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Give Love, Give from the Heart: The Best Christening Gifts

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Christening events should always be celebrated. More than any occasion, a christening ceremony is special as it marks the beginning of a little angel’s journey towards his/her spiritual growth. If you are invited in this prestigious occasion, consider yourself very lucky because only a chosen few are able to join this festive celebration. Since this is amongst the very rare ceremonies that can radiate a different level of solitude and joy, it is also a must that you buy a christening gift that will act as a symbol of your sincerity and love. No matter how big or small your gift is, what matters the most is the thought you put into the item. Now, if you are quite worried about not finding the best gift, there is no need for you to fret because below is a list of the simplest and most functional items you can buy:

Personalized Picture Frame

If you are artistic by heart, you can definitely save on your gift by creating a customized picture frame. Even if the child grows up a few months or years after the event, your gift will always be treasured since it would forever be a remembrance of how the child once was. You can buy scrap book items on bookstores, or you can choose to include items in the frame that you personally created. On the other hand, if you have never fancied creating artworks, you can also buy customized frames through stores or online shops. Since the gift is for a christening ceremony, it’s better if you would include a Bible verse in the customized frame. This will always remind the child of how essential it is to live by faith no matter how tough life gets.

Locket of Love

Lockets are popular christening gifts girls because they can grow old with the child and there are so many possibilities when you opt to offer a locket as a gift. You can either put the picture of the child and her family inside, or the photo of the child together with a Bible verse. Either way, your gift will be more than treasurable because it could remind the child the importance of incorporating family values at any instance. Lastly, to make the gift extra special, you can engrave a cross on the top part of the locket, together with the initial of the child. Sounds amazing, right? Right!

Cuddle Pillow

Who says cuddling is for adults only? Cuddle pillows are perfect gifts for children as they will never be outgrown. They are very functional and they are also cheap gifts that are worth treasuring. If you are running on a low budget, this is a very wise option. Also, you can make it look more personalized by sewing the child’s name on the pillowcase, or by having it printed. This will be a perfect gift for any christening ceremony.

Looking for perfect gifts is never difficult to do if your heart is in the art of giving. And lastly, it doesn’t matter how cheap or expensive your gift is because the best gift you could ever give any child is love, guidance and compassion.

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Big and Cheap: Christening Gifts Worth Chipping In

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Christening events are one of the occasions where we could celebrate sincere love, purity and joy. No matter what religious group you are a part of, it is always an honor to be invited in a glorious event like this because only a chosen few are invited to this very holy celebration. Now, I am quite sure you are excited to attend the event, but before you prepare your entire ensemble, let us first explore on the best gifts you can buy for the child. Since you are going to attend the event with friends or other family members who also love the child dearly, one of the greatest things you could do to make sure that your gift will be most functional is to take shares for a big gift. Through this, you would not have to worry about breaking the bank while ensuring that your gift will come out extra special. If you don’t have big christening gift ideas in mind, then below are some of the best you can find:

Walker

If the child doesn’t have a walker yet, then you can definitely contribute to the child’s developmental milestone if you buy him/her one. Gather a group of 4-5 friends and split the bill for a high quality walker. This may be expensive, but if you would share it with your group, you will surely be surprised on how cheap it would cost you. Indeed, there is no replacement for being resourceful, is there? So before you get ready for the big day, get that big wrapper ready for this awesome treat first.

Rocking Cradle

I am quite sure that just like any other child, your godchild also wants to be rocked to sleep. A rocking cradle is perfect to suit your godchild’s needs! Aside from providing optimum comfort and convenience to the child, you would be able to help the parents in their nursing duties since your cradle is there to help them successfully nurse the child. There are also rocking cradles that are comprised of hanging toys that would make the child feel more entertained. When choosing, always look at the quality to make sure that you are not buying the wrong brand of cradle.

Stroller

Strollers are blessings here on earth. Can you imagine nursing a child outdoors without a stroller? Absolutely not! A stroller is perfect since the child most probably does not know how to walk yet. And even if he/she does, it is very convenient to bring a cradle every time the family goes out since the child will definitely have to rest after a tiring walk. Save the parents from a full day of stress by giving them this gift. If you opt to buy a stroller, find a large group since the price is usually higher than the other ‘big’ gifts we have here.

These special christening gifts for girls and boys are worth every cent. Divide the bill into your group, and you will definitely be able to contribute highly to the child’s development.

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Baby Shower Gifts

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Finding out that your best buddy is finally having a baby is very exciting news. Not everybody is blessed with the opportunity to have a baby, and surely, you’re both proud and happy for the people you love. Now, after such terrific news, I’m quite sure that you know what’s next—baby shower. However, a lot of people are having dilemmas in looking for the perfect gift for a baby shower especially those that have never experienced to be parents. If you are one of them, then you have come to the right place. Below is a list of the best baby shower gifts that you could buy for your best bud’s upcoming angel.  

