Babies are adorable because they're squirmy, chubby little bundles of love, but — let's be real — it's these same qualities that make them notoriously bad models. Not a huge deal, but it can be a bit of a bummer when you're trying to memorializing their teeny little hands before they grow. Getting your baby's handprint, however, doesn't have to be super frustrating (or a huge mess, for that matter).
If you follow a couple of simple steps and tips, getting that handprint will be a breeze.
Babies are known for making fists, and for putting those fists in their mouths — two things that aren't compatible with trying to stamp a handprint. But stamping the print while they're asleep can prevent them from rolling into the paint or splashing it everywhere.
Instead of making actual prints of her twins' hands, Susan L. Carney of Hatboro, PA traced their hands to make templates she could trace onto flower pots, sweatshirts and other items.
"I used paint to fill in the hands and could control the mess and clean-up much easier," Carney said.
This method also allows you to paint while your baby is sleeping, or is safely in another room. The added bonus to going this route is the templates last forever and can be used to make things later on.
Originally published October 2008. Updated July 2017.
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