Welcoming a baby into your family and the world.
What is a Baby Naming ceremony?
It is a non-religious celebration of the arrival of a new child. Poems, readings and quotes of personal significance can be used throughout the ceremony. Often a symbolic gesture is also made such as the light of a candle, a balloon release, planting of a tree etc. In addition, certificates are presented to parents and other special people as a record of the occasion.
Naming ceremonies are not a Baptism or Christening. While the ceremonies are non-religious, many parents with religious beliefs hold naming ceremonies to welcome their child. Doing so does not prevent the child from holding or participating in a religious ceremony at any stage of their life.
While the Naming ceremony and accompanying documents don’t have any legal status, they are a wonderful way to welcome your child and celebrate them as they begin their journey through life.
Each ceremony is unique and is tailored to suit your individual needs. Here are some ideas to assist you in planning your special day for your little one.
Time Capsule / Treasure Box – Can contain small gifts, photos, letters or written note cards. The capsule/box is presented to the child when they turn 18 or 21. Invite guests to bring an item instead of a present i.e CDs; magazines; newspapers; the Guinness Book of Records; coin collections; symbols of something they wish for the child such as runes & crystals to symbolise different things like peace and hope; pebbles from someone’s favourite beach ‘that the child may always have a special place to go and think’; Celtic symbols such as a horseshoe for good luck; cuff links that they may be a gentleman; a joke book – that she/he may always keep her/his sense of humour; a pressed leaf that they may appreciate nature.
Planting of a Tree – Guests help plant the tree and as they place dirt into the ground, they say some words expressing their wish for the child OR give out bells for guests to ring as the tree is planted (Native Australian Plants are ideal and symbolic)
Lighting of a Candle – Candles can be personalised and decorated with little flowers, butterflies, sporting items, cars, child’s name, photo, date of birth, weight and length and a poem etc. The parents light the candles, make wishes for their child and promise that on each birthday when they light the candle on the cake they will remember what a miracle the child is.
Historical Significance – mentioning important things that happened in history on the child’s day of birth.
Video Record – get all your guests to say something about the child (wishes etc) to play back at their 18th/21st.
Release a Dove – the worldwide symbol for peace.
Wishing Well / Cards – Guests write their wish for the child on a note and place it in a wishing well for the parents to read and keep for the child.
Fairy Dust – used at the blessing instead of roses/water. Special people say nice words/wishes as they sprinkle it (Fine glitter, non toxic – warning it sticks to absolutely everything!)
Soaring Spirit Celebration – Releasing of balloons to encourage your child’s spirit to bloom and grow.
Meaning of Name Commemorative Certificate – a detailed full colour, laminated certificate. The child’s name is displayed at the top of the certificate, along with the names origin and meaning. The rest of the certificate could include details such as Emotional Spectrum; Personal Integrity; Personality; Relationships; Travel & Leisure; Career & Money; Life’s opportunities; their lucky numbers, star sign and birth date.
Ceremony Theme – base the ceremony around the meaning of your child’s name or a theme they are ‘into’ such as Seasame Street, Fairies, Clowns, Trucks.
Signature Bear – For guests to sign creating a permanent memento of the day and guests who attended.
Photo Signature Frame – Frame a photo of your child with a large enough border for people to write on it. It becomes a beautiful reminder of the day and something you can hang in their room or the house.
Thank you / Memento Cards for Guests – Cards mailed out within a couple of weeks of the ceremony are a lovely way to thank your guests for being a part of your child’s special day. You could hand-make the thank you card and include a photo of your child or consider ordering personalised cards. The options are limitless.