Story: Pregnancy, birth and baby care

Christening gown, 1911

Christening gown, 1911

Different faiths and communities have ceremonies to welcome or bless newborn babies, such as a Christian baptism ceremony. This is Mrs Clark with her young baby dressed in a christening gown in 1911. Some gowns were carefully preserved and worn by babies over generations.

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Auckland City Libraries – Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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Photograph by Herman John Schmidt

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Pregnancy, birth and baby care - Baby rituals and conventions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 24 Oct 2018