Inspiring ideas for commemorating a baby naming

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  • A dedication book that is signed with a special message from all the guests and with space for photos from the day.
  • Plant a tree with a plaque recording the date and the name of the child. You can choose the kind of tree according to its qualities; for instance, Oak for strength, Olive for peace.  In Switzerland the custom is to plant apple trees for boys and nut trees for girls.
  • Commission a ceramic plate with the name, date of birth or naming ceremony date. Artists are willing to put any drawing, even a picture of the baby, to make it even more personal.
  • A traditional silver mug engraved with the name and date is something that will be treasured by the child as an adult and can be passed on to future generations as a record of the day.
  • If you have a garden, consider one of these ways of creating a long lasting memory of your child’s naming ceremony:
    • Create a special area with plants that will bloom around the same time as the birthday or naming ceremony day every year.
    • Buy and engrave a bird bath with the name of the child
    • A sundial on the wall can be engraved with the baby’s name and or initials of all the family
    • Concrete pavers for the garden can be created with the names and hand or foot imprints of all the family members, with a new one being added with each baby.
    • Plaster casts of hands and feet of the baby.  These can be marked with the date of the naming day.
    • A lock of the baby’s hair can be placed in a small treasure box or in a locket, with an engraving to commemorate the special occasion.
    • Parents or god parents of baby girls can follow the Victorian custom of presenting a single pearl for each birthday, so that by the time she is 21, she’ll have enough for a pearl necklace.
    • Embroidered sampler recording the birth and name of the child can be framed and placed on the nursery wall.
    • Commission a painting or sculpture of the baby, which can be arranged through the local Arts Council.
    • A patchwork quilt, seen by many cultures as being lucky, can be commissioned either as fabric pieces or as knitted squares that are stitched together and often embroidered with a special message.

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