Have you tried to paint or ink your baby’s hand or footprints before? It’s like an operation for the military! Have it all set out, psych yourself up for the inevitable mess, tears (baby’s and yours!), and then have a bath ready to clean up. And the results are typically a squelchy blur with one good handprint, maybe.
Newborns have a reflex called the Palmar grip reflex to clench their fists. When making prints, this can make it very difficult to get their little hands flat. But those super cute little fingers and toes don’t stay tiny for long, and when the baby is little, many parents want to catch those adorable little hands & footprints. The reliable tips to help you generate excellent performance are the following!
- There’s no ink, no paint, no mess, and nothing to clean up afterward, so everybody can feel much more comfortable, resulting in much better prints. Use an inkless baby footprint kit.
- Get a helper. Don’t try to do your printing. You’re going to need one person to carry the baby so that you have two free hands to get the baby’s hand flat.
- Have a few dry runs first. Get into a relaxed position and practice a few times before opening the inkless wipe to get the baby’s hand flat. When you do the printing for real, you’ll feel much more assured and relaxed.
- Make use of your two hands to pull their fingers flat out to get the baby’s hand flat on the page. Then put the base of the palm first on the paper. And if the fingers then begin to close, they would first go into the paper immediately. Be prepared to push them all down and quickly withdraw the hand until they start to squirm.
- It’s always better with footprints. If you’re lying down, don’t try to do them as you can’t apply the right pressure that way, and you’re going to end up with a stretched, deformed-looking print.
- Place the special paper on a book or board on the floor or table for footprints. Place the child in a standing position and tightly grip the ankle. Lower the foot onto the paper and first press the heel down. Press every little toe down and lift it straight off.
- There are four sheets of paper in an inkless printer pack, so use them wisely. In the top left corner, launch your prints and work your way through the screen. You could fit another row of prints underneath, depending on the baby’s size. Your little prints can be framed as they are or kept in a book or folder. Or give them to a store that can make them into a stunning piece of heirloom art to hang forever on your wall and treasure.
It is the best time to take their footprints when your baby is small, so you can build a memory of how little they are.