February 2015

Month: February 2015

Christening Tips

Christening Tips from One Small Child

One of our main goals at One Small Child is to help make your event as enjoyable and memorable as possible. So, today we’re sharing some Christening tips to help your little one’s religious debut go smoothly.

  • Plan the Christening at a good time of day for baby. If at all possible, schedule it around nap and feeding times, so he will be his happiest self!
  • Pack everything the day before. Gather everything you’ll need including any paperwork, all the diaper bag essentials, Christening outfit and accessories, etc. Press or steam baby’s outfit and your outfit so they’re ready to go.
  • Bring a folder for your little one’s Baptism/Christening Certificate and any other paperwork the clergy may give you. You’ll need this certificate for many religious events in the future. Having a special place for it will help you keep track of it through the bustle of the big day.
  • Get a Christening bib! Especially if you plan on keeping your outfit as an heirloom. Or if your little one is wearing an heirloom gown. This can save your Christening outfit.
  • Give yourself plenty of time. You may be asked to arrive early anyway, but make sure to give yourself an extra few minutes on top of that as well. Both you and baby will be more at ease if you aren’t rushed and can take your time getting ready. If you arrive early, you can dress your little one after you arrive, give him a little snack, maybe play a game of peek-a-boo, etc. so he’ll be all smiles for the big event. It’s also a great idea to give him a fresh diaper right before the christening. A blow-out is less likely to occur with a new diaper.
  • Dress your little one at the church. Especially if you have a gown. There’s no way an heirloom-length gown is fitting in a car seat. You won’t want to chance baby spitting up or dirtying his outfit during the car ride. Warm car seats are sure to set wrinkles in freshly-pressed outfits. So, take it from us. He’ll be much more comfortable, and you’ll be less stressed if you dress baby at the church.
  • Invest in an after-Christening outfit. Your little one will be easier for guests to hold and love on in a comfy outfit rather than a long silk dress. You’ll be much less worried about keeping it clean as well.
  • Take a deep breath and roll with whatever comes. If something threatens to ruin baby’s perfect event, just smile and handle the situation with grace. You set the tone. Your guests and baby look to you for how they should react to less-than-perfect issues. It’s important that you keep a good attitude. It may drive you nuts today, but turn into a funny memory that you can laugh about later.

We hope you enjoy this blessed occasion and we wish you a wonderful event!

Planning A Christening Checklist

Planning A Christening

Planning a Christening in the near future? Not sure where to start? Today, we’re re-posting a step by step guide for planning a Christening. You’ll be care-free on baby’s big day, knowing everything’s been taken care of.

Planning A Christening Checklist

1-6 months before event:

-Contact the church or clergy member you wish to perform the ceremony. Determine what paperwork/preparation is required.

-Set a date.

-Decide who you want to be in attendance. Who do you choose as Godparents to watch over your child’s religious instruction? Do you want a large or small gathering? Determine how many guests you will have.

-Visualize what kind of event you want. This is the fun part! Will you have an all-inclusive at-home event, an intimate post-ceremony gathering at a restaurant, or a gala bash at a local reception venue? Whether simple or luxe, consider what you want when it comes to location, decor, food, favors, music, clothing, and photography. Depending on who you want to work with, you may need to book services many months in advance.

3-4 weeks before event:

-Order (or create) invitations.

-Go shopping. Ooh! Another fun part! {wink} Find the perfect gown or outfit, or make arrangements for a custom-made or family heirloom garment for baby’s special day. Don’t forget to plan clothing for siblings and parents!

-Schedule a portrait session–trust me, you don’t want to not have photos of your baby in his/her precious outfit! Whether you go for a formal studio session or a natural-light gig, have a list of shots you want the photographer to capture. If possible, allow enough time to have framed prints to display at your event.

2 weeks before event:

-Tie up all loose ends…check in with venues, food providers, photographers, etc.

-Mail christening invitations or simply make phone calls to those with whom you want to share this experience. Be sure they know when and where to show up!

Day before event:

-Gather everything you’ll need for the big day: baby’s clothing and accessories, items to be used in the ceremony, cameras, decorations, etc. Pack the diaper bag. Here’s a great article on what to pack for a Christening.

-Press or steam baby’s finery as well as your own outfit.

-Finish up any last-minute details.

Day of event:

-Take a deep breath and enjoy the companionship of your loved ones in celebration of this blessed day!

Phoebe Christening Collection

Ultimate Christening Outfits

Going grand for your precious little one’s big event? We’ve got the ultimate christening outfits! These lavish looks make a statement. They’re the complete collection for baby’s religious debut!

Take baby’s look from the ceremony to the after-party! These ultimate Christening outfits have everything you’ll need. (We know you love it when everything’s together and everything matches!)

Francis Christening Collection

Francis Christening Collection

The Francis collection was named after the current pope: Pope Francis I. The Francis is a simple, modern Christening outfit. The newsboy hat and regal length add subtle traditional touches. Each item is hand-crafted with fine dupioni silk. A touch of blue gives a masculine essence to each piece. The collection includes: baptism gown, after-Christening romper, jacket (not pictured), blanket, bib and shoes.

Phoebe Christening Collection

Phoebe Christening Collection

Our Phoebe was designed to be the counter-part to the Francis. It co-ordinates flawlessly! The Phoebe features the same modern design as the Francis, with a few feminine additions. We added a lovely monogram to the gown and lush silk ruffles to the blanket and bib. The collection includes: baptism gown, after-Christening romper, jacket, bib, blanket and shoes.

The Ultimate Christening Accessory Set from OneSmallChild.com

Christening Accessory Sets

Our Christening accessory sets are the perfect finishing touches to the ultimate Christening outfits. Everything baby will need for his big event is decorated with simple detailing. Choose from our girl or boy sets. Each includes: a candle, shell, hankie, rosary, silk rosary bag, mini New Testament, and personalized muslin tote (not pictured).

