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Anybody else "over" the baby prints?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

They just don't jive with me. Yes, I'm having a baby, and they are pure and sweet, and lovely and soft... but they don't care what the print of their bouncy chair, diaper bag, clothes, etc etc is! I DO!!
I just don't get into the baby style prints... bright colors, lame animals... Give me natural colors, lines, swirls, etc etc... BUT DON'T FORCE ME TO BUY BABY PRINTS!! PLEASE!!

Who can relate?

post #2 of 24

ME! I don't buy the stuff like that! I REFUSE!! Hence, why I love Tula carriers (cool prints) and use wool (solid colors or stripes and just gorgeous soft fabric). My kids (I never find out gender) have bright zigzags or cream... Simple, simple. It's not always easy to find - but this is also why I don't register (didn't register) at places like Babies R Us and the like - why I registered at my local diaper store and found things from my midwife and etsy! The other brands I love are Zutano, Hanna Anderson, etc. Pricier, yes, but they also have coupons and can be found at nice used clothing stores!

post #3 of 24

Uh oh.  I didn't know about this! 

I am not much of a prints person at all anyways, so this may pose to be a time-consuming issue.  Thanks for the heads-up. 

Also, Wendy, thx for the brand recommendations.  I'll look into those. 

post #4 of 24

happyday- sounds to me like you could design a pretty killer line of baby things! Shoot they could even be called Happy Day!

Etsy Etsy Etsy! (I'm pounding my little fists on the desktop with each Etsy!)

As if you've got loads of extra time right now, lol.  But I think when there's a need and you've got the right ideas anything can happen! 

post #5 of 24

I'm DDC crashing (I'm due in June not Sept) to say YES, OMG, YES!

 

I just want bright bold colors for clothes (without costing an arm and a leg - I'm considering dyeing some myself!) and I want to be able to have a pack 'n' play (and blankets, etc) that match our navy blue & gold sun/moon/stars theme in the bedroom... all the blue things are pastel and/or have stupid sports or "boy" things on them. *sigh*

 

I opened up the green monkey pack and play (which we'd received before we painted the bedroom dark blue... and it just clashes SO badly. Fortunately, the pack 'n' play will spend most of its time NOT in our bedroom, but... *sigh*

 

Thanks for the ideas so far :)

post #6 of 24
post #7 of 24

I like bright patterns on most kid stuff because it hides stains and splatters better, isn't high maintenance. But I did find that my 3rd child went and surprised me by LOVING his animal-print crib sheet, quilt, and bumper set. He didn't sleep in the crib except for daytime naps, til he was a toddler, but he does love those animals. I don't think either of my other two children ever really noticed or cared for what prints were on things, but go figure, #3 actually did! Haha, go figure.

post #8 of 24

YES!!

 

I'm not a huge fan of walking into a home with children and having to gouge my eyes out due to the technicolor madness of animals and flowers and bright, bright colors. I would prefer sleek and water/jewel toned and solid colors, calm and soothing. If it needs to have an animal, give me something solid colored and calming. I'll take a gray elephant- singular. Like this picture, this is the basis of what I want the nursery colors to be, gray, white and aqua. 

 

post #9 of 24

Agreed... even as a kid, I hated the loud, busy, bright prints people used for kids' bedrooms. Luckily no one ever did that to me! I couldn't sleep on loud, bright, busy bedding, and couldn't stand being in rooms with eye-burning stripes and crazy colors. I think it would have made me crazy, then, just as it would, now.

post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by cricketschirpin View Post
 

happyday- sounds to me like you could design a pretty killer line of baby things! Shoot they could even be called Happy Day!

Etsy Etsy Etsy! (I'm pounding my little fists on the desktop with each Etsy!)

As if you've got loads of extra time right now, lol.  But I think when there's a need and you've got the right ideas anything can happen! 