Minky Blankets

If you are at a lost on what to buy for the baby shower, personalized minky blankets may be just the item you need. Having a baby is a special experience that should be treasured by parents, and it’s very thrilling to shop for items for the baby. A personalized minky blanket will not only provide the need of the baby for warmth and protection, but it is also a one-of-a-kind gift that the parents will surely love and treasure. You can look for a shop that creates personalized items or you can search via the Internet. If you choose to buy online though, you need to prepare your budget for shipping fees and other extra costs. Lastly, when choosing a blanket, remember that quality always supersedes style.

Travel Kit

Travelling with a toddler is a very challenging task, and one thing you can do to make the lives of the parents easier is give them a travelling kit as a present. However, if you think that this is too pricey, simply buy a travelling bag that’s simple, portable, functional and affordable. Since a lot of baby showers are scheduled before the gender of the baby is known, choose a travelling kit/bag that’s more gender-sensitive and neutral. This way, your gift will not be put into waste no matter what the sex of the baby is.

Cradle

Cradles are a must for nursing the baby. It saves the parents from long restless nights when they could not sleep because the baby is restless. Cradles can help a lot when they are nursing the baby because infants love the comfort cradles bring.

Nevertheless, if you think that you do not have enough money to spend for a cradle, you can buy other items that can still bring comfort to the baby. A mattress for the crib is one great option that’s inexpensive but still very functional.

Mobile

Mobile is a popular gift for babies since it is perfect for growing infants. Even though this may not be useful during the first few months of a baby because infants only see limited colors during this time, mobiles can be useful during the later months of the 1st year of the child.

No matter how expensive or cheap a gift may be, what really matters is the intention you have for buying the gift. When choosing between items, always choose quality and functionality.

 

 

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Parenting 101: Keeping Infants Warm and Cozy

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It is essential that parents meet the most basic needs of their infants at any cost. Aside from the tender loving care, infants have special and meticulous needs that will cause problems to the holistic health and well-being of the child if not met. One of the most common problems faced by new parents is keeping their infants safe, sound and warm during cold winter nights. While layering your child with blankets may have worked for you in the past, there are others ways in which you can regulate your child’s temperature to the level that they need, minus the pile of blankets and sheets.

Temperature Control

Instead of using layers of beddings and sheets, studies show that it is best that the child is sleeping on a supine position without a lot of layering or covering. This very simple action can greatly decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. During hot, sunny days, do not cover your infant with any blanket unless if you feel that he/she is still cold because of the room temperature. Although it is important that the child is kept warmth, it is also crucial that his/her temperature is not too high. Therefore, assess the temperature of the area before you wrap your child with sheets.

Blankets and Sheets

The nursery plays a crucial role in your baby’s life. As a parent, you have to make sure that the nursery’s temperature is neither too hot nor too cold, and this is quite tricky especially since the weather conditions incessantly change. To make this task less challenging, place a flannel on the baby’s crib and make sure that you keep an extra flannel because babies can easily soil their sheets. For a covering, you may either use a personalized minky blanket or a customized snuggle blanket. However, you have to make sure that the materials of the blankets you use are hypoallergenic and will allow the baby’s skin to breathe.

Dim Lights

Another thing you can do to provide your baby a warm environment that’s conducive to sleeping is setting up dim lights in the room. Even though a baby has no ability to recognise colors, dim lights help facilitate their sleep because of the warmth it gives off.

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When indoors, allow your baby to wear comfortable clothes if it’s not really cold in the area. One-piece suits and similar clothing can help your child feel more relaxed and refreshed. However, if it is cold in the area, you need to wrap up your child by using mittens and sheets.

On the other hand, babies are not always left indoors and there will be times that you need to bring out your baby for the essential Vitamin D. Going out for a walk may be challenging especially during cold days. Bunting, snowsuits, socks, boots and mittens would surely help you keep your baby warm despite the weather conditions. Make sure though that you monitor your child because if he/she gets all too sweaty from the suit, he/she will feel colder on the inside. 

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How to Maintain Baby Safety in a Crib

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If you love your baby, you would do everything in order to keep them safe. Removing all of the things that may harm them is a great responsibility for every parent. Giving also the things needed by your baby is also important.

Cribs are one of those things that are needed by a baby. It is where the baby rests, plays and others. It is also the place where he or she should be safe. However, being careless may result in trouble for your baby even though he is in his crib. It is why you should do something in order to keep your baby safe. Here are some tips in order to maintain baby safety in a crib.

