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15 May 2008 - A new website – www.mybabycelebration.co.uk - has been created to help parents celebrate their baby at a naming ceremony or christening. It is the only UK-wide website exclusively dedicated to christenings and baby celebrations and includes in-depth information on a range of subjects as well as online planning tools.

Infant baptisms have fallen by 73% in the last 45 years, in line with declining church attendances. Yet despite this downward trend, nearly half* of all UK parents say they intend to hold a celebration of some kind, while one in five are undecided as to whether to hold a celebration or not.

The founder of Mybabycelebration, Rachel Fry, believes that many parents want to do something to celebrate the arrival of their baby, but those who are not regular church-goers aren’t always sure what their options are.

“Getting a child christened has been the traditional thing to do, but with fewer people attending church, many parents are looking for alternative ways to mark the arrival of their baby. Mybabycelebration explains all the options available to them – both religious and secular - so that they can find something to suit their family,” says Fry, who set up the site after having battled to find information when planning her own son’s naming ceremony.

Once parents have decided on the type of ceremony, the site also provides comprehensive articles and supplier directories on venues, catering, entertainment, gifts, venue decoration, outfits and more. There’s also a section specifically addressing the role of godparents so that both the parents and the chosen godparents know what to expect.

For sleep deprived mums who need some organisational help, the online planning tools make organising a celebration simple. They include an online guest list and gift tracker, table planner, budget tool and supplier short list – all of which are free to use. The site also lets parents share their experiences and get ideas and inspiration from others who’re also planning a celebration.

Suppliers wishing to be listed on the site can do so online at www.mybabycelebration.co.uk or by emailing suppliers@mybabycelebration.co.uk. For more information, go to www.mybabycelebration.co.uk or call 01727 893677.

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Notes for editors
*Based on a poll with 900 parents.

My Baby Celebration was set up in April 2008 and is run by Rachel Fry, a mother to Barney aged 15 months. She previously was a Vice President for an investment management company. She lives in St Albans with her husband Chris.

Rachel will be exhibiting at the Baby Show, NEC Birmingham on 16 – 18 May 2008. If you’re planning on going to the show and would like to meet Rachel for a guided tour of the site, please contact Melissa, details below.

For further information, interviews or images, please contact:
Melissa Talago
Peekaboo Communications
Tel: 01635 248 496
melissa@peekaboocoms.co.uk




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