The nine months of pregnancy are full of mixed feelings. Expectant mothers experience excitement, happiness, depression, anger, pride and endless emotions. A whole new bunch of feelings appear with childbirth. A lot of time is to be devoted behind the little one. A lot of celebrations and ceremonies are organised cantering the baby, most important of which is that of christening. The ceremony of christening is done to welcome a child into the Christian community and catholic faith. |
Excited mothers start to look for pretty christening dresses just a few weeks after childbirth. As the rule goes, christening dresses have to be pristine white. Babies look cute anyway, but long flowing christening dresses with collars, short sleeves make babies look even cuter. Parents must keep in mind that christening dresses are for babies, hence the main factor to be considered is their comfort. Thus the material of the dresses must be soft and comforting to the supple skin of the babies. Christening dresses must be checked inside out to make sure that they don’t graze the skin.
Most common materials are cotton, satin and silk. This can be combined with a matching satin bootie and a cotton ring can be tied around the forehead for the extra cuteness. A woollen shawl must be kept at hand if the christening is being held during the winter. You can also carry a cap and pull it up over the ears if it is too windy or when you are outside.
The style of christening dresses depends on the family and/or the religious organization where you are taking the child for christening. The parents’ taste is also an important factor. However, before finalising on your choice, you need to decide on your budget. Buying a christening dress is not the only cost. There is a lot of spending involved for the entire process of baptism, so decide wisely as to how much you are willing to spend aside from the dress. Also, remember some practical points like the utility of the dress. It is meant for a special occasion and cannot be worn on regular basis or for any random party.
Now, there are many stores which keep christening dresses. There isn’t much difference between choosing a christening dress for a boy or a girl. Since they are babies and there is a strict colour code, the choices are not very difficult to make. The difference lies mainly in the choice of accessories. Girls can wear headbands and boys can wear a bow-tie. Parents can even look at christening dresses online and get an idea. Nevertheless, as mentioned earlier, anything bought for a baby needs close and careful inspection. Keep in mind the season and the climate when the christening ceremony will be held. Go through multiple stores and then compare the dresses you have shortlisted. That way, you can get a better deal. Since christening is once-in-a-lifetime practice, exercise your decisive power and choose the perfect christening dress (interesting to know is that the Dutch term is doopkleding) for you little one. If you need inspiration, visit Oli Prik on Facebook.
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