How to Make Baby Footprints

Getting the perfect newborn baby footprints can be tricky, but follow our top tips on how to make baby footprints and you should be able to take some adorable little footprints from your baby. We suggest using baby safe ink or inkless wipes to get these DIY prints. You could use the baby footprints as a keepsake, to make cards, or to put in a baby memory book. 


Top tips for how to make the perfect newborn baby footprints. Get baby safe ink or inkless wipes to take these diy prints to use as a baby keepsake or for a baby memory book.

We love keepsakes and have lots of DIY keepsake ideas for you to take a look at, taking newborn footprints is just the start! Salt dough keepsakes are always popular and I totally love our clay footprint bowl

While your baby is tiny it is the perfect time to take their footprints so you can create a memory of how little they are. Below are our top tips for taking newborn baby footprints. We have included tips from what ink you can use for a baby footprint to ideas for creating a smudge free baby footprint. 

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Top Tips for Making Baby Footprints


Top tips for how to make the perfect newborn baby footprints. Get baby safe ink or inkless wipes to take these diy prints to use as a baby keepsake or for a baby memory book.

You will need:



1. Make sure baby is comfortable



This is one of the most important things. If your baby isnt settled it will be almost impossible to make clear footprints as they will be too wriggly and even trying to take footprints will result in a very upset baby. For young babies taking prints while they are alseep might be your best option, but if your baby is awake and alert most of the time make them comfortable and have a few items nearby that might distract them. I find that making baby cosy on a blanket or distrcated on a baby gym works perfectly. Your baby will need to be lying down in a position which gives you easy access to their feet and they will need to be wearing just a baby vest.




2. Get your supplies ready



You don't want to start making your baby's footprints and find that you don't have everything you need to hand. There are a few different products that you can use to take baby footprints. 

Inkless footprint kit -For newborn babies the inkless wipe print kits are amazing as there is no ink or paint involved and they are non-toxic and safe to use on babies. If using one of these kits you simply wipe your baby's foot with the wipe supplied instead of using ink and press it onto the paper provided to create a footprint. 


Top tips for how to make the perfect newborn baby footprints. Get baby safe ink or inkless wipes to take these diy prints to use as a baby keepsake or for a baby memory book.


Baby safe ink - If you prefer to use ink choose a baby safe ink pad (like the one we have linked to above) and make sure that it is large enough to fit the entire foot. You will need a piece of paper or card larger than your baby's foot to print onto.


Top tips for how to make the perfect newborn baby footprints. Get baby safe ink or inkless wipes to take these diy prints to use as a baby keepsake or for a baby memory book.

You will also need something hard to put under the paper that you are printing onto. A clipboard, hardback book, chopping board or even a pile of card would all work perfectly. If you are using ink make sure you have some baby wipes to hand for a quick clean up after each print. 


3. Position yourself


Get yourself in a position facing your baby's feet so that their feet are easy to reach. 


4. Make the footprint


Now you have everything prepared it is time to make the footprint. Place the paper that you are printing onto under your baby's feet so that the area you want to print onto is within easy reach of their foot. Don't forget that you must have a hard surface under the paper. 

Hold your baby's foot firmly by the ankle. If you are using an ink pad press your baby's foot into the ink pad making sure the foot is entirely covered or if you have opted for an inkless print kit wipe the bottom of your baby's foot with the wipe. 


Top tips for how to make the perfect newborn baby footprints. Get baby safe ink or inkless wipes to take these diy prints to use as a baby keepsake or for a baby memory book.

Now you ready to make the print. When your baby seems relaxed hold their foot by their ankle over the paper and then press the foot heel first onto the paper. You may need to use your spare hand to gently press your baby's toes down.  Remove your baby's foot straight away and take a look at the little print you have created. 


Top tips for how to make the perfect newborn baby footprints. Get baby safe ink or inkless wipes to take these diy prints to use as a baby keepsake or for a baby memory book.



5. Clean up



Clean the first foot with a baby wipe before attempting the next foot or you will end up with ink everywhere (including on your paper) as your baby wriggles about!

If you are using inkless wipes there is no worry about any mess, but you do need to be careful to make sure that your baby's foot doesn't touch the special paper again after the print has been taken.


Top tips for how to make the perfect newborn baby footprints. Get baby safe ink or inkless wipes to take these diy prints to use as a baby keepsake or for a baby memory book.

Oliver (aged 2 months) loves getting his footprints taken.  I think he quite likes the sensory feeling on his feet and he loves any extra attention going his way, but we do only take his footprints when he is feeling really relaxed and chilled. 

Take a look at all our baby activities. We have lots of fun play ideas as well as keepsake crafts


Top tips for how to make the perfect newborn baby footprints. Get baby safe ink or inkless wipes to take these diy prints to use as a baby keepsake or for a baby memory book.

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