That’s a question I myself have thought about often myself, and as I’m planning on having the first time I speak my son’s name to him outside of the womb being when I baptize him on the day of his birth, I tend to think that baptism should be sooner rather than later. (To be honest, this is probably influenced by having a mother who sometimes worked as a nurse in the delivery ward.)
There used to be a much closer time frame for Baptism – the Luther baby was born on November 10th, and his father took him to the Church to be baptized on St. Martin’s day… November 11th. At some point in the intervening 500+ years, we have incorporated the rite of Baptism into the Sunday service — and it is useful there as a teaching opportunity. Then the time for that service is often pushed back to a time when the mother can attend the service. Even this I don’t think is problematic – it is still a matter of doing things quickly. But I’m often a pessimist and believe on planning for the worst case scenario, and I’d rather have that Word of comfort from Baptism if anything happens.
Rev. Eric J. Brown
Zion Lutheran Church – Lahoma, OK