There are so many joyful milestones after welcoming your baby into the world, and the christening is undoubtedly one of the big ones.
It’s a special day of celebration for your family and loved ones, but so many mums end up stressed or exhausted by the end of it.
This is a day for you, so we’re sharing this 10-step guide to ensure it runs smoothly and you enjoy every single minute.
1. Cut out the fuss
Yes, everyone wants a cuddle and a hold with Baby, but this is just going to tire your little one out – and you want to avoid a temper-tantrum at all costs!
Kindly tell your family and friends in advance that you’re going to stay with Baby before and during the ceremony, and then everyone can have a squeeze afterwards.
2. Be strategic with the christening gown
If you think trying to keep your own whites pristine is difficult, imagine how hard it is with a dribbly baby!
Be strategic when putting on the gown: wait until you’re just about to head into the church, so as to avoid staining or extra fuss.
3. Bring a change of clothes (for Baby)
The chances are, your baby is not going to love spending the day hanging out in a giant gown, so it’s a good idea to bring a comfier change of clothes for the celebrations.
4. If possible, time a feed before the church
There will be so much going on by the time you reach the church that feeding is just an extra addition to the list. If possible, time a feed before you leave the house – it will make life so much easier.
5. Call the priest/celebrant in advance to confirm
So, you’ve arrived at the church, your loved ones are here, and Baby is being a total dream – but there’s no sign of your priest/celebrant; disaster!
Avoid serious drama and disappointment by calling the week before, just to confirm all of the details. You can confirm the name on the day, then.
6. Get your family photos taken before leaving for the church
This is a really special occasion, and one you will look back on and cherish for years to come. So, no doubt you will want to take lots of photos!
The best plan of action is to take them in the morning, before the church, when you have a little time to yourself. Once you reach the church, chaos will descend and EVERYONE will want a natter, so make the most of time to yourselves.
7. Be prepared
Don’t be afraid to bring anything and everything with you in your baby bag – we’re talking soothers, bottles, snacks, toys and teddies, Bonjela; whatever you usually need to get through the day.
It’s better to be ready for anything than unprepared!
8. Invest in a hardback ‘memory’ book
This is a great way of capturing special sentiments from the day, and will be a lovely treasure for your baby when they’re older.
Get your guests to write a special message in the book, dedicated to Baby. Children can draw a picture, so they feel included.
9. Assign a ‘photographer’
It’s always nice to have some photos from the ceremony and celebrations afterwards, but you’ll have a bit of trouble trying to balance your baby with a camera!
The best option here is to assign all photo-taking to a friend or a member of the family. They don’t need to be put to work – just a few snaps from the day will suffice!
10. If you’re having a party, let everyone look after themselves
Yes, we have a habit of automatically switching into ‘hostess mode’ at our own events, but this is the time to hold back and let everyone look after themselves. If you’re fussing over food and drink, the day will fly by and you won’t get the chance to take a breath.
And finally….relax and enjoy!