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post #41 of 117
Hmm. I don't believe in "hootchie" clothes for girls at all, but I DO dress my 2.5 year old in "skater"-esque clothing and hoodies and I am always on the lookout for hip non-baby type clothes for my 7 1/2 month old. I'm not talking about bikini cups, but I do have a hippy-esque apron shirt at the ready for her this summer, and my favorite tops for her are yoga-inspired wrap shirts and the like... and I am currently sewing dresses in non-baby prints for her.
So... I always complain about the lack of normal clothing for babies. Who said a toddler needs a clown sweater or an elephant on his shirt? I love that there are some skateboard companies that make toddler-sized clothing.
I am not advocating for stripper-esque clothing on a baby, but I do like something thats a little different... like this for example:
http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/produc...285&pid=360448
post #42 of 117
My issue with the clothing isn't that the styles expose skin.

My issue really is because the clothing seems to be a way for the babies/toddlers to imitate adult styles. I've been trying to figure out why it bothers me and the only thing I can come up with is that I don't want my daughter (or any toddler, really) growing up too soon. I want her to be a child before she's an adult, IYKWIM.

btw- if it matters for the purpose of the discussion I'm 38.

--kari
post #43 of 117
For me, it's not about showing skin - toddler clothes that are functional will expose skin in the summer. And I am all about hip, non-cutesy clothes that are age appropriate (like wrap tops or jeans and hip tees, etc). I don't like children's clothes that are made to mimic the kinds of adult clothes one would wear to got out to a club - a miniskirt can be cute and functional, but tops that are constructed to give the appearance of breasts are not.
post #44 of 117
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Originally Posted by Yo Becca
tops that are constructed to give the appearance of breasts are not.
thats my big peeve. My kids are lucky to be wearing clothes (at least in the 3 and under phase) and we don't have air conditioning so skin is in in the summer. but there is a difference between cutsey baby/toddler stuff and hootchie wear. And when she wears a short skirt, it is always with matching diaper cover. For some reason I have always been wigged out by showing the diaper but with my first I used disposables and it just seemed weird to have a cute outfit with a plastic bag hanging out the back. My other beef is low rise jeans. on what planet is this a good idea on children with diapers? it jsut makes no sence. It isn't like Huggies has a low rise version for your stylish clothes. what's the point. It is almost impossible to find cute jeans for a chunky toddler in a diaper.

My big question is who thought heels were a good idea for toddlers. i had the hardest time finding shoes for my last dd when she was new walker. they all had 1- 1/12 inch heels. what the heck. she barely has mastered walking. why couldn't a mom find a pair of freaking flat sandles in a size toddler 3?!!

fortunately there are some good things out there. OshKosh is showing up everywhere and getting cheaper. Carters makes some really cute stuff, durable, modest and childish while still being stylish. Those are my two favorites. I recently stocked up during summer sales and got oshkosh for $2.50 each and carters for $6.50 each. Not to shabby. and the carters pants had reinforced knees while still being girly. can you dig that? I sure can.
post #45 of 117
Im new here and just stumbled upon this thread. I agree with most on the opinion that skimpy clothes for toddlers and children are ridiculous. Not just because they seem innaproriate but also because there are these really insane people in this world. They are called pedofiles. They get off on seeing kids. I cant imagine what runs through their heads when the see a little girl wearing the string bikini that "she looks so darling and grown up in". These people are everywhere and you never know who they are. They could be the perfectly clean cut average looking person in front of you in line at the grocery store, at the gas station, who knows? A toddler or baby is not sexy or should be portrayed as such. They should be children. People are trying to get their kids to grow up too quickly. Whatever happened to the good, old fashioned childhood? As a kid, I was always playing games, reading, playing outside, etc. being a kid. Not trying my damndest to look "cute and sexy". These days, 5 year olds are preoccupied with trying to look like they are in their 20's. It's scary. On top of the world wanting our kids to grow up way to fast, I personally, I dont see a need to attract any type of sexual attention to my child and anyone who would actually think it's ok to attract that attention really freaks me out. Not wearing much around your home is one thing. Hell, I ran around the house naked or half naked all the time. But out in public, Uh Huh, I do not trust people.
post #46 of 117
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post #47 of 117
Wow. Have not read all the posts, but I'm surprised to see such a big reaction. So they sell skimpy girls' clothes and thugged-out boys' clothes. I agree that they're targeting the naive young-parent audience, which is a bummer. While I'm certainly not going to be the first one to rush out and buy the Mary-Kate and Ashley toddler bikinis at WalMart, I'm not going to instantly judge some mama whose kids are wearing that stuff either. I don't think that clothing style matters all that much compared to how the kids see their peers/parents *acting*.

I'm 25, and I buy baggy jeans for my 6yo and ruffley tank tops for my 3yo. Is that bad? My 3yo has some of those satiny underwear from the department stores--she picked them out herself 'cause she thought the metallic blue looked pretty! We talk about modesty and respect. Clothes don't define who you are, after all.

ETA: I totally agree w/this though!! Gimme Robeez anyday!

