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Quality control lacking.
on November 12, 2014
I received one of these as a gift for my first born and we really loved the idea of hand prints as a keepsake! The first year was a little tough with a one year-old but by year two, we were pros. We did find that you had to be pretty fast between putting the plaster in the tin and getting the print done. It seemed if you didn't pay attention at the right second, you'd just about miss your opportunity before the plaster hardened. Knowing that, we were always prepared after the first year to be quick.
Anyway, we bought two more sets when my twin boys were born and it was a tiring production. For whatever reason, the plaster took forever to get firm enough to make a proper impression and we sat around with two antsy, squirmy, annoyed babies for over 15 minutes because we didn't want to miss the perfect window of time and have it get too hard. I have no idea if they changed their plaster recipe or it has to do with temperature/humidity factors or what--but I got so frustrated that I almost wanted to give up on getting prints for my twins! I suppose when you're multiplying an already frustrating experience by two, it just gets worse. I'm hoping all the years to come between my three kids will be smooth sailing. There is a bit of a learning curve, so if you're anything like us, your first year print might be pretty pathetic looking and they only get neater from there!
Still, overall, I think it's a nice little keepsake/birthday activity for the first five years.
Edit: Well, I wanted to look back on my boys' first year handprints when year two rolled around and rust spots spread into the plaster (see my photo). We left the tins sitting out for days before they felt really hardened and when they finally felt firm enough, we closed them up and put them away. Not really sure how this happened, but considering the difficulty we had with both of their kits vs. the experience with the first kit we received, I'd say that was to blame. Now we have two really ugly rust-stained mementos of their first year and it's not like we can really go back and fix them. Pretty frustrating.