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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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

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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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Baby left in trash can 'fighting for his life'

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Police say a newborn baby is in extremely critical condition after his mother left him in a trash can near her home in Kearns, Utah.

Unified Police Detective Jared Richardson says a woman who lived nearby heard what she thought was a kitten meowing in the trash bin on Tuesday morning.

She called out another woman to help her retrieve it, and the two found the baby.

Richardson says the boy was airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he’s now on a ventilator and fighting for his life.

Police say the 24-year-old mother later returned to the scene and told officers that she’d left the baby there about an hour before he was found.

Richardson says police detained the mother and are investigating.

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Baby Born Right Before Earthquake Rattles Hospital

PHOTO: Angel Sanchez holds his newborn son Ismael Sanchez, who was born during a 6.0 earthquake that struck the Napa Valley area, at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Aug. 24, 2014.

He was just in time.

A healthy baby boy was born right before an earthquake shook a northern California hospital — and the newborn’s parents say they’re just glad everyone is OK.

“We’re grateful that our baby son and all of us are safe, and for our doctor and the hospital staff who cared for us before and after the earthquake,” parents Connie Navarro and Angel Sanchez said in a statement.

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Baby Ismael Sanchez was born at 2:37 a.m. local time Sunday, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 21 inches long, at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California. The 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck the area around 3:20 a.m.

The parents were by the baby’s side when the earthquake hit, and staff immediately made sure the family was safe.

The South Napa Earthquake was the area’s strongest quake in 25 years, destroying homes and buildings and injuring dozens and stranding thousands without power or water.

At least 120 people were treated at the medical center where Ismael was born, hospital officials said.

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How to Enjoy Your First Vacation With Baby

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO–(Marketwired – August 25, 2014) – After nine months of carrying your baby and an often-stressful birth, think of a vacation with your little one as the perfect opportunity to introduce him to the outside world. It’s not impossible to do — if you’re wondering ‘can he travel?’ the answer is yes! You’ll just need to follow a few simple tips to enjoy your vacation and make it unforgettable.

1 — Introduce Him to His Environment

The key is to start introducing your baby to his surroundings between the first and second month. During a visit to the park, for example, he’ll experience his environment and start to become familiar with being out and about. Start with short outings and gradually make them longer and longer. This will make traveling easier.

2 — Choose the Perfect Destination

Look for a holiday destination with the perfect climate for your baby; don’t subject him to drastic changes in temperature. Riviera Maya, for example, has an average temperature of 71°-77° F, perfectly warm enough to enjoy the beach and the sun, without being too hot.

3 — Make a List of Things you need

Write down everything your baby needs for comfort, carefully considering the trip you’re about to take. Bring comfortable clothing, formula (if necessary and if it will be difficult to get it in your destination), diapers, sun block, bottles and even a blanket if necessary.

4 — Don’t Over-pack

Remember that you’ll have your hands full carrying your baby and the one who’ll have to carry your bags is your partner. Don’t bring unnecessary items like a stroller, baby carrier or too many clothes. There are Baby-Friendly All-Inclusive resorts that offer items and services for your comfort. They’ll lend you everything necessary for baby and ensure your vacation won’t be affected if you forget something important at home.

5 — Have fun

You’ve made the trip, now devote yourselves to having fun. Take lots of photos and treasure the memory of your first trip with baby. Don’t forget to enjoy some time alone for a romantic dinner; ask your Concierge about babysitting services. Many hotels offer babysitting, and you won’t have to worry; babysitters must have special certification to care for babies. 

Now you’re ready to enjoy your first vacation with your baby. Have a great trip!

Babies are VIPs at Grand Velas Resorts

Grand Velas Resorts make traveling with babies much simpler with a long list of accommodations especially for babies, as well as a dedicated Baby Concierge to make arrangements and recommendations for guests. Babies get VIP treatment at Grand Velas Resorts in Mexico. The newest offering from Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is baby’s first haircut, which comes with special pampering and a certificate celebrating the milestone. This can be combined with a 25-minute Sun rise Massage for 1 to 3-year-olds to stimulate the child’s senses, allowing him or her to recognize the differences between textures and sounds. At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, guests can reserve a crib prior to arrival and at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, besides cribs, everything from Mexican toys, baby floats, and baby clothes to gentle bath and shampoo gels are available. At both AAA Five Diamond resorts, baby’s diet is cared for: the hotels will prepare organic foods and beverages on request. Nanny service is also featured on advance notice.