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My big question is who thought heels were a good idea for toddlers. i had the hardest time finding shoes for my last dd when she was new walker. they all had 1- 1/12 inch heels. what the heck. she barely has mastered walking. why couldn't a mom find a pair of freaking flat sandles in a size toddler 3?!!
post #48 of 117
Hmmm... I personally find clothes like this
http://www.strasburgchildren.com/grshse.html
way more offensive than baggy pants on a toddler boy. YMMV though.

take care
post #49 of 117

anyone else confused...

as to why the society we live in is in such a hurry to have its girls grow up that we put them in bikinis at the age of two, but when they DO grow up, GOD FORBID they use their breasts for something functional and beautiful as nursing their child?????? just an insight

jen
caitlyn 2/9/04

(ps. i would not put my 2yo dd in a bikini. one-piece or she swims in shorts and a tshirt if she's in public! LOL)
post #50 of 117
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For me, it's not about showing skin - toddler clothes that are functional will expose skin in the summer. And I am all about hip, non-cutesy clothes that are age appropriate (like wrap tops or jeans and hip tees, etc). I don't like children's clothes that are made to mimic the kinds of adult clothes one would wear to got out to a club - a miniskirt can be cute and functional, but tops that are constructed to give the appearance of breasts are not.



I have no problem with skin....it's the toddler clothing that looks like grown-up "sexy" clothing that I have an issue with. And I refuse to put a bikini top on my toddler...that is the height of silliness to me and fosters the culture of sexualizing "breasts" from day one. And we wonder why so many people in our (sad) society are "grossed out" by breastfeeding, why moms feel embarassed to NIP or are told to cover up...it's part of the whole issue, for me.

I don't find it cute to see little girls in overtly sexualized clothing - I find it sad...
post #51 of 117
Bikinis seem really practical to me. My DD hasn't had any type of bathing suit yet, but isn't it way hard to change a diaper with a one piece suit?

Something like this seems good to me.


I'm not a fan of sexy or excessively trendy clothes for kids though.
post #52 of 117
I'm in a mother-toddler swim class with very mainstream moms. We're the only ones who don't use disposable swim diapers, and dd goes "topless." I swear I get dirty looks. All the other little girls in the class have frilly bathing suits, and yes, bikinis.

If it were allowed, dd would wear NO bathing suit, but that's another story...
post #53 of 117
As a designer of kids clothing, this is very interesting for me to read. Since I became one of the "they" who designs clothing for kids I have chosen to focus on non traditional designs, but it is also very important to me that kids stay kids! It's very hard to find clothing that is non-cutesy and also non-hootchie it seems that there isn't a lot of choice in between the two.
post #54 of 117
I am 22 and I dress my daughter conservatively. No bikinis. My sister just got her this top that ties in the front between the boobs and a matching pair of pants that say "berry cute" on the butt. She will not be wearing those. I don't like the logo butt on adults and I really don't like it on kids.
post #55 of 117
I am 19 and I dont like to see toddlers in skimpy clothing. That said, I live in the southwest where it is almost unbearable to walk around with clothes on in the summer. but i do beleive that cool, breathable clothes is not the same as "sexy" clothing. I hate to see shirts with emphasis on the chest area or with sayings on it. DD has a bikini bathing suit as well as one piece and she wears a little Dora cover up over both of them. CLothes can be cute and functional and not look like its made for grown ups. That is what bothers me, when baby/toddler clothes is an exact replica of clothes being sold for older teens and adults.

This is a great thread, lots of great views and thoughts on this subject.
post #56 of 117
Well, I think there is a big difference between clothes made to sexualise the toddler (including, full covering t-shirts with logos like "sexy" or "bitch") and short or skimpy clothes. I rarely put dd in a long skirt, she usually wears shorts, or dresses that cover the diaper (with a sort of knickers underneath if it seems too short). She has one or 2 tops with halter style. But they are not sexual or sexy and I find it fairly hard to see a toddler as sexual anyway, regardless of what they are wearing.
As for swimming, I find bikinis rather silly on babies, why fiddle and fuss with all those straps and elastic if there is nothing to hide anyway. dd swims in a bottom piece only (if she wears anything at all ).
post #57 of 117
I personally think the skater-type clothing for little boys is cute I love to shop at Naartjie(a South African shop) for ds.DD too, of course.I think it is a really cute variation to all the preppy boy clothes t gap. I love anything that looks a bit unique.

I think to sum up my feelings, I would say this country really tries to push MANY things onto small childrenl, sexuality being one of them. Meaning, things are introduced too early. Such as dolls, clothing, and other situations that small people should just not have to deal with so young.It has been going on for a long time, but there is a recent surge of sexualizing toddlers. It is very sad indeed

I will always dress dd modestly, and like a proper young lady. I went to a pretty conservative University where we were nto allowed to dress inapropriately. Although it was a bit extreme at the time I went(has changed dramatically since then)it taught me tht even though I did look good in the recent trends that showed alot of skin, I could have enough respect for myself to dress like a lady. I know some here will disagree with the status of ladylike-ness relating to clothing, but this is my opinion.
post #58 of 117
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Originally Posted by nfpmom
Hmmm... I personally find clothes like this
http://www.strasburgchildren.com/grshse.html
way more offensive than baggy pants on a toddler boy. YMMV though.

take care
post #59 of 117
Hmm. Call me wierd, but I find all this obsessing about "skimpy" "skanky" "sexy" clothing on toddlers to be another example of how we are manipulated by the culture of fear in the US. If the first thing you think when you see some toddler skin is that someone is getting turned on by it, you are projecting the "every person is a danger to my kid and wants to rape her" media hype onto your own kid.

A toddler's body is not any more sexy in a halter than in a T shirt, except in the eye of the beholder. If you are beholding it that way, perhaps YOU are the one who needs to examine your perceptions.
post #60 of 117
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Originally Posted by nfpmom
Hmmm... I personally find clothes like this
http://www.strasburgchildren.com/grshse.html
way more offensive than baggy pants on a toddler boy. YMMV though.

take care

I like a lot of cute toddler clothes, but that's a little much for me...
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