Two and a half pounds of high quality dental safe alginate for making a simple, easy mold for your projects. This mix changes from a bright pink when wet to a off-white color when dried.
This alginate will set in 3 minutes when using 80°F water, but when working with infants it is much better to work with body temperature alginate so the baby isn't as aware of what you're doing. We have found that starting with 95°F water is ideal because by the time you've mixed the alginate and put the baby's hand in, it has cooled to about 92°F, which is baby skin temperature. Babies that are asleep at the beginning of the procedure never wake up during the molding process and those that are awake are much easier to distract.
THE COLOR-CHANGE ADVANTAGE
The other advantage of using BabyGel™ 2 alginate is the color-changing feature. When it is first mixed with water, BabyGel™ 2 turns bright pink. This pink color slowly fades to grey. When it has turned grey, you know that it is time to insert the baby's hand because the alginate is about to set. The internal clock of BabyGel™ 2 lets you know exactly where you are the whole time.
BabyGel™ 2 alginate is also terrific for small to medium sized hand casts with adults and/or children. If you require an alginate with a longer setting time, we would suggest our HandGel™ (570) alginate, which sets in 5 minutes when using 70°F water. This is the alginate supplied in the Adult Hand Casting Kit.