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To get SO irritated by the poor design of baby clothes...

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CornishKK Mon 19-Oct-09 11:00:16

Why do so many newborn sleepsuits have press studs up the back? I had three as gifts for my PFB, awkward to put on and surely not comfortable for babies that spend the majority of their time lying on their backs?

And sleep suits with buttons instead of press studs? I had two beautiful knitted suits as gift but have barely used them as trying to do up the crotch buttons is a nightmare.

And jumpers with teeny, tiny, teeny buttons on the neck?

Will be SO much wiser in gify buying and shopping for my next one!

fernie3 Mon 19-Oct-09 11:02:07

lol - my last two lived in front buttoning sleepsuits and cardigans, I hate the neck buttons too and they are even worse in toddlers because the wriggle away and shout

CornishKK Mon 19-Oct-09 11:08:31

And I forgot, blardy hoods. Why can I not buy a jumper for my baby boy without a hood on it?!

I'm buying playsuits and evelope neck vests only from now on.

And why do baby socks have the rubber grippy stuff on? They won't be walking on any laminate flooring any time soon.

slushy06 Mon 19-Oct-09 11:08:52

Me personally hate winding small babies if they have a hood that the baby cant put up anyway so is just for fashion grr.

Sunshinemummified Mon 19-Oct-09 11:09:01

I tend to undo the neck buttons and leave them undone.

zazen Mon 19-Oct-09 11:10:20

Hi CornishKK, Some babies sleep on their fronts - especially in the US where parents are advised to put them down on their tummies, so maybe they're american?

So YABU sleep suits with buttons on the back should not be outlawed globally, grin
BUT I agree, here where babies are on their backs in the cot, it is absolutely infuriating to have to turn them over and wake them up more, if they need a nappy change etc. and those fiddly faddly features, buttons, bows and nylon trimmings, which in the main, scratch and catch, are major-ally annoying.

FWIW, I used to cry at the design of practically everything when DD was tiny, as I just couldn't see how anyone could be so 'effin stoooopid to have non adjustable buggy handles heights, and babygro bags which didn't have the zip in the 'right' place, and undoing the right way.

Looking back, I think I needed a chill pill (or two) and some decent sleep (a lot of this).

hope you're OK, and congratulations!

LadyOfTheFlowers Mon 19-Oct-09 11:11:33

Hence why all mine live in envelope neck vests and sleepsuits as long as i can get away with it. DS3 is 10 mo and as he is learning to crawl is still in them as seem to be more compatible with such activities than seperates. blush

You can find some nice bright interesting ones if you shop around.

CornishKK Mon 19-Oct-09 11:20:34

I'm wising up fairly quickly with the shopping - have had a delivery from Blooming Marvellous and Rainbow Brights but any other recommendations would be gratefully recieved.

Zazen - thanks for the congrats, I'm fine I just enjoy a Monday morning rant smile. I'm officially a grumpy, old woman.

Bubbaluv Mon 19-Oct-09 11:42:46

Bonds Wondersuits are the only ones I have come across that were clearly designed by a Mum with a small baby. LOVE them - hard to come across in UK though.

Alibooobaandthe40phantoms Mon 19-Oct-09 11:46:30

I really liked the Gap sleepsuits. The design around the crotch is different so they actually fit all the way up the leg rather than being penguin-style from knee to knee. Got given a couple, and I will definitely be buying some next time around.

zazen Mon 19-Oct-09 12:57:22

CornishKK grin snap!

Bubbaluv Mon 19-Oct-09 14:12:37

Wow, I didn't know that US advice was to sleep babies on thier front! I thought back sleeping was one of those rare univerally agreed pieces of advice. Well there you go.

beaniesinthebucketagain Mon 19-Oct-09 14:23:59

Ds was kindly gifted a shirt tie and tank top outfit, AND they found it in prem aswell!

He would have looked dashing in his incubator, non?

TabithaTwitchet Mon 19-Oct-09 14:37:25

I must be in a minority - I absolutely HATE envelope neck vests. They seem to get wider with every wash, until they are wider then DD's shoulders and so slip off, and they are a complete pain to iron.
Sleeveless vests all the way for me, or failing that, ones with poppers on the shoulder instead.

Bubbaluv Mon 19-Oct-09 14:54:36

You iron baby vests!!??? shock

alexpolismum Mon 19-Oct-09 14:55:16

beanie -snap!

I was also given a little outfit with a shirt and tie for my newborn ds!

But get this - mine has a bow tie, no less, and came with a proper dress shirt, waistcoat and proper trousers, complete with belt loops! For a newborn!! The kind of thing an adult might wear as a bridegroom...

Needless to say, ds is now 2 and a half and the suit is still in pristine condition, packed away in a box somewhere...

letsblowthistacostand Mon 19-Oct-09 15:01:40

FYI US parents are advised to put babies to sleep on their back. Advice almost exactly the same as the UK actually! Never saw sleepsuits with buttons up the back until I came to the UK!

CornishKK Mon 19-Oct-09 16:06:36

Teehee at the shirt/tie combos for newborns, FFS!! I hope it came with matching dress shoes?

One of my Oz friends did send us a gorgeous little Bonds suit but it was never warm enough for DS to wear it.

Non-lined jeans annoy me too. And dungarees covered in metal clasps or buttons.

boundarybabe Mon 19-Oct-09 16:11:47

I often wonder what DS is supposed to be keeping in the pockets that his trousers are festooned with. hmm

beaniesinthebucketagain Mon 19-Oct-09 17:38:30


you win, with the belt loops hehe!!!

DP dressed dd in a lovely dress today, she looked so sweet, then at nap time was tossing and turning, we then realised it was the 12 buttons running down her back!!!! Why, i have no idea, they dont even un-do!

and shock at whoever irons vests!!!

beaniesinthebucketagain Mon 19-Oct-09 17:39:40


we discovered yesterday our 2yr old ds coat has inside pockets!! yes 3 of them!! what were the people at ted baker thinking? hmm

StayFrosty Mon 19-Oct-09 17:58:11

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Meglet Mon 19-Oct-09 18:07:02

Yanbu. I snapped when I had ds nearly 3 years ago and ended up getting rid of all the sleepy suits with poppers up the back. Have these designers never dressed Aren't there any parents in the design dept who might point out what a crap idea it is?

Ds now has some trousers with button up pockets. Why? What is a 2 year old going to put in teeny tiny pockets.

GrandhighBOOba Mon 19-Oct-09 19:57:07

I asked a friend (a nurse) about the pockets and babies thing - she suggested that the pockets are so that they can carry their condoms and cigarettes. grin

facebookaddict Mon 19-Oct-09 20:03:11

I just wish that I could find anything with arms that didn't need rolling up 3 times. I suspect my DD is longlegged (not extremely so) so can't go down a size but it is causing havoc with the thumb sucking as all that bulk on arms!

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