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AIBU to not like leggings or pink

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rustykoala Tue 22-Apr-14 00:10:40

Im pregnant with my first DD and people have started asking what gifts clothes etc me and DH would like for DD. we have told people we dont want any pink outfits or leggings DH hates leggings as do i and we have found unisex bright clothes so much more appealing. Reason we dont like leggings is skimpy tight effect i dont want DD to look grown up or tarty and the nappy bulge squeeze thing they do every baby ive seen wearing them looks like they need a serious nappy changing my friends baby even looked like she needed changing right after she had been changed. AIBU ?? People we have said this too seem to think we are but i dont see the big deal?? confused

Nocomet Tue 22-Apr-14 00:53:31

Leggings are better than tights, which look really, really stupid because you can see the pattern on the nappy through them. Also many tights are a very funny shape.

Trousers fall down. Leggings are incredibly practical.

Pink everything gets a bit wearing, especially if you have an orange haired DD that many shades of pink don't suit.

It is however not worth offending people about, baby clothes fit for five minutes and the presents soon dry up. Just be sure to get photos in the outfits you do like. Three minutes later they'll be covered in milk and you'll be grateful you hid that hideous pink tunic and leggings from antique Mable in the changing bag.

Nocomet Tue 22-Apr-14 00:56:42

Auntie Mable.

Actually DD1's nicest outfit was bought because she was spectacularly sick in town and at 2.5 I thought she'd grown out of needing me to lug spare clothes everywhere.

notadoctor Tue 22-Apr-14 01:20:26

It's totally up to you how you dress your DD. It seems a bit silly to worry about leggings making her look tarty though - they're very comfy and practical for quick changes.

I also agree that people enjoy choosing baby clothes and it feels a bit mean to impose strict rules about what to but in them.

notadoctor Tue 22-Apr-14 01:21:31

I meant 'about what to buy on them'!

rustykoala Tue 22-Apr-14 01:50:52

We have bought lots of plain coloured tights already DD wont have her bottom showing in them so it doesnt matter if her nappy shows through did you mean wearing tights as pants like leggings ?

rustykoala Tue 22-Apr-14 01:51:56

Its nice people asked because it is nicer to recieve a gift you love and be thankfull than something you hate and have to secretly hate.

ravenAK Tue 22-Apr-14 02:17:46

Leggings & tights are pretty much the same thing, to be fair - leggings are just slightly thicker & usually footless. They won't look much different over a nappy (are we talking disposables here?).

I'm with you on the pink!

But seriously, chill.

She'll be in the clothes people buy you for roughly a month. Most things are readily returnable & you can exchange them for something you do like.

My eldest is nearing 10 & there are several baby photos of him in outfits I have no memory of at all & definitely wouldn't have chosen. They'll be clothes bought for him by random relatives & friends. Neither he nor I are scarred by the experience! smile.

GwenStacy Tue 22-Apr-14 07:51:18

Babies look tarty in leggings? That's really sad :-(

Wishfulmakeupping Tue 22-Apr-14 07:53:16

Agree about the pink I'm not a fan but baby looking tarty in leggings wtaf?! That's bizarre really actually weird

Lj8893 Tue 22-Apr-14 08:03:53

How does a baby look tarty ffs?!?

When you say your baby's bottom will be covered in tights are you forgetting that most of the time your baby will be pulling up her dress/long top and it will mainly be scrunched around her tummy!

My dd wears leggings a lot because they are so comfy!

noddyholder Tue 22-Apr-14 08:13:11

Good lord do people really give this much thought to baby clothes. And tarty? Get a grip.

Only1scoop Tue 22-Apr-14 08:15:56

Blimey baby looking 'tarty' in leggings awful hmm

GwenStacy Tue 22-Apr-14 08:16:03

Dresses cover my babies bottom when I am holding her under her arms in front of me. Anything else and it's up round her waist ;-)

Bit baffled as to how leggings are a bit tarty tbh. It's not a boob tube and sparkly heels it is a stretchy, comfortable, easily washed item of clothing that is going to fit for 5 minutes and be covered in explosive poos and milky sick.
And a baby and toddler will always find away to have their clothes pulled up above their head so yes tour babies nappy will be on show.

