Baby Naming Ceremony
A Baby Naming Ceremony is a wonderful way to officially welcome your child into your family, your community and into their world.
It is also a great way to give recognition to the special name you have chosen for your little one.
A Baby Naming Ceremony is generally held within your baby’s first year, but can be done at any time that suits you and your family.
There are many types of ceremony ideas and rituals you can use for your baby naming, for example:
🎁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 he 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.
📷 Photo board of baby photos of your guests.
🌳 Planting of a tree – guests help plant the tree and as they place dirt into the ground, they say a word/s expressing their wish for the child.
🏮 Lighting of a candle – naming day 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.
💌 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. You could also ask your guests to write their wish onto a lovely shaped card i.e: heart or butterfly to create a beautiful piece of art.
🌺 Rose petal blessing – shower the child with rose petals.
🎈 Soaring spirit celebration – releasing of balloons to encourage your child’s spirit to bloom and grow.
💕 Write a poem about your child to read at the ceremony.
👮 Ceremony theme – base the ceremony around the meaning of your child’s name, or a theme they are ‘into’ such as Sesame Street, fairies, clowns, or trucks.
🐻 Signature bear – for guests to sign creating a permanent memento of the day and guests.
📮 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 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, and the emojis are limitless.
Your baby’s Naming Day Ceremony is their first official introduction to the world and should be done in the style and manner that is natural for you and your family. If you’re a family who laugh all the time, make your ceremony lighthearted and fun; if your family has strong traditions that are held dear, then your ceremony should reflect that. Having worked for many years with children, nothing would thrill and delight me more than to be part of you and your baby’s special day! I have a great sense of humour, am great with kids and am happy to mould this day around you and your needs.
If you would like to learn more about me and my services, please feel free to contact me anytime. We can arrange an obligation free meeting to share all our fabulous ideas or perhaps you simply have some questions about this type of ceremony…… either way, the coffee is on me!