Itís the "Little Things" that count!
Babyís Special Celebration Checklist
Whether your religious traditions include a Christening, Baptism, Blessing, Bris or Naming, a little advance planning can eliminate a lot of stress and make your babyís special day one to cherish. Don´t forget to print this helpful guide.
1. Ceremony Location____________________________________________
2. Date ____________________ Time _____________________________
3. Contact officiator _____________________________________________
Select Godparents and/or guardian.
5. Reserve facilities for celebration.
7. Make arrangements necessary for any out of town guests.
Considerations when choosing your
Babyís Clothing Set
8. Dress, Gown
a) The most important part of the clothing should be planned for well in advance in order or Suit to have correct style and size availability.
b) Of paramount importance is the comfort of the child. If the fabrication is soft, the baby is more likely to cooperate during the ceremony, enabling the experience to be a pleasant one for all.
c) As most babies are unpredictable when it comes to drooling or spitting up, it is important to consider the wash-ability of the set. An enzymatic cleaner is recommended for hand washing
special occasion clothing.
9. Bonnet or Hat
Is a bonnet or hat included with Christening Set? Do you wish to preserve the hat? A soft liner cap is advisable to protect the bonnet from oil, water or perspiration. Because a babyís head
often perspires, a simple white headband may be advisable for use during the celebration following the event.
10. Change of Clothing
One aspect of the babyís special event that is often overlooked until it is too late, is a special change of clothing allowing you to protect the ceremonial clothes from additional soil. If you
plan to preserve the clothing, it is advisable to remove it as soon as possible after the ceremony. Changing your baby into an special celebration set will allow your baby to be as
comfortable as possible which will allow you to enjoy the rest of the celebration with family and friends.
Remember a Happy Baby = a Happy Mom.
11. Clothing Preservation
The vinyl bags which protect many Christening sets from dust and dirt while shipping and storage in the retail environment ARE NOT meant for long-term storage. The chemicals in the
vinyl WILL damage by discoloration over the years. If you would like access to the babyís clothing, enabling you to share memories of the event with your child as they grow, consider a
preservation bag. Heirloom preservationists agree that hand washing with an enzymatic cleaner and then storage in a chemical free cotton bag is the best option. When used with a similarly
constructed padded hanger to prevent the creasing and discoloration associated with chemically treated hangers, the clothing may then be hung in a dark closet or stored in a cedar
chest. (Please note that unbleached muslin or organic cotton are the only fabrics we are aware of that are not chemically treated.) Ask about our Heirloom Preservation Bags.
Additional Accessories Designed to Enhance Babyís Special Celebration
Matching shoes are available with or without a variety of religious and cultural symbols, i.e. Cross, Shamrock or Star of David.
Socks may be plain or decorated with lace and/or a symbol and should match as closelyas possible the color of the gown. If off white socks are unavailable, white cotton socks may be
tea-dyed to match off- white gowns. Donít panic over this item. If you are using a gown or long set it will most likely be unseen.
The bib is one of the most important accessories to purchase. You have made an emotional as well as physical investment in the ceremonial clothing. A bib will help to protect the bodice
from protein (drool, formula, breast milk etc.) which has a tendency to show up as yellow stains years later.
Consider the climate control (air conditioning or heating) of the event location. A babyís body is more susceptible to temperature changes than that of an adult or older child. It is advisable
to have a lightweight blanket or shawl available in case of need. There are many such items available, which will coordinate with your ceremonial clothing.
St. Josephís (Catholic) or King James (Protestant). A special bible or set of scripture for your babyís instruction or (later) wedding keepsake makes a nice addition or gift. These are
available in organza gift bags or vinyl bags.
Beautiful commemorative Baptism Certificates, suitable for framing are available.
20. Memory Book
21. Picture Frame
Picture of the special event makes a nice gift for yourself or for grandparents or those participating.
Christening to Wedding Keepsakes
24. Bonnet and Hankie
26. Motherís Hankie
A nice item to consider is a hankie for the motherís, grandmotherís and godmother, as a Christening often becomes a very emotional moment. The hankie may also be used later during
the childís wedding for "Something old, Something New".
Last but not least ~ Mom, do something nice for yourself. Buy yourself a dress and shoes that you feel good wearing. You have worked hard to get to this point. Enjoy this day! You
are creating a memory to last your lifetime.
Donít forget Ė Camera, film or the baby!
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