Baby Feet: The Facts about those Little Feet

For the love of those tiny feet, we have gathered 10 facts about baby feet (one for every toe, of course). There is a reason why we cherish our baby’s feet; they are only so soft and small for such a short time and before you know it they are walking around in their first pair of shoes!Baby Feet Facts - Baby Feet Being Held Wrightson and Platt Baby Feet Casting

  1.  Growing Fast: Babies’ feet grow extremely fast; by the time your child is one their feet will be nearly half their adult size.
  2.  How Fast Do They Grow? Every pair of feet is unique and can grow at different speeds, but on average in the first 12 months a baby can grow up to 4 shoe sizes! That’s at least 40mm in a year.
  3. The Shape of Your Baby’s Feet: Do those tiny feet look similar to yours or your partner’s? Well that’s because your baby has inherited them from Mum and Dad. Rounded, tapered or square, your baby will have inherited one of these characteristics; just compare those tiny toes to your own.
  4. Feet Looking Flat? Well that’s because they are going to be flat for the first few years. The arch of your child’s feet will start to develop when they are about two or three (do see your podiatrist for regular checks).
  5. Baby Feet Size: On average a newborn baby’s feet are 7.6cm long but they can be bigger or tinier so wait until your little one arrives before you buy their little socks.
  6. Bones: A baby will not have formed bones for at least 6 months. Babies are born with cartilage which is soft and flexible. Their bones will be fusing and growing for a while (until their late teens!).
  7. Growth and Development: Between 9-18 months old it is important that your children’s feet are allowed to grow naturally as there are 25 bones forming (no tight socks or shoes for those tootsies).
  8. The Value of Movement: Let your little one kick and wriggle those legs and feet; it all helps them develop the little muscles they’ll soon need for walking.
  9. First Shoes: Did you know that babies don’t actually need to wear structured shoes even when they have started to try to walk. In fact for those first 18 months it is recommended that to encourage their feet to grow freely, they shouldn’t be restricted (of course you can keep them warm with some loose little socks).
  10. Those First Steps: It will be in your child’s first 13-18 months that your child will take their first steps (on average, after all every child is unique).

Treasure your baby’s tiny feet while they fit in the palm of your hand.

Baby Hands and Feet Cast in Glass and Bronze

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The Magic in Making Those Tiny Feet

Every little pair of feet we cast is unique; they are made with the utmost care, incredible attention to detail and a little bit of magic. So we thought you might like to have a little look at how one of beautiful pieces is made. W&P’s Glass Baby Footprint Block:
 Baby FootPrints Cast in Glass Inverse Glass Block By Wrightson and PlattFrom start to finish, our team works hard to ensure that every detail of your baby’s feet is captured.Plaster Baby Feet Cast By Wrightson and Platt Sculptors and JewellersEach stage of production involves our craftsmen and women using their specialist skills to capture your baby’s footprints in glass. Our glass takes months to produce because the glass is heated and cooled very, very slowly to ensure a perfect finish. Such a delicate material needs plenty of TLC.Baby Feet Cast in Glass Block How It's Made by Wrightson and Platt London Sculptors and JewellersAnd finally the big reveal! Once the glass has cooled, our team clean, polish, frost and finish the glass with your chosen engraving added for that special finishing touch!

Baby Feet Cast in Glass By Wrightson and Platt Sculptors and JewellersYour unique crystal clear glass sculpture is complete so you can treasure those tiny feet always.

Glass Baby Feet Cast in an Inverse Glass Block By Wrightson and Platt London

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Celebrating an Autumn Arrival

The nights are drawing in and we’ve got our blankets at the ready for snuggling under on those chilly nights.  Autumn is a beautiful time to spend with your family whether you are inside keeping warm or enjoying the great outdoors.

From the warming colours of autumn, to beautiful botanical here’s a few unique ways to celebrate this season:

  1. Expecting a little bundle of joy this autumn? Celebrate your baby’s arrival with this unique glass panel, capturing every little detail of your baby’s feet in the warmest colours.
    Baby Feet glass feet wall panel; red feet, green feet, yellow feet, orange feet by Wrightson and Platt
  2. Little acorns grow into mighty oaks. Beautifully cast in sterling silver, this acorn pendant has been made by our talented silversmith, forever a treasure.Sterling Silver Acorn Jewellery, Wrightson and Platt
  3. Save your autumn treasures in this pumpkin trinket box, cast in bronze to treasure for a lifetime.

Bronze Pumpkins by Wrightson and Platt

 

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First steps

We recently had a mum call us; she had been spring cleaning and found her son Billy’s first pair of little leather boots. Billy is not so little anymore; he is 16 years old with size 10s, but Mum had held onto his first boots as a reminder of how tiny he once was.

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Billy’s First Boot, 1 Year Old

She asked us if there was a way that we could turn one of the little boots into a treasured memento that would truly stand the test of time.

We explained that it could be silver or gold plated – if she wanted a bit of bling! – or cast in bronze to keep all the texture and detail of the original leather, and she plumped for the bronze.  So our talented team got to work; creating the mould, then the wax model, and finally casting the boot in bronze capturing every little crease, scuff mark and even the worn-down sole. Shoe Cast in Bronze, First Shoe By Wrightson and Platt Life Cast Sculptors and Jewellers

Everyone at W&P fell a little bit in love with Billy’s bronze boot – it really is a little thing of beauty! And as for Mum, she’s absolutely thrilled with the result which can now be treasured and kept forever in the most beautiful way.