Hmmmm... I am realizing that by the time this sprout pod is born I should have my own little money making "thing" going on. My landlord is a shoe maker, specializing in kids shoes, and she's been trying for years to get me to jump on board with this as a cottage industry. I'm inclined toward working with wood, or baking... But I'm always open to possibilities! After all, only one venture would probably bore me before too long. Thank you for the inspiration! 
Sounds like there is the audience for such a market... 

post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by WendyJo410 View Post
 

ME! I don't buy the stuff like that! I REFUSE!! Hence, why I love Tula carriers (cool prints) and use wool (solid colors or stripes and just gorgeous soft fabric). My kids (I never find out gender) have bright zigzags or cream... Simple, simple. It's not always easy to find - but this is also why I don't register (didn't register) at places like Babies R Us and the like - why I registered at my local diaper store and found things from my midwife and etsy! The other brands I love are Zutano, Hanna Anderson, etc. Pricier, yes, but they also have coupons and can be found at nice used clothing stores!

Thanks for the brand name tips. I haven't had a baby in 13 years, and know that things have changed!
I guess I don't feel the need for most commercialized baby items, anyway... but... I know people love to buy gifts! And I refuse to have my home turned tacky, or full of plastic crap. 

I wonder if most moms to be (or moms) feel this way, but are forced because of what corporations make readily available. Hmmm, Curiousity... 
 

post #12 of 24

There have been lots of babies in my extended family for quite some time now, so hand-me-downs have been plentiful and I haven't yet needed to shop for a baby-related item new. My sisters and I joke that you can tell exactly which cousin/aunt/sibling first bought an item because those...shall we say "cheery"? prints tend to come in waves: "Oh, this must have been Canyon's--it's covered in the cute bugs!" (mid-1990s) "Yep, definitely Emma's. Look at all those brown and pink owls..." (2008) "Aila's. For sure. Hers was the year of the tropical fish." (2003)  Occasionally you'll get really lucky, and you'll inherit a circa-1978 blanket in yellow, green, and orange solids, or a little pinafore dress from when "country" came back into style in the mid-1980's. But, usually it's some range of mid-1990's to fairly current loud and bright polyester whatever-it-is. In the interest of low consumerism and high frugality/simplicity, I tend to try and work with what we're given: throwing a favorite blanket or a sheepskin on an obnoxious bouncer seat cover, sewing a little patch over a giant brand name on the front of a shirt, repurposing too-cutesy receiving blankets into cloth wipes, etc. I, too, am a big fan of solids, stripes, and interesting natural fabric textures (corduroy, seersucker, bottomweight cotton, wool), but I have a feeling that's in its own moment, too! (Kind of like how when we were teens we thought other generations went through funny phases, but we thought our own looks were just "normal"!)

 

In summary, yes, happydays, a mama has a real and pressing need to not be visually assaulted by her infant's accoutrements, and I wish you luck and fun in finding/modifying a stash to your liking!

post #13 of 24

Same here! Especially since they're SO overdone. Our car seats are neutral mainly black and grey with a little green. I'm about to start working on a quilt and bedding set for my daughter and will make matching curtains (please be a girl so the decorating will be so much easier! I can err on the side of girly without it being a problem haha) I don't like anything I've seen in stores, really. I've even looked at flannel fabric to make receiving/swaddling blankets with!

post #14 of 24
We specifically told people not to buy us the "junk". No plastic, no synthetic fabrics, no toys unless they were wood. Yes, it did tick people off, but it's not their home and their baby. If you're buying a present to only make yourself happy while make the recipient unhappy, what's the point?! It can be said tastefully and I encouraged people to buy as many books as possible if they really wanted to buy and couldn't find a handmedown that fit the bill.

Luckily, because it's my third pregnancy. People get it! I got a beautiful (used) cream merino wool infant gown from a second hand shop and a handmade wool sweater from an antique store for Christmas. Best presents ever!
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by WendyJo410 View Post

We specifically told people not to buy us the "junk". No plastic, no synthetic fabrics, no toys unless they were wood. Yes, it did tick people off, but it's not their home and their baby. If you're buying a present to only make yourself happy while make the recipient unhappy, what's the point?! It can be said tastefully and I encouraged people to buy as many books as possible if they really wanted to buy and couldn't find a handmedown that fit the bill.

Luckily, because it's my third pregnancy. People get it! I got a beautiful (used) cream merino wool infant gown from a second hand shop and a handmade wool sweater from an antique store for Christmas. Best presents ever!


