While it can be an enormous hassle for sleep-deprived new parents, in many families there’s a real expectation that within a few months of your baby’s arrival, there will be a Christening or some other kind of ritual or ceremony to welcome your baby to your community.
If you are an active member of a religious community or church, there’s usually a pre-defined formal ceremony like a Christening or Baptism that greets the arrival of a new baby.
But what if you not part of an established church? Many civil celebrants now offer baby naming ceremonies which are the non-religious equivalent of a Christening. Having said that, either the Celebrant or a family member certainly can say prayers and bless the baby.