However there was one item that Paul and I agreed we would buy new for each child. I know this idea is a little strange, but it's one that we really liked and here's the logic behind it:
When I was little I spent quite a bit of time over at one of my Catholic playmates houses. Her mother had framed the family baptismal gown and kept it mounted and framed in a prominent place. I remember thinking it was beautiful. When my husband and I started discussing Sadie's baptism we had the option of using one that had been in his family for generations. However, since he's from a large (at least by secular standards) family, we knew it would have to go back to be used by the next grandchild and we wouldn't be able to frame it, much less pass it on. We finally decided that we would buy a baptismal gown for each of our children, have them framed and hung in the house and then give each child his or her gown once they are grown. It helps that I found an online store full of beautiful gowns. It's called One Small Child and is based out of Idaho. We bought Sadie the Virginia (the first gown below) and it was absolutely perfect!
Here are my favorites. The first four are my favorites for girls (although since we already have the Virginia, we'll probably go with one of the others) and the second two are my favorites for boys. The boy gowns certainly are more affordable. Either way at least I have a while to save up!