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Should babies be dressed in white??

(41 Posts)
MotorcycleMama Wed 29-Jan-14 11:18:48

I'm very confused as I just had my first argument with my mum about bringing up baby - due mid March. I told her I was sorting through lots of babygros which have been handed down and I am favouring the nice colourful ones. She was very clear that babies should be in white, and that to dress it in colour is to impose some sort of 'personality' onto it that it is too young for. I was genuinely dumbfounded as I have never heard this, though my mum must have got it from somewhere. I think it sounds ludicrous, but am now confused as we tend to agree on most things.
I'd love to hear your views on this.

Dress your baby in what you like. It's my understanding that babies were dressed in white in the past because it is easily boiled/bleached when stained.
We don't have those problems anymore.

saffstel Wed 29-Jan-14 11:25:36

I user both!
But I do love babies in white, it looks sort of, pure!

InfiniteJest Wed 29-Jan-14 11:27:19

Never heard this before. Dress them in whatever you like!

MummyPig24 Wed 29-Jan-14 11:30:56

They "should" be dressed in anything you like!

We don't know the sex of our 3rd baby so we have some white baby gros and some colourful ones. I'm not a huge fan of pastel colours so I will be buying more colourful clothes when baby is here.

Morgause Wed 29-Jan-14 11:31:54

Dress your baby as you like. I dressed mine mainly in white for the first 3 months or so but that was my choice.

pyjamasatlunch Wed 29-Jan-14 11:32:59

Dress your baby how you please.... Personally I LOVE seeing babies in simple babygros - They look so pure and new and perfect. The colour doesn't matter one bit.

My little girl has ginger hair and bright blue eyes when she was a baby I often dressed her in light blue babygros - My family were cool about this but the strange old ladies that chase you down the street to ooooh and aaaarrrr at your baby (I am allowed to say this as I feel myself becoming one) were often very confused and not afraid of expressing their confusion and/or overall disapproval one tiny bit...

Lottiedoubtie Wed 29-Jan-14 11:33:46

There is no 'should' here.

The shops are full of all sorts of coloured baby clothes, that should tell you something!

Dress your baby appropriately for the weather, but beyond that it's up to you!

Bumpsadaisie Wed 29-Jan-14 11:36:44

Insane! Dress your baby how you like. Recommend babygro and Cardi until they can sit tho. Outfits are a waste of time and a faff for tiny ones.

Ladyfarquhar Wed 29-Jan-14 11:43:12

My DM was very like this, baby girl in white or very pale pink, however, I took no notice and let her clutch her pearls when I dressed Dd1 in all the colours of the rainbow. And if I was feeling particular mean, in denim. It might of been what she thought was/is proper but your baby your rules.

Beanymonster Wed 29-Jan-14 11:45:22

Do whatever you want! I liked my dd to be dress as a girl because she looked very boy-ish but it's entirely up to you!

UriGeller Wed 29-Jan-14 11:50:10

So I hope your DM won't ever be heard uttering, "What a cheeky chap" or "She's a very good girl" to your new baby then if she's so certain about not "imposing some sort of personality" on your little one.

White is about the most impractical colour for a babygro ever. They all end up grey anyway grin

Pobblewhohasnotoes Wed 29-Jan-14 11:50:43

It's your baby, you dress them however you like.

I had a refluxy baby so white babygro's would not have stayed white for long, very impractical.

SaucyJack Wed 29-Jan-14 11:52:48

Bonkers!

I hate pastel babygros meself, and they're not actually any easier or cheaper than soft separates either IMO what with all the poppers.

You should have seen my grandmothers face when we turned up to see her with DD 3 months wearing a gorgeous black velvet baby grow with teeny white spots on it from Verbaudet.
She nearly died on the spot! grin

mrsmugoo Wed 29-Jan-14 12:29:45

I like white too - but to each their own!

DitaVonCreamTeas Wed 29-Jan-14 13:13:04

Both DH and I love really bright colours and patterns, especially stripes - so that's what we've bought for our impending DS. No doubt he'll rebel against this in his teens and only ever wear white. grin

PastaandCheese Wed 29-Jan-14 13:21:29

I love a newborn in white so that's what mine wear.

If you love a newborn in bright colours that is what yours should wear.

TravellingToad Wed 29-Jan-14 13:24:04

I love babies in white

AbouttoCrack Wed 29-Jan-14 13:26:11

White's nice. So are other colours. The only rule I had as that it had to be comfy and clean.

Clobbered Wed 29-Jan-14 13:27:37

Dear Lord, if she's already trying to tell you what colour the baby should wear, can you imagine what she'll be like when it arrives? Time to set some ground-rules before she drives you completely nuts. Your baby, your rules and don't budge an inch from that. She had her turn..

highlove Wed 29-Jan-14 13:30:23

Your baby should be dressed in what you like. I like white. I like colour too. I don't like pastel though, so my baby won't be wearing any. It's the perk of carrying them for nine months - you get to choose!

Pigsmummy Wed 29-Jan-14 13:31:52

It's an old fashioned thing. In the past it was considered unlucky and pushy to dress newborns in colours. Just smile and nod at your Mum but dress your baby in whatever colour you want.

If you do want white then these are brilliant btw http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-baby-sleepsuits-pack-of-5-white/p27375

ShadowFall Wed 29-Jan-14 13:32:30

Any colour is fine.

I am curious about how old a baby should be before the OP's mum thinks colours other than white are allowed!

Ubik1 Wed 29-Jan-14 13:35:59

Really don't worry about it. DD3 came home in boys 4 month babygros and a blue boys coat. It really, really does not matter. Just dress your baby in whatever you want to.

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