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How to get a good print

It can be quite tricky getting good hand and footprints, but with a bit of patience and these tips, you should get a print that you’re happy with.

If your child is old enough to understand, talk to them and let them know what you’re doing - make it fun. Have them practice putting their hand and/or foot on the paper a few times before applying the inkless wipe.

How to get a good handprint

Tips for getting a good handprint

Babies make fists, it’s what they do and they like putting them in their mouths. Both are not ideal when you’re trying to get a handprint. So, the best thing to do is try and get a print when your child is asleep. Or, for older children, when they’re happy and not tired.

 

 

  

 

Before your baby goes for a nap, get all of your materials together:

  • The inkless wipe
  • The special coated paper
  • A hard-backed book to lean on
  • A baby wipe

Take a few minutes to massage your baby’s hand to relax it. A gentle squeeze of the knuckles can help draw out the fingers enough for you to get the hand onto the paper.

Take the book and place the paper on top of it, a small amount of tape can help to hold the paper in place. Then take your child’s flattened hand and hold it against the paper for just a few seconds. It doesn't take long for the print to appear on the special paper. Take a few prints if there is room on the paper, you shouldn’t need to reapply the wipe to the hand.

How to get a good handprintWhen applying the wipe, ensure even coverage but don’t push it into the cracks, avoiding getting too much solution into the creases of the skin will ensure they remain white on the paper for maximum detail.

It is not necessary to press hard onto the paper - gentle contact will ensure the creases in the skin show up clearly.  

You will be able to use the same wipe for the footprint too. It doesn’t dry out quickly and you should be able to use it again on another day, if you don’t want to take the hand and footprint at the same time. Just fold it and place it in a Ziploc bag. 

You won’t be able to see anything on your baby’s hand (as the wipe is inkless), but you should clean their hand (and anywhere that you have put the wipe – eg foot) with a baby wipe and then warm water and soap – especially if they’re asleep, as you don’t want them to put their hand in their mouth until you’ve cleaned it.


Tips for getting a good footprint

How to get a good footprintStamp your baby's footprint while they’re sitting in a swing or high chair, or while they’re on someone else's lap to keep them still.

Just the same as getting a good handprint, get your supplies ready beforehand:

  • The inkless wipe
  • The special coated paper
  • A hard-backed book
  • A baby wipe

Bring the paper to your child, not your child to the paper. Press the paper flat onto their foot, with the hard-backed book to keep the paper flat. Hold your child’s ankle and foot still with one hand, and the paper and book with the other. Hold their feet in place for just a few seconds, as it doesn't take long for the print to appear on the paper.

Take a few prints if there is room on the paper, you shouldn’t need to reapply the wipe to the foot.

Don’t worry if you get smudges on the prints, or if there are parts of the print missing, I can clean them up and add digits as necessary. 

For more information on the inkless wipes, please visit the FAQ page on the Dactek website.