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How to choose a Christening gown

Your baby's Baptism is the sweetest and most highly anticipated event for the entire family. The ceremony signifies an important rite of passage for your baby and the memories of this day will be cherished with memories and photographs that will last forever. Traditionally, Christening gowns are often passed down from generation to generation. But if you don't have a family heirloom for your baby to wear, here are some tips to consider when choosing a special Christening gown.


Styles of Christening gowns vary greatly from simple to elaborately detailed – the choice is personal preference. Do you prefer a traditional or modern style? Traditional Christening gowns are more formal; made from fine fabrics like silk, satin, or organza. They are typically long gowns with delicate details such as lace, embroidery, cutouts, and embellishments. Modern Christening gowns have a more fashionable touch. They are often made from cotton or satin. There are also modern style variations for boys. Consider family values, traditions, and any requirements from the church before making your decision.

To learn more about traditional versus modern styles, and the history of Christening gowns click here to read the article.


The preferred colour choice for most Christening gowns is white, which symbolizes purity and innocence. A popular modern trend is adding a hint of colour like soft blue or pink ribbons or a delicate flower. Check with your church before you purchase your gown – find out what their requirements are for any particular shade of white and if colour accents are acceptable


Be sure to measure your baby for proper fit; don't rely on their weight, age, or casual clothing size. Babies of the same age or weight may fit in gowns differently based on height for instance. For Christening gowns, measure your baby around their chest and select a size about 1-2 inches greater than the body measurement. The gown should fit loosely and comfortably.


If you are in a warm climate, short sleeves and slight fabrics like cotton or silk would be best to keep your baby cool and comfortable in the church. If the climate is cool, long sleeves and satin would be your best choice. Add accessories such as a bonnet, sweater, socks, or baptismal blanket if extra warmth is needed.


Prices of Christening gowns can vary greatly depending on the style of the outfit. You don't have to spend a lot of money for a beautiful gown. If you want to pass the gown down through the family, consider investing in a more expensive traditional style Christening gown made from high quality fabrics that can be preserved well.


Due to church schedules and/or tradition, you may need your baby's Christening gown delivered quickly. The benefit of shopping online from is that we have a wide selection of gowns that can be delivered immediately. We recommend buying a Christening gown within 4 weeks of the ceremony date to ensure that your baby does not outgrow it before the big day.

We'd love to show you the many styles of Christening gowns and accessories to celebrate your baby's important day. Call or visit us at:

Sweet Ones Boutique
24 Industry Street ,
Aurora , Ontario
Tel: 905-503-0808