Post # 1
DH and I were raised Catholic but are now atheists. We won’t baptise our child, but I would still like an opportunity for everyone to gather and see the baby etc.
If you are non religious, did you have some sort of party/gathering for people to see the baby? What did you call it? Or did you have people visit individually when they felt like?
Post # 2
winerygirl: How about a “welcome baby” sort of party? You could still have an awesome party and celebrate the welcoming of your baby with all of your friends and family.
Post # 3
Even I know this one! You have a welcome party and a naming ceremony where you introduce baby and maybe plant a tree etc etc.
Post # 4
CestTresJolie14: sounds like a nice idea. How soon/late would you have it? I just wouldn’t want to leave it so late that it might as well be the first birthday party.
Rachel631: hehe, true, it’s a bit of a lame question. I like the idea of the welcome party, but not the naming ceremony. Would there be any sort of structure to the event, or is it like a normal party where people mill around and talk? Love the tree planting idea btw.
Post # 5
winerygirl: do a Sip and See.
Post # 6
winerygirl: Oh, there’s lots of things that people do. Formal or informal parties, parties at home or in the park, taking baby’s handprints and footprints in concrete or clay… if you google it, I’m sure you can find lots of suggestions.
Post # 7
Well you’ve got a couple of options. Either just throw a ‘Welcome Baby’ party or go for a naming ceremony. Naming ceremonies can take whatever form suits you because they are entirely secular and have no legal weight hanging over them! As Rachel631 suggests, if you google naming ceremonies you’ll find lots of suggestions.
Post # 8
winerygirl: The ones I have been to, the baby was just a few months old. I would wait after the 2 month immunization. I think 3 months would be a good time. Otherwise, like you said, you might as well wait until the baby’s first birthday.
Post # 9
winerygirl: Yes, many people might have a “meet and greet” event; this is usually done in lieu of a baby shower, but it could still be a chance for everyone to congregate, have a good meal and have a good time.
We’re atheists as well, but weren’t raised Catholic, so the idea of having a gathering after the birth didn’t immediately come to mind.
Post # 10
tksjewelry: I love that idea. I’ve never heard of it before though, but I hope people in my circle have. I don’t think it’s a common thing in Australia, and I’m a little bit shy about doing something people haven’t heard of.
Rachel631: I love the idea of a casual picnic at a park. I’m due in November which is Australian spring, so that would be perfect.
Steampunkbride: thanks for the suggestions. I’m leaning towards the welcome baby type party over the naming ceremony. Although my husband and I are no longer catholic, our families definitely are, and I’m worried a naming ceremony would be too close to a baptism, minus the religious part.
CestTresJolie14: yeah, 3 months sounds like a perfect time.
CookieCreamCakes: I like the idea of some sort of event (I won’t quite say ceremony) to celebrate such a big occasion. There’s a lot of that I miss with no longer being part of a religion. Just that loss of a sense of community. Oh, and a chance to eat cake!
Post # 11
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winerygirl: Definitely a welcome baby party. We’re planning to do a Baby-Que (a backyard BBQ) for family and close friends after we get home and settled with the baby. It would probably be held around 6 weeks after the baby is born. We would have the grandparents and some visitors before then, but the BBQ would be the main meet the baby event for our other friends and family.
Post # 12
I’m chinese, so it’s traditional for us to celebrate the baby’s first month.