If you're off to a Christening this year, one thing you can be sure of is who will be stealing the limelight on the day. Probably not the brother in law with the smart suit and tie and sleek new hairdo and certainly not grandmother in her expensive pastel shade sequined suit. It's not even going to be big sister in her gorgeous new figure hugging sparkly dress and stilettos. No, it's the little guy in the basket, the one with the gurgly smile, the woolly cap and the cosy white fleece blanket. And why not? After all, he's got to be the cutest little fella in the room and what other opportunities do babies have to be the star of the show for a whole day?
Whatever you may think about family gatherings, Christenings are lovely events, when family and friends can officially introduce the new arrival, present him to the Church and make his name official. It's a special day that mum and dad look forward to with great excitement. But when it comes to christening presents
, all too often the little one is showered with dozens of cuddly toys, fleecy blankets and silver spoons. It's all a bit predictable, but there's one person in particular who's likely to be feeling a bit neglected and that's mum. After all the hard work she's been putting into caring for the little cutie pie, isn't it about time we looked for Christening gifts that'll please her too?
Pamper With A Hamper
Christening presents such as the 'Rock a bye baby hamper' are perfect for mum and baby. It's always exciting to receive a basket full of goodies, but this one is particularly special. Simply made for sharing, the traditional wicker basket contains an adorably soft teddy comfort blanket and three pamper items gentle enough for baby's delicate skin - a hair and body wash, delicately scented body lotion and barrier cream with soothing chamomile oil. And to seduce them through those calming pamper moments, there's even a Feel Happy CD with gentle tunes that both mum and baby will love to listen to together. Ideal for a boy or a girl, the Rock a bye baby hamper is stylishly finished off with a pretty satin ribbon bearing the words 'Night night sleep tight' and its neutral shades will look fantastic in any modern bathroom; an important consideration for any house-proud mum.
Recording Those Precious Moments
The saddest irony about the early years of childhood is that we're unlikely to remember anything about it. Think back to your earliest memory - what are the chances that it was a mere fleeting moment and you're not even sure if it wasn't a dream? How fantastic would it have been if your mum had kept a day by day account of everything you did before you were even able to remember? This is why the 'What did I do today children's diary' is one of the best Christening presents
you can give to mother and baby. With thoughtful prompts along the way, each page is an opportunity for mum to record not only what her young child has done, but whether he was happy or sad and how he reacted to all his new experiences. The diary will eventually build up into a wonderful keepsake that he can look back on in years to come. With a little luck, it may even prompt him to remember his earliest experiences and encourage him to go on to write his own memoirs.
Every Mum loves to see their child learning and there's nothing more momentous than seeing them take their first steps in reading and writing. Whilst most of the action goes on at school, it's great if mum can participate and share in the experience and Christening presents
that enable this to happen are worth their weight in gold. If you want to give something truly special to help them learn as well as have fun together, look no further than the Personalised Children's Encyclopaedia. Each beautiful book is unique, created using the letters that make up the child's name, to inspire them to learn with interest. Each letter is taken and expanded to give examples of other words that begin with the same letter and the book is illustrated throughout with colourful and original artwork. With every page as inspiring as the next, there's every reason to give something unique on an occasion as important as the Christening and nothing is more precious than learning together.
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