“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be!” – Robert Munsch
As parents, we have a strong desire to protect our babies and to bless them. While some choose to christen in a church or participate in a baby dedication, others have found that having a personalized “baby blessing” is another option for celebrating their newborn. Here are a few ways you can create a meaningful blessing, and share it with loved ones and your baby.
A baby blessing is a time to celebrate and a time to share your love and wisdom. Like most gatherings, the first decision you will need to make is where to hold your baby blessing. Perhaps you prefer a community center, home, church or even the beach. Any place that fits your needs and allows your guests to feel comfortable will work.
Next, you may want to pick a theme. Search Pinterest for ideas that speak to your heart and your family’s values. It’s a special, almost sacred time as you bless your baby, so finding a theme that coincides with the mood you want to set is a must.
Then you will want to create a timeline for the gathering. Questions to consider: Will you be baptizing your baby? Will you have an officiant for special readings? Will you simply ask friends and family to speak? Will you write your own pledge to the baby? This is your family’s day, so make it one that reflects you.
Something fun you may want to include is a questionnaire for the guests to fill out. “Wishes for Baby” that includes hopes for the baby’s future would be a cute way to have your loved ones participate. Another special activity you may include is having them sign a special note to your baby on a framed matte that will later have the baby’s portrait. Perhaps music or hula could be included as well.
It’s your family’s special day to welcome your baby into this world. May it be all that you dreamed it could be!