The best keepsakes I have, from both of my pregnancies(besides my lovely girls, of course), are my belly moulds! First time around I bought a kit on ebay for £12, and second time I just ordered the bandages & got a bottle of PVA glue from the local art shop! Number 2 turned out better. They are so much fun and a great way to celebrate your pregnancy!
What you need:
To be about 36 to 38 weeks pregnant
ModRoc Plaster of Paris bandages (I got 3 rolls..I think I got the 6cm by 2m ones)(available online, or perhaps at an art shop or pharmacy)
A tub of vaseline
Friend/s or a partner
Warm bath or shower to jump into afterwards
How to do it:
- Cut bandages into strips long enough to cover your bump, cut some smaller pieces for breasts, nipples, cleavage, belly button
- Put towels or an old shower curtain down
- Get naked or wear old nickers
- Cover any hairy bits with vaseline (or else you’ll know about it later!!)
- Get a biggish bowl of warm water
- Stand up or sit on a covered chair (arms above your head if you want your boobs looking extra perky)
- Time for your friend/partner to work fast…run the bandages through the water and start sticking. It’s a good idea(I learnt second time around) to work from above your breasts, right down to your pubic hairline, and all the way around the sides of your body.
- Do 2 or 3 layers, continuously smoothing it over with their hands.. bearing in mind mod roc dries quickly (not so quick that you need to panic!) You can add a bit of water to bits that need smoothing over.
- Now add a big dollop of PVA glue to the water, give it a stir and continue. (about half water, half glue…so you may need to reduce the amount of water you have in the bowl) This strengthens it and stops the cast from going crumbly too fast
- We did 4 or 5 layers in total, at which time the mould was coming away from my body. I removed it and we very carefully painted the inside and outside of it with the glue/water solution and left it to dry.
- We had a Mother & Father Blessingway(instead of a baby shower), where our friends each painted something on it, using acrylic paints. I put a glossy varnish over it once it had dried. What a wonderful memory and keepsake.
My hubby did this one for me, and we painted it at our blessingway, everyone painted their own picture(We painted the base layer the day before). Both were done at 36 weeks pregnant. The second one is stronger due to using glue and going further around my sides.