About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:

Set on 205 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiances in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults only ocean-front, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. All 491 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, wireless internet access, L’Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour of Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of the disciples of world celebrity chef Arzak, won the AAA Five Diamond Award, the only all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region’s largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven step water journey. Other features include 24-hour personal butler concierge, 24/7 ensuite service, three swimming pools, two fitness centers, water sports, innovative kids club and teens lounge, Karaoke Bar, Koi piano bar and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting spaces and outdoor areas for events and has a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, Best of the Best Spa by Virtuoso, U.S. News and World Report and, which named it one of the Top Ten Coolest All-Inclusives in 2012. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts.

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DEAR ABBY: My teenaged daughter will be giving birth soon, and she has decided to place her baby for adoption. I have told her that whatever she decides, I will support her decision.

Here is the difficult part: This will still be my biological grandchild. When this beautiful child is lovingly handed over to the adoptive parents, I will be losing a grandchild. I am already in mourning.

Are there other grandparents out there who are going — or have gone — through this, and how are they coping? I already see a therapist, but I would still like to know how others are coping. — UN-GRANDPARENT IN OHIO

DEAR UN-GRANDPARENT: I wish you had told me more about the kind of adoption your daughter has chosen for her baby. If it is an open adoption in which she will be kept informed about the child’s milestones and progress, ask the adoptive couple if they would welcome you as an “extra” grandparent for the child. If I hear from others who have gone through this process, I will let you know, because I’m sure they will write to help you through your heartache.

DEAR ABBY: I am being married to the man of my dreams next month. “Jon” and I love each other and are excited to celebrate our life as husband and wife together with our families and friends.

I have a 6-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, and after talking to her, she told me she would like to walk me down the aisle instead of being our flower girl. I love the idea, and so does Jon.

I will have to talk to my dad about it, because I know he was looking forward to it although we do not have a close relationship. I have lived on my own since I was 17. How do I communicate to him in an appropriate way that my daughter, who has been my family for the past six years, will walk me down the aisle and not him? — CONFUSED BRIDE-TO-BE

DEAR CONFUSED: Because you aren’t close to your father, this may not come as a shock to him. However, if he was asked to walk you down the aisle, he may be very hurt and it could cause a rift.

Be as diplomatic as possible when you break the news. Start by saying, “I was talking about the wedding with little ‘Jennifer,’ and she came up with an idea Jon and I think is adorable. Instead of being our flower girl, she wants to walk me down the aisle. We feel it would bring our little family even closer together. I hope you don’t mind….”

DEAR ABBY: My husband has a low-paying job and I am trying to see that he gets a better one, but each step I take he regards as pestering him. This has driven us apart from each other. It really hurts me because we are now like strangers living together. What do I do? — SAD WIFE IN ABUJA, NIGERIA

DEAR SAD WIFE: Change tactics. What you consider helpful encouragement may be regarded by your husband as constant nagging about a sore subject. Tell him you love him, didn’t mean to pressure him — and if you see some ads seeking men with his skills that offer a higher salary, let him know about them. That’s what I would do.

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Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'

BANGKOK (AP) — Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the “Baby Factory” case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.

Police raided a Bangkok condominium earlier this month and found nine babies and nine nannies living in a few unfurnished rooms filled with baby bottles, bouncy chairs, play pens and diapers. They have since identified Mitsutoki Shigeta as the father of those babies — and seven others.

“What I can tell you so far is that I’ve never seen a case like this,” Thailand’s Interpol director, police Maj. Gen. Apichart Suribunya, said Friday. “We are trying to understand what kind of person makes this many babies.”

Apichart said that regional Interpol offices in Japan, Cambodia, Hong Kong and India have been asked to probe Shigeta’s background, beginning last week. Police say he appears to have registered businesses or apartments in those countries and has frequently traveled there.

“We are looking into two motives. One is human trafficking and the other is exploitation of children,” said police Lt. Gen. Kokiat Wongvorachart, Thailand’s lead investigator in the case. He said Shigeta made 41 trips to Thailand since 2010. On many occasions he traveled to nearby Cambodia, where he brought four of his babies.

