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Mothercare First Impression Gift Kit

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Brand: Mothercare / Type: Nursery Accessories

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      31.08.2010 22:45
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      We recieved this kit when our daughter was born and it was given to us as a gfit from my brother-in-law. He thought it would be a nice little gift to give us to make a lasting memory of how tiny our little girl once was when she eventually becomes a stroppy and moody teenager!

      The impressions kit is basically a little kit for you to make clay foot and hand prints from your child. It is a nice idea and a nice little keepsake.

      When we opened the set we found it comprised of two really nice and well made wooden frames, 150g of air drying clay and a pink mount for each frame. I am assuming you can chose the colour at the time of purchase.

      One afternoon when we were having a little relax we decided that it would be a nice little activity to do so I got the kit out to start making my daughter's prints and was a little bit excited about it. The instructions said that you first had to knead the clay like it was dough for bread which I did. Once the clay is completely kneaded that you can go about making the prints.

      What the instructions fail to tell you is that because this is AIR DRYING clay (which starts drying almost immediately) that you need to have the speed and precision of an early morning commuter trying to squeeze on to the Victoria Line train during the 8am rush hour! We decided that the best way to get our daughter's hand and foot prints would be to move the clay to her rather than her to the clay as she was being extremely wriggly and by the time we would have got her into the right position we would have just been left with a ball of hard clay. I was disappointed with how quickly we had to execute this activity as I had pictures in my head of it being a nice little family activity which we would look back on fondly.

      The clay is baby friendly and it does stick a little bit to your baby so make sure you have some baby wipes at the ready before this dries rock hard.
      Once we had both our daughter's hand and foot impressions in the clay we left them to completely dry and I was really surprised with the results when I looked at them a few hours later. The impression of both her hand and foot were clear and you could see how small they were. They looked really nice and looked even better when put into the frame a couple of days later.

      After the hassel of getting the impressions with the quickest drying clay I have ever come across I was really pleased with the results and the two frames with the impressions in have pride of place in our living room.

      I do recommend the kit but I would say have a look around first as there are quite possibly better ones than this available.

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        31.07.2010 02:59
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        A nice idea that might have been a little better

        We had this as gift from a friend who wanted to pick a couple of baby gifts that were a bit less run of the mill than many we might have chosen ourselves and the Mothercare First Impression Gift Set was one of the items we got.

        The cost for this was £16.00 at the time for the set, but having checked since then I find its now just £12.80. Which makes me wonder if its been reduced as its not as easy to use as it might be had the clay been a little more pliable. So maybe it hasn't been as popular as it may have been.

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        The set which came from Mothercare included a double picture frame which was of a good quality and was boxed nicely in a white box with an example piccy of the finished article on the front. We thought that it made a very attractive looking gift set at the time when we got it.

        When we got it from our friend we were thrilled with it and she was invited back to see the finished results. I feel the set is a good idea in principle for giving as a gift, as it means that parents and also grandparents are able to have a lasting imprint of their cherished newborns tootsies or hands.

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        In the past we have been given similar gifts, to make a set of imprints that we made by using non toxic safe paints. We used the paints and a light sponge onto a teeny tootsie and quick as a flash made a life sized imprint of said tootsie to last for all time. Framed it all up and they looked good.

        With the Mothercare gift set in this instance, we felt after finding out how hard it was to get a decent imprint on the air drying clay that came with the set, a home made kit might have been the better option and is something we would consider instead in future. After all we found the paint and paper option easy to do, but found the clay in the Mothercare set a little too hard and awkward to get a good result from.

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        By the time we saw the finished tootsie pic all set up within the frame it didn't look too bad. Although the imprint was not all that distinct you could make out the faint shape of the babys foot.

        We didn't want to push babys foot too firmly onto the air drying clay, so made do with a quick and simple imprint that was the end result we saw. I can't comment on the texture of the clay much, other than to say that it was a bit too firm to make a better imprint.

        I can see that no one would want to push a babys hand or foot too far onto the clay to get a good result as this may upset or cause harm. We certainly didn't. So perhaps there is a way to soften the clay more than we realized or maybe the stiff texture of the clay is a bit of a design fault.

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        One thing that was nice was the fact that you could choose the right colour mount to use, as the set came with either a pink or blue mount to suit. The frame came in a nice neutral light wood colour which could suit many colour schemes in the home.

        One side of the photo frame is for the clay imprint to be set into and the other is for a piccy of the baby. The finished effect of the two sides together did look nice, but it was a shame that the imprint was not just a bit clearer to see.

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        On the whole we were still pleased with the gift as it is a lasting reminder of how teeny babies soon grow and change. As your child grows the little imprint of the baby tootsie will remain as teeny and perfect as the first time you set eyes on the real thing. Even if the execution and ease of use was a little lacking, the end result did make us happy, so the set did redeem itself in the end.

        Because of this I feel the set is worthy of a 3 star rating as its a lovely idea that does work, but it has lost a star due to the fact that the actual imprint quality is effected by the clay that came with the set.

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          29.07.2010 10:08
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          Keep your money

          I bought one of these to give to my mum as a keepsake when my son was born. I had done similar things with my first 2 children but had bought expensive kits and when I saw this I thought it was worth a go.

          The original cost is £16 but at the moment they have it reduced to £12.80 and it is from Mothercare.

          It is a set of 2 wooden frames with the space for a photo on one side and the babies imprint on the other. The frames are 20 x 23 x 6. The frames are lovely, the wood is very smooth and polished with a great shine on it. The frames come with either a blue or a pink mount to go with the photo and the print.

          The kit comes complete with some clay which can be moulded and used for your babies foot and handprint.

          The directions state that you knead the clay until it is soft and then gently press the hand or foot into it to get the print. Then leave it to dry and place it into the frame.

          In reality this isn't the case!

          The clay is very messy, it is air drying and it gets hard very quickly. When you are kneading it it gets very messy and sticky and it isn't pliable at all. The imprint is very hard to get as the clay is too hard. Also, once you have the vague shape I found that when I left it to dry it went all mishapen. I ended up giving up. It is hard enough having your baby fight you when you try to do this and it makes it worse when the actual product defeats you as well!

          This product was a great disapointment. I ended up buying one of the expensive kits that I had been trying to avoid. It is a lovely frame though, and I used the space in the frame for the print I made with the other kit.

          A good idea but the clay lets it down.

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          06.02.2010 16:03
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          DONT BUY its PANTS!!!!

          What is it and what's it for?
          Mothercares 1st Impression Gift Set was bought for me off my mum to remember my sons first christmas. You get a wooden frame which is 20cm x 23cm x 6cm in size, you get both a blue and a pink insert for the frames and 150g of air drying soft clay. The Gift Kit can be used from birth and is safe to use even on a newborn! The Gift Kit is for making impressions of your childs feet or hands by pressing them into the soft clay.

          Where to buy?
          You can only purchase this one from Mothercare itself although the impression kits are available from a multiude of places.

          Value for Money
          At £16.00 it is one of the cheapest I have found but it is the cheapest that is made!

          Overall?
          This Gift Kit is PANTS dont buy it! The clay is hard to mould into an impressionable soft clay and it therefore is hard to get an impression like shown in the picture on the website. The instructions are hard to make sense of and I just worked without them. My clay hasnt hardened and is still soft to the touch even though I have had it in the air for nearly two weeks! You have to push your babies hands and feet into the clay and you need to push quite hard to the point where I thought I would hurt my little man. Definately buy one of the more expesive impression kits out there if you ask me!

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