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Advice and tips to mark the birth of your child

There are lots of ways to mark your little one’s birth – we have some advice for you plus some tried and tested tips from real parents to help mark the date.

There are lots of ways to mark the birth of your child, from naming ceremonies to christenings, blessings or a simple gathering of family and friends. Have a chat with your family about what kind of celebration will suit – you might decide on a christening (depending on your faith) or you might prefer a naming ceremony. The following advice and tips from real mothers will give you some inspiration to help baby’s special day go smoothly.

Plan in advance

Decide on your venue first. If you have the space, you could hold a party in your house. Otherwise you could choose to rent a room or book a table in a restaurant. Send invitations or e-cards out as early as possible to give your guests plenty of notice.

Know your numbers

Decide on how many guests you would like to ask. Knowing how many people you need to cater for will help you to make decisions for the type of party you want to have.

Cook up a treat

If you decide to do the catering yourself, you could ask family members or friends to each bring a dish. It’s a good idea to make something that can be cooked in one pot or dish like a curry or pasta dish. Go for something that is popular that everyone will enjoy and don’t forget to cook up something child-friendly.

Capturing the moment

Some families opt to get professional photos taken but there is no reason why you and a couple of designated friends can’t capture the day yourselves. Ask everyone to forward on their images the following day.

Kelly Felton

“We decided on a religious denomination celebration, however we really felt it was more a celebration of our baby Josh. We involved all our close friends and family with a light lunch after church. Later on, my mum took Josh and a few of the adults headed to raise a glass to our wonderful son, which was a very lovely extra celebration to have on a special day!”

Laura Doyle

“I have three children and I love an occasion – I love to celebrate and have a party welcoming my children into our family. We had all three of our children christened and while my husband is not too keen on religion, I absolutely love the little blessing and celebrating of their birth!

With our first child, seven years ago, I organised a big christening. I rented a room in a pub, paid for food for all our guests and invited every person I knew and their mothers. I thought that’s what I wanted, I spent an absolute fortune and we had an amazing day.

Five years later with our second, I had a little more sense (and a little less income) and we decided to have Noa’s christening party in my mum’s house. It was a lot less expensive, but maybe even more enjoyable than before. We had the same people and a lot less expense. The more children you have and the busier you get, and I find it hard to always catch up with everyone.  This was a great excuse to catch up with all the family and friends at the same time.

On Briar, baby number three – we toned it down even further. This time we had it in our house after the church with only close friends and immediate family. I made a pot of chicken curry and I was in my element. Having it in our house took away a lot of stress (for me)! I was much more relaxed having the kids in their own environment and not trying to keep them contained in a busy pub. It was the perfect welcoming of Briar into our family for the religious and non-religious among us. And an even better excuse to get my husband to do all the unfinished bits around the house!”

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Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.

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Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.