Beanymonster Tue 22-Apr-14 08:18:13

I'm not sure what you think the alternatives are to leggings or tights? Jeans or joggers your left with.... Jeans on babies are not comfi, and joggers made my dd look like a boy! due to little/no pink due to ginger hair I think your overthinking it.. Some of my dds cutest outfits were bought for her.. I didn't particularly like, but shoved her in for a thank you photo and then fell in love with..

Comfortable, soft, and machine washable should be your only criteria!

and be thankful people are buying you presents, I'm 27w and no one has mentioned any presents for my dc2 yet

WhosLookingAfterCourtney Tue 22-Apr-14 08:18:19

Babies look tarty? Wow OP. Chill out, that's really rude.

callamia Tue 22-Apr-14 08:20:53

Leggings are ace - H&M do some great n

sonlypuppyfat Tue 22-Apr-14 08:21:47

Some very odd people in the world.

Spottybra Tue 22-Apr-14 08:24:17

Why not just look at babygros and romper suits? There's honestly nothing wrong with leggings. Dd wore lots of darker coloured leggings with white ankle socks and pretty tops and white cardigans. She's now 2 and loves tulle shirts, tutus, ballet shoes, hearts and flouncy, girly dresses. At some point, if you have a dd, she's going to like pink.

Hulababy Tue 22-Apr-14 08:25:23

Tbh I'd worry far more about people who even puts the works baby and tarty together as a possibility than anyone who choses to dress a baby girl head to toe in pink!

YABU. Tarty is such a bizarre thing to say about a baby.

callamia Tue 22-Apr-14 08:25:56

Sorry, H&M do some great leggings in not-pink colours - my little boy lives in them and has so far managed to not look tarty.

I love a baby in a romper suit too. I'm bit hugely keen on fussy outfits that makes babies look like small adults - so keeping if all simple with baby-gros, romper and simple trousers works for me.

Fwiw, I wouldn't dress a girl I pink either - but there are plenty of good unisex/non-genders stuff; H&M, sometimes mothercare and American apparel do a good job. Also, makers like frugi do some beautiful clothes for any baby.

Foxsticks Tue 22-Apr-14 08:35:28

Your baby's bottom will not be on display grin you'll soon come to accept its a rare experience when they aren't on display!

I didn't really like clothes at all on my baby and she lived in baby grows for about 9 months. Afterwards when they are crawling and cruising leggings are perfect. They are soft and comfy making moving around easier for them. Bare feet are much better than tights when they are learning how to crawl.

Saying leggings make babies look tarty is pretty odd in my opinion.

Foxsticks Tue 22-Apr-14 08:36:40

learning how to stand and balance

Only1scoop Tue 22-Apr-14 08:37:36

Babies are so comfy and snuggly in baby gros and rompers....think that's all dd wore for first few months.

Hate it when babies look uncomfortable in dresses and jeans.

rollonthesummer Tue 22-Apr-14 08:39:58

Calling babies in leggings tarty is quite offensive!

Heathcliff27 Tue 22-Apr-14 08:42:55

Babies tarty?!?! I think you have some serious growing up to do OP before this PFB arrives and you realise it isn't all about you and what you think anymore.

Only1scoop Tue 22-Apr-14 08:44:07

I agree.... as is telling people fine details of what to buy your baby who hasn't yet arrived. I just loved all my dd gifts because they were so varied and personal from that person.

schilke Tue 22-Apr-14 08:45:51

I found tights a right faff on a baby. Mine lived in babygros for ages. As for looking like they needed a nappy change in leggings, well mine were in washable nappies so bum always looked big!
Babies look tarty in leggings??? I don't even understand what you mean! How can a baby look tarty?

450fromPaddington Tue 22-Apr-14 08:47:24

Polarn O Pyret do loads of unisex stuff. Navy and white stripes etc. although that does include sturdy thick striped leggings which are practical for kicking, crawling, cruising etc.
Tarty they are not!

How bizarre. Just keep the bay in babygrows. No tight elastic around their tummies smile

Footle Tue 22-Apr-14 08:53:28

My grandson is 3 and wears leggings usually. I had failed to wonder whether they make him look tarty.

elQuintoConyo Tue 22-Apr-14 08:57:01

DS wears a lot of leggings from H&M, he looks like he fell out of a dockyard tart's handbag. I'll be sure to put him in stiff Levi's from now on, I'm sure he'll thank me for it when he's older.

hallamoo Tue 22-Apr-14 09:03:55

Babygros, sleepsuits, rompers, with or without cardigans for the first few months. Practical, comfortable and incredibly cute and snuggly. I don't understand the need to dress newborns like mini adults.

iamusuallybeingunreasonable Tue 22-Apr-14 09:07:02

I'm not sure how you plan in avoiding pink and leggings for a girl, that's a big chunk of all girls clothes, perhaps naked might not be too tarty for you, stick to rompers, I can't stand the "let's dress my baby in a three piece suit, flat cap and dickie bow" look for everyday wear

Pink isn't the axis of evil, rustykoala - it is a lovely colour - but I absolutely take your point that you don't want your baby in nothing but pink - and I do think there are nice pinks and awful ones - I can't be doing with tooth-achingly sweet sugar pink, but I love a deep cerise or raspberry pink - and they go really well with other bright colours too, like turquoise or orange.

So if you do get some pink clothes, think a bit laterally, and put them with other colours, so pink is just a part of your colour palette.

My mum hated pink with a passion, and I don't remember having anything pink to wear between the ages of 0 and 18.5 when I left home - and I do feel I had a pink-deprived childhood. I now have a lot more pink in my life than my mum likes - but it's my choice - and I do stick to the strong pinks, like the cerise and raspberry colours I mentioned.

Don't write pink off altogether - it can be a part of your dd's wardrobe - it doesn't have to swamp it.

One thought on leggings vs tights - leggings are a whole lot easier to get onto a wriggling baby than tights - and anything that makes those first months easier can only be a good thing! Your baby won't look tarty, I promise.

iamusuallybeingunreasonable Tue 22-Apr-14 09:34:33

Also, I said I pink for my DD

Turns out her complexion suits certain shades of pink better than any other colour hands down, it would have once pained me to say it, but it suits her, so she wears it, it's nothing to do with gender classification

CustardFromATin Tue 22-Apr-14 09:43:59

If you're not liking leggings, are you planning on babygros or dresses? Babygros are ace, but dresses are a huge faff - spend most of their time bunched around the waist, and then once they get moving they get in the way. Jeans and dungarees are cute when older, but not usually soft enough for a tiny baby, and like pps said, unless your dd has tons of hair everyone will comment on your gorgeous little boy. Didn't worry me with Dd because they were useful handmedowns from DS and we were skint (and modern liberal parents etc etc!), but if she were the first I definitely would have gone for lots of soft unisex leggings. Boys can wear them too, and they're def not tarty smile

rustykoala Tue 22-Apr-14 10:03:28

we are using reusable nappies which are quiet big but don't bunch like yucky disposables. and i am planning on a mix of tights and dresses, unisex outfit's like we got her a grey jersey dungaree set from next the other day and some baby gro's also sticking to H&M for the jogging bottoms and wrap around vests etc we just don't like leggings not on men women or child there just so see through and gross and tight.

Foxsticks Tue 22-Apr-14 10:08:37

Yucky disposables. Tarty babies in gross and tight leggings. Wow. I really hope you manage not to share all your views with other mums or you are going to offend a lot of people.

rustykoala Tue 22-Apr-14 10:10:20

planning on baby gros unless we are going out to see people or going out for a meal at some point buy i like baby gros plain jogger's and cardigans as a basic everyday layette and i agree with pp about denim on baby's it looks about as comfy as a Brillo pad grin when DD is crawling and getting covered in muck i didn't know existed ..which happens according to MIL shock then she will be in some denim dungaree's and basic t shirts. have got one babygro from polarn o pyret too ridiculously expensive even in sales i like next clearance and la redoute atm asda matalan and tesco etc are all good too

rustykoala Tue 22-Apr-14 10:11:49

yh i have some pretty brutal radical views about disposables but not even gonna go there that's for another day for another nappy thread.

Foxsticks Tue 22-Apr-14 10:16:57

You sound like your brutal radical views stretch to a lot more than nappies.

ouryve Tue 22-Apr-14 10:21:08

Leggings generally don't look tarty, but how the hell can a baby look tarty in anything? That's beyond ridiculous. Children's leggings are generally made of thick t-shirty material and are quite practical. Tights or footed leggings are better when it's chilly, though, as socks and babies generally don't stay together very long. Babygrows are perfect, most of the time, to be honest.

Babies growth is quite unpredictable, so, if you're lucky, some things might actually get worn twice before they're either outgrown, irreversibly shit or puke stained, or both.

anchovies Tue 22-Apr-14 10:24:59

Haha at reusable nappies being "quite big" but not bunching like yucky disposables. I remember ds2 being like a weeble wobble in his newborn reusable nappies grin

Next, asda and matalan? Tbh I'm surprised you are permitting your dd to wear anything other than organic merino wool?

CustardFromATin Tue 22-Apr-14 10:25:42

Sounds like you've got lots of sensible views, but it's really worth being fairly laidback until the baby arrives and you discover what type of person she is (and what type of mother you are!). And I'd definitely save the brutal radical views on tarty leggings or disposable nappies until after you've had the baby, partly because if it turns out that washables don't actually work for your life (I loved them, but other friends have found that the washing simply doesn't work with their house or time - or that their crappy old machines made their water use skyrocket enough to offset any landfill savings, or that the drying filled their house with mould), then you'll feel bad, but also because you'll meet plenty of other actually quite nice mothers who don't share these views, and brutally radical views on what they're doing is not a way to help other stressed new mums, or how to make friends (if you want to - that's also your choice!). Be nice to yourself, your baby, and other new mums, and be as forgiving as possible to people who are trying to give you gifts or advice you don't want (even if you mutter under your breath later) is usually a good way to have as nice as possible time in the first few moths.

Lj8893 Tue 22-Apr-14 10:26:12

So what is your baby going to wear with her dresses? As tights are a lot tighter and more see through than leggings!

PancakesAndMapleSyrup Tue 22-Apr-14 10:41:19

Yes YABU, leggings are a life saver, they go with everything. Over tights, with a skirt , under a dress, long top, the list is endless. Wait till you get to a soft play when they are older. Easy to move around in etc. However mine lived in babygros for ageeeesss!. As for tarty??!? Think most of the population would disagree with you on that one.
As for pink, thats a preference, go for lots of colours. You will get soon bored of outfitswhen you are constantly changing after nappy explosions and sick.

RiverTam Tue 22-Apr-14 10:44:56

what a bizarre thought on leggings - DD is 4 and has worn leggings a lot, very practical, lots of nice designs and she doesn't look tarty - because she's a little girl.

I dressed DD in babygros and sleepsuits, at least until she could sit unaided, and I didn't bother with dresses until she could walk, they are pointless on babies, IMO. It's easy to stay away from pink, but it is what people will buy you!

RiverTam Tue 22-Apr-14 10:47:29

have just read all your posts. You might want to consider the fact that babies really don't like being dressed and undressed, and that keeping it as simple as possible will be best for them. Possibly not for you and you baby-as-accessory dreams though hmm, but that's surely not what's important here, is it. Is it?

rollonthesummer Tue 22-Apr-14 10:58:12

If you decide to ban pink, I can almost guarantee your daughter will get to about three and become utterly pink obsessed! Disney princess, pink nail varnish, pink clip clop shoes, fake earrings, pink fluffy tiaras, bags, dresses, the lot.

Please come back in three years and let us know how it's going smile

GwenStacy Tue 22-Apr-14 11:02:48

The leggings we have for my daughter are not see through at all - to be honest, baby gros are much more see through!

Nocomet Tue 22-Apr-14 12:59:15

Baby grows are great at first, but I found having two tops and two pairs of jersey trousers or leggings that mixed and matched best once DDs could sit up.

Nappies leak and milk, dribble and then food gets everywhere.

Being able to swap bottom or top without fighting with poppers is very convenient.

Two packs of coordinating PJs are a brilliant invention.

Only1scoop Tue 22-Apr-14 13:08:13

Op whats your view on ....the baby 'jegging' wink

Rustykoala - please think very carefully about whether to share your brutal and radical views with other mums, and if you do feel,you have to, please think very carefully about how you express your views.

