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- It was a practice in the early church
- The Didache (c. 100) speaks to the baptism of adults, rather than young children, since it requires that the person to be baptised should fast,
- Writings of the second and early third century indicate that Christians baptized infants.
- Irenaeus (c. 130–202) speaks not only of children but even of infants being "born again to God"
- Three passages of Origen (185–c. 254) mention infant baptism as traditional and customary.
- Tertullian (c. 155–230) too, while advising postponement of baptism until after marriage, mentions that it was customary to baptise infants, with sponsors speaking on their behalf.