The materials we use are completely safe for young children and babies. The products required in the casting are often used by dentists when taking casts of teeth, and so they are suitable for even sensitive skin.
Babies can be cast from just 2 days old. Toddlers are usually the trickiest to cast, as they are old enough to fidget, but still too young to understand that they need to stay still. For toddlers we would recommend doing a joint hand cast, where we can cast a hand hold of parent and child. Although slightly more expensive, this ensures a successful cast of your hands together.
Babies love to wriggle their toes, and sometimes kick whilst a cast is being taken. You never can tell how your baby will be on the day, and if they’re going to be feeling fidgety or not. If it’s one of those more active days, will can make a second casting of the foot (for example) for free on the day, just to be sure that everything’s going to turn out beautifully.
We recommend you allow an hour for the appointment, but the actual baby feet or hand casting itself will only take 45 seconds. We prepare our special moulding mix, which makes it more comfortable for babies, and also sets much quicker.
We make every effort to keep tidy, but as a precaution, please wear something you don’t mind getting messy. Also, try to ensure that tight clothes are not worn on the part of the body which is due to be cast. Tights and socks can leave imprints on the skin which will be identifiable in the finished cast.
The easiest time to take a cast is when the little one is relaxed, perhaps after or during feeding. We always try to ensure the environment is as comfortable as possible with soothing music and soft blankets. Favourite toys or comforters can also help distract children and keep them occupied whilst being cast.
Grandparents and other family members may be keen to have their own copies of the baby casts, and in this case we can make multiples using additional techniques. This is more affordable the more you order.
We recommend the Framed Baby Casting package, as it’s a beautiful and affordable way to make sure your castings look their best for years to come. Alternatively we can supply you with the casts free-standing, please see our Cast in a box range for gift boxed castings.
We can cast children of all ages, including baby bumps. If you would like more information please click here to get in touch.