BABY NAMING CEREMONY
The arrival of a baby really brings a family together. It bridges generations, makes us stop and think about what’s really important in life, and reminds us of the innocence of childhood when anything seems possible.
An emerging identity all begins with one thing - a name. So let's create a modern, relevant and fun celebration that expresses your love, hope and joy for your child.
Modern families come in all shapes and sizes, so whoever you are and however your child has come into your lives, I'd be delighted to help you mark this momentous occasion.
We can introduce special friends, supportive adults or even a Fairy Godmother into their lives as an alternative to the traditional godparent. I'll create a unique personalised ceremony to make the naming day one you'll always remember.
Basic elements of a Baby Naming Ceremony include:
* Introducing your new baby to friends and family and sharing his/her progress.
* Parents state their love and commitment to the child and declare their hopes for the future.
* Explanation of why the child’s name was chosen and its meaning.
* Explanation of why special friends have been chosen.
* Special friends make a statement that they will be there for the child whenever they are needed.
* The signing of a Naming Certificate.
BABY NAMING CEREMONY IDEAS
Plant a tree (symbolising new life, strength, protection and wisdom).
Ask all guests to sign a book with their wishes for the child.
Bury a Time Capsule. Include items of significance to the child or ask guests to bring or write something to include.
Make an artwork or quilt (for the crafty family).
Guests write a note to the child to keep as a memento.
Have a wishing tree where guests write a note and tie it to the tree. This idea would work well in conjunction with a tree planting (they could add notes after the tree has been planted in the official ceremony).
Parents give the child a gift (necklace, bracelet, charm) which guests can ‘warm’ by passing it around before it is presented.
Include other children in the ceremony by having them kiss the child, sing a song or read a poem.
Create a board with photos of the child, their birth date, star sign and attributes, meaning of their name etc. This will create a nice talking point for your guests and a memento to keep for the child.
Make handprints and footprints of the child as a memento of the day.
Instead of presents, ask guests to bring one of their favourite children’s books to start a library for your child. Most people will write a message in the book which can be read by your child for years to come.
Write a letter to your child which can be read out as part of the ceremony and kept as a memento.
They learn to condemn;
If children live with hostility,
They learn how to fight;
If children live with ridicule,
They learn to be shy;
If children live with shame,
They learn to feel guilty;
If children live with tolerance,
They learn to be patient;
If children live with encouragement,
They learn to have confidence;
If children live with praise,
They learn to appreciate;
If children live with fairness,
They learn justice;
If children live with security,
They learn to have faith;
If children live with approval,
They learn to like themselves;
If children live with love around them,
They learn to give love to the world.
Footprints – Anon
“Walk a little slower Daddy” said a child so small
“I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower Daddy,
For you are leading me.
Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So walk a little slower Daddy,
For I must follow you.
A Poem For Parents – Anon
There are little eyes upon you,
And they are watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly
Take in every word you say.
To do everything you do;
and a little boy who's dreaming
Of the day he'll be like you.
You're the wisest of the wise;
In his little mind, about you
No suspicions ever rise.
Holds that all you say and do,
He will say and do in your way
When he's grown up like you.
Who believes you're always right;
And his ears are always open,
And he watches day and night.
Every day in all you do;
For the little boy who's waiting
To grow up to be just like you.
You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.
But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike.
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that life's
a great balancing act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)