Footprints for Very Wriggly Toes. Today, a “how to” post for the readers who have asked me how to get footprints from their toddlers when they are simply NOT interested in sitting still for something like this. First off, I have to admit that Eli has never been a fan of anything hand/footprint related. Even as a tiny baby, as soon as the paint touched the soles of this feet, he would curl up his toes and then then move them constantly. It was extremely difficult to get a good print, but it is possible. Handprints are particularly difficult, so I usually don’t bother with those unless he is feeling extremely chilled.
You just need to keep in mind that it will take a few attempts,
And off course, whatever distraction methods you can think of!
How to get Footprints from Wriggly Toes…
- Every mom knows what distracts their toddlers. For us it is certain movies/ shows and FOOD.
- Make sure your little one can’t run away after you’ve applied the paint. Unless you don’t mind colorful footprints across your carpets, I highly suggest a highchair for this process!
- Get them all settled and comfy. Just after the majority of Eli’s food was eaten was a good time for me. He was satisfied, watching a movie, and not too bothered by me sitting on the floor in front of him.
- I find that if the paint is too cold, he really doesn’t like it. So if you are using paint from a tube, try to warm it up by holding it in your hand for a while before you start. It only makes a tiny difference – but every bit helps!
- For paper: try to get something a little thicker than ordinary paper because the paint can sometimes cause the paper to wilt.
- I suggest a sponge for the application of the paint because it spreads the paint more evenly than a brush. It also makes a nicer print that if you use a sponge to apply the paint.
- My biggest tips is this: DO NOT attempt the first footprint on something important, like into a baby book!
- Apply the paint to one foot, and then roll the paper under your baby’s foot. This may take a few attempts because – if your child is like mine – they will wriggle their toes. Or worse, they will curl up their toes and make this task really challenging!
- Take some time to make sure that they are relaxed, and don’t bother if they are upset or annoyed.
- Remember that it will take a few attempts (reapply paint between each attempt) and it’s okay if they don’t come out absolutely perfectly! Try to have fun because your little one feels your energy.
This is what worked for me on this particular day:
Food, a high chair moved to the lounge, and his favorite movie.
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