When is the best time to have my child baptised?

Heather - posted on 11/14/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I want to get my son baptised. He is 2 months old right now. When is the best age to do it?

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Theresa - posted on 11/14/2009

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We do the baby dedication at our church as well. We dedicated our children - well, the last two - at 6 weeks. Our first was dedicated at four months, after we became Christians. We believe in baptism after the age of accountability or when they can accept Jesus as their savior on their own, realizing the step they are making.
If your church does infant baptism, a la Catholics, any time is the right time! :)

Shalana - posted on 11/21/2009

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At my church we believe in the child wanting to get baptized and knowing what it means to really serve God before we baptize them and we get the parent's permission if they are under 18. This walk with God is so important and you don't want to baptize your child before they even know who God is. I was 16 when I got baptized and started this journey for living for Christ. I am 27 now and even tho I fell by the wayside a couple of times I know what it means to live for God and have been doing it faithfully for a year now. I advise not to get him baptized until he is old enough to know the consequences of going against God's word.

Victoria - posted on 11/14/2009

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Quoting heather:



Quoting Victoria:

I personally don't believe in infant baptisim, a person should be at an age of understanding before being baptised by full submersion into water. However a child should be dedicated any time after birth usually between 8 days and a month old. But anytime after that too. Jesus was 8 days old when he was presented at the temple (dedicated to God) & 30 when He was baptised.





I dont remember being submerged into water they just put some ointment on my forehead





That's more like being anointed with oil not really baptised, the only baptisims the scriptures speak about are by full submergion into water, baptisim by fire...(totally different) & the baptism of the holy spirit. The catholic church do practice Christenings, but scripturally that is more like the presentation of the infant at the temple (Jesus at 8 days old) not a baptisim.

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Carla - posted on 09/23/2013

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Rose, you can write to the county in which you were born and request a certified copy of your birth certificates.

We had our children dedicated at birth, and they were not required to have a birth certificate, but it was not a Catholic church. Maybe call around to the other churches in the area and see if it was just that one church that had such a requirement.

God bless, hon

Rose - posted on 09/23/2013

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I am catholic and i was baptized wen i was 11 years old but after i left my country to come to united kingdom few years ago then question is what can i do to baptize my kids? Because wen i asked the member of the church she told me i need to bring my birth certificate and my husband has well but to be for sure we don't have our birth certificate's even our parents they don't have them.. The question is what can i do to baptize my kids this year?

Anne - posted on 12/05/2009

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I agree with dedicating a child at a young age, but not getting them baptized yet until they're saved and ask jesus to be their savior! I didn't know anything about the dedication because I was baptized at a young age! I just got saved 2 yrs ago at age of 28 and will need to get baptized again! My life was sinful until two years ago, so I was living as a wet sinner because the baptizen before didn't mean anything to me! I'm getting ready to dedicate my baby she will be 4 months old on December 10th!

Rebekah - posted on 12/05/2009

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I believe when a child accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior of their life and understand what that means, that is the time for them to be baptized. There is no set age for this, some children come to know Jesus at the age of 5 while others at the age of 12. But as long as they understand what it means to accept Jesus as their Savior, then I believe they should baptized.

Jennifer - posted on 12/05/2009

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I don't beleive there is a wrong age. God loves all of us. My husband and I dedicated our daughter to the lord at 6months old. She is now almost 4 and talks about jesus and heaven all the time. When she is older she will then have the choice to baptise herself. Just pray about it and follow your heart you will know when it is the right time. Remember your son is already loved and protected by the lord jesus Christ no matter the decision you make. Good luck and God Bless.

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When they choose to be. :) I also don't believe in infant baptism. My twin girls were dedicated in the church (which is more the parents being dedicated to raising Christian children) at 6 weeks and my son was 2 or 3 weeks.



My girls chose to be baptized the summer when they were 5.5 years old. My son is only 20 months now, so it'll be a while..... :)

Annie - posted on 12/03/2009

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Are you Catholic? Just wondering to see if you're talking about the same kind of bapism as I am. :) We had our little girl both baptised and dedicated on the same weekend. Really we just did it when it fit in our schedule. We chose 4th of July weekend so family could make it out. My husband's is far away. Anyway I remember our priest wanting us to do it before 3 months, Meg was 4. But I'd just check with your priest.

Also to clarify why our baby had both: LOL
My husband is Catholic, I was raised in a Foursquare church and was taught dedicate and then wait until they can decide which I do agree with. BUT to me, someone who didn't really understand/believe in infant baptism, it was just some water and a pretty dress. My husband's family liked that we did it. I figure, she's fine, and they sleep better at night. We also got her dedicated because that's what my family does. She'll be raised in a Godly home and that's what really matters. The baby stuff was mostly for us. I did really enjoy finding the fancy dress for her, I must say. :-)

Meaghan - posted on 12/03/2009

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A blessing of the little children or a dedication ceremony for children are wonderful! Jesus Himself wasn't baptized until He was an adult. I follow His example. :)

Bobbi - posted on 12/02/2009

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A child should be old enough to understand what baptism is, first the child must ask God to forgive him of their sins and then they are ready to be baptized. If you baptize a child without him understanding what it is then you are just giving them a bath. They must realize that baptism is a washing away of sins and that they are wanting to dedicate their lives to living up to God's Biblical standards that he has so clearly written for us in the Word of God (BIBLE)....

