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to be fed up with the amount of pink!

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Sunshine78 · 12/03/2007 12:55

I am a mum to a dd and a ds. I just wanted to know why some people now who have dd have to have everything in bright pink as if to say look at me I've got a girl. Am I the only one who feels the pink explotion in shops is a bit sexist towards boys? Anything you can buy also comes in pink. There also seems to be more girls clothes/toys in the shops than boys. Sorry if this offends some but I would like to know why people want everything to be pink?

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Aloveheart · 12/03/2007 12:56

its my favorite colour but don't have babys anymore though 7 and 8 one of each.


Aloveheart · 12/03/2007 12:57

It's up the parents at the end of the day if that's waht they want to dress their dd's in. Can't see the problem.


KathyMCMLXXII · 12/03/2007 12:58

Not being unreasonable. It drives me bananas.

FFS why do stairgates need to be gendered? And paddling pools? And buggies?


hatrick · 12/03/2007 12:59

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Aloveheart · 12/03/2007 13:00

becasue there is a market for it. Ididn't over dress mine in pink blah blah or pushchairs etc.


Amiable · 12/03/2007 13:02

We didn't know whether we were having a boy or a girl before the baby was born, but have to admit when we had a girl we went a bit pink-mad!! Only really in clothes though. After about 6 months i was pretty pinked out so Dd now wears lots of blue, brown, red, purple - in fact everything but pink really!


mylittlestar · 12/03/2007 13:03

do agree about shops/products being biased towards girls

i was buying ds a car seat the other day and there were a couple of options with pink/purple trim, but no similar option with a blue trim. (not a big deal, i just picked a black one, but a bit annoying that i had less choice, therefore, less options regarding price! that's what bothered me most!)

does seem biased towards girls imo.

having said that, i don't object to people getting everything in pink if they do have a girl. i certainly would! fed up of blue and green!!


hatrick · 12/03/2007 13:05

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SoupDragon · 12/03/2007 13:07

I pride myself in not dressing BabyDragon in pink. I did buy her first shoes yesterday in white with pink flowers but I had to force myself to put back the nice beige boys sandles and pick up some girly ones for her first shoes.

I came out in a rash the other day when a mother of twin girls turned up at school with a pink double buggy with pink footmuffs and pink clad babies


Eddas · 12/03/2007 13:12

I have one dd and try not to get everything in pink. It is my favourite colour but things like the pushchair, stair gate, garden toys etc i like in non gender colours so that when my baby is born i won;t have to buy more if it's a boy. Mind you i have bought lots of things in blue anyway even though i have a dd. Mind you when she was little lots of people assumed she was a boy as the pushchair is blue.

Someone on here did mention the pink/blue thing going on in the new ELC catalogue and when i looked it is amazing! I prefer yellows etc, can't understand why they have gone so 'that's for a boy and that's for a girl' it's a bit odd


mylittlestar · 12/03/2007 13:13

not sure really - i guess i wouldn't want my ds in a pink car seat

but that's just me! others might not mind so much!

in the same way i wouldn't have put a pink blanket on his pram.

don't think it's anything like i'm worried about confusing him or making him question his masculinity

i just wouldn't put my son in pink, or buy pink prams, car seats, or anything else...

maybe i'm odd though!!


Enid · 12/03/2007 13:14

as the mother of three girls we have a pink wash

dd2 loves pink
dd1 used to but has now moved on to the purple and green phase

personally I think if you get upset about this then you'll get upset about anything


Enid · 12/03/2007 13:15

I dont think you can get pink car seats -except that new maxi cosi one that dh had to talk me out of

they are all yawnish grey and black arent they


katzg · 12/03/2007 13:15

you can get pink stairgates? where from?

i have 2 girls and they wear a variety of colours, but i do like the odd splash of pink here and there!


malaleche · 12/03/2007 13:15

I think it's a hangover from the sparkly fairy phenomenum. ive tried to interest dd1, 3.5 yo, in other colours but to no avail. i actually think there's something genetic that attracts girls to pink. (There's a thread somewhere where someone tried to avoid gender stereotyping their kids but the ds used the Barbie's leg as a sword and the dd wrapped the truck in a blanket and carried it about..!) Agree pink is too prevalent but you dont have to buy it. dd1 also wears lime green, purple, lilac and orange a lot...
As for there being more girls' clothes and toys for sale i think female children tend to play games that involve more 'props' and boys tend to go for the running about with a stick type thing. (I know i am generalising wildly here). Women shop more than men and tend to care more about their appearance or at least they have more 'outfits' and accessories - so the shops are just priming girls for their future as the big shoppers unfortunately...and have you noticed womens' clothes cost more than mens'? Never mind, your dc will be choosing their own clothes in no time and if they turn out to be goths you'll be remembering the days of pink, and other colours, with nostalgia!


hatrick · 12/03/2007 13:16

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CantSlimWontSlim · 12/03/2007 13:16

Baby girls need to wear pink because the general population is too stupid to work out what sex a baby is if they are in anything else (and even sometimes when they are)!!

You're wrong about the car seats though - we struggled to find any that weren't totally masculine for our dd.


malaleche · 12/03/2007 13:16

haha enid - we have a pink/orange/red wash too!


GooseyLoosey · 12/03/2007 13:16

I loathe pink and went to great lengths to buy dd clothes which were other colours. However now (aged 2.5), when ever possible she refuses to wear the lovely other coloured clothes and insists that everything is pink! She says she wants a pink house with a pink horsey and to fly on a pink aeroplane. She even prefers books where some or all of the characters featured are pink. So, maybe, just maybe, the retailers have experience of pink obsessed retail monsters like mine.


fennel · 12/03/2007 13:17

you can get pink booster seats from Mothercare. I paid a lot more to have the plain black ones instead, despite having 3 dds we are not a very pink household.

a bit of pink is ok but too much makes me feel a bit queasy, like being smothered in strawberry angel delight.


Sunshine78 · 12/03/2007 13:17

Dont get me wrong I like pink in moderation and my DD does wear pink. I'm just a bit fed up with when I want something for my DS there is a netraul option a pink option but as someone else pointed out no blue option. I can't get my DS anything in pink as his Grandma got him a pink leap pad and he threw it back at her as it was pink! Perhaps I've brought him up wrong if he beleives pink is only for girls!

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PestoMonster · 12/03/2007 13:18

I totally agree about the sexist colours thing. I have 2 daughters and neither of them likes pink. But because manufacturers think girls like all things pink, it really limits us on what we can buy. I'm sure it's the same with boys' colours too. I think Next is particularly guilty of this. It is maddening.


SoupDragon · 12/03/2007 13:18

Pink trimmed Britax


hatrick · 12/03/2007 13:18

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CantSlimWontSlim · 12/03/2007 13:19

That's the one we got in the end Soupy .

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