Originally Posted by zeldamomma
It would depend on how old he is, and how long he's going to have the carseat.
If he's 3 and you're buying a carseat/booster combo that you plan for him to use till he's 8, I'd go with something neutral. He might have a different favorite color next month, and might be really unhappy with a pink carseat when he's a bit older. If you only expect him to be in it for a year or two, or if you're ok with replacing it if he decides he doesn't like the color later, I'd get the pink.
Originally Posted by oceanbaby
That's what I was going to say. I personally wouldn't care about getting him the pink carseat, but when he's about 5 or 6 or so, he might have a drastically different opinion. My son has firmly decided that "pink is for girls" even though he has always liked pink, I have always let him have pink if he wanted it, and have never said that "pink is for girls." In fact, I've always told him that anyone can like any color they want, wear whatever they want, etc. But he's no dummy - he's figured out that in this culture, pink is for girls and blue is for boys.
I went through this with my older son when we went shopping for a booster seat. His favorite color at the time was pink, and he definitely wanted the pink booster! I realized that he would likely have a different favorite color within months, and that he'd figure out that society thinks pink is for girls. So, I strongly encouraged him to pick a different color.
It was the right decision. He did drop pink as his favorite color, and is very aware now of how other people view pink, dolls, nail polish, etc. Fitting in with his peers is important to him right now. I'm glad that the color of his booster seat won't cause a problem for him in that regard.
I will say that I miss the days when he wore pink and dresses and nail polish and such. I miss his innocence and his ability to explore freely. But, he's growing up. He says Mom and even Mother now, though Mommy still passes his lips the most. He doesn't give me hugs and kisses goodbye without me asking first. He'd rather run off with his friends than cuddle on the couch. All this is normal, and it really is great fun watching him become his own person. I'm glad that I recognized that this almost-6-year-old would come to exist back when he was an almost-4-year-old. There are plenty of ways of honoring your child's love for pink, without buying a pink booster that he or you will come to regret in a few years.