Poems & Readings for a Baby Naming or Welcoming
(For religious readings please scroll to the bottom of the page)
Our First Glimpse
My precious little baby, I have loved you from the start,
You are a tiny miracle, Laying closely to my heart.
Each day I feel your presence, each day you quickly grow,
Each day your heart beats softly, as only I could know.
So I’ll keep this in a special place, and remember each year through,
of my very special time of life, the months I carried you.
And now you have arrived, a miracle in my hands,
and I cannot wait to see you grow my special little man.
Precious one, so small, so sweet, dancing in on tiny feet,
Straight from the brightest star, what a miracle you are!
I want you to be happy
I want you to be happy. I want you to fill your heart with feelings of wonder and to be full of courage and hope. I want you to have the type of friendship that is a treasure - and the kind of love that is beautiful forever. I wish you contentment: the sweet, quiet, inner kind that comes around and never goes away.
I want you to have hopes and have them all come true. I want you to have a real understanding of how unique and rare you truly are. I want to remind you that the sun may disappear for a while, but it never forgets to shine. May the words you listen to, say the things you need to hear. And may a cheerful face lovingly look back at you when you happen to glance in your mirror.
I wish you the insight to see your inner and outer beauty. I wish you sweet dreams. I want you to have times when you feel like singing and dancing and laughing out loud. I want you to be able to make your good times better and your hard times easier to handle. I wish I could find a way to tell you - in untold ways - how important you are to me. Of all the things I’ll be wishing for, wherever you are and whatever I may do, there will never be a day in my life when I won’t be wishing for the best… for you.'
'Being a Mother / Father is not about what you gave up to have a child,
but what you've gained from having one' – Unknown.
A baby asked God, “They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow,
but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?”
God said, “Your Angel's will be waiting for you and will take care of you”.
The baby asked, “who will protect me?”
God said, “Your Angel's will defend you even if it means risking their lives”.
The baby said, “please tell me my angel's name”.
God said, “you will simply call them mummy and daddy”.
'Never lend your car to anyone to who you have given birth'.
The Example of Parenthood
There are little eyes upon you and they’re watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly take in everything you say;
There are little hands all eager to do everything you do,
And a little girl who’s dreaming of the day she’ll be like you.
You’re little ….............'s idol you’re the wisest of the wise;
In her little mind about you no suspicions ever rise.
There’s a wide-eyed little girl who believes you’re always right,
And her ears are always open as she watches day and night.
You are setting an example every day in all you do.
For the little girl who’s waiting to grow up to be like you.
'A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in it's path' Agatha Christie
On Being A Grandparent
It’s very special to be …..............'s Grandma/ nanny/ nanna/ nan
It's something that I will never take for granted.
I will always greet …............ with love in my heart.
I will pick her up when she falls and soothe away any tears.
I will endeavour to answer the “why?” questions as she tries to make sense of her world.
I will rejoice in her achievements - and probably tell them to anyone prepared to listen to my pride.
I will do my utmost to ensure that no harm befalls …......., that she always knows that she is loved and that she knows she can turn to me at any time for advice or consolation. From the moment she became a part of my life I loved her, and this is a love that will never end.
'Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands' Anne Frank
A daddy’s birthday promise
The first time I met you, that was the start
You changed my life, and you filled my heart.
So quiet, so beautiful, so delicate, so small
As you lay in my arms I felt ten feet tall.
Look at me ‘A Daddy’! I’d never been so proud
I could have opened the window and shouted it out loud.
So smart, so lively, so funny, so sweet,
as you lay in your cot, sucking your feet.
The days turned to weeks, as I watched you grow
and I began to wonder where did time go
A year on, you’ve a lot left to learn
with big new adventures around every turn.
But wherever you may go and whatever you may see
There will always be a special bond between you and me.
A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer.
Bankroll smaller, Clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.
My First Birthday
Just 12 short months ago I made my big debut,
So now I'd like to celebrate my 1st birthday with you.
My little hands play pat-a-cake, they peek a boo and wave.
They catch me while I learn to walk and splash me as I bathe.
They hold your fingers tightly and touch your heart so deep.
My little hand reach out to you for hugs before I sleep.
My little hands are tiny now, but your serve to guide me.
And when I'm grown I'll still reach out, and know your still right beside me.
Hong Kong Proverb - As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy to move and the map to move by. We have a hundred alternatives, a thousand paths and infinity of dreams. Hopeful, we are halfway to where we want to go, hopeless, we are lost forever.
Night Night, Mummy - see you later
At seven o’clock every evening my Mum tucks me up in my bed.
I’m nice and snug in my ‘jamas, beside me my faithful old Ted.
I always nod off very quickly – before Mum has turned out the light,
But when it’s her bedtime much later, well then I wake up for the night.
For there’s no time of day I like better than the hours between midnight and three,
For Mum hasn’t got any housework and can give her attention to me.
And when I start yelling and shouting, Mum knows that she has to be quick,
For the night when she leaves me to grizzle is the night I decide to be sick.
But Mum can’t mind in the slightest at being my playmate ‘til two
She’d normally spend this time sleeping, for she’s nothing much better to do.
Some nights she mixes a cocktail from the bottles she keeps on the shelf,
Which sometimes she gives me to swallow –and sometimes she gulps down herself!
And if in the morning I’m sleepy, and feel in the need of a perk,
I can have forty winks in my pushchair while Mummy gets on with her work.
