Hi there! We have a baby boy due to arrive any day now (hopefully!) and we are having a tough time deciding what to do about a baptismal gown.
Originally, with the birth of our daughter 17 months ago, we decided to buy one unisex gown and use it for all our babies, embroidering their names and baptismal dates along the hemline. Kind of like a family heirloom thing.
But my family and his family have caused us to maybe reconsider, saying that the kids won’t get to keep their own gown to use on their own kids. So now we are wondering if we shouldn’t just buy a new one for the new baby - what are your thoughts?
My parents baptized us each in our own gown, and we have that gown in our possession now. It’s a sentimental thing - and if we baptize all our babies in the SAME gown, then who will get it in the future? I can’t decide what is more important to a grown child - sharing the one family gown and passing it down, or getting to keep their OWN gown?
Such a silly problem, I know!
Oh yes, and let me also mention that the one unisex gown we bought was EXPENSIVE and other cheaper gowns out there are all too frilly for a boy. I don’t want our son baptized in a tuxedo style outfit - we prefer gowns, so we’d have to hunt looking for still another unisex one.