The christening of an infant has been important in Norway since the Middle Ages. If a child died without being baptized, it was believed that the child’s soul would not be saved. Therefore, it was important to the parents of the child as well as to the clergy that an effort was made to see that every child was baptized. The mortality rate was high in early-day Norway, therefore rules were set in place to see that everything possible would be done to see that each child would be christened. To learn more, see the How soon after birth should a child be christened in Norway? article in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.