But nothing’s as nice as the night time, and nothing can equal the pleasure,
Of finding it’s four in the morning and being Mum’s wide-awake treasure.
'You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they are going'.
Ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes
Ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes,
bright shining eyes and a wee button nose.
Huge healthy lungs and soft downy hair,
A miracle we wanted all the world to share.
When you have a child you see things in a different light,
you second guess yourself, hoping your always right.
In the early decisions you have to be strong,
Hoping and praying you do nothing wrong.
We'll Kiss him/ her and hug him/her and give lots of tender care,
This miracle our little baby boy / girl, depends on us being there.
Our love for him/her is something that can never be measured,
our son / daughter who will always be treasured.
'It takes a village to raise a child'.
An American Indian Legend for a Butterfly Release:
If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it.
As a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly can not reveal the wish to anyone but the great spirit who hears and sees all. In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens to be granted.
“Today we have gathered to grant this baby all our best wishes and are about to set these butterflies free in trust that our promises and wishes will be granted”.
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me” - Jim Valvano
May beauty delight you & happiness uplift you,
May wonder fulfil you & love surround you.
May your step be steady & your arm be strong,
May your heart be peaceful & your world be true. May you seek to learn, may you learn to live.
My you live to love, and may you love always.
“My sons the most precious thing to me; he's changed me from being selfish to selfless” - Ricardo Antonio Chavira.
Be true to those who trust thee
Be true to those who trust thee,
Be pure for those who care,
Be strong for those who are suffering,
Be brave for there is much to dare.
Be a friend to all, - the foe, the friendless,
Be giving and forget the gift.
Be humble, for we all have weakness,
And then look up and laugh and love and live.
“To me, there is no difference between ‘natural’ and ‘adopted.’ My own childhood showed me that when it comes to loving your kids, concepts like that don’t apply” - Al Rocker
Tell me what is half so sweet, as a baby's tiny feet.
Pink and dainty as can be, like a coral from the sea?
Talk of Jewels strung in rows, Gaze upon those little toes,
fairer than a diadem, with a mother kissing them.
It is morning and she lies, uttering her happy cried,
While her little hands reach out, for the feet that fly about.
Then I go to her and blow, laughter out of every toe;
hold her high and let her place, tiny footprints on my face.
Little feet that do not know, where the winding roadways go,
Little feet so rich with charm, may you never come to harm.
As I bend and proudly blow, laughter out of every toe.
And shall love guide those little feet, Safely down life's many streets.
'When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child'. Sophia Loren
Which day are you?
Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursday child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sunday,
is a bonny baby, good and happy.
“Never lose site of who your are, always remember the reason you are smiling today. Count your blessings for being given the gift to smile” – Jasmina Siderovski
Wishing you many smiles and happy times to come
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.
'My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad' - Beau Bridges
A Mother's Wish
I hope my child looks back on today
And sees a mother who had time to play.
There will be years for cleaning and cooking,
But children grow up when you're not looking.
Tomorrow I'll do all the chores you can mention
But today, my baby needs time and attention.
So settle down cobwebs; dust go to sleep,
I'm cuddling my baby, and babies don't keep.
'First we had each other, then we had you, now we have everything'.
You are a princess in my heart, and I care for you so much.
I love the fondness in you eyes and your tender little touch.
I looked at you when you were born, and knew then straight away,
that I would be forever here to watch you grow and play.
You bring to me a heart of joy, and memories so great,
and a powerful sense of fatherhood that no one can debate.
I watch you sleep and dream of things that I can only wonder.
That innocent look upon your face just makes my heart grow fonder.
I see you run and jump and shout and calling out my name.
No love that I have ever known could ever feel the same.
No suffering or tragedy nor deeply seated pain could ever over shadow the bond that we retain.
And so my little princess before you go to sleep,
Remember I am your daddy and I am yours to keep.
“When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.” - Hugh Jackman
A prayer celebrating the spirit of a child
Give us the spirit of a child:
Give us the child who lives within – the child who trusts, imagines and sings.
The child who receives without reservation, the child who gives without judgement.
Give us a child's eyes, that we may receive the beauty and freshness of this day like a sunrise. Give us a child's heart, that we may be filled with wonder and delight.
Give us a child's faith, that we may be cured of our cynicism.
Give us the spirit of a child, who is not afraid to need, who is not afraid to love.
“You don't choose your family they are gods gift to you” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Children Learn what they Live by Dorothy Louise-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.
Tiny hands and tiny feet, there is someone new for you to meet.
May all your wishes come true
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.
“You are the poem I dreamed of writing, the masterpiece I longed to paint.
You are the shining star I reached for in the ever hopeful quest for life fulfilled.
You are my child now with all things I am blessed.”
Family isn't always blood,
It's the people in your life who want you in theirs;
the ones who accept you for who you are.
The ones who would do anything to see you smile
& who love you no matter what.
'Being a parent means loving your children more than you've ever loved yourself'.
On the night you were born - Nancy Tillman
On the night you were born the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered,
'life will never be the same'
because there had never been anyone like you ever in the world.
So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain that they whispered the sound of your wonderful name.
Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn
on the wonderful, marvellous night you were born.
"His service just summed up who he was, and was exactly what he would have wanted"
(Celebration of Life).
"A truly unique send off"
(Said about using wine gums at a Burial)
"Thank you for the sensitive way that you dealt with a very devastated family. We have received so many lovely comments from friends and family”.
(Celebration of Life)