Shigeta has not been charged with any crime. He is trying to get his children back — the 12 in Thailand are being cared for by social services — and he has proven through DNA samples sent from Japan that he is their biological father. He quickly left Thailand after the Aug. 5 raid on the condominium and has said through a lawyer that he simply wanted a large family and has the means to support it.

Kokiat said Shigeta hired 11 Thai surrogate mothers to carry his children, including four sets of twins. Police have not determined the biological mothers, Kokiat said.

The founder of a multinational fertility clinic that provided Shigeta with two surrogate mothers said she warned Interpol about him even before the first baby was born in June 2013.

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“As soon as they got pregnant, he requested more. He said he wanted 10 to 15 babies a year, and that he wanted to continue the baby-making process until he’s dead,” said Mariam Kukunashvili, founder of the New Life clinic, which is based in Thailand and six other countries. He also inquired about equipment to freeze his sperm to have sufficient supply when he’s older, she said in a telephone interview from Mexico.

As for Shigeta’s motives, Kukunashvili said he told the clinic’s manager that “he wanted to win elections and could use his big family for voting,” and that “the best thing I can do for the world is to leave many children.” Kukunashvili declined The Associated Press’ request to talk to the clinic manager.

Kukunashvili, who is based at the company’s headquarters in the country of Georgia, said she never met Shigeta but received reports from her Thai staff.

She said that in April 2013, she sent faxes in English and French to Interpol’s head office in Lyon, France, and an email through the agency’s website, but they went unanswered. Apichart of Interpol in Thailand said the local office never saw the warnings. An Interpol spokesman in Lyon did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Kukunashvili also sent Shigeta an email to express suspicion, and attorney Ratpratan Tulatorn responded on his behalf in an Aug. 31, 2013, email that the clinic owner provided to the AP.

The attorney said Shigeta was involved in “no dishonesty, no illegal activities.” He said his client hoped to keep using New Life, but the company then stopped working with him.

Shigeta’s activities drew no attention until early this month, when an Australian couple was accused of abandoning a baby with his Thai surrogate mother — but taking his twin sister — after learning the boy had Down syndrome. Though the couple disputes the allegation, the case prompted a crackdown by Thai authorities on what had been a largely unregulated industry.

After the Australian case emerged, police received a tip that prompted the raid on Shigeta’s Bangkok apartment.

Ratpratan, the lawyer, appeared during the raid to insist that Shigeta had done nothing wrong.

“These are legal babies, they all have birth certificates,” Ratpratan told Thailand’s Channel 3 television station. “There are assets purchased under these babies’ names. There are savings accounts for these babies, and investments. If he were to sell these babies, why would he give them these benefits?”

Ratpratan is no longer Shigeta’s lawyer, and his replacement has not responded to requests for comment. Shigeta’s current whereabouts are unknown.


Associated Press writers Yuri Kageyama and Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo contributed to this report.

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Niger minister arrested in "baby-trafficking" investigation

NIAMEY (Reuters) – Niger’s agriculture minister has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a baby-trafficking network, a spokesman for his political party and legal sources said on Saturday.

The arrest of Abdou Labo, a senior figure in President Mahamadou Issoufou’s ruling coalition, comes after 17 people, including his wife and the spouses of other politicians, were arrested in June as part of a police investigation.

Following the arrest of his wife, Labo, who is one of five ministers of state in the 36-member government, denied any involvement in trafficking.

Kabirou Adamou, spokesman for Labo’s Democratic and Social Convention (CDS) party, said: “We had a party meeting this morning. The minister called to say the judge had decided to place him in detention. He is presumed innocent for the moment.”

Niger police suspect those currently being detained of acquiring new-born babies from “baby factories” in neighbouring Nigeria. The case has been referred to Niger’s public prosecutor.

“Abdou Labo was imprisoned Saturday at the civilian prison in Say, 60 km (37 miles) southwest of (the capital) Niamey,” a judge told Reuters, asking not to be named. “This is in the framework of the investigations into baby trafficking.”

A second judicial source confirmed the arrest.

Human trafficking and the sale of children is a long-standing issue across West Africa. Last year, police in Nigeria raided several “baby factories”, freeing dozens of pregnant girls who were being forced to bear children for sale.

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