We visited my Mum at the weekend and she gave us a special present, a baby hand mould kit. Well I say kit, it was actually just the ingredients Alginate and plaster of paris. Ours had been given to my Mum by a friend who had it left over after commissioning some work from the police making rubber cadavers for use in training exercises ( I have seen them by the way - bloated and rotten corpse of overweight man found in water was my favourite)
Anyway, we made a couple of hand moulds from baby jasper who is 10 weeks old (already!!)
First step make a container, cut the top off a bottle, split it down both sides and cover with tape, also tape over the rough top edge.
Try again, this time directly in the (leaky) pot and mix quickly with a fork
Stick babys hand in (Alginate is nice and gentle so you don't need any clingfilm or vaseline) try to hold still fort three minutes and get a blury shot of crying baby. Next gently pull arm out with a satisfying slurp, have a look in mould at little finger holes.
The next bit is almost to exciting for words, you don't have any idea what you are going to get so as the little hand is uncovered it is almost like seeing you nnew baby for the first time
Taa daa - a perfect tiny fist, a memory for ever.
By now Jasper had fallen back asleep so we had another go and got another shape