Naming Your Baby: 5 Helpful Tips for Personalizing Your Baby Naming Ceremony
by Helen Rankin, Founder of Instant Forever,
ceremonies, in one form or another, have a history practically as
old as man. What is new are the original ideas new parents keep
coming up with for the traditional baby naming ceremony.
ceremonies are fulfilling and meaningful experiences to name and
welcome a new baby. Some religious baby naming ceremonies offer a
bit of flexibility. But many parents are designing their own naming
ceremonies to suit their own personal tastes.
route you choose, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable and
creative baby naming ceremony when you include an Instant Photo
Guest Book in the festivities. This distinctive combination photo
album and guest book will capture your special event the Instant
it happens, to enjoy immediately – and for years to come.
Here are 5
tips to help make your naming ceremony as unique as your precious
Ceremonies Cross All Religious & National Boundaries
A baby naming
ceremony is a great alternative to the traditional Christening.
There are lots of options to personalize your naming ceremony. You
can have it as formal or informal, religious, traditional or
untraditional as you choose. Naming ceremonies range from
traditional religious baby naming ceremonies like the Jewish baby
naming ceremony) to having the naming ceremony conducted in the
local registry office by a registrar to having a simple ceremony at
home conducted by a family friend.
If the naming is taking place weeks or months after the baby is
born, try to schedule it for a time of day when you know the baby
will be at its most sociable and alert state. The last thing you
want is a cranky guest of honor!
Naming Ceremony - A Celebration for All Family & Friends
godparents (also referred as mentors or even ‘odd-parents’) deserve
a special place of honor at the baby naming ceremony, but keep in
mind that all family relationships and friendships are deepened with
the naming ceremony celebration. Your wider circle of family and
friends usually enjoys these unique ceremonies because baby naming
ceremonies stem from the concept that each adult present at the
ceremony is in part responsible for the care of the child.
To include all the guests as special participants at your
baby naming ceremony, go around the room and take Polaroid photos of
your guests. Then have them write a personal wish for the baby’s
future on a page of your Instant Photo Guest Book.
Jewish Baby Naming Ceremonies
In Judaism, a
newborn boy’s naming is a religious ceremony called a brit mila
meaning ritual circumcision. This takes place the eighth day after
the baby’s birth. Designing a Jewish baby naming ceremony for a
girl, a simchat bat (birth celebration for a girl) is more
flexible as there’s no “official” ceremony to perform. It’s
traditional for Jewish babies (boys and girls alike) to be named for
a deceased family member. This keeps lost loved ones “present” for
the next generation.
Many Jewish families use only the first letter of the name they’re
memorializing, such as Hannah for Grandpa Herb or Stephen for Aunt
Sarah. When guests make entries in your Instant Photo Guest Book,
ask them to include a meaningful word starting with the first letter
of the baby’s new name.
Significance - Announce & Explain the Names That Have Been Chosen
Choosing the name of the
new baby is not a simple task. In some cultures the name of the
parent or a respected friend or relative is given to the child.
Other cultures and Jewish baby naming ceremonies give the name of a
deceased relative to honor the memory of the ancestors. In other
cultures, the religious elders are consulted to provide a name that
will bring good fortune to the child. No matter what method is used,
the choice of the given name is important. The naming ceremony
serves to identify this new baby as someone who exists as a unique
individual - with a name that has meaning. Often, the meaning of the
name is explained as part of the ceremony.
Emily, which means eager or industrious, has held its own as one of
the most popular girls’ names since 1880. Michael is another
classic, derived from Hebrew and meaning “a gift from God.” What
could be better?
Prior to the baby naming ceremony, pick a close friend or family
member. Allowing plenty of time, ask them to prepare the naming
presentation and be sure to add this entry to your Photo Guest Book
album as a keepsake for memories long after the naming ceremony is
Naming Ceremony - Accepting the Invitation
the significance of being an attendee to a baby naming ceremony,
next time you are asked to attend a naming ceremony, you will
respond with the knowledge that you are following a tradition that
goes back to the dawn of mankind. You are the recipient of a special
honor and carry a special responsibility to share in the nurturing
of a new life!
If you are attending a family or special friend’s baby naming
ceremony, volunteer to be the one who creates the Instant Photo
Guest Book Album. Be in charge of taking the Polaroid pictures and
getting all the guests to write their personal sentiments and then
present it as a special gift to the parents the instant the
celebration is over!
Founder of Instant Forever -
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memories forever. Instant Forever’s Adesso Album is the only guest
book alternative for UK and European families to capture their baby
naming ceremony in an Instant in both pictures and words.
Capture your naming ceremony instantly and preserve it Forever
Baby Naming Ceremony Photo Guest Book Album