A baby baptism is a memorable way to celebrate the birth of a new child in your family. The baptism can also reinforce your religious beliefs and serve as a way to introduce meaningful traditions to your little one.
It is also customary to purchase a baby baptism gown for the occasion. There are several benefits to buying a gown, so here are a few to help you choose the perfect baptism or christening outfit for your baby.
You’re Purchasing a Family Treasure
A baptism or christening gown can easily be an item that will always be significant to your family. After the ceremony, you can save the gown to keep it in pristine condition, so that you can show it to your child when he or she is older. You may even want to give the christening gown to your child when they become an adult so they can keep the moment as a way to remember their special day.
You’re Making Memories
A baby baptism gown can serve as a way to remind yourself of the beauty of the christening. This one garment may bring back memories of how excited you were to find out that you were pregnant, or how happy you were to formally introduce your little one to your church family. As your child grows, the christening gown can serve as a symbol to you of the blessing that your child is and the happiness he/she brings to your family.
You Can Turn It Into a Craft
After the baby baptism, you can use the christening gown as part of a craft. The lace trim of the gown can be used to decorate your child’s bassinet or jewelry box. Or, you can use part of the material from the baptism gown to make a sash for a dress or suit. The fabric from the dress can be wrapped around wooden letters that spell your child’s name, which can be displayed on the wall of your child’s nursery. If you know you won’t use the baptism gown again but still want to make good use of it, crafts are a great idea.
You Can Take Beautiful Pictures
The baptism gown will make for stunning pictures at the ceremony. You can also get professional photos taken of your little one in the christening gown to remember this special time in your family’s life. An elaborate gown, or one that has specialized embellishments will make the photos stand out even more.
You Can Customize It
Another great reason to purchase a baptism gown for your baby is the option to customize it. You can have your baby’s name embroidered on the garment, or add a design like a cross or praying hands to make the gown one of a kind. While a traditional christening gown is white, you can also add color to the gown with a silk sash in a pastel shade or lace trim in a bright hue for the baptism gown and matching bonnet.
You Can Pass It On
Finally, you can pass the christening gown on to your relatives so the gown will stay in your family for years to come. If you purchase the baptism gown and pass it down, you and your family can tell the story of the gown’s meaning when the children who wear the gown for their christening are old enough to understand.