The church I grew up in had child dedications instead of infant baptism. I was baptized as an infant, but I may have also been dedicated. I've been looking into two different churches -- one does baptize infants, and the other one doesn't. So far, at the one that does not baptize infants, I have not even seen a child dedication, but I haven't been there very often.
I don't particularly agree with infant baptism, but I prefer it to child dedication. There was a baby being baptized today, so I sat back to observe and listen. The concepts seemed to be the same: dedicating the child to the Lord and asking the parents to actively teach their child the ways of the Lord, if that makes any sense. It was almost the same as any of the child dedications I have seen over the years.
The only differences that I could see were the pastor sprinkling water over the baby's head as opposed to holding the baby while the parents express their desire to raise the child in the knowledge of the Lord and reading a life verse chosen for the child. Everything else seemed very similar.
I may be missing something, but infant baptism and infant dedication seem to be the same basic idea.Were you baptized or dedicated as an infant? If you have children, which did you do, if any? What's the difference between baptism and dedication?