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to wonder why boy and girl babygros button up differently?

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noblegiraffe Wed 27-Mar-13 23:15:36

So, a random check of my DD's babygros reveal that they adhere to the adult buttoning convention of left over right for boy (blue) babygros and right over left for girl (pink) babygros. Why? It's not like babies will be dressing themselves any time soon.

And who decides which way the unisex white ones will button?

Gender discrimination starts before they're even out of sleepsuits.

TraineeBabyCatcher Wed 27-Mar-13 23:17:07

Why do they even do this for mens/women's clothes?

peanutMD Wed 27-Mar-13 23:18:23

I don't get the gender button system anyway regardless of age.

Ooh well my poor DD wears some of my sons old sleepsuits, I guess she'll just have to learn to be ambidextrous grin

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 27-Mar-13 23:18:27

Didn't it start that kings would have servants so they fastened up a different way as it was being done by someone else from the front. Or something??

ProtegeMoi Wed 27-Mar-13 23:19:05


I've never noticed this, my DD has sleep suits fastening on both sides but she has a mix of unisex, girls and boys ones.

Gonna check them out tomorrow!

ceeveebee Wed 27-Mar-13 23:20:34

I've never noticed - I have b/g twins although tbh I just stick them in whatever comes out of the drawer first - will have a look tomorrow!

TheBigJessie Wed 27-Mar-13 23:23:02

They do it with baby knitting patterns too. I just follow the pattern as is, because I can't go off-pattern, without it all going wrong, and place on a baby of appropriate size, regardless of genitalia!

BackforGood Wed 27-Mar-13 23:28:16

Never even knew there were such things as boy or girl baygrows - they were all 'babygrows for babies' in this house confused

Trazzletoes Wed 27-Mar-13 23:30:34

Trainee men would dress themselves but women would have a maid to dress them so they button up for a right handed person to either dress themselves (man) of dress someone else ( woman)

All our babygros popper the same way regardless of gender confused

beanandspud Wed 27-Mar-13 23:32:10

Isn't it something to do with swords and having someone to dress them? grin

MaryMotherOfCheeses Wed 27-Mar-13 23:38:33

Madness that this is in grown up shirts too.

Is it just a British thing or do Chinese clothes for example, fasten up in the same manner?

noblegiraffe Wed 27-Mar-13 23:39:14

I'm a bit short on boy babygros but the couple I did have to hand definitely went the other way. Could be a coincidence, but Jessie's comment about knitting patterns suggests otherwise.

noblegiraffe Thu 28-Mar-13 13:23:49

Anyone managed to check their sleepsuits today? smile

MiaowTheCat Thu 28-Mar-13 13:33:26

I'm challenged enough by matching the bloody correct poppers up - don't throw male/female into the equation too!

BabyMakesTheBellyGoRound Thu 28-Mar-13 13:39:42

Zips eliminate the spare popper conundrum.

noblegiraffe Thu 28-Mar-13 13:41:07

I've never seen a sleepsuit with a zip!

honeytea Thu 28-Mar-13 13:56:50

I have checked my ds's babygrows, most of them are "girl" babygrows and they button down the left, he has one blue one which buttons down the right side, very strange!

Noble lots of ds's sleepsuits have zips, much easier in the middle of the night!

makemineamalibuandpineapple Thu 28-Mar-13 15:43:59

I never knew this about clothes in general. I just checked my cardigan and what do you know, it buttons up right over left. You learn something new everyday grin dashes off to wardrobe to check all other cardigans

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