So if you’re having a clear out ahead of the new school year, and you happen upon those precious little shoes from way back when, just get in touch and we can talk to you about preserving them forever as precious little ornaments.

First Boot Cast in Bronze By Wrightson and Platt Sculptors and Jewellers
Billy’s First Boot Cast in Bronze
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Dad & Baby Holding Hands

Do you remember the first time you ever held your father’s hand?

Well he will certainly remember the first time he held yours. When you were too tiny to remember that you could hold his finger in your tiny hand.

Such a beautiful moment between father and child that marks the beginning of a new life. It is always a joy to capture this precious time that goes by in the blink of an eye.

With Father’s Day approaching, we thought we’d share just a few of the unique moments of fatherhood that we have captured over the years.

Family hands in glass and bronze, dad and baby hands by Wrightson and Platt

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Celebrating Our Brothers and Sisters

In the USA, most states celebrate Siblings Day on 10th April.  While we don’t mark this day in the UK, we think it’s a great idea that should be celebrated all over the world.  After all, we’ve known our siblings all our lives, and they know us better than anyone, so why not stop and appreciate these very special people in our lives.

We wanted to show you some of the beautiful sibling pieces that our families have asked us to make for them.  These sculptures and pieces of jewellery capture the special bonds that exist between brothers and sisters from such a young age. 

Our Five Favourite Sibling Pieces

Siblings Hands Together Sculpture Life Cast By Wrigthtson and Platt in Bronze, and Jewellery in Gold

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Meet the Team: New York Casting Artist

We have a team of casting artists all over the world who are specially trained to capture your beautiful family moments. Our casting artists have the pleasure of meeting families at the most precious of times, as they welcome you to the world of Wrightson and Platt. This month we introduce you to Karin, our New York Casting Artist.

Karin casts baby hands and feet in New York this is our New York Casting Artist Karin, with her children

Name: Karin Kimtis

Joined W&P: 2011

Location: New York City

How Karin became part of the team: We first met Karin when we took casts of her two children back in 2005 and 2007 when they were babies.  When she received her sculptures and saw the quality of W&P’s work, Karin expressed an interest in becoming one of our casting artists. She has now been casting for us in the New York area since 2011 and has cast over 160 babies and children for us, with many customers returning as new members of the family arrive.

What does Karin do as a casting artist? Karin will come to your home in New York, and meet you and your family. She will bring a sample of the pieces we make so that you can take a look at the quality of the pieces we make, and choose the piece you would like from a wide selection of sculptures and jewellery in a range of materials including bronze, silver, gold and glass.

Karin will bring her casting kit to take casts of you and your family’s hands and feet using a harmless organic casting material called alginate. It is like a firm jelly so it is nice and gentle to use. The casting is very quick and once the casts are taken of your family, Karin will then ship them to W&P HQ in London. Once they arrive in London we will make your pieces in our studio and keep you posted about their progress before we package them up beautifully and ship the final pieces back to you to admire and enjoy with your family and friends.

If you are based in New York, you can book a casting appointment with Karin on 877-788-1615. You will be in very safe hands.

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The Portland Hospital Welcomes Visitors to Pregnancy Open Day

Open Day Sunday 22nd of November 2015

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The Portland Hospital is opening its doors to welcome visitors to its Pregnancy Open Day on Sunday 22nd November 2015. The day provides an exclusive opportunity for parents-to-be and medical professionals to visit the UK’s largest private maternity unit.

Guests attending the day will be offered guided tours of the hospital’s world class facilities including state-of-the-art delivery suites, maternity wards and nurseries. Visitors can also take a look at the imaging services to see examples of some amazing 3D/4D ultrasound technology including moving and still images of babies whilst in the womb.

Obstetric Consultants, midwives and breastfeeding specialists are on hand throughout the day to meet visitors and offer one-to-one advice. There is also the opportunity to find out more about the antenatal and postnatal classes and exercise available. Mums-to-be also have the opportunity to take a free ‘Bump Photo’ courtesy of Image Thirst photographers and expectant mothers can walk-away with a special goodie bag with exclusive products from leading suppliers and also includes useful maternity information.

At The Portland’s final Pregnancy Open Day of 2015 will be Paediatric Consultant Dr Olga Kapellou who will be available to answer any questions, from newborns, immunisations, baby checks to the red book.

Natalie Harrington, First-Time Mum-to-Be attended the July Pregnancy Open Day with her partner, ‘We are so pleased we attended the open day. We spoke with a midwife who was informative; she listened to our concerns about pregnancy and birth and alleviated them. Thank you. We look forward to having our baby with you’

The Pregnancy Open Day is complimentary to all expectant mothers and their partners and provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to find out valuable information about pregnancy and birthing options, meet the staff, midwives and Consultants and tour the hospital’s facilities.

For further information please call the Maternity Enquiry Line on 020 7390 6068 or register free online.

If you are unable to attend the open day on Sunday 22nd of November, The Portland Hospital will be announcing the dates of their next series of open days for 2016 shortly.

Please note there are no costs incurred to attend this event and parents-to-be are warmly invited, including those who are not booked to deliver at The Portland Hospital. Visitors need to register in advance for the event.

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