Christening and Baptism Clothes for Babies

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Christening and Baptism Clothes for Baby Girls and Boys

Twin Brothers in Baptism Gowns
Twin Brothers in Baptism Gowns. Flickr Creative Commons/Copyright birdnerd25

Christian religious ceremonies involving christening or baptizing a baby date back centuries. More recently, some churches have moved toward Baby Dedications.

In all of these ceremonies, a special outfit is often worn baby the infant. Most often called "christening gowns," these outfits are sometimes handed down from one generation to the next. In other cases, the parents may choose their own outfit and then preserve and store it away in the hopes of starting their own family tradition.

In this article, we'll take a look at some timeless christening clothes for baby girls and boys that could easily be handed down to the next generation in your family, as well as preserving those gowns and how to refresh gowns that may have been handed down to you, but could use a little tender loving care.

Related Reading:

  • What is Baptism?
  • What is a Baby Dedication Ceremony?

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The "Louisa" Layette Christening Gown

The "Louisa" Layette Christening Gown. Baby Beau & Belle

One look at this gown and you know that it's going to be a keepsake, likely to be handed down to the next generation with proper preservation.

The beautiful gown starts with a 100% cotton champagne-colored lining, which is then accented with an expertly detailed ivory-colored overlay that includes handmade silk roses, gold satin ribbons, and exquisite chiffon leaves. This heirloom quality dress is a wonderful and appropriate diversion from the traditional white gown.

It really is breathtaking, isn't it? The scallop lace trim adds to the vintage look, as does the ribbons and cap sleeves. This is definitely a keeper.

Parents that have previously purchased this gown give it an almost unanimous five-star rating, but they do say that the sizing seems to run a bit small and the color is a bit darker than what is pictured.

Available in sizes 0-3 months and 6-9 months, this gown is priced at $185 and available exclusively at Baby Beau & Belle, a Washington-based retailer focused on christening wear. Each garment is designed in-house by Roberta Salton using the finest materials available, including Venice laces, silks, and French ribbons.

Also part of the Louisa line, a matching headband, bonnet, receiving blanket, and booties; each piece is priced individually and runs between $21 and $49.

View the entire "Louisa" line at the Baby Beau & Belle website.

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Petit Ami Cotton Christening Longall

Petit Ami Cotton Christening Longall
Petit Ami Cotton Christening Longall.

While the market is flooded with christening gowns, there are also outfits marketed for families of boys. Now, that's not to say that baby boys can't wear christening gowns; they certainly can (as is evidenced by those two adorable boys at the beginning of this article), but some parents may prefer outfits that are a little more "boyish."

This cotton and polyester blend (88% cotton, 22% polyester) "longall" from Petit Ami, a company that's name is derived from the French language, includes a coordinating hat, pintucking, and embroidered accents.

Parents and other purchasers give this a nearly five-star rating and report that this runs a little small, is beautiful in-person and is dressy but not frilly. The only complaint that parents seem to register is that the material is a little thin, which translates into see-through.

Now, some parents may balk at the idea of a cotton and polyester blend because they may feel that it detracts from the "heirloom quality." But on the flip side, the blend means you won't deal with wrinkling issues the day of the big event.

This longall can be purchased through Amazon and it's priced just over $50.

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Biscotti Baby Girls Cherished Heirloom Embroidered Gown with Bonnet

Biscotti Baby Girls Cherished Heirloom Embroidered Gown with Bonnet
Biscotti Baby Girls Cherished Heirloom Embroidered Gown with Bonnet. PriceGrabber

The moment I laid eyes on this christening gown, I fell in love with the updated styling that creates an almost "bubble dress." It's classic enough that it could be easily handed down to future generations, but current enough that it's almost trendy.

There is a downside, of course. This outfit is 100% nylon, which may be a turn-off to some parents that would prefer a natural fiber against their baby's skin. It's a hand-wash only item, but I don't consider this to be too big of a deal because chances are, your baby will only wear it once anyway. Another consideration, it's made in China; some parents will question whether it's safe.

