A keepsake kick counter bracelet is a fun craft and can be personalized any way you want!

A keepsake kick counter bracelet is a fun craft and can be personalized any way you want!

There are lots of kick counters available for your phone, but why not make one that you can keep forever. A kick counter bracelet can be a great way to help bond with this baby, count your kicks and create your very own memento of this special pregnancy. I found my kick counter bracelet especially helpful during those early months when I wasn’t feeling baby move often enough to do formal kick counting, but still needed that reassurance. Also, unlike an app, my kick counter bracelet was a way to reassure my husband that everything was okay. It allowed him to see what was going on and know that I had felt baby move recently. I’m not very crafty, but this was still easy to make and didn’t involved burning myself with a glue gun!

Here’s what you need:

  • Memory wire or durable elastic string
  • Numbered beads from 1 to 12
  • A charm that has meaning to you
  • A lobster clasp—make sure the lobster clasp is large enough the beads will not pass through the center of the clasp
  • 36 beads of approximately the same size as your numbered beads
Attaching a lobster clasp to a charm makes a moveable tracker of the last time you felt baby move

Attaching a lobster clasp to a charm makes a moveable tracker of the last time you felt baby move

Here’s what to do:

  1. String the beads in sequence along the memory wire, so you have 3 regular beads, then a numbered bead, in order from 1 to 12. Each regular bead marks a 15-minute interval. This will make your bracelet. Depending on the size of your beads, you may need a longer memory wire than will fit around your wrist.
  2. Attach the lobster clasp to the charm. This creates a moveable place-marker you can attach to the bracelet. The charm attached to the bracelet using the lobster clasp will show the time you last felt a kick.

Here is how it works:

The marker placed at 7:15 on the bracelet. Each bead marks a 15 minute interval.

Imagine you wake up one morning and you feel baby move. You check the time, and it’s 7:15 am. Just move your charm to the spot on the bracelet that indicates 7:15, which is one regular bead past the #7 bead. Later, after lunch, you feel another kick. The time is 12:40, so you move the charm to three beads past the 12 (the closest time on the bracelet). Now, whenever you feel anxious, a quick glance at your wrist reminds you of when you last felt a kick.

Because the beads often make these bracelets quite a bit larger than your wrist (I had to wrap mine around twice), they also make great necklaces for your son or daughter when they are old enough. The bracelets also make nice gifts for friends who are pregnant.

For more on kick counting, see http://www.countthekicks.org/

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