- be soothing
- give your older children and spouse a chance to connect with baby
- be fun
- allow you to express your creativity
- be a way to celebrate your amazing belly
All it takes is some washable paint, a marker, creativity, and a little bit of time! If you have tiny helpers like I do, then I would set your materials up ahead of time. We used mini muffin tins for the paint, had some napkins and towels set out ahead of time, a glass of water and the camera ready to go. (See the picture of our paint station above) I recommend painting outside and using a paint that won’t irritate your skin. Maybe test a bit if you are a sensitive person before diving into the whole belly thing! Let your littles (and your spouse) know your expectations prior to the experience!!! All my tot wanted to do was, “PAINT MOMMYS TUMMY NOW!”
We used a book for inspiration and then we
Drew the outline of the owls with a crayola washable marker. (We are a little bit in love with owls here!)
We then filled our paintbrushes and began painting – just like you would on paper – only the belly moves! It was cute to see baby brother kicking the paintbrushes as his big sister painted one of the owl eyes. We all thought it was a hoot and tried to get him to kick again!
I did put a small camera next to me and tried to get some action shots from a different angle. Mostly because I wanted Papa to be in the pictures and if he is taking them, he won’t be in them! We are not professional artists and there were many imperfections, but to me, that is what makes this piece of art so special. I will be printing some of the pictures of our painting session out and putting them in the baby book! It is a great way to let our little one know how excited we are for his arrival!