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May we have our baby dedicated instead of baptized?

 

No. The theological understandings of the two services are very different. Dedication is a human act - something we pledge or give to God. Baptism is a divine act, a pledge and gift God gives to us. Baptism of infants includes the reaffirmation of the vows of the baptismal covenant by parents, sponsors, and the congregation; but chiefly it celebrates what God is doing and will do in the life of the infant.

(From FAQs About Baptism, Membership, and Salvation)

Learn more about baptism:

By Water and The Spirit
This is Your Baptismal Liturgy