C.B. asks from Reedsburg, WI on February 17, 2011
Baptism Outfit for Boy - Does It Have to Be Traditional?
Is it really necessary for a baby boy to wear a typical baptism outfit? My 5 month old will be baptized in a couple of weeks, and the outfits I found online are upwards of $80 - $150!! I just can't imagine spending that much on an outfit he'll wear for a couple of hours. Would I be out of line to just dress him in khakis and a white button up shirt? Or should I really spend the money on a traditional baptism outfit? Does he have to be in all white or are khaki pants ok?
B.R. answers from Des Moines on February 18, 2011
Baptised both my boys in gray dress pants and button up shirts. One had a sweater vest and the other wore a tie. They looked adorable, but neither my husband nor myself were really emotionally attached to the white tradition. I couldn't see spending that much either, unless you think you can mix and match pieces with other clothes to make other dress outfits (don't know if that would really work or not!).
Happy baptism to the little guy:)
H.H. answers from Milwaukee on February 18, 2011
I was also very against spending that kind of money on a one time use outfit so I dressed my son for his baptism just as you described, in a white button up shirt and khakis, and then also wrapped him in a white quilt that one of his grandmothers made. It worked out well, everyone thought he looked great.
C.L. answers from Minneapolis on February 18, 2011
My boys both wore all white, but it wasn't a traditional baptismal suit or gown. It was just a nice all white Carter's two piece outfit. Very reasonably priced. You might be able to find something at a consignment store too.
A.F. answers from Chicago on February 17, 2011
We used "family" baptismal gowns for our children so we didn't have to pay anything...isn't there one you can borrow from someone? For our son (soon to be 2nd one), we used my husband's family's gown and for our daughter, we used mine made for me by my grandma when I was a baby (she was a seamstress). If not, then your baby is on the up-end of fitting in a traditional gown anyway and I think a white dress shirt (as long as it buttons up and can be opened for oils on the chest if done in your religion) and khakis are fine. Some of the older kids being baptized at our group Catholic baptism were wearing that kind of stuff or white pants (where they found them, who knows) and white dress shirts.
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B.B. answers from San Antonio on February 17, 2011
For our son we found a simple onesie at Kohl's with built in shorts that was a baby blue and white. It had a cute little collar, and was just easy. He was 5 months old as well, and it just seemed so much simpler. No one said anything other than how precious he looked.
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D.R. answers from Sheboygan on February 18, 2011
Neither of my two kids wore traditional baptism outfits. In fact, it was so warm when my son was baptized that we ended up stripping him down to just a onesie. I think a white shirt and khaki pants would be just fine. If you are not sure go ahead and call the priest (You could probably just talk to his secretary).
T.B. answers from Bloomington on February 17, 2011
I found the cutest plain white long pant/long sleeve romper on Ebay for my sons for $7 with shipping. I think it was Children's Place brand... As long as they're wearing white, I don't think it matters!
M.M. answers from Tallahassee on February 17, 2011
When I son was baptized I found a really cute one piece with the snap on the bottom, all white for just $35.00 at Belks. (If you happen to have one)
I also found some in Sears. Check the website.
PS I just found one in JC Penney website for $12.00.
K.H. answers from Minneapolis on February 18, 2011
try to find him some white pants to go with the shirt-im sure thatll be cheaper an keep him in traditional white....
K.W. answers from Milwaukee on February 18, 2011
yes all white is the way to go did you check the 2ed hand stores in your area If I were you I would still buy the baptism outfit then you can put it up for use if you have more kids or hand it down to your son when he has kids
B.S. answers from Saginaw on February 17, 2011
My vote is to dress him in anything you want! (I know my church wouldn't care)