Update your will or trust to
include provisions for your child. Discuss your expectations of them.
Reserve facilities for celebration.
Allow plenty of time for
ceremony and transportation.
# Guests ________
Do yourself a favor. Ask several friends or
family members to take a variety of picture types. This way you are sure to
get some good candid shots. You will be so busy getting yourself and the baby
ready that day, you’ll probably forget the camera (or the film) anyway and you
can always do a more formal portrait if desired on a less hectic day.
Persons assisting with photographs:
Prints__________________ Video ________________
arrangements necessary for any out of town guests.
when choosing your Baby’s Clothing Set
most important part of the clothing should be planned for well in advance in
order to have correct style and size availability.
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.
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
baby’s head often perspires, a simple white headband
may be advisable for use during the celebration following the event.
One aspect of the baby’s 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 a 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.
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 baby’s 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.
Accessories Designed to Enhance Baby’s Special Celebration
Socks may be plain or decorated with lace
and/or a symbol and should match as closely as possible the color of the gown.
If off white socks are unavailable, white cotton socks may be tea-dyed to
match off-white gowns. Don’t 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 baby’s 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
St. Joseph’s (Catholic) or King James
(Protestant). A special bible or set of scripture for your baby’s
instruction or (later) wedding keepsake makes a nice addition or gift. These
are available in organza gift bags or vinyl bags.
For use during the ceremonial prayers
associated with a Christening or baptism.
A nice item to consider is a hankie for the
mother, grandmothers and godmother, as a Christening often becomes a very
emotional moment. The hankie may also be used later during the child’s
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.