1. What Style Do You Want?
The first thing you need to decide when choosing a christening gown is what style of gown you’re looking for. Do you want a traditional gown for your child or are you thinking of something more modern. If you do want a traditional gown, do you want to use an “old” gown – perhaps the same gown you wore when you were an infant? Or, do you want to purchase a new christening gown that represents a traditional style?
2. What Color Should It Be?
While the majority of people think that christening gowns should all be white, there is no rule stating that the garment has to be white. In fact, you can choose a christening gown in any color you want – it’s a decision that is completely up to you. However, if you are trying to keep the ceremony traditional, you will probably want to choose a white or off-white christening gown for your little one.
3. Short Sleeve or Long Sleeve?
The decision whether a christening gown should have short sleeves or long sleeves is one that is, again, up to the parents of the child. One thing that might help make this decision easier for you is to consider the outdoor temperatures at the time the christening will take place. For instance, if it’s in the middle of winter, you will probably want long sleeves and a little sweater and hat to go with it. However, if it’s in the middle of summer and temperatures are close to 100 degrees, then a short sleeve gown is probably the best option.
4. How Should It Fit?
Your infant’s christening gown should be somewhat loose. The main thing you want to check for is that the material doesn’t cut into your child’s skin at any time…even when he/she is moving around. Make sure you refer to the available sizing charts before you order your child’s gown.