to want to buy pyjamas that are something other than sugar pink...

(62 Posts)
Rhubarbgarden Wed 02-Oct-13 21:50:04

or branded with Pepa fucking Pig for 3yo dd?

I'm sorry if the age old whinge about excess pink princessy stuff for girls has already been done to death on here, but I've been looking for some nice inexpensive pyjamas for dd for weeks, and everything, everything is sodding pink. Or branded with TV/Disney characters. Even places that should know better, like M&S.

If dd really wanted pink sequinny princessy shite I would buy it for her, but so far she is immune and I'm damned if I'm going buy this stuff and encourage it.

Once again I have ended up buying boys pyjamas for her, with a nice colourful rocket on, but I shouldn't have to look in the boys' sections to find anything interesting, should I?

Or am I just overreacting? It is just pyjamas after all. I'm not normally particularly militant about this sort of thing, but today it has really annoyed me.

NoComet Fri 04-Oct-13 00:35:44

Nor pale violet grin

catslave Fri 04-Oct-13 00:12:16

OP, I feel your pain. DD(3) is a redhead, so it's safe to say sugar pink really isn't her colour...

BiddyPop Thu 03-Oct-13 23:05:20

I hate this too. Primark (penny's here) can often be reasonable for color, or h&m.

It doesn't get easier as they get older.

LittleMissWise Thu 03-Oct-13 21:00:45
haveyourselfashandy Thu 03-Oct-13 20:52:28

There are some lovely colourful checked pj's in Asda at the mo.I bought some for my dd but they are meant to be for boys I think...don't care really,they are lovely.

meganorks Thu 03-Oct-13 20:48:54

Try TK Maxx - while you and I may try and avoid pink I suspect the reason there is so much is that the other colours just don't sell as well. Instead they end up cheap in TK Maxx!

night1971 Thu 03-Oct-13 20:43:07

Second mothercare here again. White spotty ones and simply pretty pink ones with no garish logos. Dainty and warm.
www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Floral-Pyjamas---2-Pack/LZ0447,default,pd.html

Tavv Thu 03-Oct-13 20:37:00

> If you have the time and money, making clothes for children allows complete customization.

Erica you forgot there's also skill involved grin My efforts would be rubbish I'm sure!

TheCountessOlenska Thu 03-Oct-13 20:14:40

I genuinely never have this problem. I do see that there is loads of pink and/or heavily logo-ed stuff in the shops but I can always sift through it and find something good (perhaps I spend too much time toddler clothes shopping grin )

DD has gone to bed tonight wearing green stripy pjs from Gap - they do have a mermaid on the front but she is a nice one not a stripper (!) one. She also has white with little flowers (Cath Kidson alike) from both Boots and Asda, and stripy/ check from Asda and Tesco atm.

FusilliJerry Thu 03-Oct-13 20:13:48

I have also bought leggings and tops from h&m and used as pyjamas. Good cheap option.

The Boden long john style pjs are quite good sizewise because it's doesn't matter if a bit long as teh elastic pulls it in. They last v well and if you can get a pack of two with a discount code or sale price the price is ok. I saw some lovely animal design ones in Monsooon recently and always found the GAP ones good for little ones.

Crowler Thu 03-Oct-13 08:20:03

Rhubarbgarden, check out the above mentioned brands on Ebay. You'll find a lot of it second-hand, because it's pretty good quality. Quite right that buying online makes it a lot easier to skirt this particular issue.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 03-Oct-13 08:14:22

IsabelleRinging, none of those you linked to were in my local branches of Next and M&S, with the exception of the cat tutu ones. I thought the tutu was silly.

I'm not asking for them to be completely unisex. I'm just looking for some variety. I went round all the kids clothes shops in two towns and all the girls' pyjamas were pink or branded with TV/Disney. That is my complaint. It's not the same as complaining that boys' pyjamas don't feature one particular topic (princesses). Incidentally, my son always wears the Disney princess dressing up clothes at our local toddler group - I have no problem with that.

Boden, Hatley, Polarn o Pyret etc do lovely imaginative clothes. But they are expensive and I don't want to pay it for growing children. This thread has shown that there is more variety online, but I tend to find sizing a problem - always too big or too small.

Surely it's not too much to ask to be able to find variety by looking in actual shops.

Crowler Thu 03-Oct-13 07:59:27

And I would prefer to see all kids wearing more neutral colors and prints, rather than hyper-masculine or hyper-feminine.

Crowler Thu 03-Oct-13 07:58:04

Well, IsabelleRinging, I do get fed up with all the camouflage in the boys' department. This is probably a more suitable analogy.

IsabelleRinging Thu 03-Oct-13 07:57:19

Not particularly relevant to PJs but liking the way Baby Boden is not split into girls and boys, it's just up to parents to choose what they like. Can't see anyone dressing their boy in the little dresses all the same though! Why is this? Why is it ok for girls to wear "boys" stuff but not the other way?

IsabelleRinging Thu 03-Oct-13 07:52:28

I wonder why you don't hear mums of boys moaning that there aren't any princess PJs in the boys department?

MiaowTheCat Thu 03-Oct-13 07:28:58

Mothercare do some nice girlie but not vile princess pink ones - dd1 is currently rocking some purple, red and a little bit of pink elephant ones with red and purple polka dotty bottoms, while dd2 has orange tiger stripey ones on. I tend to buy from there as I find supermarket or primark ones come up quite a small fit on my beanpoles!

IsabelleRinging Thu 03-Oct-13 07:26:49

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were all found with a quick look in M&S and NEXT and non of them are particularly pink or princessy or have brand names on. If you want all PJs to be totally unisex then why are you even looking at them in terms of boys and girls in the first place?

musicposy Thu 03-Oct-13 07:06:14

DD2 complained about this for years! When onesies and fleecy pyjamas first came out she really wanted them but all that was available was pink! She is not a pink cute and fluffy type of girl. She's more an action adventure sciency type of girl but you wouldn't believe they exist if you look at clothes ranges.

When they're quite young, boys clothes often have a better range of unisex items. DD used to like dinosaurs etc and, later, things like Pokemon (which are annoyingly targeted at boys only in the clothing ranges - girls are meant to like Hello Kitty or cute kittens). But as they get older boys pjs do stop fitting properly - wrong shape somehow.

Happily, she's 14 now and can get into adult clothes. Suddenly a whole world of other colours is open to her. You only have 11 years to wait wink

Lulabel27 Thu 03-Oct-13 07:01:38

Tkmaxx have Albetta and plum for about 7.99 both lovely brands in bold colours

KatOD Thu 03-Oct-13 06:59:32

I'm the same, tend to buy boys (DD has some really cool robot ones) or Primark ad Sainsbury's have done some good ones this year.

Crowler Thu 03-Oct-13 06:54:20

Also, Gap pj's are adorable up to age five, and then they're not.

Crowler Thu 03-Oct-13 06:53:33

Polarn O Pyret (spelling?) has very cute stripy pajamas, not pink.

Eastpoint Thu 03-Oct-13 05:23:00

Primark have pjs in loads of different colours at £4 a pair.

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