Method & Material
We use a baby safe powder, mixed with luke warm water to form a paste. The paste is spread over the area we want to make an imprint of, and it sets in approximately 60 seconds. The mold sets into a soft rubber form, which is then slipped of the hand/foot without hurting your baby in any way. The paste allows us to pick up amazingly fine detail on your baby’s hands/feet.
Timing & Place
We prefer to make the imprints within the first few days after your baby is born. We can either come to hospital or it can be done in the comfort of your own home. There will be an additional call-out fee if we need to come to you. The other alternative is to go to the franchisee’s studio.
It takes approximately 20 – 40 minutes to make the moulds of both hands and feet. Thereafter it takes about 8 – 9 weeks to complete the set for collection by yourselves i.e. drying, finishing, mounting and framing it professionally in a 3D box frame of your choice.
After we have made the moulds, you complete a form with your baby’s particulars, indicating the way you would like it to appear on the plaque which is placed at the bottom of the frame, e.g. Baby’s Name & Surname, Day & Date of birth, Weight, Length, Time of birth, Age / Date of print.
The Baby’s Comfort
A newborn can only move his/her hand until the mould starts to set, so it is not really a problem to keep the baby stationery. However, we prefer to make the moulds after baby has been fed, when they are calmer, and even better if the baby is asleep at the time. For babies between the age of 5 months up to 3 years, it is advisable to make the moulds only when they are asleep because they normally don’t like their hands/feet being held down while making the moulds.