Crystal - posted on 12/01/2009

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I had my son dedicated the day he turned six months. As most of the others said, baptism will come later. I personally got baptised at the age of 21, two months becoming saved.

Celicia - posted on 12/01/2009

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I don't know if you ever did decide to get your son baptized or not. I just wanted to comment on those who spoke about not baptizing your child because they have to make that decision. Or about how baptism takes place rather fully submerged or not. As for you baptizing him, if you feel it is right, then do so with the realization that it is YOU baptizing him as a dedication to God, not an actual baptism of faith by your son. So when he gets older don't let him think that he doesn't need to decide for himself. Don't give him the impression that he's saved just because he was baptized as a baby. It's just your sign to God that you will raise your son up in the Word of Truth. As for the submersion or not, it doesn't matter. We aren't supposed to get caught up on the logistics of the Bible. It's an act of faith either way. It's just like communion, Jesus gave his disciples wine as His blood, but they didn't have to really drink His blood, and bread as His body, they didn't have to eat His flesh. Neither does it make it less of a sign of faith if a person drinks juice instead of the wine. The only things that matter are that you believe Jesus is truly your Lord and Savior and that you live your life to His will. Don't be discouraged by the things of no significance in the kingdom of heaven. Baptism is baptism either way you do it, and I know the Bible says by complete submersion but it doesn't make you any less saved if you just get splashed in the face with water. Some people get saved and die before they even have the chance to get baptized, but that doesn't mean God will turn them away,

Janet - posted on 11/28/2009

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Baptissim without knowing Jesus died on the cross for sins and through Him and only Him you will have eternal life. Babies don't need that cause Jesus said that all kids until the age of accountability will be saved. When they know what sin is and can do it. That is when they should be saved folled by baptisism.

Theresa - posted on 11/23/2009

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Haha, Cheryl - I so understand! My family is Catholic, and I was baptised as a baby. When I became a Christian as an adult - my mother had no clue why I would "need" to be baptised again. In fact, she did not come to my baptism...but she was raised at a time when they were told they would go to Hell for attending another denomination's service. But she's since relaxed, now that she knows I'm not in a cult or anything, ;) She did attend my last two boy's dedications.

Cheryl - posted on 11/23/2009

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Ditto to all you ladies!!
I was baptized in the Catholic church as an infant and then again as a teenager at Creation Festival when I made the decision for myself. When I had first met my husband's Catholic grandmother (before we were married) she asked me if I was baptized. She was very confused when I said yes, twice!!

JENNIFER - posted on 11/18/2009

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I do not believe that the Bible teaches about infant baptism nor do I personally believe in it. I feel the Bible teaches that once the person has received Christ then it is an act of obedience and that individual decision to be baptised by immersion. We had our son dedicated and made that public commitment to raise him up in a Christian home.

Rabecca - posted on 11/17/2009

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oh so sorry I cant spell today I men to say I guess as well as all of my other mispellings

Rabecca - posted on 11/17/2009

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I personally do not believe in baptising babies eaither and dedication is more what I personally belive . Kids live in a guess protection of inecence till they are at an age of well able to make the choice of being able to personally except christ into ther hearts until then and I think its different for all kids at what age that is they have a protection from God and being baptised is liek you becomming a adult in christ and making a vow when you understand that vow to live your life for him . I think maybe in revalations it says something about the rature and kids at a age of understanding or accountablitly something like that that they will go but afte trthat age they will be subject to the end times as well as the ones left here so I would think it would apply to that same line of being at an age when they choose instead of being told or had done for them

Donna - posted on 11/17/2009

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You should have your baby dedicated whenever you are ready! I don't think there is any age that is better or worse, everyone just enjoys looking up at the cute little baby.

Melinda - posted on 11/16/2009

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I just had my daughter baptised - at 4 months old. At first i wanted to wait until she was old enough to understand, but then my mom told me she wished she hadn't waited so long, because most of my grand parents had passed away by the time I was old enough, and they really would have enjoyed being apart of the ceremony. So I did it early so that grandparents and great grandparents could be there to enjoy the moment with us. It made it very special to us and having your child grow up in the church, they will understand later the importance of what you chose to do.

Heather - posted on 11/14/2009

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We did baby dedications for all of our children. When my children except Jesus as their personal savior then they will be baptized. I agree with everything that Victoria said.

Heather - posted on 11/14/2009

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Quoting Victoria:

I personally don't believe in infant baptisim, a person should be at an age of understanding before being baptised by full submersion into water. However a child should be dedicated any time after birth usually between 8 days and a month old. But anytime after that too. Jesus was 8 days old when he was presented at the temple (dedicated to God) & 30 when He was baptised.


I dont remember being submerged into water they just put some ointment on my forehead

Victoria - posted on 11/14/2009

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I personally don't believe in infant baptisim, a person should be at an age of understanding before being baptised by full submersion into water. However a child should be dedicated any time after birth usually between 8 days and a month old. But anytime after that too. Jesus was 8 days old when he was presented at the temple (dedicated to God) & 30 when He was baptised.

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