Biscotti baby is considered a "designer" in the baby clothes world, so their clothes tend to be priced a little higher your mass retailer. This dress is priced just over $100, but is well worth the investment in my opinion — even given the material it's made of.

Compare prices on the Biscotti Baby Cherished Heirloom Embroidered Gown.

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Five-Piece Satin Tuxedo by Lito

Lito White Round Tail Satin Christening Baptism Tuxedo
Lito White Round Tail Satin Christening Baptism Tuxedo.

Some parents prefer to dress their little men to the nines. This five-piece satin tuxedo certainly takes care of that.

Parents rave about its styling and how well-made it is.

Created by Lito Children's Wear, a company founded in 1973 to specialize in children's dressy wear, this set includes the cuffed pants, round tail jacket, shirt, bowtie and cap. Sizes start at newborn and go up to 2T, it is not available in 24 months (you can learn the difference between 2T and 24 months here). The front of the jacket is embroidered with crosses.

Available at and priced at less than $50, this is an affordable option for families looking to buy a dapper christening outfit without spending hundreds of dollars.

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Angela West Christening Gowns

Handmade Christening Gowns
The Angela West "Oriana" Christening Gown. Etsy/Angela West

For some parents, heirloom translates to handmade. The gown shown here is from the "Oriana" line and incredibly ornate.

Made of silk and lace, this 40" gown is embellished with hand-sewn sequins, pearls and crystal beads. The hem is offset by with a high quality re-embroidered lace and additional trimmings.

Angela West sells via her Etsy store and is willing to work with parents regarding proper sizing. Since each gown is made based on your baby's measurements, you don't have to guess as to what size to order.

The Oriana style is available in both white and ivory and the gown can be monogrammed if you choose.

While this is by far the most ornate, it's also the most expensive on the list. Coming in at nearly $300, this is meant to be handed down, no doubt about it. Which brings up a good point: if you plan to store this for future generations, I'd avoid the monogramming and perhaps save it for an accessory that you might purchase to go with the gown.

In addition to the gown, you will also receive a bonnet, booties, bib, blanket and bloomers. When you consider the amount of work that goes into hand-making each of these items, the cost doesn't seem quite so prohibitive.

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Christening Headbands

Christening Headbands
Christening Headband by Banner Boutique. Boutique

Many parents love to adorn their baby's head with a cute headband to go with their gorgeous gown for the day. The one shown here is carried by Banner Boutique on Etsy, along with many other styles, including their "vintage headband" which I think is equally adorable.

Check out the entire selection of christening headbands on Etsy (but be prepared, there's lots of cute baby faces to be seen too).

Other Stores Selling Christening Headbands:

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Christening Bonnets and Hats

Christening Bonnets and Hats
Christening Bonnets and Hats. Etsy/Snowdrops Design

Depending on your style preference, you might want your little girl to wear a bonnet to her christening. Or perhaps you have a baby boy, in which case a hat might be more appropriate.

The Elizabeth Rose christening bonnet shown here is simple in style and handmade by Snowdrops Design on Etsy.

There are other more ornate styles of bonnets available, and some christening outfits even come with them.

Other Stores Selling Christening Bonnets and Hats:

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Christening Shoes, Socks, and Booties

Christening Shoes, Socks, and Booties
Christening Shoes, Socks, and Booties. Personalization Mall

If you're anything like me, you feel like any baby outfit is incomplete without a pair of shoes, socks, or booties to go with it. Here's a sampling of what's available to compliment your baby's christening or baptism outfit.

These shoes are available from Personalization Mall and are unisex in style (though they're listed specifically for boys), so they would be appropriate for any child. If you're looking for something slightly more delicate for a baby girl, I'm loving these Sarah Louise silk christening shoes with a ribbon tie.

Other Stores Selling Christening Shoes, Socks, and Booties: