Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tips When Planning Your Baby’s Christening

Christening is a Christian ceremony of admission into the Christian community done through the use of water. It is a sacrament and is also an ordinance of Jesus Christ though baptism is more commonly used when it comes to infants across the globe. Every Christian family looks forward in celebrating this event when someone in the family gives birth to a child however, preparing for it can be quite an effort. If you are one of those parents who are not sure how to prepare for your child’s baptism then you can start with the following ideas:

• Dress up Your Baby: In addition to dressing up your baby with something comfortable for him or her, it would make it more adorable if you include a blanket to complement his or her outfit. A bible along with the baby is also a good so that when the priest or the minister blesses the child, the baby would also have a blessed item when he or she grows up.

• Budget: This is also one of the most important things that you should consider when preparing for your newly-born child’s baptism. This should also be based on how many guests you are planning to invite and those who are sure to attend. The place where the child will be baptized should also be considered when it comes to your budget. It’s nice to get the kid baptized in a popular church but then again, if it would drain you of funds and you have not even planned about the reception then maybe the local church would do.

• Confirm The Date With The People: This is important so that the people who should come would be able to schedule their leaves and or their weekends properly. Would it be unfortunate if one of the baby’s supposed godfathers is unable to attend due to a pre-planned vacation somewhere? The same goes with the time of the baptism as well as the reception.

• Reception: When it comes to receptions, there are a couple of things that you have to consider such as if you want it to be held in a banquet hall or restaurant. In case you decide to hold it at home, you have to decide if you would go for something indoors or outdoors. You also have to make adjustments depending on the weather. You also have to confirm the time with your chosen caterer as well as the date when you will need their services.

Preparing for your baby’s baptism can be a tough one but it is something that can be an exciting experience on its own as well as to your baby.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Why Do Babies Have A Weird Sleeping Habit And How To Work With It

Every parent knows how difficult it is to make babies sleep especially when their baby has an unusual sleeping pattern. You would hear stories from parents getting stressed over staying up in the middle of the night because for some reason, the baby is wide-awake at that time. The thing is that a baby’s sleeping pattern is affected by daylight and night time depending on their age. Normally, an adult’s sleeping and waking pattern is dictated by their internal biological clock while the other is dictated by their need to sleep during the evening. This system is actually called the “Circadian Rhythm”. This is actually good for the babies since they need to be awake in some portion of the day and evening so that they can properly be taken care of.

However, as the baby grows old, they start to develop this rhythm after twelve to sixteen weeks after. What you can do as a parent to work well with your baby’s erratic sleeping pattern is:

  • Keep The Room Dark: Make sure that this is the lighting condition where your baby is sleeping. If you need to change his or her diapers or feed him or her during this time, make sure that the light you are using is not that bright.

  • Let Your Baby Befriend the Sun: This is important. Not only does sunlight provide Vitamins A, which helps strengthen the bones of a baby, it also helps him or her with his or her sleeping habit.

  • Follow A Fixed Sleeping Routine: one of the best ways for you to work with your baby’s sleeping habits is to design a sleeping routine that you will consistently follow. This includes conditioning the baby to sleep during the evening such as keeping the noise down and using lesser lights.

Though it can be very challenging for a parent to deal with a baby’s erratic sleeping pattern, it helps if you mentally condition yourself in facing these challenges.