No matter how cute the christening gown, your toddler boy isn't going to like it.

Baptism Outfits for Toddler Boys to Wear in the Winter

by Kathryn Rateliff Barr

If you’re having your toddler boy christened, you want him looking sharp. When displaying a traditional christening gown, he could say, “I’m not wearing a dress! I’m a boy!” It won’t make any difference if the gown is a family heirloom decades old and your mom will cry if he won’t wear it. You can break tradition and choose something he’ll wear without a fuss. Tell your mom, “I just wanted to keep him warm.”

Traditional Christening Gown

Some families prefer the traditional, long, white christening gown for christenings. For a winter christening, a gown might feel a little chilly because it’s open at the bottom and your toddler is not likely to want to be swaddled in a blanket like a baby. If you can get him to wear the gown, you might add long white knit pants under the gown to keep his legs warm. White socks and shoes could round out his attire and could keep peace in the family if they want him to wear the same gown that you, your siblings and other family members traditionally wear for this special occasion.

Christening Suit

Your toddler could prefer more traditional boys' wear, such as a long, white romper or white formal church suit. It will keep him warm in the winter and maintain the tradition of dressing the child in white. Some christening suits for boys come with a hat to keep his head warm. Other christening suits look like white miniature tuxedos, complete with a white bow tie, to which you could add white socks and shoes. While he will stay warm, it might not stay white for very long. An active toddler boy can get it dirty before you get out of the house to head for the church!

Church Suit

A regular little boy’s suit in a dark color might work better for a toddler boy in winter. The suit has enough layers to keep him warm and the dark colors could keep him from looking dirty if he gets active before the ceremony. He’ll look sharp and he won’t complain about wearing a dress. You can continue to use the suit for church until he outgrows it or makes such a mess of it you can’t get it clean. You might even consider dressing your tot and his daddy in matching suits.

Informal Attire

If your house of worship isn’t into formal dress, you might consider long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sweater vest and a jacket or coat to get him from the house to the car and from the car to the church. Bright colors to match his colorful personality are appropriate and acceptable in most churches and will allow him to play in the nursery before and after the christening without worrying about a little dirt he might get from crawling around on the floor as he plays with blocks or toy cars.

About the Author

Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.

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