The amount of mutual support that mums of young babies and small children get from each other and give to each other is huge - they are at the coal face of parenthood with you, and the last thing you want to do is to alienate these people by strident statements about things like nappies and what babies are wearing, when other people might be using the nappies you think are so dreadful, or have put their baby in leggings, and think she looks lovely not tarty.

Frankly, you sound like you are going to 'speak your mind' without worrying about how much offence you are causing, and you are going to lose friends right left and centre, doing that - friends who might keep,you sane during the early years.

I wouldn't have made it through PND three times without the support of my friends.

I also think you need to apologise for saying babies in leggings look tarty - that is a really nasty thing to say.

SunshineBossaNova Tue 22-Apr-14 14:26:41

YABU for thinking babies could ever look tarty. hmm

Thurlow Tue 22-Apr-14 14:37:40

Well, YANBU to dress your baby in what you like. That's generally what most people do. I had similar conversation with friends and colleagues when I was pg with DD as I dislike dresses, tights and anything in soft or 'baby' pinks but most people refused to believe that we actually weren't going to dress our baby girl in pinks and frills and ribbons. When people like something, sometimes they find it hard to imagine that other people don't like it.

However, I'm slightly at a loss as to how leggings look to tight and 'tarty' but babygrows - which are generally the same material - don't? confused You still see as much of a nappy bulge in a babygrow as you do in leggings...

Leggings are hugely practical on older babies/young toddlers. They're cheap and easy to wash. Most toddler girls jeans at the moment are very tight, skinny jeans and a lot of them don't look very comfortable around the waist. And personally I have seen a lot of crawling and toddling girls in dresses and tights that have to me seem to have been less comfortable than they would be at that stage in leggings or romper suits - where they can have bare feet for grip, or aren't crawling into the dress.

I agree with previous posters that the majority of young girls clothing is designed around leggings - a lot of the dresses are more like tunics and often go with leggings as opposed to tights.

Your baby, your rules, blah blah. But fgs, please stop using the word "tarty" to describe a baby.

GoodnessIsThatTheTime Tue 22-Apr-14 14:38:50

I agree you probably need to express your opinions differentlt...

But as it happens we've mainly avoided pink in the main and I really really don't like leggings. Slightly better under a dress but I think normal length t shirt and leggings looks silly on adults and children! I'm surprised they're so popular on this thread tbh.

Id never tell someone irl I dont like what their cos is wearing or I don't like leggings. Quite a few know pink isn't my "thing".

As for presents.. I just say thankyou! And put them in my favourite outfits when I want to.

We had just vests and baby gros for a long time.

MaryWestmacott Tue 22-Apr-14 14:40:00

OP - just to warn you, dresses aren't all that practical once your DD starts crawling, she'll crawl onto the hem of the dress if it's too long and then go splat, face first on the floor. Have seen it and poor dd has done it too!

So you'll have to put her in short dresses so they don't get caught by her knees (and my DD was crawling at 5 months) - short dresses then ride up and their tights are on show, and show rather the same as leggings.

Actually, once they are crawling, leggings are very practical clothing, and when you ahve a small child, your priority should be what is comfy and gives them the best movement options. Big frilly dresses are great for sitting still in, but rubbish if you have one that wants to move. Jeans can be too thick and uncomfy for crawling in. Anything that's tight on their tummies isn't good. Anything with buttons down the back will make changing hard work. Anything that has to be taken off over their head for each change isn't good. Socks will get lost regularly! And when they are cruising, bare feet are best, leggings let you take their socks off and have bare feet, without having to have bare legs too.

But with you on pink, doesn't suit my ginger DD either. Boden and H&M are both good at girly but not pink clothes. (Boden have a sale on baby dresses today, you could have a little look!).

GoodnessIsThatTheTime Tue 22-Apr-14 14:41:10

I'm on second girl and run a toddler group. I hahadn't noticed lots and lots of leggings. It might be just as I dont like babies in them. My older one wears then with tunics but never a short t shirt.

I'll look more closely next time I go.

Goodness - I imagine that leggings are popular on this thread for a combination of reasons - they are more practical than skirts, more comfortable than jeans (for a little baby), and easier to put on and off than tights.

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