I am getting so frustrated trying to find clothes for my son and I wanted to see what you all do! He's 7 months, but he's big, and he's wearing 12 month clothes. I'm really trying to avoid strong gender messages all over his clothes. I mean, I don't mind some blue clothes or trucks or whatever, but I don't want ALL his clothes, ALL the time to scream "boy stuff!" I'd like some neutral stuff. It was easier at first - there are plenty of yellow, green and beige clothes for 0-9 months, with gender neutral themes like teddy bears or ducks. But now in the 12 month stuff it's harder to find anything neutral. I've looked at 18 month and toddler size stuff that he will probably need by spring, and it seems impossible to find anything gender neutral in those sizes!
I'm just really frustrated. Just because I have a boy does not mean he will automatically like sports, dinosaurs, and trucks - but I can't find any clothes that don't proclaim his love of those things. I was shopping in one store and EVERY single toddler boy outfit had a sports theme - they all said "All Star" or "Varsity Team" or something similar, with pictures of sports equipment. His grandmother got him an outfit that says "I like trucks and dirt!" on it... but he's not old enough to voice an opinion about whether he actually likes trucks. I did recently buy him some onesies with cars - like I said, I don't need EVERYTHING to be neutral. I just don't like that I feel like he's already being stuck in a box based on gender - what if he likes music or playing with cooking stuff, and doesn't like sports or playing with trucks? That would be fine with me! Heck, even animals are gendered - cats are for girls and dogs are for boys, at least in the world of baby clothes. Is anyone else out there so bothered by your child being told what they are "supposed" to like from such a young age? What do you do about clothes? What other gendered items (toys, etc) do you find problematic? I can't wait to read other mamas' experiences!