If you have just had a new baby, there is no doubt that your life is full of first times and much excitement. One of the biggest events in a Christian family when they have a new baby is preparing for the baby’s christening or baptism. A baptism is symbolic of your baby becoming a Christian and you handing your baby’s life over to God and therefore this is a very important occasion in your life and your baby’s life. In preparation for your baby’s baptism, you will need to choose two people, a male and a female, to become your baby’s “God parents”. God parents are two people that you choose to guide your child throughout her life spiritually and to help her down the right path when they parents cannot. In addition to this, one of the most important roles a God parent is meant to play is that they will need to adopt or take the baby in case of the unfortunate circumstance that the baby’s parents were to pass away or be rendered unable to care for the baby any longer.
As such, you will need to choose your baby’s God parents very carefully because you need to keep in mind that these two people will become your baby’s parents in case you were ever unable to take care of your baby or in case of your death.
Custom and tradition
For the baptism, it is customary for you to dress your baby in a long white flowing garment. Girls christening gowns and boys christening gowns are traditionally the same and is usually a long white robe like garment specially made for the occasion of the baptism or christening.
However, modern parents are choosing to stray away from tradition by buying christening dresses that are beautiful white party dresses that can be worn on special occasions as well.
It makes more sense to invest in an outfit that your child can wear again one day because there is no doubt that you will be spending a lot of money on the outfit that you choose for your baby’s christening and it makes little sense to buy an outfit that will never be worn again.
Parties and celebration
The christening of your baby is essentially symbolic of your baby being born again as a Christian child and therefore this occasion calls for a party and a celebration. Most parents choose to throw a small breakfast party or an event to celebrate this event at their own homes.