Jesus got baptized at an age old enough to decide for himself.

Today, I always see infants getting baptized. According to Catholicism, when, where and how did early childhood (infant) baptisms got started?

Was there a mandate from the Vatican that imposes infants need to be baptized as soon as possible?


The earliest recorded instance of child baptism is in the Acts of the Apostles when Lydia, a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira was baptized along with her household (Acts 16:14). Other instances of child baptism recorded in the New Testament are in Acts 16:33, Acts 18:8, and 1 Corinthians 1:16.

This is all in accordance with the commandment given by Peter that all, including children, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38-39).

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    Good answer, an improvement would be to include if there were ever instances in the history of the Catholic Church where infant baptism was not the norm. And, also a specific Catholic apologetic that references these Bible verses as pertaining to infant baptism. (for instance, the Textual Concordance of Scripture published by TAN refers to your references in Acts and 1 Corinthians a probably inferring infant baptism).
    – Peter Turner
    Feb 13 '17 at 4:27
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    The New Testament itself is, in fact, a document of the Church. Acts in particular dates to a period long before the See of Rome and the other Sees of the Church separated at the Great Schism.
    – guest37
    Feb 13 '17 at 23:56

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