Casting babies is easy !!! Casting pre-toddlers – Tricky sometimes. Casting toddlers – bribery ALWAYS works ! Remember though, kiddies smell fear, so be calm around them.

It is a bit daunting if you have not done this before, BUT… as I tell all our clients, “It’s not rocket science… Relax and trust the instructions”.  Everything has been worked out in detail to make this as easy as possible. You are also welcome to call us directly for tips and advise, in fact, we recommend it.

We’ll try to cover some of the questions people typical ask ….  and give some advise that we typically give.

How long will it take to mould my baby’s feet for a cast2018-10-17T16:32:01+02:00

Our holding compound sets in 3 minutes. The beauty of the material we selected, is that as it starts setting, and the mould starts setting, it becomes difficult for the hand or foot to move. Our holding compound sets in 3 minutes.

It is also colour coded, so that you know at which stage of the setting process it is. Each minute, will see a change of colour. This helps to plan and time the mould making process.

How do you remove his/her foot from the mould2018-10-17T16:43:16+02:00

The casting material remains flexible even when it’s set, so, all that’s needed is one very gentle pull and your baby’s foot is free (heel first).

Casting feet for the little one’s is pretty challenging. They tend to lift their toes and arch the foot.
I normally deal with this by holding the ankle firmly, with my thumb on the top of the foot.

It gives a degree of control to keep the foot immersed. Once the moulding material starts to set, I will move the container with the foot.
If the baby is fussing, they usually do so in spurts of a few minutes. Wait until he /she takes a breath, and quickly remove the foot.

Ideally there should be no residue on the foot for a clean mould.

How do you make babies stay still during the casting process2018-10-17T16:46:34+02:00

We don’t! We just make sure they’re comfortable and take the casts as quickly as possible!
As the mould sets, the little one’s limb becomes locked in, making movement harder, and they usually give up trying.

The best is to put the little one on someone’s knee facing a loud tv, or somebody keeping the attention.
The arm you need should hang slightly to the back. – Out of sight – Out of mind.

Do you have any tips for achieving a better cast2018-10-17T16:49:31+02:00

Instead of baby grows, use socks which allow easier access to your baby’s feet.
If we are casting your baby’s hands, we recommend feeding him/her during the process since we often receive a better physical pose.
Also, bringing along a favourite toy can be useful as a distraction or a means for relaxation for your baby.

You could also rub a little baby oil on the hand or foot to facilitate removal and prevent bubbles.

Depending on the baby or child, you could train him/ her over a few days by placing the hand in a glass of cold water. After a while this will seem normal and he / she will be less curious.

What’s the best age to have my baby’s hands or feet cast2018-10-16T09:30:31+02:00

Any age you like. Our youngest so far was 520g, born at 5 months!

Are the materials safe… Will they irritate my baby’s skin2018-10-17T16:52:56+02:00

All of the materials that come in direct contact with your skin are non-allergenic. Often though, we suggest a barrier of baby cream or baby oil.

The materials have been very specifically selected to be safe for neo-natal. It has a seaweed base, and is perfectly natural.
Remember I developed this using my own kiddies as guinee-pigs, and they are now almost grown up, without any side effects. 🙂

How detailed are the sculptures when cast2018-10-17T16:55:11+02:00

It captures all your skin’s details, including fingerprints, hair follicles, wrinkles, etc.

Is your question not answered here2018-10-17T16:56:04+02:00

Feel free to contact us to ask any other questions, or call directly 073 587 6870.

Casting is fun and you should invite a friend or partner along to watch, take photos and help decide on a pose.

All of the materials that come in direct contact with your skin are non-allergenic.

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