Monday, May 31, 2010

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Giveaway & Review: "By Baby" Ceramic Hand & Foot Impression Keepsakes [CLOSED]

TWINtuitive Product #25

I chose these hand print keepsakes by By Baby to feature as a "TWINtuitive Product" because, although these By Baby baby handprint kits would be an ideal gift for any parents or parents-to-be, I think a Sibling Print Keepsake would be especially meaningful to parents of multiples. Since hand prints are unique, these impressions truly show that each twin or multiple is their own special little person.

Ordering your keepsake is a 4-step process . . . choose your keepsake, order your baby handprint kit, make and return your impressions, and then wait for your personalized keepsake to arrive. It takes about 8 weeks for the final product to arrive, but it is well worth the wait.

What I thought about our By Baby experience:

1) I thought the kit was presented very nicely and definitely came ready-to-wrap if it had been intended to be used as a gift.

2) Taking the imprints and packing them to return to safely was not difficult, but it was slightly stressful. You had to place the softened Play-Doh on the provided cardboard rectangle, roll it until it was smooth and the right thickness, and then have your child make an impression that was as deep as possible. Depending on your child's ability to not wiggle his or her fingers, this can be a quick process or you may have to make several attempts. It is also not easy to make a deep impression with a small child's hand because you need to push that little hand into the Play-Doh without hurting the child, since he or she does not have the strength to do it themselves.

3) To pack the imprints so that they traveled safely, the kit included a Ziploc bag, pieces of egg-crate foam, and additional cardboard pieces. I had doubts that the soft imprints were going to survive the trip, but I am happy to report that they did!

4) Something you should note is that the return shipping is not included in the price of the product. If you are giving a kit as a gift, you should probably include some cash for the cost of the shipping in an envelope and slip it into the box.

5) Along with the impressions, you will need to choose the color of the the glaze on the imprints, the color of the glaze on the writing, and a ribbon color. There were many colors to choose from for both the glaze and the ribbon. Since my imprints were of both boys and girls, it took me forever to choose. It really helped to look at the galleries within each section of By Baby products to see if there is a color combination shown that stood out to me. You can also upgrade to add dots, stripes, additional text, or additional impressions to your design.

6) I know the hand impressions all arrived safely because, when we received our ceramic keepsake, our three children put their hands right into the glazed hand prints and they matched up perfectly.

7) The plaque itself is extremely heavy, so I was glad to see that the ribbon was extra wide and was strung right through pre-made holes in the plaque. The portion of the ribbon that was tied in a bow is tied in a way that makes it extremely secure, so I had no worries about hanging this weighty plaque up on the wall on a screw.

By Baby products are not limited to just hand and foot impressions on glazed ceramic plaques, but also include impression garden stones, personalized name or word glazed plaques, personalized bow holders and picture holders, paw print plaques for pets, and more. Visit to view their full line of products.

Thank you to By Baby for sending us a sample kit and plaque free of charge to base this review upon and for providing a gift certificate as the prize for this contest.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive $50 gift certificate to By Baby.

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Leave a comment describing to me the By Baby product you would use your $50 gift certificate towards if you won this contest. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.

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(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!