When Christian parents give birth to a child, their greatest desire for that child is usually that he or she will love, trust, and follow God. The parents will pray for their child, teach their child, and do all they can to ensure the child has a real knowledge of who God is and what He can do.
One of the things parents may do is to ceremoniously dedicate the life of the child to the Lord Jesus. This is often done in the church, either as a part of the regularly scheduled service or as a stand-alone ceremony. In this ceremony, parents recognize that children are a gift from God and He has given them the responsibility to raise the child to honor God.
Many pastors will provide some degree of pre-dedication counselling to aid the parents in knowing exactly what will happen and what their part should be in the training of the child. Depending on the religious denomination of the parents, they may choose godparents for the child, as well, who serve to help with the child’s spiritual upbringing and learning. These godparents may also become legal guardians in the case of the parents’ early demise, though not all parents take the relationship to this extent.
Having a keepsake from this ceremony can be a precious memory for parents, and a great way to introduce the child to the concept as understanding develops. These can be items used during the ceremony or reminders of what happened in the form of a book, Bible, music box, frame, or any of a number of other options. Some ideas and available keepsake items are suggested below.
This beautiful metal angel ornament can be hung by its satin ribbon as a reminder of the day the child was dedicated to God. The card in the gift box speaks about dedication and offers a blessing for the child.
The cross embroidered on the side of these socks make them a unique keepsake for a dedication ceremony.
This 18-inch-long baseball bat is engraved with a section of Psalm 139:14 and personalized with the child’s name and date of dedication. This is a unique keepsake for families who enjoy baseball or softball.
This white miniature Bible and filagree cross ornament are packaged together in a gift box. Perfect for a baby dedication, the Bible can be inscribed with the date and names to make it a keepsake of this special memory.
A beautiful, super soft blanket perfect for swaddling or playing, has a Bible verse or spiritual sentiment emblazoned on it in black text to catch baby’s eye and encourage the developing brain.
This hardcover book is an excellent bedtime or cuddle time story to reassure children that they are very special to their parents because they are gifts from God. To make it an extra-special keepsake, parents can ask the pastor who officiates the dedication ceremony to make a note in the front or back of the book.
This unique personalized book puts a child’s name right on the front, as well as throughout the poetry inside. Both first and last name are included, along with gender, year, and sender’s name.
This beautiful pearl bracelet can be clasped around a tiny girl’s wrist and fit comfortably, then clasp at the end of the chain to be a bride’s “something old.” It can be a precious keepsake and reminder of God’s presence throughout her life.
These small, tinned candles can be given to those who participate in or observe the ceremony as a reminder. A sticker with the date and the child’s name could be placed on the bottom to personalize them.
A soft plush bunny recites “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” when her tummy is pressed. A book with a variety of prayers that are illustrated with watercolor paintings accompanies the bunny.
A print of silver words in the shape of a cross surround a heart with the words “Jesus loves me” in the center. It talks about about training up a child and is framed in a white frame. It can be hung on the wall or set on a shelf or table.
A plush lamb recites “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” when his belly is squeezed. The keepsake board book is full of blessings illustrated with watercolor illustrations.
This personalized prayer book has sealed sections where photos can be inserted for baby to see. The chewable ring on the binding side is great for teething babies and children will enjoy having the book read to them as they look at photos of the special people in their life.
Precious Moments “Jesus Loves Me” Snowglobe
Adorable Precious Moments figurines snuggle with their stuffed toys inside these sweet little snowglobes. A great item to have on a shelf or side table in a child’s room, this pretty knickknack will aid in starting conversations with little ones about Jesus.
Precious Moments “You Are A Child Of God” Cross
An embellished porcelain cross with a child at its foot has “You Are A Child Of God” in an oval where the cross’s arms meet. The back has space for the child’s name and dedication date to be inscribed with a permanent marker (not included).
Serenity Lamb with Cross
This sweet little plush praying lamb holds a cross that is engraved with “Jesus loves me” in the center. The included card has a poetic prayer printed on it with a place to write the names of the child and the giver.
The silver tone on these metal wall crosses make them stand out against the wall to remind parents and children of the sweetness of serving Jesus.
Wood Block – Three Size Options
These solid maple blocks come in natural, pink, or blue and are engraved with the child’s name, initial, event and date, location, a cross, and a Scripture verse or other message.