As much as I love shopping, whether it be for myself or for Holden or even for Thomas- I have to say- I strongly dislike shopping for baby boys.
Allow me to elaborate.
The infant boys/toddler boys sections of stores seriously get the shaft. Unless you’re really into sports and love things that say “Daddy’s little SLUGGER!” and has baseballs barfed all over them, or footballs, or soccer balls, or tugboats, or fishing poles.. Or you really like hideous neon colored way-too-cutesy crap, shopping for boys can really be a crap shoot.
I learned this the first time with Holden. There really isn’t much that I see that I would EVER put him in, leaving me with very little to choose from. Old navy is pretty good as far as not having too much sports-related neon barfy clothes, but when it comes to the cute stuff- it’s usually more expensive for one item than i’d like to spend. So then you have to hit the super sales, and you never really know if you’re going to find anything in your little guy’s size.
You look over to the girls section, and EVERYTHING is adorable. They also have twice the selection of shoes. You start to wonder why boys clothes can’t be that cute? Why they always have to cater to sports or dinosaurs (though I suppose dinosaurs aren’t all that bad, but it gets old)?
What you realize later is that if you HAD happened to have given birth to a girl, you’d probably be bankrupt. Or I would be at least. I don’t think i’d be able to help myself. Way too much cute stuff to choose from- why not BUY IT ALL?!?!?
With boys, I definitely don’t want to buy it all. I don’t even want to buy half!
You may be asking yourself “Well, she already has Holden, can’t she just use his hand me downs?”
No, no I can not.
Right before we moved into this house (and I was most likely pregnant and didn’t know it) we needed money for home improvements, and the only thing we had that was worthwhile to sell was baby stuff. Being that we didn’t think we’d be having another kid for YEARS, we said ‘eh, why not sell it now. We can buy new stuff way down the line. And if it’s a girl we’d have to buy new stuff anyways and would have saved Holden’s stuff for nothing.’
TSK! If only we’d known! So from 0-12 months we have NOTHING for the new baby, which means I once again have to sift through pukey neon football covered crap for cute things to put a baby boy in.
Luckily this time around, I already knew going into it that it was not going to be easy. I know what stores are too expensive, too cutesy, ugly, not our style, etc., so I knew exactly where to go first:
And that’s not even all of it, or any of the stuff we bought for Holden (which will eventually be passed on to new baby). And the best part? Most of this stuff was $2.00 and under. Well, except the Baby Gap stuff, but I can’t help myself with their clothes sometimes.
Next weekend is a HUGE neighborhood garage sale in the neighborhood I happened to grow up in (so I know just how awesome it is), so i’m hoping to score enough to make it so NO ONE else (except a few key people) will buy baby clothes. I can not tell you how many disgusting putrid outfits we’ve received that we’ve never put Holden in. Did I appreciate the thought? Yes. That doesn’t mean i’d put my kid in neon orange booty shorts and a shirt that says “Daddy’s 1st mate!” And yes, Thomas agrees with me on this subject.
I think we’d run into the same problem with a girl though- people would end up buying us super frilly hideous dresses that make me gag from the ugliness they radiate.
I mean, really, I don’t understand some people’s fashion sense when it comes to babies.
Would YOU wear it?? No? Then don’t buy it for someone else’s kid!
If you wouldn’t wear puke green terrycloth shorts with a neon blue shirt covered in baseballs and monkeys- why would you ever think it would look good on a baby? Or that the parents would want to put their kids in it? There are exceptions I guess. Obviously people buy the crap if it’s still being sold- but not us! No no. We go by the ‘no neon, no sports, no super cutesy almost feminine’ rule.
I plan on dressing this little turd even better then I dressed Holden when he was teeny. Oh, if only i’d have the knowledge then!
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