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.

fuzzpig Wed 02-Oct-13 21:54:34

I mostly got boys ones for my DD at that age too. Boots (mini mode) is great for jammies - DS is now in all DD's old ones so they've had a good 4 years use. And the times I've looked in the past (DD now too big for Boots clothing, sob) the girls ones were just as varied as the boys

fuzzpig Wed 02-Oct-13 21:56:06

And yes it has been done to death grin but I don't think you're overreacting - in some stores I end up thinking why is all the stuff aimed at girls pastel pink and yet boys stuff is really varied.

Asda sometimes have some non-pink, non-licensed stuff in. but it's rare.


theses are nice and only a very little bit pink:

DefiniteMaybe Wed 02-Oct-13 21:57:28

Sainsburys have got red, purple and green in at the moment for girls.

miffybun73 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:57:42

Sainsbury's have lovely "girls" ones. 2 in a pack for £10. DDs are red and royal blue with cats on. They have plenty of other non pink ones.

Her brother is two years older and so she has the dinosaur ones that he's outgrown and loves them too.

grin One of my (boy) dts loves pink fluffy clothes and we have to scour through the girls section till we find something he likes.

miffybun73 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:58:37

xpost with DefiniteMaybe

Shallishanti Wed 02-Oct-13 21:59:22

I asked in the market, years ago, for plain jammies (for ds, as it happens)- the response,
'kiss of death is plain love'
so, there you have it.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 02-Oct-13 21:59:32

Boots - thanks for that tip I hadn't thought of looking there. I have looked in Next and not seen those ones linked to, they must be just online, so thanks for that. In our local store it was the usual vomit-inducing sea of sugar pink.

mejon Wed 02-Oct-13 22:01:55

I know there's a bit of pink here - but saw these in Matalan yesterday and thought they were lovely. Unlike the pjs from previous seasons that have either been polyester or a poly/cotton mix, these are 100p/c cotton.

VerySmallSqueak Wed 02-Oct-13 22:02:32

I often get given mismatching hand me downs and have to put a t shirt with the bottoms or vice versa.

Perhaps you could buy separates to put together? After all,PJ's are just a top and some bottoms.

Also good in that there are times when more bottoms are needed than tops.

duckyfuzz Wed 02-Oct-13 22:02:55

Nice ones in sainsburys at the mo

Rhubarbgarden Wed 02-Oct-13 22:03:40

Will check out Sainsbury's too - again it was all pink when I looked but that was a couple of weeks ago.

PollyPumpkin my 16mo ds loves pink princessy stuff too! That's fine by me - I just don't want my daughter indoctrinated when she is so far not interested!

verysmallsqueak The OCD in me is screaming inside at the thought of mismatched pyjamas - it's making my teeth itch...

VerySmallSqueak Wed 02-Oct-13 22:13:24

I have to admit that even when they have matching pj's they don't often wear the correct bits together soon. There is a pile of night stuff and it's up for grabs - so long as it's clean(ish),it's fine by me!

NoComet Wed 02-Oct-13 22:14:29

DDs had ASDA dinosaurs years ago,

M&S really should know better, Hello kitty on everything. Even stuff for older DDs who aren't faintly interested.

Non pink, grey or miserable beige women's night wear would be nice too (I don't mind cartoons, I'm a big kid, but not pastel colours).

duckyfuzz Wed 02-Oct-13 22:15:28

Sains had stripy, red robins, orange owls etc the other day, I could have bought loads for dts who are 9 but they only had them in small sizes in our local branch

WhizzforAtomms Wed 02-Oct-13 22:17:33

These are not bargain-Sainsburys price range, but their clothes are so lovely (and soft, and last ages) - polarn o pyret

Rhubarbgarden Wed 02-Oct-13 22:17:45

StarBallBunny I agree with you about adult nightwear. I am currently wearing green pyjamas with watering cans on, from Tesco, and I bloody love them.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 02-Oct-13 22:19:18

Oh Whizz I love Polarn o Pyret, but can't justify the cost at the moment. Especially not for pyjamas.

Shallistopnow Wed 02-Oct-13 22:20:15

I've just bought nice owl PJs for my DD from Sainsburys. They are cream, orange, blue & green I think. Sure they had them in the smaller sizes. £12 for pack of 2.

WhizzforAtomms Wed 02-Oct-13 22:20:58

more nice PJs or silly-expensive as separate leggings and tops

bumperella Wed 02-Oct-13 22:21:33

I was going to suggest Sainsbury too. They seem to wash well but come up BIG for sizes....
Rhubarbgarden, am v jealous of your non-pinky-frilly-sequined 3-y-old.

WhizzforAtomms Wed 02-Oct-13 22:21:54

xpost, nope I can't afford it either, but can look and wish I had more money...

trixymalixy Wed 02-Oct-13 22:24:48

I got lovely turquoise pyjamas from gap with balloons on for DD, and some stripy Bee ones. I got red and white spotty ones in mothercare.

Rattitude Wed 02-Oct-13 22:26:52

There are a few nice ones at Tesco online.

I quite like these ones. Not sure if they would be warm enough for winter though.

Rattitude Wed 02-Oct-13 22:31:12

Or you could get a top like this or like this with some leggings?

redexpat Wed 02-Oct-13 22:38:28

Is primarni no longer the pajama king? They always had loads!

HackneyCabbage Wed 02-Oct-13 22:49:13

you can usually get leggings and matching or coordinated plain long sleeve t shirts in h&M. Have done that for pjs last few years, worked out cheap. Or rummage in tk maxx,just got lovely organic cotton ones there. Or John Lewis.

sarahtigh Wed 02-Oct-13 23:00:39

i got red ones with white snowflake patterns on last year from asda

also a pair with pink and purple tartan so not overly girly pink but not cartoon/ disney/ or princessy

SugarHut Thu 03-Oct-13 00:40:05

Hatley. Boden. Job done.

NoComet Thu 03-Oct-13 00:47:38

Our Sainsbury's clothes dept needs a kick up the bum, I know Sainsbury's do nice things, but they aren't stocking them.

Frustratingly TU aren't on line.

CalculatorCalender Thu 03-Oct-13 01:04:47

I was just coming on to Sainsbury's, DDs have red/white polka dots and some mint green/lilac pairs too. Plus DD1 has lovely deep purple owls ones from there.

Ericaequites Thu 03-Oct-13 02:37:04

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

PrincessRomy Thu 03-Oct-13 02:48:19

Tk maxx have some good ones, bold green leaf patterns etc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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


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?

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 07:52:28

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

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?

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.,default,pd.html

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!

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.

LittleMissWise Thu 03-Oct-13 21:00:45
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.

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...

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

Nor pale violet grin

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