I feel your pain! No one is likely to buy anything for this baby (my fourth!) but when I did get given baby gifts, they tended to be things like a gigantic Elmo plush toy (the baby was scared of it!) and the plastic junk you mentioned. But that's a problem with well-meaning relatives at birthdays and holidays, basically any gifting occasion, and there seems to be no convincing anyone. I talked myself blue in the face about it being better to receive something useful from thrift stores, than something new and shiny and plastic-wrapped from the store, but finally realized, that indeed, people shop to make THEMSELVES happy, because it's fun to go to the store and pick out a bunch of things they think are fun to buy. And it seemed like no amount of talking could change that.

So then we tried going giftless, asking people not to gift us, and that didn't go over well at all...no one could believe it wouldn't meant the kids were deprived by insane parents, into "not getting anything at all".

 

Thanks for posting this, because it reminds me, I need to write a letter thanking relatives and friends who mailed gifts at Christmas, for their gifts, and then respectfully requesting that they give to certain animal charities my kids care about, in lieu of gifts, next year.

post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 

I've tried letting my family know that gifts weren't necessary, too. Or if there was a need, to please listen to the wants of the person their giving the gift to, or take the person along to buy the gift together if they were uncomfortable just giving money (my kids are teenagers now. Money is exactly what they want!) There's something in our culture (many cultures, really) that necessitates giving gifts. But like Wendy Jo said, with the benefit being for the gift giver more than the gift receiver. 
Some of my family is almost offended that I've asked them to save their money. Ha!

post #17 of 24

My in laws and majority of my family DONT listen to the no battery operated/plastic toys. But my parents and my aunt/uncle are amazing. They go out of their way to get wood, learning, non battery operated toys. And I love it because I've relaxed about the toy issue because no one listens. So the fact that they do it is so touching. They don't agree with a lot of the stuff we believe in, but they respect it which is more than I can say for the rest of the world. 

post #18 of 24

With my first, I took people at their word when they said they wanted to know what we wanted and needed, and I asked for no plastic, battery-powered sounds, flashing lights, etc. I got some snark about it, too. But by #2, I just made two piles of "stuff": stuff to keep, stuff to give away. It was no big deal to do that. Honestly it made it much easier to not be overloaded by toys, clothes, etc. that we didn't need, and anyway, I have yet to meet a baby whose favorite toy was a giant stuffed animal or a flashing, bleeping blanket! My mom really "got" it, though, and seeks out clever and interesting toys made from natural materials to this day. Oh, and books! Yes, lots of books. 

 

Another factor for me this time is that I have two sons, 8 and 5, who love to play with Zoobs and Duplo Legos and Magformers and such--all plastic. Sure, they have their wooden doll house and Holzinger wooden animals and sweet little Montessori kitchen sets, too, but guess which ones they prefer? :wink And they play equally creatively and open-ended and imaginatively and engaged with both kinds of toys. I have been around enough babies to know that when they are at the grab-and-play stage, they want to grab and play with what the OTHER kids are grabbing and playing with; I don't want to put myself or my boys in the position of thinking there's something wrong with their toys, to constantly tell a one year old "no" or be replacing her chosen toy with an approved one, or to separate the baby from the siblings for big parts of the day. So, I plan on using common sense about what the baby plays with, but not stressing about it too much. (And yep, goingonfour, that giant Elmo would probably not make the cut, using the common-sense rule of "that which does not terrify the baby!")

post #19 of 24

Oh goodness family that we LOVE but haven't been very close to in recent got my daughter the hugging elmo for Christmas! hahaha She's just starting to touch it but she'd rather close it's mouth or step on it. She doesn't like ANY moving alive-looking toys

post #20 of 24
I agree with @mariehoney. I've relaxed over the years too a little bit... smile.gif however, I do tell people that if it's just plastic and doesn't have any learning value (Legos do help build with spatial learning) I'm going to donate it. This royally frustrated my mother, but it finally opened up her eyes to not waste her money on that stuff! Not that she doesn't like donating... But to know the kids wouldn't even play with it at all made her mad enough to change! smile.gif
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