  • To ensure that the baby will not get out of the crib, the bars should be equal or less than 23/8-inch apart.
  • From the mattress to the crib rail top, it should measure for a minimum of 26 inches. As the baby grows and gets taller, increase the measurement.
  • The mattress that you will put should be well-fitted to the crib walls. There must be no space between the mattress and the crib walls. Another is that, it shouldn’t sag when the baby is over it and it should be firm.
  • Cribs which contain drop rails are not safe, so avoid them.
  • The footboards and the headboards should be hard and it shouldn’t contain any decorations which may cause injuries.
  • Animal toys or other large toys shouldn’t be placed inside the crib as it may be used by your baby to elevate himself and help him to get out.
  • Bulky comforters, pillows and large, heavy blankets are not good to be placed in a crib because it can choke your baby if he is covered with these things.
  • The crib of the baby shouldn’t be placed near from a window. It is because the sunlight may be focusing on your baby’s crib and it may be uncomfortable with him. Also avoid placing the crib close to a radiator, because the temperature around the crib will also increase.
  • If your baby is already 3 feet, he can now start sleeping in a bed. Of course, as a parent, you may be worried that he might fall on the floor. You can avoid it by allowing your baby sleep in the floor with a mattress. Also, you can use some a bed, which have temporary walls on its side to prevent the baby from falling.
  • Avoid cribs with bumper pads or crib bumpers. They say that it can protect the babies from bumps or drafts, but actually there are still no evidences that it is true. Actually, it adds to the risk that the baby may be suffocated.
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Nursery for the Parents

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You are probably excited for your upcoming baby and I can bet that you have already bought all of the necessities of your baby from the crib down to the blankets and sheets. However, even if the nursery you have created looks perfect and it is filled with all the things that your baby will ever need, there is just one thing missing—your space. Nursing the baby is not an easy task. Even if you have waited all your life to take care of a child of your own, it does not make nursing any easier. This is why even if the room is made entirely for the baby, you would definitely need your own space.

Furniture Set

Yes, I know you have heard of how rocking chairs really help you when nursing the baby. This is absolutely true and there is no need to contradict this fact. However, aside from the rocking chair, you should also invest on a furniture set that will help you rest in between your nursing hours. It could either be a small bed beside the crib, a mattress or a long coach. Whatever you prefer, make sure that it can really help you rest well enough to gather enough strength for nursing the baby.

Magazines and Books

There will always be times that the baby will sleep well and you still do not have the urge to take a nap. To save yourself from boredom, books and magazines would help you pass time.

MP3, the Internet and Games

Thanks to technology, everything is within your reach. To help you become updated with what’s happening on the outside world, use your phone to navigate via the Internet or to simply listen to songs that can calm your senses and blow all of your weary days away.

There’s no need to dwell on the tiring job of being a parent. Nursing your baby can be more fun once you embrace parenthood and you learn to look for ways to make the task not only fulfilling, but enjoyable as well.

Recommended sites:

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/

http://www.bounty.com/

http://thecuddlecompany.co.uk/

 

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The Simple Things That Count

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Setting up a nursery is both exciting and tiring. Aside from the time and efforts you have exerted, I am also quite sure that you have spent a significant amount of money especially if it’s your first time to create a nursery. However, some parents have the tendency to forget items that are essential for the baby. The nursery may be glamorous and all, but some simple pieces may just be missing in action. To complete your checklist, here are items that will surely make the nursery look perfect and complete.

Mobile Hangings

Babies can only see limited colors in their first few months, and if you cannot decide which hangings to pick, choose black and white ones since they can be easily distinguished by your baby. Also, mobility will stimulate your child’s brain and it is best that you hang them just above the crib. Make sure though that these are well-secured.

Changing Pads

You don’t really need changing tables that occupy a large space in the nursery. Instead, you need changing pads since you have to expect the diapers to be soiled every once in a while. Now, in choosing a changing pad, buy one that will not give you a hard tie in cleaning up. Washable pads are best to use for babies.

White Noise

If you want to keep your baby calm and relaxed, white noise would be a great addition to the nursery. This simply mimics the sound of flowing water or the sound of a mother’s womb. Through this handy little record, you’d be able to make your baby fall asleep in no time.

Dirt Bags and Bins

You will definitely have to face a lot of soiled garments once your baby comes out. Since this is the case, it is vital that you put a bin for the dirty clothes as well dirt bags for the soiled diapers. This is one way you can make sure that the nursery will not lack organization. 

Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter the most. Make every moment count by securing that your baby’s need for comfort is fully covered.

Recommended sites:

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/

http://www.bounty.com/

http://thecuddlecompany.co.uk/