My sweet daughter was dressed all in white. Her adorable smile filled my heart with unspeakable happiness. The blessing day ran wonderfully. From prepping in the morning, diaper changes, outfit changes, feedings, the actual blessing and the dinner, I still cannot believe what a great day we had.
Recently, I started questioning what made the day run so smoothly. I'm hoping my future children will have blessing days that run peacefully like my first baby. The list below are the best steps to take when preparing and what to do on your baby's blessing/christening day.
1. Diaper Changing Time On The Big Day
This may seem obvious, but on this important day other important details will cross your mind. Do yourself a favor and avoid an explosion! (I've seen that happen...). The closer you can get to the blessing, THE BETTER.
2. When to Feed Your Baby
Feed your baby close to the blessing. Again this may seem obvious, but many babies cry during the blessing out of hunger or a wet/poopy diaper. Scheduling your baby's feedings around the blessing (kind of a hassle to change a routine, but it's worth it) will make your role much easier. When in doubt carry a bottle of milk that is ready to go.
If your baby starts crying the pacifier is an easy fix! You can find cute baby pacifiers for blessing days on Etsy and DIY Binkie projects on Pinterest. Don't forget a pacifier!
4. Dressing Your Baby
To avoid spit-up and diaper explosions make sure to change your baby into their blessing outfit after the last feeding before the blessing. This tip saved my sanity at my daughters blessing.
5. Add Love & Creativity
- Make a bow/flower headband.
- Have a piece of your wedding dress sewn onto your baby's outfit. (I used my wedding lace to make a baby bow.)
- Crochet baby shoes, blanket or hat.
- Sew a baby blanket for his/her christening/blessing day.
- Make a baby bow tie using a white tie from your husband to add a personal touch.
- Be creative!
6. Ask For HelpYou may feel like everything under control, but don't overwork yourself. Call friends and family members to help with the lunch/dinner celebration after. Taking care of a newborn is tedious work that will leave you tired, busy and hungry. Don't overwork yourself! Family and friends love to help! The less things to do the better you will feel during the blessing. My in-laws are AWESOME! They planned and made the meal, while I was frantically nervous trying to take care of the baby. My side of the family also brought food to the big day too. Without both sides of the family, I would have been a nervous wreck. Seriously, what wonderful people! Love them!
7. Have Someone Take Pictures
Have a family or friend member be the designated photographer (no they don't have to be professional). This takes the stress off you and the hubs. Enjoy the day!
8. Bring Pen and PaperHave friends write down bits and pieces they remember from the blessing/christening.
9. Bring in Seasonal ClothingDon't forget even though you are inside babies are much smaller and can become colder quite easily. In summer bring a light blanket, in fall, winter and spring bring a cardigan. Prevent your baby from being cold to help them enjoy the big day.
10. Spiritual Reflection
It doesn't matter whether you write your emotions in a journal or on a blog. What does matter is capturing those precious memories. What a joyous day! On my daughter's blessing day, my heart melted in the warmth of God's Love.
Take thirty minutes to reflect, write, pray and thank God for your beautiful baby. Your son/daughter will thank you for taking the time to write down bits an pieces of the day.
Best wishes on your Baby's Blessing/Christening Day!