A christening is a very special time in a child’s life. Whether you decide to have your little one christened as a baby, or want to have a baptism for your child when he/she is older, the memory or this special event will stay with your family for years to come. The christening gown is a cherished item from this important day, and you may want to save this clothing item as a way to preserve the memory. While you’ll likely have pictures from the christening as well, here are three reasons you should save your little one’s christening gown.
To Preserve It
You can have the christening gown treated so that it won’t fade or yellow over time. Once the gown is preserved, you can store it for future use or have it framed so you can display it in your home. If you decide to put the christening box in a frame, you can purchase a frame large enough for the bonnet and bib that your baby wore to the christening or baptism as well. A small gold plaque with your baby’s name, birthday or the day of the christening can be added to the frame as well.
To Re-purpose It
You can use the christening gown to make new clothing garments. This is especially practical if the gown was expensive. The lace trim of the christening dress can be used to make a headband for a baby or toddler, or you can sew the lace onto socks to give them a more dressy look. Parts of the christening dress can also be used to make a bonnet or a decorative scarf with your child’s name embroidered in the center. If you’re making these items from the christening gown well after the original event, be sure to store the dress in an airtight container and let it air out for a few days before handling it.
To Keep It In the Family
Finally, you may want to keep the christening gown so that it can serve as an heirloom. Your son or daughter will likely be honored to put the same christening gown on his/her baby when your grandchild is being christened. Younger cousins or nieces and nephews can also use the christening gown to make the event even more memorable. Keep in mind that other formal dresses like wedding gowns can also be made in christening garments, which will make the final product even more impressive. With the proper care, the christening outfit can be used for generations.