Baby Naming. Today, some baby namings still take place in a synagogue. Another option is to have the baby naming, a Brit Bat (Covenanting of the Daughter), in the parents’ home, just like a Brit Milah. This is generally done within the first month or two of the baby girl’s life, but can be held later.
During both the Brit Bat and the Brit Milah, a special blessing of gratitude is recited for the healthy delivery of the baby and for the health of the mother. It continues with the giving of the baby’s name, and a prayer that this newborn Jewish child should grow to be a wise and understanding person of goodness. Their names are recited in Hebrew and English. A parent may explain how they chose the name, and talk about the people for whom their child was named.
Since there is no specific format to go by, people have created their own traditions for the liturgy of a Brit Bat. They are creative and very meaningful. At Beth Avodah, we encourage a full Brit Bat and facilitate a personalized service.