10 Readings for a Baby-Naming Ceremony


A baby-naming ceremony is a lovely way to welcome your new arrival into the world in a way that is meaningful to you and your family.


Perhaps you'd like to include some readings to really personalise the occasion, so here are some you might not have heard before to really make the day even more special for your little one.


Wishing You Many Smiles


May life's adventures be exciting and sweet Filled with love from the friends that you'll meet You'll soon grow up for time does fly So cherish each moment as it goes by From crawling and walking To toddling and talking There's no knowing what you'll do next


There's a threshold to cross and a wide open door And a wonderful world for you to explore Sleep with the moonbeams and play in the sun Let your life be a long one and filled with fun May today and tomorrow and all days hereafter Be days that are happy and filled with your laughter.



I Loved You from the Very Start


I loved you from the very start,

You stole my breath, embraced my heart.

Our life together has just begun,

You're part of me my little one.


As mother with child, each day I grew,

My mind was filled with thoughts of you.

I'd daydream of the things we'd share,

Like late-night bottles and teddy bears.

Like first steps and skinned knees,

Like bedtime stories and ABC's.


I thought of things you'd want to know,

Like how birds fly and flowers grow.

I thought of lessons I'd need to share,

Like standing tall and playing fair.


When I first saw your precious face,

I prayed your life be touched with grace.

I thanked the angels from above,

And promised you unending love.


Each night I lay you down to sleep,

I gently kiss your head and cheek.

I count your little fingers and toes;

I memorize your eyes and nose.

I linger at your nursery door,

Awed each day I love you more.

Through misty eyes, I dim the light,

I whisper, "I love you" every night.


I loved you from the very start,

You stole my breath, embraced my heart.

As mother and child our journeys begin,

My heart's yours forever my little friend.



Wishes for A Child by Joanna Miller


May you know the gift of friendship,

Feel the sun upon your face,

May you win displaying dignity,

And accept defeat with grace,

May you marvel with the wonders,

Of nature and the earth,

May you value education,

And know your own true worth,

May you live and love with honesty,

And do the thing that’s right,

May you stand up for the helpless,

And sleep in peace at night,

May you thrive upon a challenge,

And sing and dance and laugh,

May you know the joy of parenthood,

And follow your own path.



There Is A Song by Spike Milligan


There is a song in man

There is a song in woman

And that is the child's song.

When that song comes

There will be no words.

Do not ask where they are.

Just listen to the song.

Listen to it-

Learn it-

It is the greatest song of all



A Wee Bit of Heaven by Helen Steiner Rice


A wee bit of heaven

drifted down from above-

A handful of happiness,

a heart full of love.

The mystery of life,

so sacred and sweet-

The giver of joy

so deep and complete.

Precious and priceless,

so lovable, too-

The world's sweetest miracle,

baby, is you.



A Message for My Child by Jessica Wesolek


I wish that I could show you

all the things that I have seen.

I wish that I could take you

everywhere that I have been.

I wish that I could indicate

the places where I fell,

And keep you, thus, from tripping

on those “rougher” spots as well.

I wish that I could do all this

and save you from the strife.

But I know that I’d be sparing you

the lessons of your life.

And you must learn those lessons

as hard as that may be,

Just know that you will always have

a helping hand from me.


Forever Young


May all your wishes come true May you always do for others And let others do for you May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung And may you stay forever young


May you grow to be righteous May you grow up to be true May you always know the truth And see the light that is surrounding you

May you always be courageous Stand upright and strong And may you stay forever young


May your hands always be busy And may your feet always be swift May you have a strong foundation When the winds of change shift May your heart always be joyful And may your song always be sung And may you stay forever young.



Before You Came by Beverly Butcher


What did we do, in the days before you came?

Vodka, and dancing, and staying out late,

Breakfast at tea-time,

Reading the papers, a long lie-in,

And space in the bed.


Now it's daisy chains, and super-heroes,

Butterfly wings, and light-sabres,

Eating pink cake,

Naming stars,

And catching snowflakes in our mouths,

No room in the bed,

And half-sleep on its edge,

While you snore, stretched out, a star-fish.


Time escaping, before you came,

And cast your spell,

And filled the house with possibility;

All the things you want to do,

And all the things you're going to be,

So - let's make a den,

Take our biscuits in,

Carve lanterns at Hallowe'en,

Watch grown-ups do star jumps on a trampoline,

And wonder what we ever did,

In the days before you came.



Children Learn what they Live by Dorothy Law Nolte


If children live with criticism,

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;


But


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.



Reflection of a Family


A family is a place to cry and laugh, to vent frustrations, to cry for help, to tease and yell, to be touched and hugged and smiled at.

A family is people who care when you are sad, who love you no matter what, who share your triumphs, who don't expect you to be perfect, just growing with honesty in your decisions.


A family is a circle where we learn to make good decisions, where we learn integrity and table manners, and respect for other people.

Where we are special, where we listen and are listened to.

Where we learn the rules of life, to prepare ourselves for the world.

The world is a place where anything can happen.

If we grow up in a loving family, we are ready for the world.



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