We are delighted that you are thinking of baptism for yourself or your child. We are all children of God and precious to him.
At Baptism, promises are made that the candidate is to grow in the love of God and to follow Jesus as a member of the Church. For babies and young children, these promises are made by the parents and godparents of the child.
Jesus was himself baptised as the sign of a new beginning. Jesus told his followers to baptise others as a sign that they had turned away from their old lives and begun a new life as his followers. Now they were members of Christ's Body (the Church) and could be certain of God's forgiveness.
Baptism is a sacrament, a visible sign of God's love for us. In baptism we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. It marks a new start: a decision to follow Jesus Christ within the family of the Church.