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When preparing for your child’s baptism or christening, it’s important that you arrange for the white gown he/she will wear during the ceremony. You may purchase a new gown or even a vintage one from an antique store. Many families will also have a gown that has been passed down from generations. Traditionally, the baby should wear a long white or cream gown—with white symbolizing the purity of life found in Christ. If you don’t want to use a traditional gown for the ceremony, you could opt for a simple white dress for your baby girl or a white suit for your baby boy. Do not be concerned—it has become quite common for baby boys to wear formal suits or a formal white shirt and pants. Just remember to consult with your priest first before making a clothing purchase, because different parishes may have different standards. If you are planning to buy a new outfit, find out how you can preserve it for future use.