Each year, over 300,000 babies are born in Australia. A good portion of them will be christened.
A christening marks the occasion when you can show off the newborn baby to his or her family, as well as dedicate his or her life to Christ.
You'll likely also want your little one to look smart, so you may be searching for the answer to the question, "What to wear to a christening?"
In this blog post, we'll discuss the appropriate shoes for a baby to wear during his or her christening.
What to Wear to a Christening for an Infant
Most children are christened when they are infants. If your baby is christened as an infant, he or she may wear an outfit that the family has already chosen. You may even have a special christening dress that has been passed down in your family.
Perhaps your son or daughter is wearing what you wore to your christening, which makes it all the more special.
Traditionally, infants (and older children) wear white during their christening or baptism. This is to symbolise their purity before God as they dedicate their life to Him.
If you're christening your son, some people prefer for their son to wear a white dress similar to that of a girl. Others may opt for a dress shirt and slacks.
You may also want to have your child wear a bonnet with the outfit, but you'll remove this before the child is baptised, as they will have water placed on their heads.
What to Wear for Toddlers
Some people may choose to have their toddlers christened. If you're in this minority, it is still a big occasion. Your toddler would traditionally also wear a white dress or a white shirt and light coloured slacks.
It is up to you to decide exactly what you'd want your child to wear, but white is traditional. If your child is extra fussy or wants to wear a particular outfit, light colours can also substitute for white in some circumstances.
When in doubt, discuss clothing colours and choices with your vicar. Some may be casual, others may ask your child to wear something a bit smarter than usual.
You may also want to dress for how fancy your party will be after the fact. If your party is a casual barbecue with family and friends, your child may want to wear something casual and comfortable. If it is more formal, a nicer outfit may be required.
Shoe Styles for Infant Girls
Most people will prefer to dress their daughters in a white dress shoe for their christening. Either a Mary Jane style or a ballerina style will go nicely with a white outfit. We carry both in our online inventory, and they can be easily ordered to anywhere in the world.
We also carry a satin shoe with organza for a little bit of extra flair. This is perfect for the little diva in training who wants to have special kicks for her special day.
If you want to add a little bit of colour, consider dressing her in pink shoes or with a glittery shoe. This will give her a little bit of something extra that might not be expected. And it gives her a great fashion forward start in life.
Shoes Styles for Infant Boys
A classic white bootie is the perfect choice for your baby boy's christening. Our white booties are comfortable and go with pretty much any special occasion outfit that your son might be wearing for his christening.
Whether you opt to dress him in all white or a more casual ensemble, he'll look the part with his white booties.
If your baptism is a little bit more modern, you might opt for your son to wear sneakers on his big day.
Make Sure the Shoes are Comfortable
Unfortunately for the parents, babies and children grow very quickly. Therefore, it is important that you don't order to shoes too soon before the big day. Otherwise, your child might grow out of them before they even have the chance to show them off.
If your child is too young to walk, the shoe should still fit comfortably on his or her foot and not pinch. If at any point during the service the child is uncomfortable, this could cause a meltdown at the church, which won't make for the best photos.
For older children getting christened, make sure the shoe is sturdy but also fits well. This is especially the case if you expect him or her to run around and greet relatives and friends after the christening.
Toddlers can also have a meltdown if their shoes pinch or are too tight, so make sure you check them a week or so before the big day.
What to Wear to a Christening
What to wear to a christening is pretty dependent on how casual or formal your church is. It's also dependent on how casual or formal you want the party to be afterward.
If your church is more formal and you'd like to have a causal barbecue or other event afterward, there is always room for that. Just make sure if you purchase fancy shoes for the christening, your child also has shoes he or she can run around in and have fun.
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