The minimum number of godparents is three, two of the same sex and at least one of the opposite sex to the child being baptized. If the family have less than three, a parent can also be a godparent, (but remember all godparents must be baptized themselves). Canon law allows that if three godparents can not be conveniently found, then two godparents will suffice, although this is taken to be the exception rather than the norm. There is no official maximum number, but deciding on what is practical both on the day of the service, and in terms of the ongoing role of godparents, may be something to cover in baptism preparation. There is helpful information for parents about choosing godparents on the Church of England’s christenings website.