Long before your little girl will dream of her perfect long, white wedding gown, you will dream about finding the perfect christening gown for her to wear on another of the most special days of her life – her baptism. Infant baptism is a special sacrament of initiation into the church, a cause for great joy and celebration. Although your baby may not recall the words that were said or what she wore, the christening ceremony is crucial to cleanse your child of original sin and bring her into the church. After all, you’ve already welcomed her into your family, it’s time now to welcome her into her faith family! And of course, finding that beautiful baptismal gown for your sweet girl is just a fun side benefit!
Christening gowns for baby girls, like all baptismal clothing, are white to symbolize innocence and the new life of resurrection – they are a relic of the new clothes worn by Christians after baptism in the first centuries. Although shorter gowns are acceptable and fashionable these days, in the 17th and 18th centuries both boys and girls always wore lengthy gowns. Many parents continue to opt for the elegant, long style of christening gown for their baby girls. Gowns can be plain white or include delicate embroidery and stitching. Often times christening gowns become family heirlooms, handed down from mother to daughter.
These are some of our favorite christening gown designers:
Petit Ami has been making beautiful infant and children’s clothing for over 40 years, and their christening gowns are equally high in quality. Featuring classic smocking, puff sleeves, and a matching ruffled bonnet, this christening gown is one of our favorites. The plain but elegant style ensures that this gown could easily become a family heirloom; that it will never go out of fashion.
Feltman Brothers specializes in infant and toddler clothing with a vintage feel, and their baptismal gowns are no exception. With its embroidered design and lace insets, this cotton gown and bonnet set feels like it’s already a family heirloom, even when purchased new. It’s a perfect choice for those who want to honor tradition to its fullest.
Sarah Louise designs gorgeous special occasion clothes. Most Sarah Louise christening gowns are full length, smocked, and include a matching bonnet. This baptismal gown features peals and delicate embroidery at the hem. The skirt even includes tulle for a truly elegant, full skirted look.
Your baby girl’s baptism is a very special day, and the dress she wears is a beautiful, memorable symbol that will be passed down for generations. We’d love to be a part of the tradition– shop all our baby girl’s christening gowns here.