Baby Feet Casting

baby feet castingForever Baby Feet

Parents, have you ever looked at your baby and thought “I wish I could preserve this time forever”?  Well, there is a way to remind yourself every day of those precious few months of your new baby’s life.

You can get a casting made of your baby’s feet. That way, years down the road, when the child is driving you crazy, you can gaze at the cast of him/her’s tiny feet and be reminded that that child is your baby.

Another reason to get a cast made of your baby’s feet is to give it as a gift to the proud grandparents, which would be especially touching if they’re first time grandparents.

Convinced that getting a baby feet casting is the way to go? Or too worried that it will be hard and time consuming?

Here’s some more information.

There are two ways to go about getting your cast. If you’re a real do-it-yourselfer than more power to you.

The first step is finding a provider. You can most likely find a kit at your local craft store or you can buy one on-line. The main thing you need to look for is the amount of impression powder and casting powder the kit provides. For first timers making the actual cast can be pretty tricky and you want to make sure the kit provides enough materials for several trials. The moulding mix is completely safe for your baby’s skin so there’s no need to worry about that.

The basic casting kit can run around nine dollars and it can go up from there depending if you want anything special like a base to display the casts, any special finishes like bronze or silver, or if you want 2-D or 3-D casts. Another aspect of this to consider is your baby’s age. Many kits and reviewers recommend that you get your baby’s feet cast at the age between zero and eighteen months.

It’s the same if you get it done professionaly. The advantage of hiring a professional to cast your baby’s feet is obviously the wealth of experience that the professional has in this area. Then you have to find a location. The up side is that sometimes the professionals will come to your home.

The down side, of course, is the cost. Some professionals can cost a few hundred pounds. It all depends on what you want to have done.

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Man tripped, fell over baby at the museum: suit

Baby steps can be hazardous to your health.

A Manhattan man claims he was hurt at a Queens museum when he tripped and fell — over an infant who had been left on the floor.

Vernon Steward, 83, was at the American Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria in April when he encountered the baby on the third floor, according to a lawsuit.

Steward’s Manhattan Supreme Court suit against the museum doesn’t say who the baby belonged to, but the Park Avenue resident knows where to point the finger of blame.

The accident was due to the “carelessness, recklessness [and] negligence” of the museum, says Steward, who is seeking $2.25 million in damages.

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Niger parliament chief, facing baby-trafficking probe, 'in Belgium'

Niamey (AFP) – Niger’s head of parliament, who faces questioning in a probe into international baby-trafficking, has turned up in Belgium, an opposition official said Saturday, confirming a media report.

Hama Amadou, who had already quietly left Niger for neighbouring Burkina Faso, “is now in Brussels,” the official said, confirming the report by Radio France Internationale (RFI).

Amadou’s lawyer Souley Oumarou told AFP that he had “not received “this information”.

On Thursday he confirmed that his client, leading challenger to President Mahamadou Issoufou ahead of elections in 2016, had fled Niger for Burkina Faso because he felt threatened by the state, and not because of the baby trafficking accusations.

Amadou is suspected of “complicity” in the trafficking of babies born in Nigeria and trafficked into Niger via Benin.

He has denounced the charges as politically motivated and said they would involve a breach of his parliamentary immunity.

Mohamed Ben Omar, a member of parliament’s political bureau, which authorised the investigation, earlier said “that for the honour and respectability of our institution, he must make himself available to the judicial authorities”.

No request has so far been made to strip Amadou of his immunity from prosecution, he added.

The opposition has denounced the investigation as a breach of parliamentary rules, which do not allow “an office of the National Assembly to deliver a deputy to justice or to have him arrested”, said Tidjani Abdoulkadri, of the Democratic and Social Convention party.

Seventeen people, 12 of them women, were arrested in late June for their suspected involvement in a baby-trafficking ring between Nigeria, Benin and Niger. One of Amadou’s wives is among the 17.

Niger’s Agriculture Minister Abdou Labo was also remanded in custody Saturday in the politically charged probe.

The alleged crime involves forging and altering birth certificates to switch the names of mothers.

“The trafficking network is used primarily by couples who are unable to have children,” a source close to the case told AFP earlier this year.

“Baby factories” — private clinics where young girls sell their newborns to couples who are unable to conceive — are regularly uncovered in Nigeria.

Cases in which mothers give up babies born from rape have been reported at such clinics, but young women facing unwanted pregnancies are more common, according to the Nigerian authorities.

The newborns are sold for several thousand euros — with boys fetching more than girls. The mothers receive around 150 euros ($200).

The impoverished country of Niger has the highest birth rate in the world, an average of 7.6 children per woman.

In 2012, Niger police uncovered a fake orphanage where babies were sold on, some for use in black magic rituals.

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Baby found in trash can shows signs of improvement; many questions remain

KEARNS — Days after a woman was accused of leaving her newborn baby in a trash can, questions remain about her mental capacity, whether she knew she was pregnant and the identity of the baby’s father.

