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To get fed up with baby snobbery?

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Odaat Mon 17-Mar-14 14:39:52

Marks and Spencers,Next, Gap - this is all certain kids i know wear. Anything else is beneath them. I am not a snob, never have been, but I do like to invest in quality stuff clothes wise for certain garments (ie jeans as I am long legged) but what i this craze with decking vomiting 3 day old babies out in £38 Next suits!?
Am I less than because I only occasionally dress dd in these over priced garments? I know quality over quantity and i do realise pjs and coats all last longer if made by good brands , but over all i find it a bit obscene how much you see wee kiddies in clothes mre expensive than mine just to boost their parents egos it would seem ... There seems to be a real snobbery with baby clothes and i just feel it a waste of energy and money to invest that much into what kids wear when they are ony in it 2 months at a push anyway!

50shadesofmeh Mon 17-Mar-14 14:41:51

What next baby sleep suits cost £38?

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 17-Mar-14 14:42:22

Dress your baby in what you want them to wear and let others do the same. Ignore the snobbery for the vacuous silliness it is. Nobody cares what snobs think, do they?

It's a waste of time to fret about this kind of thing because now you have control of what your baby wears... wait until they are older and have a definite mind of their own with a penchant for very unsuitable horrid clothes. You'll long for the baby-dressing days then. grin

Odaat Mon 17-Mar-14 14:44:10

Not any i imagine ... I wrote suit not sleep suit. I have seen outfits at that price in next I assure you. Visit their website if you like smile

formerbabe Mon 17-Mar-14 14:46:24

If I had two children of the same gender then I would spend more on better quality clothes but I have a boy and girl so very little gets passed down. My ds doesn't care what he wears, in fact, he prefers scruffy despite my protests! My dd enjoys picking out clothes when we go shopping...I refuse to spend a lot and get stuff in the sale quite often. Expensive clothes for kids are a huge waste of money.

Odaat Mon 17-Mar-14 14:47:02

Yes I suppose so. Everything is relative ... Live and Let Live!

WinterHasRuinedMyFace Mon 17-Mar-14 14:47:08

I wear next and gap, and so does my baby. I had maternity clothes from mamas and papas and mothercare, the baby has clothes from there too. It didn't occur to me to suddenly start shopping in different shops, the clothes in these shops don't seem expensive to me. I buy things I like, rather than shopping around for the cheapest thing. Each to their own and all that!

PrimalLass Mon 17-Mar-14 14:47:14

Quite often people get given these more expensive outfits.

But anyway, who cares? I didn't even notice what anyone else dressed their babies in.

Forgettable Mon 17-Mar-14 14:49:08

Yes lots will be hand downs ebay purchases and sales bargains. Not to mention Indulgent Aunties [shameless spoiler of nephews]

TheRaniOfYawn Mon 17-Mar-14 14:49:08

I don't think that any baby gets dressed in a suit on a regular basis. Anything like that is probably for weddings.

Forgettable Mon 17-Mar-14 14:50:13

Baby suit will be for weddings/big parties.

Odaat Mon 17-Mar-14 14:50:14

I suppose next wouldt be considered pricey by a lot of people. Its just when people will refuse any other type of clothing. Meh I am prob being too judgemental, i do see a lot of it though...

WinterHasRuinedMyFace Mon 17-Mar-14 14:50:25

Also it would only be snobbery if I looked down on people for dressing their babies in primark or supermarket clothes or whatever. I don't.

50shadesofmeh Mon 17-Mar-14 14:50:52

It's up to the individual if they want to waste their money on expensive clothes it's their money. I like nice quality fabrics and nice colours bit they are to necessarily expensive , I couldn't give a toss what anyone else dresses their child in.

catwithflowers Mon 17-Mar-14 14:51:31

Years ago when my daughter was born (she is now 16) I was given a Dior sleep suit/ babygrow by some super rich friends! I kept it for years as I couldn't bear to throw it away, must have cost a small fortune. She wore it once. Sweet of the friends but bonkers!!!!

laregina Mon 17-Mar-14 14:55:04

Am I the only one who didn't know there were such things as 'baby suits'? shock

ReallyTired Mon 17-Mar-14 14:55:15


You must mix with strange mothers. I prefer Marks and Spencer for school uniform because it washes up better and looks smarter than the TESCOs offerings. I have mixed feelings about very cheap clothes because immoral labour practices have been used to produce them. (Ie. who wants their child to wear cotton that has been picked by a seven year old?)

First time mothers often get given a lot of new newborn clothes. If someone has been given a £38 pound outfit for a baby then there is never going to be a good time to wear it. Next isn't that expensive generally

Other than things which are either christenings or obviously gifts most stuff is reasonably priced.

Loopylouu Mon 17-Mar-14 14:56:06

God, it's supermarket clothes for all of us here. I wish I could still afford GAP, but I can't.

Not that I care one not about what other people think, I never notice what other people are wearing either.

drivenfromdistraction Mon 17-Mar-14 14:58:25

You may be over-thinking it. How do you even know where their babies' clothes come from? Do you ferret around to read the labels?

My newborn DS1 wore a lot of the brands you mention - it's hardly Armani! First baby, so got lots and lots of clothing gifts for him. Plus I shopped there because that's where I'd always got a lot of basic things for myself pre-baby (older mum with decades years of employment an few financial commitments)

When he was about 3 months old, I 'discovered' Asda sold clothes and got very excited. For the next year, he - and I - were exclusively dressed by George.

I can honestly say that I never thought about his clothes in terms of snobbery-value. Much less those of other babies. To be embarrassingly honest, I barely even looked at their faces, because I was so wrapped up in the utter perfection of my own PFB.

I really don't mean this to sound mean, though I realise that you may think it does - but might you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder and be reading too much into things?

MoominIsWaitingToMeetHerMiniMe Mon 17-Mar-14 14:58:32

All Primark/supermarket/eBay stuff and hand-me-downs from cousins who've had babies already here grin

Gooseysgirl Mon 17-Mar-14 14:58:46

I don't really see the problem - I have more important things to worry about than how others dress their kids. DD has a lot of Next stuff because I raid their sales every year - why? because the stuff has always washed brilliantly and lasted well.

WilsonFrickett Mon 17-Mar-14 14:58:47

I don't think I bought more than two supermarket packs of babygros for DS - everything else was a gift and therefore from probably 'higher end' brands than I would have shopped from myself.

If someone gave me a set of clothes that I liked, I put them on him. I certainly didn't check how much they cost though, so it's a bit unfair to assume that other people know the cost of what their baby wears?

Even as he got older I often got vouchers - didn't really have to start buying him clothes in any meaningful way till he was over 18 months. So I think you are U to assume it's snobbery.

TinyTear Mon 17-Mar-14 14:59:35

my daughter wears a lot of Next and M&S stuff... from ebay

giant bundles for a fiver... love it...

noswingpark Mon 17-Mar-14 14:59:59

When mine were babies I bought lots of sarah louise/pretty originals/emile et rose/couche tot/pex these outfits can be quite expensive but very traditional. This was just my taste but I never cared how anyone else's child was dressed. Now mine are older I get a lot from joules,next,gap, fatface and tkmaxx but their are lots of promo codes about.

wishingchair Mon 17-Mar-14 15:03:29

Bought mountains of stuff from NCT second hand sales. Boden, gap, all the stuff I couldn't afford but for a quid each. And mostly in mint condition as babies grow out of stuff before it can get worn much.

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