Making baby footprints is a time honored tradition. They make great components of crafts and gifts to yourself, as well as your friends and family.
However, some parents are nervous or unsure exactly what goes into this process. In order to help out, we’ve developed this handy article to help you learn how to make the best baby footprints possible!
Step One: Materials
The materials for making baby footprints might seem easy at first: ink, paper, baby foot. However there is a bit more to it than that. You want to make sure the ink that you’re using is non-toxic, and ideally is an ink designed for baby footprints.
This can be tough as you want an ink that will stick and show up well, but must be very careful that you aren’t introducing any kind of harmful substance to your baby’s sensitive skin.
In addition to the ink, you’ll want to ensure that you have the best paper for the job. Most experts prefer low glass mat for tasks like this, as the ink will absorb better into the paper without smearing or running. Moreover, the mat paper will create a rich, vibrant footprint that you can use as the basis for crafts or to directly put on the wall. The choice is yours!
To be on the safe side, you can use a high quality hand- and footprint kit from a trusted source like Bubzi Co. We use only non-toxic clay and ink and natural ingredients.
Step Two: Be Gentle!
Remember that your baby is still growing. Therefore when you are attempting to figure out how to take footprints of baby you should be very careful that you do not twist their legs, ankles, or feet in any way.
The best way to do this is to push the pad against your baby’s foot, rather than pushing your baby’s foot against the pad.
This will help ensure that you get even coverage in addition to ensuring the safety and well-being of your precious little one!
Step Three: Make the Footprint
Alright, this is the step that everyone has been simultaneously looking forward to and dreading, making the actual footprint.
The first thing to remember is that, as long as you are using safe ink, there is no reason why you can’t make more than one attempt if you mess up, this is important as you will perform at your best if you allow yourself to calm down and relax.
The best way to go about this process is to take the paper by its edges, and press the paper against your baby’s foot where you would like the image on the paper.
You may want to have someone help you by holding a book or other firm surface behind the paper to prevent warping or wrinkling while you are making the footprint.
Step Four: Enjoy!
That’s all it takes! You can now start to use the footprint to design a craft or wall hanging to memorialize your child, or you can scan it into the computer for custom print jobs, or to get really creative by designing different images using your baby’s footprint.
These make great gifts and are loved by friends and family alike.
As you can see, it isn’t too hard to make a baby footprint. The most important thing to remember is that you should be calm, and be careful.
There’s no reason you can’t try again should your first few attempts not go well or if the situation just isn’t good and baby isn’t cooperating with your efforts. Following the easy steps in this guide will help you produce the best baby footprints possible.
After all, your bundle of joy is the most precious thing in the world, so why risk taking an inferior baby footprint when you can have the best one.