Preserve Your Baby's Footprints Forever
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.
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.
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