Alicia Englert, 23, was arrested Tuesday for investigation of attempted murder after a newborn baby girl was found in a garbage can with trash on top of her. Jail documents state the baby had not received any medical treatment or proper nutrition before being discarded.

The baby remained in critical condition Friday, but she is “stable and showing signs of improvement,” Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said.

The baby remains in state custody, and investigators are still trying to identify the infant’s father.

“To say that we have tips as to who he is, that’s probably a stretch,” Hoyal said. “Probably the better way to say it is we have information we’re following up on, because we don’t know, because we’re looking into information and following up on that. We’re still looking into different possibilities.”

Englert told police she had the baby Monday and put the baby in the trash “in hopes that it would die and solve her problems,” according to a jail report.

Englert remained in jail Friday. Officials are trying to keep her there for another week while they work to gather enough information to file charges.

“This is a very important case for us and for our community and for law enforcement,” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said, “and we want to be very thorough, but we also want to make sure that we get all the material that we need to make the right judgment call.”

The delay in filing charges is “standard practice for a big case,” Hoyal said.

Englert’s parents insist she has “special needs” and did not understand her actions.

“She doesn’t process things correctly,” her father, Robert Englert, said Wednesday. “She didn’t know what to do. She was confused. She was scared.”

Police are investigating photos believed to show Alicia Englert holding a bottle of beer at a Salt Lake nightclub just days before the baby’s birth. Investigators are trying to determine whether the photos will help in the case, according to Hoyal.

One employee at the club questions whether Alicia Englert knew she was pregnant.

Rachel Beckstrand, a bouncer at the club, said she saw Alicia Englert at the club every Friday and most Saturdays for the past three months, with the exception of one week. She said she thought the woman was pregnant but was not sure.

“I didn’t want to flat-out ask her if she was pregnant because … that’s kind of rude,” Beckstrand said. “But I would ask her, like, ‘Are you good to drink?’ Thinking maybe she would understand that means, ‘Are you, like, physically able to?’ And she would always just say, ‘Yeah, I’m good. I’m fine to drink.’ And so we believed her because … maybe she didn’t even know. I don’t even know, at this point, looking back, if she knew.”

Alicia Englert’s next-door neighbor, who asked not to be identified, was among those who found the baby Tuesday. While she did not know Alicia Englert, she said the parents are “absolutely wonderful, wonderful people. They care about our neighborhood and their neighbors around them.”

The neighbor’s father, who lives in San Diego, said he heard about his daughter’s involvement over the phone. The woman went outside early Tuesday morning when it was still dark and heard a noise, he said. She thought it was a cat but could not find it. His daughter could not shake the feeling that there was something out there and went back an hour later to search, he said.

Eventually, she and neighbors — including Robert Englert — discovered the baby.

The neighbor, who was adopted as a baby, said she wants to help raise awareness for Safe Haven laws and adoption programs.

“Just be aware that if you chose Safe Haven or adoption, there is no judgement toward the women who choose that,” she said. “What it means is there’s a chance out there, and you have choices.”

Utah’s Safe Haven law, in effect since 2011, lets parents or designees leave newborns at any 24-hour hospital without legal consequences. Call 866-458-0058 or email for more information.

Salt Lake County also offers a crisis hotline at 801-587-3000 where people can learn about available services, including parenting classes, temporary respite care for infants and children, and more, depending on the circumstances.

Contributing: Nkoyo Iyamba, Mary Ellen Geist

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Baby declared dead after being brought home from day care

A baby girl was pronounced dead Friday after her father retrieved her from a Queens daycare center — and the girl’s mother later charged that she was dead when he picked her up.

Daniella Okoye, 1, was rushed from her Springfield Gardens home to Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream, LI, where she was declared dead, cops said.

“She came home dead,” Okoye’s mom said through tears. “We took her to day care; that’s where she died.”

When the day-care worker handed the baby to her dad, it appeared the girl was sleeping, said family friend Terrance Cooper.

“It was presented to the father as if she were sleeping, which is why he didn’t go to the hospital,” said Cooper, an upstairs neighbor.

But cops believe the girl died after she was taken home, a law-enforcement source said later Friday.

Police are continuing the investigation.

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Photos Under Investigation in Abandoned Baby Case

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Police are seeking further details about photos that appear to show a Utah woman at a nightclub with a beer sometime before her newborn baby was dumped in a trash can.

Authorities said the pictures provided by KSL-TV could give officers more background on the case, though the images don’t appear directly related to the allegation and it was unclear when the pictures were taken, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal.

Alicia Marie Englert, 23, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder after the newborn was found in a neighbor’s trash can.

The girl was born at home late Sunday or early Monday, Hoyal said. Englert told police she put the baby in a trash can an hour before it was found without providing any medical care or food.

Englert also told police she hid the pregnancy from her parents and hoped the newborn girl would die and solve her problems, according to a probable cause statement.

The baby was taken to a hospital and put on a ventilator. She remained in critical condition on Friday. No details were released about her health issues.

The photos published Thursday appear to show Englert holding a beer and standing with another woman in a nightclub. Hoyal said investigators are looking at when the photos were taken, who is in them, and what new information they might provide. It was unclear who gave the pictures to the TV station.

