How to get a newborn hand print

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How to get a newborn hand print
Getting a clear newborn hand print can take a few tries. (Photos.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

A hand print of your newborn can be a wonderful keepsake of the early days of your child's life. In just a few years, you'll be astonished to think back to when your baby was so small. Getting a print from a tiny newborn can be tricky as babies tend to curl up their hands into fists, and seldom hold still for long. Nonetheless, there are a few techniques you can use to make the process easier.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fabric paint
  • Palette
  • Paper or cloth
  • Baby wipes

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wait until your baby is asleep. A sleeping baby will have much more relaxed hands, and shouldn't wake up during printing as long as you're gentle. Dispense a small amount of fabric paint onto a palette. You can use a paper plate or an old ceramic tile. Distribute the paint evenly over your palette so as it covers an area slightly larger than your baby's hand.

  2. 2

    Gently place your child's hand in the paint. Move it around to make sure that you get an even covering of colour. Press your child's hand down on a piece of scrap paper or cardboard to make a test print. This should help you get an idea of how much paint you'll need for your print.

  3. 3

    Press the final printing surface, whether paper or cloth, to your child's hand. Hold the hand in place for no more than a few seconds before removing it. You can then clean your child's hand with baby wipes and allow your print to dry.

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