The most inexpensive baby keepsake footprint that you can make may be the messiest, but it can be a huge laugh and lots of fun. A simple piece of paper can instantly be transformed into a precious memento once your infant’s hand or feet prints have been applied, but getting a good imprint can be tricky. We have some ways to make the process quick and easy. Once you master this technique, think of all the surfaces that you can cover with baby footprints!
One of the most treasured baby keepsakes of all to any new parent would be a child’s precious footprints and handprints. You might not think they are so cute later on when they are all over nursery walls alternated in peanut butter and purple grape jelly, but for now they are so cute it’s hard to believe that you would ever have the heart to wash them away.
When the doctor dismisses you from the hospital, you will more than likely be issued a document with your thumb prints and baby’s black ink footprints on it. When you get home, pull out the baby keepsake footprint kit that you got at the shower and try your hand at making your own imprints.
Whether you are making plaster casts or using colored inks to make your own personal pair of hand and footprints, it’s advisable to perform the inking process in a room that’s been draped in plastic sheets. If it’s a warm day, collect your baby keepsake footprint outdoors where you can wash away any ink or plaster with the water hose. If you can’t go outside, the bathroom would be my next choice. If your bath is not big enough, the kitchen might work.
Another idea would be to make your baby keepsake footprint while baby is sound asleep. This might be the best way to keep your infant from splattering ink all over your house. Getting ink rolled or brushed onto little feet and hands tickles which is good for a laugh, but it might not be the easiest way to get a clear baby keepsake footprint.
My advice is to read the instructions on your keepsake kit and then wait until baby’s nap is almost done before starting to dab ink on those tender fingers and toes. That way if baby does wake up, she won’t be as cranky as she might have been if her sleep was disrupted before she gets her nap out. Here are a few more tips; warm the baby safe ink so that it won’t be such a shock in temperature and if possible use an ink roller rather than a brush. A brush tickles and when you are trying to get a baby keepsake footprint is not the best time for a tickle session.