Typical Catholic Customs to Welcome New Born Baby
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In welcoming babies into this world, religion expects Catholics to follow certain customs and traditions. Let’s look at the typical Catholic customs in welcoming a newborn baby.

1) Naming Ceremony

The Catholic custom to welcome a newborn baby is to give the baby a name at birth. They give the names according to the rules of Christian naming. These names are usually decided by the parents unless the baby is orphaned.

In case there are no parents, another responsible adult has to decide on the name of the baby. This can be done by looking at a chart that shows how many times a particular name is used in various parts of the world. 

They give the names to give good luck and blessings to the baby.

2) Cutting the Hair

After the baby is born, the parents or a close relative cut the baby’s hair. They usually do the first haircut at the day after birth or three months old, depending on countries and branch of belief. 

This is to symbolize that God has made the baby. The parents will then cut the hair of their newborns when they are one month old.

Many parents like to give their newborns their first haircut in a special place. Some of these places are at the home of the parents, in a salon, and church.

Catholic customs to welcome newborn babies: baptism
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3) Choosing Godparents for the Child

Priests usually baptize Catholic babies before they are one week old. This is because it is at this age that they can choose who will be their godparents. 

The parents or godparents decide on the godparents and make them promise to raise the child in the Catholic faith.

4) Baptism Ceremony

They usually do baptism within one week of birth for children born in a Catholic family. The baptism usually takes place during a special ceremony at the church, where all the family members and friends gather to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

The baby is baptized with water, then placed in a font filled with water, and blessed by an officiating priest or priestess. 

A baptismal candle may also be lit to symbolize hope for eternal life in heaven. The parents will then put their baby into a new white dress and carry him/her back home for dinner as a way of thanking God for bringing them into this world.

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5) First Holy Communion

Catholic families usually celebrate First Holy Communion at about 8 years old or when the child reaches puberty, whichever comes first. In most cases, children who were born into Catholic families will receive this sacrament first, before those who were not.

First Holy Communion is a rite of passage for children who were born into Catholic families. It symbolizes that the child has become a full member of the church and is ready to take on more responsibilities. 

The child receives this sacrament after they have been baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.

Newborn baby Catholic customs: choosing godparents.
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Why Do Catholics Baptize Newborn Baby?

Parents bring their babies to baptism before they are one week old because Catholics consider babies children of God. 

Baptism is the sacrament that adults take when they join the Catholic faith. The baptism is to symbolize that they have been brought into the faith and will now live a life dedicated to God.

They baptize the baby with water so that he/she can be clean, just like Jesus Christ was when he was baptized in the River Jordan. The baptism also reminds Catholics of the fact that they should always be good, honest, and respectful to everyone around them.

Why Do People Believe in Doing Newborn Baby Rituals?

Today, the Christian faith is one of the most practiced religions in the world. It is one of the three largest religions in terms of population with over 2.3 billion adherents worldwide.

These rituals are usually done because they believe they have to please and be grateful to God. Their cultures believe these rituals bring good luck and blessings to the newborn baby. They also symbolize the fact that the baby is being brought into the Catholic faith.

These rituals also serve as a way of making sure that the baby will grow up to be a good Catholic, just like their parents and grandparents were. These rituals are believed to be part of the faith of Catholicism and its core beliefs.

Bringing Blessing for Your Children

These are the typical Catholic customs to welcome a newborn baby. The parents, grandparents, and godparents usually do these rituals. They also believe that these rituals are pleasing to God and will bring good luck and blessings to the baby.

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