits. I'd of been 3yrs and 3months ish.

boolifooli Mon 17-Apr-17 03:04:10

I was playing when a toy tea set and remember holding the teapot up to my mum who was ironing. I was about 5.

Ginger782 Mon 17-Apr-17 03:05:59

Sitting on the floor in front of the fireplace and seeing my dad fall through the ceiling above the dining table (not sure what he was doing in the ceiling). He looked at me while hanging from his feet caught in the rafters and said "Ginger, get mummy" - I would have been maybe 3?
Second one was falling off my bike at about 4 while learning to ride on a hot day. I hurt my knee and was crying My dad gave me a chocolate ice cream and said "Chocolate fixes everything!" I blame him for my chocolate addiction now... grin

sniffle12 Mon 17-Apr-17 03:07:57

The most mundane stuff. Some of my pre-school memories are: stinging my finger on a nettle; being offered a peanut butter sandwich on a trip and not liking it; watching the cleaner sweep the floor after nursery; each being given a few currants in nursery breaks.

I do have a particularly unpleasant memory of making those bubble paintings where you're meant to blow bubbles in watery paint with a straw and lay a sheet of paper over them - only I sucked instead of blew blush

To this day I can taste watery powder paint if I think about it envy

SpreadYourHappiness Mon 17-Apr-17 03:10:49

"Very few adults have memories from before 2.5 years old. Those who do report memories from before this age usually cannot tell the difference between personal memory of the event and simple knowledge of it, which may have come from other sources."

So while a lot of people think they have early memories, chances are their first real memory will be from age 3 or 4.

sniffle12 Mon 17-Apr-17 03:18:34

SpreadYourHappiness yes, and I think it's quite easily to make an incorrect memory too. I had an accident aged 3 and split my head open, I vividly remember going to the GP who put a plaster on it. Except that my mum says we never went to the doctor's, she just dealt with it at home.

There was an interesting study on memory implantation where without people's knowledge, they mocked up photos of them on a hot air balloon as a child, and a good number of them then claimed to remember the trip.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 17-Apr-17 03:24:32

"Ginger, get mummy" LOL

Newyearnewbrain Mon 17-Apr-17 04:23:45

Being given a handful of Sunmaid Raisins from another little girl in a hospital crèche while my brother was being treated for burns. I was 2, he was a baby and had grabbed hold of a long kettle cord and poured boiling water over himself. I bet 70s A&E wards were full of incidents like that!

steff13 Mon 17-Apr-17 05:10:53

I was sitting at a bar with my dad, eating fried mushrooms, while my mom was in the hospital giving birth to my brother. I was a little older than 2. Well, I guess since my brother is 2 years, 3 months, and 13 days younger than me, that's how old I was. smile

Popskipiekin Mon 17-Apr-17 05:14:32

Falling into an enormous pond aged 4. I was wearing a clown outfit and "fishing" with a long net. I can just remember feeling very silly and annoyed I'd ruined my outfit.

Fadingmemory Mon 17-Apr-17 05:18:59

Aged three I fell down the stairs at nursery school. I remember wondering why the window was doing a somersault.

TheBeastInMsRooneysRoom Mon 17-Apr-17 05:26:35

I remember looking down and admiring my wellies whilst standing on a disgusting orange and brown carpet. My parents sold that house when was about 2.5, so before then but no idea how far before then.

wittyUserNameHere Mon 17-Apr-17 05:26:48

In a highchair eating fried eggs and soldiers in the kitchen whilst my Dad washed up the frying pan. I must have been under 2 but it's so vivid. I even remember the brown and orange decor I could see in the pantry (showing my age!).

PotOfYoghurt Mon 17-Apr-17 05:46:19

Mine are all negative things, which is maybe why I have them as they were strong memories. Getting stung by a wasp when I was two or three, getting a splinter and being in a car accident when I was three.

Other things I think are memories I've created by being told about the events, rather than actually remembering them myself.

Weebleswobbles Mon 17-Apr-17 06:02:40

Crying because my snoopy pull along dog had been run over - I was 3

HorraceTheOtter Mon 17-Apr-17 07:42:57

Mine are definitely my own memories. They're things unphotographe'd, which I can remember my though process through. I remember the actual thoughts rather than a visual image. My grandad has one memory from 18 months which can be dated perfectly, so it can happen. It was his dad home on leave from the war. He can remember being held by him, it would have been the first time he'd seen him since he was a very little baby.

toomuchtooold Mon 17-Apr-17 08:17:08

I can remember blowing out the candles on my birthday cake,the heat of them. I'm assuming it was my second birthday because my third birthday the cake and everything was outside.

Rossigigi Mon 17-Apr-17 08:19:16

Sitting up looking through my cot bars at my parents sleeping don't know how old but def younger than 3. I also have loads of memories of being in nursery so 3 then

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