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December 5th, 2010, 09:55 AM
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Hi

I'm a regular over at GS but had a question for you all. My daughter is due soon but i'm not sure when the best time is to have her baptized. I personally want it to happen when she's young but I just don't know how young is too young. I'm hoping we can do this in the Catholic Church since i'm Catholic and I really don't care for dh's families church.
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December 5th, 2010, 10:06 AM
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I used to be catholic and i had baptized my dd when she was 5 months old but i think you can do it sooner if you wish. I think you can do it any time between birth and the age of 7.
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December 5th, 2010, 10:20 AM
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I think it depends on the religion and the family. Personally for me, Baptism is a choice someone makes after they have given their life to God. In stead of a Baptism, we Dedicate, where essential we are pledging ourselves to raise the baby in a manner which is pleasing to God.

There is no right or wrong answer to this. I just wanted to share with you another idea. I hope that whatever you choose, and whenever you choose to do it, it is beautiful, and brings you closer to God as a result.

Also one more note, My experience has been that some Catholic Churches are particular about who they will Baptize. Since you said you do not care for DH's church, I take that to mean they are most likely not Catholic (or if they are there is another issue.) If DH is not Catholic, your church may not agree to the Baptism. I would talk to the priest first and seek some in sight from him.
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December 5th, 2010, 01:00 PM
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I am Baptist so there for I think Baptism is done when they truly receive Jesus Christ as their savior and we get immersed in water.

We also dedicate our babies to God in where we vow to raise our child in Christianity. Both of my children were dedicated at 2 weeks!
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December 5th, 2010, 07:03 PM
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The age of baptism varies greatly from church to church. Most Catholic churches will baptize very young babies. My son has actually been baptized twice. Once as an infant, as the custom of the church we attended at the time and once at the age of 9 to show his belief and acceptance of Jesus.

Just talk to the priest and ask him what the practices of the church is.
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December 5th, 2010, 11:55 PM
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Thank you ladies! DH isn't Catholic, but he doesn't go to the church his whole family goes to (which is a Methodist one I think). Probably by next year i'll talk to the priest and ask about it.
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December 6th, 2010, 05:34 PM
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I ditto Brittainy.
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