Poems and readings for baby and child ceremonies

Baby and child

Poems and readings for baby and child naming and welcoming ceremonies

Naming and welcoming ceremonies are a joyous occasion for celebrating the arrival of a new life into the world and welcoming a child or children into your family. Poems and readings can be filled with promises, good wishes and readings or poems that convey hope and love. If you are looking for poems and readings for couple’s ceremonies follow this link).

Here are some ideas:

  1. The little people

A dreary place would this earth be
Were there no little people in it;
The song of life would lose its mirth,
Were there no children to begin it:

No forms, like buds to grow,
And make the admiring heart surrender;
No little hands on breast and brow,
To keep the thrilling love chords tender.

The sterner soul would grow more stern,
Unfeeling nature more inhuman,
And man to stoic coldness turn
And woman would be less than woman.

Life’s song indeed would lose its charm,
Were there no babies to begin it;
A doleful place this world would be
Were there no little people in it.

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

  1. When you thought I wasn’t looking

(A message every adult should read because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.)
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a stray, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favourite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to take care of each other.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I learned most of life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking. I looked at you and wanted to say “Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.”


  1. A Celtic blessing

May the strength of the wind and the light of the sun,
The softness of the rain and the mystery of the moon
Reach you and fill you.

May beauty delight you and happiness uplift you,
May wonder fulfil you and love surround you.
May your step be steady and your arm be strong.
May your heart be peaceful and your word be true.

May you seek to learn, may you learn to live,
May you live to love, and may you love – always

  1. What I have learned (to pass on to (baby’s name))

I’ve learned that no matter what happens or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about people by the way they cope with three things; rainy days, lost luggage and tangled Christmas lights.
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
I’ve learned that ‘making a living’ is not the same thing as ‘getting a life’
I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life just accepting everything that’s thrown at you – you need to be able to throw something back.
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said;
People will forget what you did, but they will never
Forget how you made them feel.


  1. My parents garden

My parents are planting a garden – a garden of the heart
They’re planting all the good things to give my life its start
They’ll turn me to the sunshine and encourage me to dream
Fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem
And when the winds and rain come they’ll protect me well enough
But not too much, because they know I’ll need to stand up strong and tough
Their constant good example will teach me right from wrong,
Markers for my pathway to last a lifetime long.
I am my parent’s garden, I am their legacy
And I hope they’ll always feel the love reflected back from me.


  1. 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.


  1. We’ve adopted you

We didn’t give you the gift of life, but in our hearts we know
The love we feel is as deep and real as if it had been so.
For us to have each other is like a dream come true.
No – we didn’t give you the gift of life, life gave us the gift of you