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To think baby boy clothes designers are lazy?

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PhoebeGeebee Sun 28-Aug-16 16:08:22

Pregnant with first baby (a boy) started to look at some items to start buying and am struck by clothes designers obsession with baby boys and items of transport. Trucks, cars, buses, planes, boats - you name it, it's on a t shirt or a babygrow.

I don't mind the odd item, and I get that boys do like trucks and cars etc... the older they get, but why surely there could be some variation for babies!

Girls clothes tend to be quite pattern heavy, and I don't see why this can't be the case for boys too. There's something about the whole gender assumption thing that bothers me - and I know I sound like a bit of a twat. AIBU?

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 28-Aug-16 16:10:03

Boys and girls are pretty much the same for years. Just buy clothes from the 'girls' section if you like them more.

I wish there were just children's clothes. Would solve all this nonsense.

MimiSunshine Sun 28-Aug-16 16:11:19

No I agree. I had a girl but when I was pregnant I was looking at boys clothes and wondering why they all had to be shades of blue with just the occasional red and green thrown in.

There's a whole spectrum of colours that could be used even [whispers] pink 😳 That would be lovely on a boy and not remotely girly

yougottheshining Sun 28-Aug-16 16:15:01

Agree with you. French clothes are nice - really lovely things that are specifically for babies without being for either gender and not too cutesy either. Just a warning - if you think it's bad now, in a couple of years it gets even worse - sludge sludge and more sludge, plus army commando patterns. Yeah, because I really want my child to be in the armed forces, just because he's a boy. hmm

BubsAndMoo Sun 28-Aug-16 16:15:44

Maybe boys like cars and trucks and stuff because they're socialised from birth to believe they should like them, because even their baby clothes have them appliquéd on.

Crazy idea I know.

Dress your baby however you want smile

sandylion Sun 28-Aug-16 16:16:53

I thought boys clothes were terrible but now I have buy frugi, kite, picallilly, little bird, maxomorra and other Scandinavian brands. Love a bright baby!

ElspethFlashman Sun 28-Aug-16 16:16:59

Boys clothes are disastrous. They can either look like preppy little Ralph Lauren types with pullovers and braces, or cartoon characters.

But girls clothes are worse tbh. It's ridiculous when even a plain white top has to have a ruffle or a puffed sleeve. God forbid they don't look girly at all times.

ElspethFlashman Sun 28-Aug-16 16:17:46

Little Bird is my favourite too.

Iguessyourestuckwithme Sun 28-Aug-16 16:18:43

We dress Dc2 in some of his older sisters clothes. So he has bright colourful leggings, some nice plain/striped/patterned tops, a few warm cardigans.

yougottheshining Sun 28-Aug-16 16:19:10

This site has some really nice colourful stuff for babies and children of both genders:

SlinkyB Sun 28-Aug-16 16:20:42

Try the Little Bird range at Mothercare (Jools Oliver's brand).

Totally agree though. Last Christmas Boots had a clothing catalogue out which had a page with the headline "Clothes fit for a princess (or prince!)"

Or something like that. Just confirmed the designers always think of boys as an afterthought angry

neonrainbow Sun 28-Aug-16 16:21:22

sainsburys have some nice gender neutral things/not sludgy boy clothes. stuff with koala bears and things.

SimplyNigella Sun 28-Aug-16 16:21:25

I agree, it's harder to find lovely clothes for boys but they are out there. DS generally wears unisex clothes, the Scandinavian brands are great (Smafolk, Maxomorra) as are Tiny Cottons, Bobo Choses, Beau Loves and on the high street Zara are good, some H&M and Little Bird at Mothercare.

yougottheshining Sun 28-Aug-16 16:21:31

Agree about Scandinavian brands. But then Scandinavians in general seem to have things pretty sorted, so it's probably no surprise that their kids clothes are great too.

Spudlet Sun 28-Aug-16 16:21:35

I agree. I don't mind the odd tractor but it gets repetitive fast!

5minutestobed Sun 28-Aug-16 16:23:28

I agree OP I actually took this pic in Boots the other day as I couldn't believe that literally everything was blue!
Try some Scandinavian clothes, maxomorra are fab. Polarn o pyret(sp?) or frugi all do lovely colourful stuff.

Jammiesrock90 Sun 28-Aug-16 16:25:06

I hate that there is hordes and hordes of girls and a small amount of boys asda is the worst for it. Your lucky to make it out of the girl sections not covered in pink glitter

MrsJoeyMaynard Sun 28-Aug-16 16:25:59

I wonder how long it would take the clothes designers to stop making baby clothes with transportation on if everyone just stopped buying them?

There are less gender specific baby clothes out there - or at least there were a few years back - but they're harder to find.

Having said that, my almost 3 yr old son will almost always pick a t-shirt with a vehicle on it when he's picking out his clothes for the day, if there's a vehicle option available to him.

Moonrocks6 Sun 28-Aug-16 16:26:14

I personally prefer boys clothes. Can't be doing with the varying shades of sickly pink that all girls clothes seem to be in.
I have really struggled with nice gender neutral baby clothes without spending a fortune or sticking to grey/beige.

crayfish Sun 28-Aug-16 16:28:17

I think girls clothes are worse to be honest, everything is pink and flowers and ruffles and quite impractical stuff - why would a four month old need a frilly dress?!

Boys stuff is criminally boring though. All DS ever has on is joggers/jeans and t-shirts and the t-shirts are mainly animal print based or the usual trucks/cars/tractors. I love patterns like stripes and stars and thinks but it's always just a blue t-shirt with a picture of a tractor on it. Sigh...

SlinkyB Sun 28-Aug-16 16:29:40

Oh, Monsoon are the worst for having a "Children's" section which is 90% girls! We have a store nearby which does NO boys stuff, but lots of nice girls stuff. It's like they assume women with boys won't want to spend a bit of money on them hmm

crayfish Sun 28-Aug-16 16:30:23

Jojo Maman Bebe have some nice stuff though actually, DS has some lovely things from there and Zara isn't bad for more neutral things in non-sludge colours.

BillSykesDog Sun 28-Aug-16 16:31:05

Sainsbury's do really nice boys clothes. They seem to have a bit more imagination about the patterns and have animals and stuff as well as the usual cars etc. It frustrates me that the choice for boys is much narrower though.

sandylion Sun 28-Aug-16 16:34:29

Boots are normally a better high Street choice so disappointed by that photo! Sainsbury also decent!

PhoebeGeebee Sun 28-Aug-16 16:42:57

Thanks for all the suggestions! That's my rainy Sunday afternoon sorted.

I've bought a few bits from Sainsburys, and JoJo seems pretty good but been quite shocked at everything else. I'm not looking forward to age 2/3/4 where everything is vehicles or slogans telling me how much trouble/how noisy/ he is. Grrrrr.

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