Robert Englert said Friday his daughter has a learning disability and has only recently begun to understand what she has done.

“I know she didn’t realize, obviously didn’t realize, what she was doing,” he said.

It was unclear if Alicia Englert had retained an attorney.

Alicia Englert’s cousin, Vania Schmidt, said the extended family has been devastated.

“She knew she could reach out to any one of us, we would have taken her in, gotten her to a doctor, gotten her help,” she said.

Schmidt said Alicia Englert was partially raised by her aunt. As a child, she took an unusually long time to begin talking, Schmidt recalled, and while playing with other children, she would sometimes bite or scratch for no apparent reason.

“I could see innocence, I could see confusion, not knowing where she fit in,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt said she hasn’t talked to her cousin often in recent years.

Family members are planning a weekend fundraiser to aid the care of the baby and a candlelight vigil for the child on Sunday night.

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The 10 Most Bizarre Baby Names Of All Time

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Baby Boy on the Way for Bachelor Alum Renee Oteri

Break out the blue confetti: Renee Oteri is expecting a second son!

The former Bachelor contestant and her new husband, Bracy Maynard, revealed the sex of their baby on the way during a gender reveal party on Saturday.

“We knew we wanted to do something special for our friends and family,” Oteri tells PEOPLE exclusively. “It felt like New Year’s and the Fourth of July combined … but a thousand times more exciting!”

Oteri, 32, and Maynard used a party popper for the big reveal, with guests cheering as blue pieces of paper rained down on the couple.

“Everyone, including ourselves, had such an adrenaline rush,” she says. “This definitely beats balloons or a color-filled cake.”

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But the parents-to-be weren’t the only ones ecstatic to see the colored confetti fly out: Oteri’s son, Ben, had his bets on a baby boy.

“Ben was really hoping for a brother and he got it!” Oteri shares. “He can’t wait to teach this new little guy how to play baseball and show him all his creations on Minecraft.”

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As for Maynard, the mom-to-be adds he’s “thrilled about a boy” and “loves being a stepdad” to her son.

“[He's] always throwing the ball, cheering him on at baseball games,” she explains. “He’s excited about doing it again and having two little competitors. He’s excited to see Ben work on all the things they have practiced together with his new little brother!”

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With discovering the sex comes designing the nursery — and Oteri already has big plans for her baby’s “beachy” sleep space. “The nursery is going to be gray and sea foam,” she shares. “The decor will definitely include chevron patterns and vintage surfboards on the wall.”

The outdoors theme suits the active family well, as Oteri — who is feeling kicks and jokes her baby is an “active little ninja” — admits she’s been hiking and paddle boarding every day of her pregnancy.

“I’m a pretty firm believer that if you stay active and happy during pregnancy, you’ll feel that way too. Mind over matter,” she explains. “My belly is finally starting to pop, which Bracy is thrilled about! He can’t stop rubbing it.”

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– Anya Leon with reporting by Aili Nahas


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Baby found in rubbish bin in America

27 August 2014 Last updated at 17:05

Alicia Marie Englert

A newborn baby is seriously ill after police say her mother dumped her in a neighbour’s rubbish bin in a suburb of Salt Lake City in America.

Detective Jared Richardson in Kearns, Utah, said the two day old girl was still on a ventilator in a hospital.

The girl’s mother, 23-year-old Alicia Marie Englert, was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police say Englert told investigators that she had put the baby in the rubbish hoping it would die.

She said she also hid the pregnancy from her parents.

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Mother of newborn baby found in trash arrested

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman accused of dumping her day-old baby in a neighbor’s trash can told police she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy and hoped the newborn’s death would solve her problems, a probable cause statement shows.

Alicia Marie Englert, 23, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder.

The baby girl was in critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital on a ventilator and fighting for her life, authorities said.

The mother told officers she had left the baby about an hour before the child was found, authorities said. Englert told police the baby had not received any medical care or food.

The bay was discovered by a woman who heard what she thought was a kitten meowing in the trash bin in the Salt Lake City suburb of Kearns Tuesday morning, Unified Police Detective Jared Richardson said. The girl was airlifted to a hospital.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder, who oversees the Unified Police Department, said at the news conference that there were no visible injuries to the child and no information about the child’s father.

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“We had a young lady make a very, very terrible decision,” Winder said.

It occurred in a state that allows mothers to drop off newborns at hospitals without consequences, prompting officials to remind residents that there are resources available for expectant and new mothers, including a crisis hotline. At a Tuesday news conference, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and health officials said mothers can leave newborns at hospitals, no questions asked.

A handful of infants are dropped off at Utah hospitals under the safe haven law every year, said Al Romeo with the Utah Department of Health.

It’s not common for a mother to abandon a child in a trash can or other unsafe place, but there have been a few cases over the past 10 years, he said.

Romeo cited the discovery in April of seven dead newborn babies in the garage of a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Police believe the mother killed six of the infants after giving birth to them over a decade. A seventh baby is believed to have been stillborn.

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