One favourite keepsake is the preservation of your baby's first steps through bronzed baby shoes.
Since 1934, sentimental parents have been having their baby’s first shoes bronzed as a way of preserving the cherished moments of their child's first steps. In the early 1960’s and 1970’s, this was a most-popular tradition. In the ‘80’s and 90’s, the demand for bronzing baby shoes had declined, but more recently, there has been a strong resurgence in having this done.
Bronzing shoes is the process of totally encasing the actual baby shoes in real metal to preserve them forever. The bronzed baby shoes are a kind of “trophy to babydom,” which evoke a flood of happy memories of their baby’s first steps every time a proud parent sees them out on display.
What’s changed in the past few years is that more parents are becoming aware that in addition to having their first traditional walking or crib shoes bronzed, they can also have their baby’s first sneakers bronzed. Baby Nikes and Reeboks lead the pack with Baby Adidas and Keds following closely behind. And according to mothers who have had this done, the baby sneakers appear to have even more personality when they’re bronzed.
There are many companies out there where one can get the shoes bronzed. When shopping for something like baby shoe bronzing, be sure to use a company that is well-established, has reasonable prices and a satisfaction guarantee. And make sure they use real metal electroplating to preserve the shoes. This way you can be sure of getting keepsakes you can cherish for a lifetime.
For those who prefers to do it yourself, you can even obtain a complete baby shoe bronzing kit through mail order. Do make sure you clean the shoes thoroughly and air dry them completely before you start the bronzing process.