Choosing the Right Time for
your Naming Ceremony
(03/12/2019) | Categories:
| Naming Ceremonies |
does it take to have a happy and successful naming
ceremony for your child? Basically a good (and
experienced) celebrant whose schedule fits yours, a
relaxed and happy baby, and an environment that is
comfortable for your guests.
All it takes to achieve that is a bit of juggling!
If you are at the stage in your parenting journey
that you are considering organising a naming
ceremony for your baby you already know that your
child's personal schedule is uniquie, and most
likely doesn't always align with yours.
At certain times of the day you have observed that
your child is more sociable, more alert, and more
amenable to the sort of activities a naming
ceremony involves. Which largely means being
clean, being rested, and not being hungry. But at
other times of the day is highly likely to be grumpy
Choose a good start time
for the ceremony
The secret to a successful
naming ceremony often comes down to choosing the
right time. Babies are often at their social
best mid-morning or early afternoon. But not
every baby keeps to the same timetable. So your
primary consideration should be to choose a
start time for the ceremony that fits your
child's personal fedding/sleeping/socialability
Other issues you should also take into consideration
- The Temperature.
As most naming ceremonies are held outdoors,
either in the backyard or a convenient park, it
is wise to choose a time that sidesteps the
hottest part of the day, and when there is shade
over the ceremony area and where your guests
will be standing or seated.
- The Light
One thing that definitely happens at naming
ceremonies is that everyone takes photos. So
choosing a time of day when the light is most
conducive to good photos, regardless of which
type of device is being used, steer clear of the
middle of the day. In Queensland, the morning
light is softer and really good for outdoor
- Guest work and sporting commitments
Choose a ceremony day that
For obvious reasons, most
naming ceremonies are held at the weekend, with
Sunday being the more popular day, though
certain public holidays are also quite popular.
Australia Day, for example.
Just bear in mind that Saturdays are popular for
weddings, so it might be more difficult to book
a good celebrant at short notice. You also need
to take your guests work commitments into
account, given that many people now work at the
Allow time for pauses
If there is one thing I've
learned in naming more than 300 children it is
that a naming ceremony must always be conducted on
"baby time". You must build enough time into the
schedule of activities (for example, when lunch
will be served) to allow time to pause the
ceremony to tend to your child's needs (or the
needs of another baby present), if necessary.
Whether the baby needs changing, feeding, or
generally soothing, this should be able to be done
with minimum stress.
always have a few tricks up my sleeve to keep your
guests engaged and occupied while we pause the
If I'm not available on your
It may be that, if a whole
raft of reasons, the only day/time that you can
schedule your child's naming is one I'm just not
available for. I've got that covered. Talk to me
about a DIY ceremony option. That's the one
where I create the ceremony and provide a full
script and coaching so one of your friends or a
family member can lead the ceremony on the day.