You like to light a candle to signify the light that will guide and protect your child throughout lifes journey.
A tree could be planted, which will grow and blossom with your child
You may wish to give your child a piece of jewellery, such as a bangle to signify your never ending love for them.
The baby could be passed around from guest to guest with each one of them greeting him or her and perhaps each one making their own small promise.
You may wish to mark the occasion with a book in which everyone present can write a their own special message for your child to read when they are older.
Parents often ask about the child being anointed with water, this is still possible, although its symbolic meaning may differ somewhat to that of a traditional baptism.
Where and When?
A baby naming ceremony can take place on any day of the week, although most are held at weekends. The ceremony can be held at any time of the day which is best your you and for your baby.
Your choice of venue is again entirely down to you. Many people choose to hold the ceremony in their own home or garden, whilst others will hire a hall, hotel or choose a much more unusual location. If you are to hold your celebration in a public place such as a park or the beach make sure you have permission (if necessary) - If in doubt, check with your local authority.
Although this is a formal baby-naming ceremony, it holds no legal status and your babys birth must still be registered at a local registry office within the legal time span.