Baptism gowns are a traditional part of Christian-style christenings, when parents and godparents give their child to Christ. The process is quite simple and typically involves anointing the head with oil and placing the child’s head in holy water. Some people follow this tradition as part of a religious ceremonial aspect, one that shows dedication to Jesus Christ and Christian-style traditions.
Infant baptism is popular in many Christian-based religions, including Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed churches, Eastern Orthodox and many others.
A customary christening gown derives from Anglican traditions that are very similar to Roman Catholic beliefs. The christening gown was typically a long white gown that was passed down from generation to generation and is often considered an honored family heirloom. While this tradition has changed to embrace modern clothing, white is still a traditional color as it signifies purity and freshness. Whether the infant is a boy or girl, traditional christening gowns are just that, gowns adorned with bonnets. These detailed, hand embroidered, hand crocheted, hand-cut and French-stitched gowns are extremely well made and intended to be passed down in families. While some of the traditional christening gowns may seem frilly, they are really quite exquisite and detailed, lending very special attire to a moment in an infant’s life when he or she embarks on a religious dedication and journey with God.