Baby's 1st Handprint
Those t-shirts and aprons emblazoned with little one's tiny handprints are adorable. But getting a clear and clean stamp of your baby's handprint can be as auspicious as finding the end of a rainbow.
But, good news, we've got the goods on how you can achieve the ultimate handprint without covering yourself and the whole kitchen, in paint.
Stage your subject
Babies are notorious 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 his print while he's asleep can prevent him from rolling into the paint or splashing it everywhere. Before he falls asleep, get all your supplies ready.
What to do:
Set him down for a nap in his infant carrier, or transfer him to him carrier once he falls asleep. Place the carrier on the floor, or on a table as long as he's never left unattended. Spread your supplies around the carrier, all within your reach.
Another optionInstead of making actual prints of her twins' hands, Susan L. Carney of Hatboro, PA
traced their hands and made templates that 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," says Carney. This method also allows you to paint while your baby is sleeping, or is safely in another room.
The added bonus to this method, says Carney, is that once you have the templates you have them forever and can use them to make things later on. "I hope to trace their hands on each birthday," she says.