I have been buying a lot of baby clothing lately. We didn’t at first, as she was outfitted with some awesome hand-me-downs and presents. But all those lovely tiny tiny clothing no longer fits. We are even at the last ends of the presents we got from very smart Mom’s who knew the value of giving an outfit in 18 months size to a newborn (THANK YOU!!). She is 10 1/2 months… but tall and wears cloth diapers… so 18 month clothing fits. Anyway, as I was saying: it wasn’t until the last couple months that I had to do much shopping for her. And can I just say, though I can’t speak for baby boy clothing, baby girl clothing is insane.
Before we had our daughter I always thought little girls looked so cute in their little outfits. They always seemed to match, down to their shoes and the cute little bows in their hair. I thought nothing about the effort required to achieve such loveliness. So now I have to ask: How the heck do you get your kids so darn cute and matchy-like without spending a ridiculous fortune!??
Every time I get A dressed (I am getting tired referring to her as little monkey or some other baby nickname. I want to keep this blog name free if possible, but for the sake of my writing style I am offering up her first initial.) Anyway, every time I get A dressed I have a hard time putting her in something that matches. First of all, just getting her to stay in one spot so I can get clothing on her is a challenge, let alone riffling through her drawers to find a top and a pair of pants that matches.
My problem is that little girl baby clothing comes in a rainbow of colors and very few neutrals. It is all pastel pink, canary yellow, bright green, baby blue. Actually, truth be told, despite the fact I soo do not like pink, it seems her drawer is dominated by at least 12 different shades of pink. While all these bright and happy colors are cheerful and cute, the problem is that none of them match. Have you ever tried to find a top to match lime green pants with pink, yellow and orange tulips on them? And all those shades of pink? They kinda look stupid together. Not to mention the fact that she begins to look like bubblegum rather then a child.
And it seems the only neutrals that exist in the world of baby girl clothing are brown and white. White is insane. Why anyone would choose to put a baby, who spends most of her day either spiting up or grabbing messy food, in white I will never know. (I say this, yet I have both a white top and a white jacket for her). Brown is great, goes with everything, and hides messes well.
But it rarely comes in just plain brown. It usually has hearts or stars or swirls in some either bright or pastel colors that again make it impossible to match with anything. And oh the patterns! It seems like everything is polka dots, stripes, hearts and stars. What is so wrong with solids?
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Also, why is it that I have never seen any black, or grey, or navy? Because they are too boyish? Even if she has a pair of black pants on, it is likely that her top will be so pink she will still more likely be mistaken for cotton candy then a boy.
I guess, to be fair, she could live in her jeans. Jeans match everything. But have you ever tried to a) get a wiggly 10 1/2 month old in jeans? b) get a wiggly 10 1/2 month old into jeans over a cloth diaper? c) get a wiggly 10 1/2 month old wearing jeans over her cloth diaper into her snowsuit? Enough said.
So far, I have only discussed the top and the pants. Which is all she needs in the house. But if we are to venture out into the big big world, she needs at minimum: a pair of socks, a pair of shoes and some sort of jacket. And since we live in the land of ice and snow 8 months of year, she also needs a hat. That is where the real match test begins. She has two pairs of shoes- one that is pink (surprising) with a dark pink princess and one that is green with a red tulip. Very very few things look good with these shoes. She has one toque that can be reliably attached to her head without her being able to pull it off– it is white, blue, pink and turquoise stripes. Not exactly matching friendly. Right off the bat we have shoes and a hat that will not match, ever.
I think it is all a conspiracy on the part of clothing manufacturers to get you to buy sets of stuff, rather then one item. You see a really really cute top, but it doesn’t match any of the pants you have at home, so you just have to buy your girl the whole outfit. Tragic. And while you are at it, you better get some shoes and a hat and socks to match.
Conspiracy. Or wise marketing. Take your pick.
So I give up. We buy most of her clothing at Consignment or Superstore- because I have trouble forking over the same for an outfit for her as an outfit for me, when hers use 1/10 the fabric. Consignment means there will almost never be a full outfit and Superstore is hit and miss on a full outfit in her size.
So the kid doesn’t match. Like ever. Don’t judge.