And, what if you don’t like your family’s heirloom christening gown?
Join our favorite etiquette experts, Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, authors of Being Dead Is No Excuse and Somebody Is Going To Die If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet, as they discuss everything you need to know about baby etiquette. "Birthing, having children, now that's the new wedding," they laughed. Have you ever wondered how soon is too soon to visit a new mom? We sure have. It turns out, waiting a few weeks is considered polite. Of course, always call ahead to let the family know you’re stopping by.
If you’re searching for the perfect newborn baby gift, Gayden and Charlotte have a few ideas. Something thoughtful goes a long way. An engraved silver cup or utensil is always a great idea. According to these Mississippi experts, the best way to celebrate the birth of a child is a “sip & see,” where a friend of the new mom throws a casual party to meet the baby and give gifts without the pressure of folks stopping by the house unannounced.
We had one very important question for the South’s most beloved etiquette experts: what if you don’t like your family’s heirloom christening gown? Gayden and Charlotte answered in true Southern fashion: pretend like you do! "Just get over it and be glad you don't have to go out and buy one," said Gayden. "And I think it's down the road, it's nice that you can say little John wore his father's christening dress, or he wore his grandfather's christening dress, and if you just absolutely have an aversion to it, for one reason or another, then you'll just have to say that we would like to start a new tradition and have our very own christening gown, and we hope y'all understand." And, as Charlotte pointed out, you'd better make sure you're confident about this decision. "It better be good if you rejected the family gown," she laughed.