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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.

dats Thu 30-Jan-14 00:01:40

I don't know what I'm having and don't like pastels. Not bought any clothes yet (or anything, in fact confused ) but I've been knitting cardis in various colours with wildly matched buttons. I'm sincerely hoping it won't be too traumatised by non-traditional gender colours, or god help me the buttons being on the wrong side grin

(that's if any of them fit, I haven't got a bleedin' clue how big a baby is, really)

dats 28+2, k1, m1, sl1...

steppemum Wed 29-Jan-14 23:08:59

I don't like babies in white!
I think if they are cuddled they quickly look a bit grubby in white, and then every spit up or nappy leak shows.

But I do think that babies don't all suit the same colour. ds looked fab in some hand me down babygros that were a set of bright colours in greens and oranges. When dd was born, I put her in one of them and she looked awful, it made her look not herself, washed out. I put her in one of ds old blue ones and she looked much better!

capsium Wed 29-Jan-14 22:59:14

You could let the baby choose. See which one they look at! grin

Surely to dress them in white is equal in imposing personality or lack of it.

Superstitious Guff methinks...

redcaryellowcar Wed 29-Jan-14 22:56:30

there are some really lovely brightly coloured baby grows etc around, i think babies should be comfortable but also colourful, ds had clothes from next and marks which were lots of colours in stripes etc, i have seen lots of nice stuff recently in mothercare and john Lewis. i think too much in the way of an outfit can be uncomfortable so a brightly coloured sleep suit looks like an effort has been made, and washing them is only a problem if the majority of what you have is white!easy to avoid this by buying lots of brightly coloured stuff!
p.s polarn o pyret (house of Fraser stock it) is Swedish children's clothing company, gorgeous and very colourful, but not cheap; we buy lots in sales!

ElizaB3 Wed 29-Jan-14 21:42:48

I'm a bit of a traditionalist so will do all white layette for the first six weeks; a. Because I love the way it looks and b. because we don't know the sex so it's a gender neutral colour to buy.
My mum would also think like yours (it's probably a generational thing) but wholeheartedly agree you shouldn't feel pressured about anything to do with your baby; you 'should' only dress it as you wish!

LadyInDisguise Wed 29-Jan-14 21:38:29

No!!! White is No good at all. You need colours, and it HAS to be pink for a girl and blue for a boy wink

Having said that, I personally avoided white. Too difficult to clean (think leaking nappies etc...)

Koothrapanties Wed 29-Jan-14 21:34:20

I dressed dd in white when she was first born, but that was simply because I didnt want to spend loads of money on tiny clothes that wouldn't fit her for long. I actually found it a bit difficult to start dressing her in brighter things at first. Some weird hormonal thing made me want to keep her in white because that was what I was used to. When I tried the brighter colours, she looked too different and i got a bit freaked out! It seems really silly now, but it was a really strong feeling.

weebigmamma Wed 29-Jan-14 16:41:57

How you dress your baby and what toys etc you buy it will obviously be a reflection of your personality rather than their's, but that's the same with white! And so what? It doesn't be long before they start having opinions about things that will contradict yours, so why can't you enjoy having them in your favourite colours for a while?

qazxc Wed 29-Jan-14 16:27:55

Once your baby is comfy, dress it however you want.

puddleduck16 Wed 29-Jan-14 14:45:34

I thought a lot of babies wore white as it was neutral for people to buy when they didn't know the gender. Not because they "should".
I also thought that babies were born with their personality and it wouldn't be influenced by the colour of their babygro!!!!

jen2014 Wed 29-Jan-14 14:35:48

Never heard of that about colours - only thing I've heard from my DM was 'don't dress babies in black'. But some little girls look gorgeous in those black velvet party dresses and my DS had a black sleepsuit with a red dragon on t which looked dead cute smile So yes, although it's hard to find there's something you disagree on I think you can go with your instincts on this one!

BEEwitched Wed 29-Jan-14 13:48:22

Oh yeah, I got the 'but it'll be hard to get a wash together' argument, too, but my clothes are all sorts of colours, as well, so I don't see how it's an issue!

BEEwitched Wed 29-Jan-14 13:47:36

I'm buying lots of bright clothing, my mom is going for the traditional 'pastelly baby' look, now that she knows it's a boy the light blue is coming through, too.

I bought a fab pack of pink & purple babygros yesterday that I think will suit him just fine when he comes out grin.

LavenderFox Wed 29-Jan-14 13:47:34

I agree it is a relic from the time when clothes used to be boiled and bleached. Babies can't see colours (especially pastels) as well as adults but I am sure they prefer a bit of colour to completely blank white. As they grow they express wishes about what to wear surprisingly early, too.

It breaks my heart sometimes how these old 'rules' are passed on as God's given law, new mums are quite emotional and find it hard to stand their ground.

Fedup1992 Wed 29-Jan-14 13:36:13

All my baby has got at the moment is white. Because we arnt finding out the sex but I have bought a blue hat and pink hat! smile

Can't wait to know what it is will be in pink and blue straight away xxxx

msmoss Wed 29-Jan-14 13:36:05

There is something totally adorable about a newborn baby in a pure white baby gro or vest.

I have loads of newborn stuff in white as we didn't know if DS1 was going to be a boy or a girl and even though we knew DS2 was a boy I used it again but they also had coloured stuff, and of course they grow out of it in a couple of weeks anyway.

Anyway I only joined this thread so I could coo over the memories of my DSes as newborns, you can of course dress your child however you see fit smile

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.

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!

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

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!

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..

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.

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

I love babies in white

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.

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

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