Thank You for a wonderful first week! | One Small Child Baby Boutique

Thank You from One Small Child Baby Boutique

Today, we’d like to say thank you for a wonderful first week! The One Small Child Baby Boutique has been a huge success!

Thank you for a wonderful first week! | One Small Child Baby Boutique

Our lovely boutique offers an exceptional shopping experience. Fall in love with the perfect LDS blessing outfit. Have it personalized while you browse preservation supplies. Get a thoughtful Christening gift!

Give your girls an unforgettable experience as you find the perfect LDS Baptism dress. She’ll feel like a princess as you help her choose the perfect accessories. Our amazing staff bends over backwards to help make your event magical.

One Small Child’s Baby Boutique also features products from your favorite baby vendors: Aden and Anais, Finn + Emma, Lily’s Closet, Car Seat Canopy and there’s lots more to come! From Christening gifts to newborn essentials to first birthday presents. We’re your go-to shop for adorable and unique baby items! We hope you’ll stop by often to see what’s new.

Thank you to all who came to join in our festivities! We are excited to continuing serving you! We look forward to 30 more wonderful years!

Call for hours or an appointment 208-680-0731.   As always, you can shop online anytime at www.OneSmallChild.com.

Free Printable New Baby Checklist

Preparing for a new baby can be a daunting task! You find yourself wondering all sorts of things you’ve never thought of. Should I go with disposable diapers or cloth diapering? How many burp cloths will I need? Should I invest in a good baby monitor or spend more for a stroller? We’ve been there. We know all newborns are different. Some spit up more than others. Some take pacifiers. Some don’t. The same mom will swear by a different brand of diapers for each baby. How do you know what you’ll need?

Don’t stress! We talked to a panel of experienced moms and came up with a list they all agree on. This will ease your mind! They suggest you have these items on hand when bringing baby home from the hospital. Most parents wait until they know the gender to start shopping. Our moms suggest you leave yourself plenty of time to organize baby’s gear and set up the nursery. The last trimester can sneak up on you. And an expecting mom’s energy is easily depleted by then. So, grab the list and get started! We hope you enjoy this free printable new baby checklist!

{PDF “New Baby Checklist”}

Ready to start shopping? Check these new baby items off your list now!

Shop New Baby Girl Essentials | Shop New Baby Boy Essentials

Wondering what you need for your newborn? Enjoy a Free Printable New Baby Checklist from One Small Child!

Blankets | Onesies | Car Seat Cover

 

Wondering what you need for your newborn? Enjoy a Free Printable New Baby Checklist from One Small Child!

Play Mat | Newborn Outfits | Baby Wash

Been here, done this? We welcome your experienced feedback! What would you add to the list? Is there anything you purchased, but didn’t need? Let us know!

Your Favorite Products

One Small Child Baby Boutique: Your Favorite Products

The grand opening of our new baby boutique was a huge success! We couldn’t be happier, now that our doors are officially open! Thanks to all of you for stopping by!

Today, we’d like to highlight your favorite products. With all the amazing items, it was hard to choose! We finally narrowed it down to two items: The Aiden and the Alex. These were the most popular outfits in the baby boutique. Check them out for yourself and see why they’re your favorite products!

The Korbyn

Our Aiden is a warm and comfy knit romper. This classic boy’s outfit never goes out of style!

What you loved:

-the sweater style

-the soft cotton knit

-the convenient button closure

Complete the Aiden outfit with our Poly-Cotton Oxford Shoes and Cable Knit Blanket

Your Favorite Products

The Alex

The Alex is an adorable vested romper with a newsboy hat. This simple cotton outfit is perfect for spring and summer!

What you loved:

-the faintly textured vest

-the crisp, soft cotton fabric

-the simple masculine design

Complete our Alex outfit with our Waffle Textured Socks, and our Waffle Pique Blanket.

Didn’t make the grand opening? We missed you! Come see us Wednesday evenings from 4:00-7:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Mom Talk Monday: Meet Vicky

Mom Talk Monday: Meet Single Mom and Career Woman Vicki

 

-Tell us a little bit about your family and why you are special?

Well, I’m a single mom of two teenage girls. That means: meetings, piano lessons, volley-ball practices, and a full-time job. I am busy woman. I have to negotiate and keep up with the new “language” of modern day teenagers. I recently learned of a new dare challenge called “Manchester”, where if you say the word “Manchester” the kid has to do it. Crazy stuff. My family is also special as we balance being a very traditional Mexican family living in the United States. When the kids want to do something and I have to say no I find myself repeating my mother with the reply “because I said so”.

-What do you do for work/volunteer outside of being a mom?

I have a full-time job as the Design assistant at One Small Child. I have been working for the amazing company for almost 15 years and I have learned a lot of amazing things. I love this place and this job. I am also a volunteer teacher at a local Hispanic Community Center 3 days a week, and I have a kid’s class I teach at church every Sunday.

-Is there something your family does on a regular basis for family time?

We love to have lunch at the same little Mexican restaurant every Sunday after church and talk about our week, and the things that are happening around our community. We love road trips and singing to loud music, with three girls in the car, imagine that.

-How do you take time for yourself to recharge?

I take an hour everyday to go to the gym and work my stress out.

-What is your no fail, in a pinch recipe?

My favorite recipe is chicken fajitas, it is very fast and simple to make.

-What is the one product you cannot live without?

My favorite product that I absolutely cannot live without would be my chia seeds. I use that in my water on a daily basis, for better digestion, and my proclaim spray-on glosser for my hair.