Personalized Christening Gift Ideas

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

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Christenings are religious ceremonies whereby an infant is baptized and welcomed into the church. It is really a very important time in a child's life. They start their life with the support of family and friends. At such a ceremony, the infant is not only given his name but also gets many christening gifts. However, with a large variety of options available in the market, it can become difficult to choose from the available options. There are several personalized baby gifts that can be selected with great keeping in mind what the newborn child may require. For people who are not sure about what kind of christening gifts to select, the process can be a bit confusing.

Close friends and family members are invited in this ceremony and are invited to the ceremony by way of christening invites. They are generally formal affairs and the parents of the newborn usually arrange for an informal get together after the ceremony. The information about the venue, date, time etc needs to be included on the christening invitation cards. Normally, christenings are small affairs limited to close family and friends but the number is not limited. There are some families who choose to hold the ceremony amongst the normal Sunday congregation while there are others who make use of complete church premises to accommodate larger number of guests. Therefore, christening invites play a very important role to ensure the guests to know the key details of the ceremony. Depending upon their personal preference, there are some parents who wish to include Bible verses, while others wish to include the details of the grandparents. It is a good idea to include the contact details to RSVP. This aids in organizing the event in a better manner as the parents would now get a have a good idea as to how many people would be attention the ceremony. They can make the bookings for the venue and the catering accordingly.

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

Although buying christening gifts is a tradition, yet there are some people who have mixed views whether these gifts are suitable or not. They believe that the child is very young and he would not have need for all such items. Some people opt for different gift ideas and this can really make a big difference. There are many parents who agree that the usual silver rattles of cutlery do not have any practical usage and the child actually does not gain anything from these baby gifts. Christening gifts that have more practical aspect are preferred these days. However, the silver aspect can be retained by having a coat with silver buttons or silver toy car or action figures as their christening gifts. It is a good idea not to go for gifts that are made of solid silver as they usually exceed the budget. Being a formal occasion, parents usually opt for classic styled christening invites.

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Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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