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How to measure your baby's torso - One Small Child

How To Measure Your Baby For A Christening Outfit

How to Measure Your baby For A Christening Gown

One of the most common questions we get is, “What size should I order for my baby?” It’s normal to feel uncertain when trying to gauge exactly what size to select when you don’t have the actual gown or outfit in your hands. Fortunately, we’ve been doing this a long time, and we have a lot of experience in helping you make your decision.

Our christening gowns and outfits are sized in a traditional infant size range: Newborn, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month, 12 month, 18 month, and 24 month. These size names can be misleading: it makes sense to think, “If my baby is 6 months old, he’s going to wear a size 6 month outfit.” However, every baby is unique. You may have a thin, petite 9 month-old who perfectly fits a size 6 month gown, or a chubby little cherub who’s rocking size 12 month at the ripe old age of 6 months.

For this reason we always encourage our clients to measure their babies and refer to the size charts listed on the ordering page for each of our christening styles.

Here’s what you’ll need to gather to measure your baby:
-the baby (you want to be sure he/she is unclothed or close to it…measuring over a snug-fitting undershirt is fine; over a heavy top is not)
-a blanket or other comfortable surface on which to work (be sure baby won’t roll off an elevated surface)
-a soft measuring tape (if you don’t have a flexible tape, you can use a piece of string, and compare it to a ruler or construction measuring tape)

For both christening gowns and outfits, you’ll need a chest measurement. Wrap the tape just below baby’s underarms, and pull it snug (not too tight). Make sure the measurement is as accurate as possible.

How to Measure Your Baby's Chest

For christening rompers, you’ll need both the chest measurement and the torso measurement demonstrated below. The torso measurement is the most important metric to guarantee a correct fit. Place the end of the tape at the point where his neck meets his shoulder, and measure down to the bottom of his diaper.

How to Measure Your Baby's Torso

It’s a simple process, but can get complicated pretty quick with a squirmy child…it’s okay if you need to take the measurement a couple times to verify accuracy.

How to Measure a Squirmy Baby

Once you’ve got your numbers, check them against the size chart for the particular style(s) you’re interested in. All size charts are found on a tab in the lower left-hand corner of the product ordering page. Many of our size charts list a weight range as well as the measurements–this is for reference only, if in doubt, go with the measurements.

Once you’ve tackled this job, you’re well on your way to acquiring the perfect outfit for Baby’s special day!

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Your Christening Gowns: Ella

Christening Gowns

Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love pictures–this baby girl looks beyond sweet in her pretty dress! Little Ella’s grandmother, Dayna, wrote:

“Just wanted to share how much we loved the dress we ordered for my granddaughter…her birth was definitely a joy to all of us. A brother and sister welcomed her along with all of the family and friends at the baptism…I appreciate the prompt delivery and helpful interaction I had with your company.”


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Your Baptism Gowns: Baby Elizabeth Claire

Darling little Elizabeth Claire is pictured here in our Clarice christening gown, surrounded by loved ones during her baptism ceremony this past August. Her mother, Julie, writes:

“I just stumbled upon some pictures of our daughter Elizabeth Claire during her baptism and wanted to write you and tell you: Thank you so much for the beautiful gown, our precious Claire looked so beautiful in her gown and she received so many compliments on it, you truly had the most wonderful customer service and the fastest turn around.  I have already recommended your company to several friends. You have a terrific company.”

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Your Baptism Gowns: Ana’s Daughter

Ana shares her note,

Writing…this small note to tell you how I was satisfied with your services! I am from Portugal, and my sister in United States was the one buying this dress over the internet! We had picked another one, and ordered, but right after we decided this one was more beautiful! She called you right away and you were great, allowing us to cancel the first order and make a better one.”

Chloe Silk & Lace Christening Gown - One Small Child

Your Christening Gowns: Baby Kennedy

Jill writes:

“I just wanted to write and tell you how happy I am with my purchase from One Small Child. I ordered my daughter’s christening gown at the last minute. I got the dress in plenty of time and it is absolutely beautiful! The sizing was perfect and it was so beautifully made. The dress looked amazing on your website and is somehow even more beautiful in person. Everyone commented on it.

Your service and product quality are off the charts! Thank you for making my experience so wonderfully pleasant!”

Cross Lace Fascinator First Communion Headpieces - One Small Child

Crosses for Christening and Communion

For members of christian faiths that reverence the sign of the cross, the selection of a First Communion dress, christening gown, christening outfit or christening accessory adorned with the cross can be a meaningful expression of devotion.  We at One Small Child are pleased to offer many options for including this symbology in your special event:

-Several of our christening gown and Communion dress styles feature crosses embroidered on skirts, woven into lace trims, or hand beaded all over.

-Cross embroidery options are available on our simple cotton slip, bodysuits, bibs, blankets, and baptism towels.

-Socks embellished with embroidered crosses are available in styles for infant boys and girls, as well as older girls.

-Miniature bibles displaying crosses in gold tone or white lace are available in both Catholic and Protestant editions for your convenience.