Tutorial: Stamping baby footprints

This was the funnest and messiest tutorial I've done. I really wanted to do Rachel's footprints myself in our baby book instead of paying the hospital. I mean seriously - I have way more ink than they do! So here's how we stamped her footprints for any other new moms who would like to do it themselves:

Step 1: We set aside a time when Rachel was fairly sleepy so she wouldn't squirm as much. This seemed to help for the first foot only. Next - we counted (she does have ten tiny toes!). I also suggest to do this right before bath-time so you can wash the ink off right away.



Step 2: Apply classic ink to the baby's feet. Only do one foot at a time. It's a good idea to do this on a blanket that you don't mind getting inky, and in an outfit that you don't mind getting ink on. The classic ink washes off completely fine with Johnson's baby wash. It came out of the outfit, blanket and off her very easily.

Step 3: We did a trial-run of her footprint on paper. I wanted to make sure that the foot was inked well... and I also figured that if we stamped in the book and it didn't turn out well, that I could just put these footprints over top of the ones in the book. This way, I wouldn't have to repeat the process of inking her later.

The finished foot. We did the other foot immediately after this, however she was a little squirmy at that point.

*A tip for doing the handprints: do it when they're asleep as she kept trying to put her hands in her mouth.

8 comments:

Christi said...

How cute! Thank you for the sweetest tutorial ever! I'll have to try this with my next baby. :)

nettystamps said...

Just got a brand new first time grandbaby...I'll have to see if Mommy will let me attempt this with her... :)

Thank you,
anette648@yahoo.com

9kids said...

Omigosh, Alesha, this idea is too cute ~ sure wish I'd thought of it with Kelton....when he was born, we were laying cement by our pool area and did his handprint in the cement, but footprints in ink would have been SO much easier!

Carla said...

i am sooooo gonna do that myself too :D:D

Anonymous said...

What adorable feet! She is precious.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I was afraid to use classic ink on my sweet baby boy's footsies and actually used the children's ink pads, but the blue ink stained his feet and I thought I would never get it off. I am going to have to try the classic inks with the close to cocoa to make some reindeers with his feet for Christmas for the grandparents. Your tutorial has been printed out so that I can keep it in my book for future reference. Thanks again for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I did this with my sweet dd, now 12!!. It was crazy - I tried to impress her baby hand into plaster of paris first for a Christmas ornament, but had to wait too long, then we just went with a paint. The thing is, with them asleep - babies have a tendency to ball their hand into fists, and it's really hard to get them to cooperate - but don't give up hope.
Lisajake

sunnydee79 said...

I need to do this pronto!

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