While older children’s wardrobes seem to be precisely delineated, parents of newborns, as well as younger children, are sometimes quite unsure about how to start building up their child’s wardrobe.
In this day and age, it is quite normal for a couple to know the gender of their baby before he or she is born. However, apart from the fact that this is not a 100% precise science, many couples still opt for the element of surprise in that they choose not to enquire about the baby’s gender, beforehand. As such, starting to build up the baby’s wardrobe becomes problematic not just for the parents, but also for those relatives and friends who wish to give them a gift in order to celebrate the baby’s birth.
The advent of unisex baby clothes has solved this problem. This newer range of clothes seems to be all the rage lately, mainly spanning clothing aimed to cater for children aged between 0 – 24 months. It offers parents the freedom and chance to buy whatever they need prior to their baby’s arrival, while at the same time, not being bound by a socially pre-conceived norm relating to colour. As we all know, it is the social norm to dress girls in pink and boys in blue. When one thinks about this stoically and reasonably, there is really no reason why any one colour should be associated with any particular gender – we are talking about children here, not political parties.
In the past, gender-roles were more defined, males got educated and had jobs in order to provide for their families, while women stayed at home and took care of the house and children. Maybe, it was to further mark this delineation that society started this colour-gender association around the beginning of the 19th century. Be it as it may, fortunately we have moved far beyond that mentality, nowadays. Women have the right to vote and men have teleworking and equal parental rights when it comes to their children.
Today, gender discrimination is diminishing and gender lines are becoming more and more blurred, especially when it comes to social norms. It seems futile, not to mention pointlessly restrictive, to say that a girl should not wear blue, for example. Talking about me personally, I loved blue when I was a kid and in fact had my room painted a very light blue and my bed coverlets and matching curtains done in darker shades of blue as well (and yes I’m straight), so that hasn’t got anything to do with gender or gender orientation.
Unisex baby clothes mostly come in shades of white, lemon, cream, beige and grey. They can also be multi-coloured. Sleep suits, bodysuits, jackets, cardigans, rompers – these and more are available, not to mention cute accessories such as ear-caps, ear-bibs, mitts and booties.
Not sure if you are expecting a boy or a girl? The unisex baby clothes line provides the solution! Another great thing is that one can re-use the baby clothes one had bought for the first baby for other future babies too, even if they are of a different gender! Your baby-girl could wear the tiny lemon patterned jumper you had previously bought for her older baby brother years before (if he hasn’t ruined it beyond all recognition in the meantime, that is).