A few tips for a smooth baptism
Nothing beats the thrill of welcoming a new little being into the family and your family's faith. Every baptism is a celebration of love and a profound introduction into a wider community. It's the primary stepping-stone of many and one which certainly deserves to be eternalised.
Nevertheless, similar to life with a newborn, the entire event can get quite chaotic. From uncontrollable crying to extremely loud sounds & screams, everything is possible when the star of the day is merely months-old. But don't worry, here are some tips that could help lessen the jitters before and on the day.
Whether feeding on-demand or on a schedule, attempt to nurse or feed the little one before the ceremony. Nothing beats contentedness from a full tummy!
Schedule family photos before the ceremony. Baptisms are often quite tiring on the other little members of the family so this might be the right time to capture most precious images. This may also make the remainder of the day calmer for you as parents as you'll relax with the guests afterwards.
Photography tip: If you're going to shoot family group photos, start with the largest group and begin reducing people. For instance, start with the relatives, then the close family. This way you'll keep fewer people waiting.
It might help to draw up a list of the items you’d need during the ceremony to make sure that nothing is left behind. It’s also wise to allocate ample time for travelling and settling down at church before the baptism ceremony starts. You can download this checklist to help keep you organised.
Pack everything the night before, especially if you have an early mass. Gather everything you will need for yourself and older children, from snacks to quiet games. Prepare the outfits and iron the shirts beforehand, so on baptism day, you have fewer things to do.
Tell your photographer what you would like in terms of photography. Be sure that if you plan to take family photos on the altar after the mass that there is enough time between masses. Hurried photos do not turn out great - being calm when having your photos being taken results in great, wonderful photos.
A must in any diaper bag is a clothes change, and on this day, more than ever. Unfortunately, many baptism outfits don't perform well on the comfort scale. Having a second, easier outfit for the celebration after the ceremony can calm a fussy baby in no time. An outfit change can also come in handy in the case of a nappy change gone bad.
This point is for the parents: Babies are very sensitive to anxiety. Trying to soothe a baby when panicking can be quite a fruitless pursuit. Take deep breaths and calm yourself first, you'll be surprised at how effective this can be. If you are having trouble calming down, this box breathing technique may help. We ourselves found it quite useful.
Babies are babies and there are not any rules when it involves their behaviour. Enjoy the moment; whichever sound effects may complement it. The cuteness overload will shine through. And who are we kidding; can we ever really be prepared when it involves these tiny little ones?
We’d like to assist you to immortalize this special family day with doing what we do best: Providing you with beautiful photos which will commemorate your child's christening.
Get in touch with Anaca Photography so we can start discussing your Baptism Day Plan so we can assist you to achieve a stress-free day.