It’s always lovely to have a keepsake of your baby from when they were tiny, but it can be hard to decide what to do! A newborn photo shoot maybe, or a memory frame of their first outfit perhaps? Well, how about a casting of their tiny hands and feet?! We were invited along by Laura of First Treasures Baby Hand and Foot Casting to check out what she does and give an honest review of what we received.
Laura is the business owner of First Treasures, and does all the castings herself in her studio at home in Essex. She makes the moulds of your child’s hand and/or feet, and then once out of the mould, any imperfections are removed painstakingly by hand to ensure that each cast captures every last detail of the hands and feet. You can chose the colour of the castings and if you want to have them freestanding or framed – again, these come in many different types, colours and sizes. This makes your casting truly unique.
We booked an appointment to visit Laura at her studio at home, which is easy to access and clearly signposted from the road. When we arrived, she explained the process of making the cast, how she would create the moulds and that the mixture used was completely safe for even newborns.
We decided that we would do a casting of Henry’s hand and also of Alfie’s hand, so we had something of both the boys. Laura did Alfie’s first. He was a little apprehensive, but Laura was so good with him, chatting to him the whole time, explaining what he needed to do and making sure that he was happy with the process. Alfie was brilliant and did exactly as he was told. He watched as Laura made up the mixture, which was bright pink, and then put his hand in the mix and pulled it out when he was asked to. The whole thing only took a few minutes, so he didn’t get bored or upset at having to keep his hand still, which is always a bonus around toddlers!
Then it was Henry’s turn. I sat him on my lap and held his arm so Laura could work her magic on him. Again, it took just a few minutes and there was no fuss from him either. Once the moulds had been made, we discussed options for how we wanted to display the models. At first I thought they’d be great free-standing, but then I realised I had a 2 year old who liked to touch everything! So I opted to have them put in a frame. I chose the colour of the hand castings and then which frame and mount I wanted. Laura was kindly doing the casting free of charge in return for the review, and I just had to pay the extra for the frame. I gave Laura my details so she could contact me when the frame was ready to pick up. The whole appointment lasted about 30 minutes which is great when you are on your own with two kids – there was no time for either of them to get bored or fussy so it was a calm and fun experience.
We were told the casting would be ready in around 4 weeks, and sure enough I was contacted 4 weeks later to collect my finished product. All items have to be collected in person from Laura’s studio. I loved it as soon as I saw it, and then when I got home and inspected it further, I loved it even more. The detail of the castings are amazing – every line, fingernail and feature is captured beautifully. It was amazing to see the size of the boys’ hands next to each other. Henry’s fist is so tiny, I’d forgotten he was even that small!
My absolute favourite thing about Alfie’s is the positioning of his fingers. Anyone who knows Alfie well, will know that he loves to suck his two fingers for comfort (he’s never had a dummy, so does this instead!). As you can see from the casting, his two fingers are pushed together like they are when he’s sucking them. It’s such a small detail, and no-one else would probably notice the significance. But to us, it will always be a reminder of his little comfort thing!
The casts are beautifully mounted in the frame, with a plaque underneath with the boys name and age lists on it. I love this feature as we will always remember how old they were when the castings were done.
The frame is very sturdy and solid so I have no worries about hanging it on the wall. We have yet to decide where to display it, so it is freestanding on our mantle piece at the moment, but I think we will either put it in our lounge on our photo wall or perhaps in Henry’s nursery.
I always pride myself on my honesty in my reviews – if there was something I didn’t like, I would mention it. However, it’s impossible to pick anything that I don’t like about this product! From start to finish the process is quick and easy, communication with Laura is excellent and the work produced is outstanding. I know some people may be put off by pricing – this item would cost £100 – however, it’s something that you would keep forever, a memory that you can look back on. I didn’t have this done for Alfie and I hugely regret it as I can never go back and have it done. I would highly recommend First Treasures if you are in the Essex area.
*I was gifted the hand castings for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own. I paid for the frame myself*