First of all, let us take the opportunity to earnestly implore Allah to bless you and all Muslims with good offspring who will be the delight of their eyes.
Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states: “A child is a gift from Allah, and hence parents must welcome this wonderful divine gift in a most fitting manner. There are certain rituals associated with childbirth to be performed; these are intended to give thanks to the Creator, to share the joy with the family and friends, and to reinforce the Islamic creed of Tawhid (Oneness of Allah), the axis of the Islamic way of life.
The rituals associated with childbirth are the following:
1. As soon as the child is born, the Adhan should be called in his right ear in a most gentle tone and voice.
2. A tiny piece of date should be chewed well by the father or a pious person and then rubbed on the baby’s gums.
3. On the seventh day, the naming of the child should take place. On the same day, his or her head should be shaved and the hair weighed, and the equivalent of the hair in gold (i.e. the cost of that weight of gold) should be given away in charity to the poor.
4. If the family can afford it, preferably on the same day, a goat or lamb should be sacrificed and the meat should be distributed to the poor, family and friends. If instead of giving away the meat, a feast is organized to which the poor as well as family and friends are invited, that would be sufficient as well. It is Sunnah to sacrifice two lambs if the child is a boy and one lamb if the child is a girl.
5. Finally, from the day the child arrives into this world, he or she should be brought up in a proper Islamic environment where proper values and precepts of Islam are consistently practiced.”