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Preserve Your Baby's Footprints Forever

Updated on December 11, 2019
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I have three kids, and my wife's sisters threw a baby shower for each occasion. Her sisters also have kids, so we threw their showers.

Preserve Your Baby's Footprints Forever

Did you know it is possible to capture your baby footprints to preserve forever? Your baby will grow magically before your very eyes into a little boy or girl. As clothes are outgrown, many moms and dads are left wondering where the time has gone. For the sentimental, a perfect way to preserve your child’s precious first year is through baby footprints.

Baby Footprint Ink Print Representation - sketched in ink.
Baby Footprint Ink Print Representation - sketched in ink. | Source

Getting A Clay Impression Of Your Baby's Foot

First, purchase the clay imprinting kit. They can be purchased at hobby shops or at "Michels" or of course on "Amazon".

What comes in the kit

The Baby Footprint Clay Kit - will include both clay and an empty tin for which the finished product will live in.

Baby Foot-printing Clay Kit Instruction

Step 1: Take the clay out of the package.

Step 2: Knead the clay for around three minutes

Step 3: Place the clay into your tin that comes with the kit.

Step 4: Using your fingers smooth the top of the clay out evenly in the tin so that it is flat and level.

Step 5: Be sure your child is calm.

Step 6: Wash your child's foot making sure it is clean and dry.

Step 7: Next place your baby's foot onto the clay that is in the tin.

Step 8: Gently but firmly press your baby's foot into the clay. Push far enough so that the foot leaves an impression.

Step 9: Slowly pull your baby's foot out of the tin. You now will have a perfect impression of your baby's foot.

If you messed it up it's don't worry

If you don't achieve the results you wanted the first time, don't worry. These types of clay that come with the kits can be re-kneaded and you can try again.

Note: These kits can also be used to make handprints or footprints. Simply apply the same steps to achieve the desired cast.

Making A Lasting Impression of Your Babies Footprint

To capture your baby footprint in a manner similar to a plaster cast. Many craft stores sell air dry clay products that can be used for this purpose. You just want to be certain that the clay is non-toxic and soft enough to allow for making an impression without having to press too hard. Sometimes you can soften the clay by kneading it with your hands. Carefully follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. When you are finished making your baby footprint, use a sharp tool to inscribe details such as your child’s name and birthday. Then allow your masterpiece to dry. Most people chose to leave the cast white. However, once it is dry you could paint the foot cast to make it look more realistic and give it a little life.

Other Options For Capturing Your Baby Footprints

Thankfully, it is simple, safe, and does not hurt to gather your new baby’s footprints. Not only will you have fond memories of making your baby footprint, but it is also one of the first fun projects you can do with your baby! Many options for gathering this keepsake are available to choose from.

Least Expensive Footprinting Method

The least expensive way to gather your baby footprints is the method used often in hospital maternity rooms. This method involves using ink and paper. Simply apply non-toxic and washable ink to an ink pad, gently press your baby’s foot to coat the bottom with the ink, and firmly press their foot onto a piece of good quality paper. You want to make sure there is enough of a contrast between the ink color and the paper to allow for the best print. You may do one or both feet. When finished, make sure to wash the ink from the bottom of your baby’s feet.

Snazz It Up

Depending on how creative you wish to be, there are a variety of ways to further personalize your baby’s footprints and make them even more special. For added room and color, mount the baby footprint on another sheet of paper. Colors can be traditional (blue for boy and pink for girl) or chosen to match décor. You can also use decorative scissors to create a playful edge on the baby footprint paper. You will probably want to write your child’s name and birthday to go along with the print. A recent photograph will add a special touch and value as your baby grows up. Stickers can be applied, especially for those into scrapbooking. Just how simple or elaborate you wish to be is up to you.

A wonderful baby keepsake

Baby footprints can be added to your child’s memory book, displayed for decoration in the nursery, or given as a gift to doting grandparents, aunts and uncles, and friends. It is a special gift that lasts a lifetime. As your baby grows, you and your child will marvel at how small their feet once were.

Final Thoughts

I hope you've found this information useful. Please share this with your family and friends so they can preserve their baby footprints!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jason Nicolosi


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    • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Nicolosi 

      16 months ago from AZ

      Purvi, it is always a great momento to have. When your child is grown it's amazing to see the small little foot again. What memories it brings back of when your son or daughter was a baby. I appreciate your comments.

    • PurviP profile image


      16 months ago from India

      Jason, where you find this type of topic to write for an article.?

      I also like this type of article and it is helpful for me in my future time.

      And yeah, as always your other article is also beautiful.

      I will keep in mind to take Baby's footprint.

      Thanks for sharing this article.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      16 months ago from Washington Court House


      When you find it ....add it on.

      We all misplace things when we need them the most. (Haha)

    • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Nicolosi 

      16 months ago from AZ

      Hi, Brenda thanks for the comment. They actually did my son's feet at the hospital. The nurse did both feet. The paper they stamped his feet on looked like diploma paper. It had scrolling on the sides. The document also has his name and weight on it. I was looking at it the other day. That's why I decided to write this article.

      We did the plaster cast 3D foot thing for one of my daughter's. I wanted to use that in this article for the picture but I can't remember where it is. Haha. Soon as I find it I will add it to this article. It's pretty cool.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      16 months ago from Washington Court House


      This is a wonderful idea! I believe back in my day the hospital did the ink footprints on birth certificates.

      I did have a veterinarian send me a clay paw print of my kitty-cat when she passed away.

      I treasure this paw print. I am certain any parent would treasure this keepsake.

      Thsnks for the share.

    • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Nicolosi 

      16 months ago from AZ

      Lora thank you very much for reading the article and commenting. I actually had a Bichon Frise that just passed away last year. His name was Charly. He was 17 and a half when he died. I miss him so much. Our vet also gave us a paw impression. I look at it often. It makes me sad.

      Funny too because my wife and I said no more dogs for a while. But two months after Charly died we got another. Her name is Touka she is a Goldendoodle. You can see pictures of her in one of my articles. Below is the link, check her out she is adorable.

    • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Nicolosi 

      16 months ago from AZ

      Thanks Ashly. Im happy you had an opportunity to read the article. I appreciate your comment.

    • Lora Hollings profile image

      Lora Hollings 

      16 months ago

      What a wonderful idea Jason! When four of my pets died (all of old age), they did this at my veterinarian's office as a courtesy. They put little holes at the top before they dried with a ribbon in their clay paw prints with their names on the bottom so that they could be hung on a wall. It helped to console me as I got these when I went to go back to get their ashes. It is a token of their love and creates lasting memories of them.

      Only this would be a happy occasion and one that helps communicate to your child just how much he is loved. Thanks for sharing!

    • AshlyChristen profile image

      Ashly Christen 

      16 months ago from Illinois



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