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Why didn’t I have some casts of my babies’ feet made? If I’d known about Mads & Moodle in Thame I would’ve jumped at the chance. They’ll come over to your house if you’re in the area (otherwise pop into the studio), take a quick, painless mould of your baby’s gorgeous feet, you choose a frame, background and title and, well, that’s it. For £130 you have the most exquisite keepsake.

I still remember the births of my children like yesterday – particularly growling at Mr Muddy to hand me the sodding gas and air once the ‘fun’ really kicked in, and the annihilation of a mid-wife who dared to tell me I’d just have to wait for an epidural. I’ll leave that exchange to your imagination.


But my oldest baby is now nearly 13, the youngest six, and somehow the idea of casting a foot or hand for posterity when they were tiny just didn’t cross my mind. I wish it had, because it’s a beautiful gift for a moment in time – either for your own child, someone else’s or for grandparents. I look at my kids’ babygrows, first shoes and other sentimentally-stored clothes and they immediately transport me back to that special time. How much better that beautifully creased tiny foot?


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