There’s something mesmerizing about baby feet. So tiny and intricate, looking at them and holding those soft little tootsies is something many parents can become obsessed with. But
babies grow up before our eyes and pretty soon those tiny toes are gone. So it is any wonder baby footprint tattoo ideas for moms and dads are popular?
How best can a parent accomplish a great baby footprint tattoo? First, there’s the difficult decision of where you want those feet to
live on your body for all eternity. Popular spots are the foot itself, the upper back, and for some moms who have carried the baby, the belly as a memory of all those months baby and birth parent were one.
Next you have to figure out what size to make the footprint. For many
tattoo fans, this means using the real life size of a baby’s foot. That’s great as you’ll always be able to remember how small they once were, but another option worth considering is sizing down to make the tattoo more private and personal. This can be achieved by taking your child’s footprint then having it resized on a computer before going into the tattoo studio, or the artist can probably even accomplish this for you.
And of course, you have to find the right time to get your tattoo. If you’re
breastfeeding, it’s safest to wait to get a tattoo until you’re no longer nursing or pumping.
No matter when and where you decide to get your baby’s footprint tattooed on you, you’ll always have a lasting memory of your child’s most tender age and one of your biggest life-changing moments.
1 Birthdate and Heart Rate Tattoo
In addition to the baby feet outlines, the heart rate lines and the birthdate of your child would be such a cute way to commemorate them being born.
2 A Colorful Footprint
It may be black and white on the birth certificate, but who says your baby’s footprint can’t be a colorful tattoo? You can do any color, and maybe even have the artist copy your handwriting to put the date of birth underneath.
3 Foot and hand tattoo These detailed tattoos of your baby’s hand and foot will allow you to remember how small they once were, forever. @oddblondie
These detailed tattoos of your baby’s hand and foot will allow you to remember how small they once were, forever.
4 Like Clockwork
Children grow up faster than time goes by — remind yourself to cherish the moments you have forever with this tattoo. The stunning details are timeless (pun intended).
5 An abstract option Ragnar Schmuck/fStop/Getty Images
This tattoo is clearly not of a child’s literal foot, but rather, more of an interpretation. If you don’t like realistic tattoos and prefer something a little more illustrative, you (or the tattoo artist) can design something super simple based on the size of your actual baby’s feet.
6 All Your Children’s Footprints
If you plan on having more than one child, moms and dads can carve out a spot on your body to include all of their babies’ footprints. You can include their names or birthdates with each to keep track of whose is whose.
7 Pink or Blue Footprint Tattoo
This baby footprint tattoo idea is giving us major comic book vibes. You don’t have to go with black and white just because that’s the color footprints at the hospital come in. You could try blue for a boy, pink for a girl or really any color.
8 Butterfly Baby Feet
Almost like a kindergarten craft turned into a tattoo, this baby footprint tattoo idea involves having your tattoo artist turn your child’s two feet into a butterfly illustration making their feet the wings.
9 Baby Feet Tattoo with a Poem
Want a concept that’s a more sentimental and unique baby footprint tattoo idea? Look to the poets to say the things you can’t. If you have a favorite poem, why not have it tattooed next to your baby’s footprints on your skin to remind you of your love?
10 Baby Footprint with Child’s Name
Including a child’s name, in this case first and middle, below a baby footprint tattoo is a lovely way to personalize the body art. You could also include a last name if you wanted to.
11 Name & Date Footprint Tattoo
Like the birthday option, another great idea for moms and dads to personalize a baby’s footprint tattoo is to include their name and the baby’s date of birth over the top or underneath it.
12 Mini Wrist Footprint Chris So/Toronto Star/Getty Images
If you want to be able to spot your baby footprint tattoo easily, a good place is right on the internal side of your wrist. Whether you’re driving, scrolling on your phone or typing away on a keyboard, it’ll be in your periphery.
13 Foot and Hand Tattoo Robert Alexander/Archive Photos/Getty Images
Baby feet get all the attention, but their little starfish fingers are just as sweet. Here’s an idea: dedicate one calf to your baby’s footprint and the other to their handprint.
14 Angel Wing Footprints
Another baby footprint tattoo idea is to illustrate your baby’s footprints with angel wings around them to honor your little cherub.
15 Foot on Foot Christopher Banks / EyeEm/EyeEm/Getty Images
Carrying your children on your feet is something lots of parents do, especially when dancing. Moms and dads can hold onto that moment by tattooing their footprint to the top of your feet.
Have your footprint tattoo idea in mind? Grab a sitter and an ice pack and go get their tiny footprints inked onto your skin for life.
This article was originally published on
Sep. 7, 2021