Baptism marks the first step in your Christian journey. It's a ritual in the Christian faith traced back to Jesus himself, who was baptised in the river Jordan.
Before Jesus left, he commanded his followers:
In baptism, we declare publicly that we believe in God and will follow Jesus, turning away from everything evil and sinful. We thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love.
Christening vs Thanksgiving
In the Anglican Church it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as a christening.
If as parents, you're not sure how you feel about baptism, but would simply like to give thanks to God for the birth of your baby, without making the same promises, then perhaps a Thanksgiving Service is what you would prefer.
The Church of England website has more information about Baptisms and Thanksgiving for your child.
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey where those who have been baptised as children make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop, the Church also asks God to give those being confirmed power, through the Holy Spirit, to live the life of discipleship.