Using Real Footprint
Getting a real footprint of the baby won't be difficult. The footprints of an infant are taken at the hospital shortly after the child is born. Parents receive this copy of footprints, complete with the pattern of the ridges for the purpose of identification. However, for many couples it's a cherished keepsake of the birth of their baby.
Baby Footprint Ideas
There are a number of ways to make baby footprint tattoos more innovative and personal. Many parents get the name of their baby tattooed along with the footprints either above, below or along the sides of the footprints, or even on a banner through the footprint image. Some even include the date and time of birth. A skilled tattoo artist can script the face of the baby along with the footprint. One could choose to get the image of a dove tattooed with the footprints to wish the child a peaceful life. Some get the feet encased in a heart shape border to symbolize their love for the baby. Instead of having the feet placed side-by-side, some parents get a number of footprints of their baby tattooed one after the other that looks like baby footprints trailing across their back. For the more imaginative people, a twig with a few leaves could be included in the design just below the footprints that would look like the tip of the twig tickling the child's feet. In case one is including a name or other details, take time off to discuss the style and the font of the letters with the tattoo artist. One could also get some ideas from various websites that offer free tattoo designs.
Placement of the Tattoo
Baby footprint tattoos can be made on any part of the body. They can be inked on the back, shoulders, chest or on the wrist. Getting baby footprint tattoos on the feet is a popular idea. One could get both the feet tattooed on the same foot or get each footprint of their baby tattooed on their corresponding feet. This gives them the feeling that they are walking with their child all the time. The size of the design is an important consideration while deciding upon the placement of the tattoo. Tattoos that include other motifs, require larger areas. For such tattoos, the back or chest are suitable places. In personal opinion, baby footprint tattoos should be made on a part of the body that is easily visible to the parent. This would serve as a constant reminder of the love that the child has brought into the parent's life.
Colors to Use
Black and gray are the most common colors for tattoo designs. However, when it is about carrying a permanent memory of your child on your body, there is no reason why you should stick to the traditional colors. Explore the different colors available on the palette. One could also use pink or blue to distinguish between the footprints of a girl and a boy.
It is very important to take proper care of the tattoo after you get one done. A tattoo is like an open wound, and so it is important to stick to the tattoo aftercare instructions given by the tattoo artist. Most tattoo artists recommend to keep the tattoo bandaged for about 2 to 4 hours after the tattoo has been made. Once the bandage has been taken off, wash the area with lukewarm water and some mild soap. Consult the tattoo artist for the soap that you should use. Pat the area dry, preferably with a fresh paper towel. Use a mild cream for the first few days on the recommendations of the tattoo artist. Then switch to some light lotion over the next few days.