A keepsake engraved with a real hand or footprint is a wonderful gift for new parents. There’s no minimum age for taking baby prints, although sometimes it can be tricky to get a clear print from very young infants. Here are our top tips for getting the best results.
Use a mess free kit
Newborns are not known for keeping perfectly still, and using ink on a squirming, wriggly hand or foot is often a recipe for disaster! Fortunately, there’s an easier way – the Magic Inkless Print Kit is suitable for all ages and is completely mess free. Clean and easy to use, you simply wipe a hand or foot on the inkless wipe, press onto the special paper, and watch the print appear. Magic!
Wait until they’re asleep
If you’re taking a print from a particularly wriggly baby, waiting until he or she is asleep may be the best way of getting a clear print. Have the supplies assembled next to the cot and ready to use when a good opportunity arises. A small amount of tape will help to hold the paper in place on a firm surface, such as a placemat or clipboard.
Get in position
Make sure you have something hard to lean on, such as a table or hard-backed book. Taking a print may be easier if you have a partner to hold the baby while you take the print, or vice-versa. If your baby is awake and clenching his or her fist you can try gently tickling the hand to encourage them to open it. If you are taking prints from an older child, talk them through the process and have them practice putting their hand on the paper before you use the inkless wipe.
Press gently onto paper
Once you have applied the wipe evenly over the baby’s hand or foot, press it gently onto the paper to ensure the creases in the skin show up clearly. If you are taking a footprint, place the heel of the baby’s foot on the paper first and then roll the rest of the foot down, with the toes touching the paper last.
Print kits are a great gift for new parents, but you can also have hand or foot prints made into a special keepsake that they will treasure forever. View our range of engraved charms, bracelets, necklaces, keyrings, and other gifts on our website.