Why In The World Would Anyone Want To Buy Unisex Baby Clothes?

Unisex baby clothes?  Really?  Why would anyone want to buy unisex baby clothes?  Isn’t that just a half-step above buying a gift certificate or a book or something?

At first glance, the whole idea of unisex baby clothes seems a little bland, kinda like overcooked roast beef.  But the truth is, there’s nothing wrong with unisex baby clothes and in some instances, they may be the perfect thing for the little boy or girl that is already here or on the way.

First of all, let’s figure out what unisex baby clothes are.  Contrary to what one might think, unisex baby clothes aren’t some ill-fitting burlap sack fashioned into something that vaguely resembles an article of clothing.  Unisex clothing for babies is simply clothing that has no discernable design or color that favors either boys or girls.  That’s all.  A pink shirt with ruffled collars, sleeves and hem with a sparkly dancing unicorn?  Obviously girls clothes.  A dark blue western-styled shirt with a cowboy riding a bucking bronco and the words “Ride ‘Em Cowboy” stitched across the front?  More than likely boys clothes.  A simple green shirt with the design “World’s #1 Kid” on it?  Could go either way.  It’s not distinctly boys clothing and not obviously girls clothing.  Therefore it fits into the wide range of unisex baby clothes.  And what parent is going to turn up their nose at a shirt that says “World’s #1 Kid”?

So now that we see that unisex baby clothes simply mean clothes that can be worn by either boys or girls, it’s easy to imagine some situations where buying something that is neither strictly for girls or explicitly for boys could be advantageous:

–    Everything the kid has is blue or everything they have is pink: Your child is drowning in a sea of gender specific clothing (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and you think it might be time for a little variety in their life.
–    Not every parent chooses to know the sex of their unborn child: These days, even though the technology is able to determine it and many people choose to learn if their child-to-be is going to be a boy or a girl, many people choose to wait for nature’s surprise.  This also throws a damper on what may be bought for them by friends and family.  If you just have to buy clothes for the parents who are waiting to find out if their child is a boy or a girl until “The Day” then unisex baby clothes, as opposed to baby girl clothes or baby boy clothes, are the answer
–    Buying for charity: If you’re trying to do something nice for charity, you don’t want it to backfire by having the kids you’re trying to help hate you for it.  Not that they would, but their parents might not appreciate a whole box full of pink and ruffly clothes for their bouncing baby boy or vice versa.

There are a wide range of reasons for buying unisex baby clothes.  Newborn baby clothes are typically geared more towards either boys or girls, but if you look around or if you’re buying for an older child, you should be able to find just what you’re looking for.  And one of the best things about it – often times unisex baby clothes can be found in inexpensive stores.  That doesn’t mean we here at Essential Baby Things always advocate buying cheap clothes.  However, remember that the kids will never see them, they’ll outgrow them before you need to cut your hair again and that saving money is always in style.  And if you think you can’t find some cheap unisex baby clothes that are fashionable, you obviously haven’t taken an objective look at Carters, Gerber, Chico, Old Navy, Target or any other place that offers good quality clothes at reasonable prices.

Top 5 Best Pink Strollers For Baby

So you’re in the market for a pink stroller.  Maybe it’s for your new granddaughter, your niece, your best friend’s new baby or your own daughter.  Regardless, you’re looking at buying one of the best strollers on the market for the precious baby girl in your life, as long as it’s a pink stroller.

But then you start to look at strollers and, oh my, there are so many choices.  You can discount the double strollers and triple stroller because there’s only one baby riding in the stroller, but that still leaves a sea of jogging strollers and umbrella strollers, lightweight strollers and running strollers, prams or carriage strollers, or do you want to go all out and get an ultra-pink all terrain baby stroller?

There are so many choices, so the fine staff here at Essential Baby Things sat down and decided what we consider to the 5 best strollers to consider if you’re looking for a pink stroller.  Not all of them are totally pink; some have enough pink to be visibly pink and some are pink with a capital P.  But all of them are excellent strollers that will provide years of service, most likely enough to be handed down to the next person who is looking for pink strollers for someone they love.

So without further delay and in totally random order, here are the 5 best pink strollers on the market today:

Graco Strollers – Always near the top of any list of popular strollers, Graco gets consistently high marks for their combination of durability and affordability.  For a pink stroller, Graco offers 3 major choices – the Stylus travel system, the Alano travel system, and the ultra-girly Metrolite Jessa.  The pink Stylus is only available at ToysRUs or their sister store, BabiesRUs and while predominantly pink, has a fair amount of brown as well.  The Alano system comes in three patterns, all pink and brown combinations.  There is an Alano standalone stroller without the accompanying car seat that is a more attractive pink and grey.  But if you’re looking for a PINK stroller, then the Metrolite Jessa is the one you should get.  Best thing is, all of these choices can be had for under 200 dollars.

Bugaboo – Stylish, modern and expensive, the Bugaboo has a few choices if you’re looking for pink, but let’s skip to the one we recommend – the Bugaboo Bee.  Small, lightweight, maneuverable and easy to fold, the Bee has been redesigned for 2010 and it’s the better for it.  While the canopy and any accessories you buy for it can be had in a bright pink, consider the yellow as well.  A little easier on the eyes and just as girly.  A little pricy at around 600 bucks, you’ll hit close to a thousand once you get all the accessories.  And don’t forget the umbrella.  Trust us.

Maclaren – Makers of fine strollers that are popular and consistently receive high marks just as much as the Graco line.  Maclaren strollers could be considered a slightly upscale, more fashionable choice than the Graco, and the prices are a little higher as well.  In all honesty, the Maclaren line is messy and confusing, because most of the strollers look fairly similar.  However, if you’re looking for a pink stroller, you’ve got about 3 choices: Juicy Couture (which we almost excluded for the name alone), Techno XLR and the Quest Sport.  If it was us, we’d go with the Quest Sport, simply because it’s the best looking of the three with its charcoal and pink design.  It’s also the cheapest at about 250 or so.  The Techno XLR comes in at 360 and the eye-hurting Juicy will set you back about 430 or so.  But the XLR and the Juicy (boy oh boy do we hate that name) both have brown as their accent color.  Maclaren calls it coffee, but come on, it’s brown.

Quinny – Popular and stylish in a similar vein as the Bugaboo, Stokke, UPPABaby and many others that have broadened the stroller market recently, Quinny makes nice looking strollers that look great and perform very well.  With names like Buzz, Zapp, Speedi and Senzz, the not only look cool, but they sound cool as well.  However, if you’re looking for pink strollers, you can have anything in their line as long as you don’t want the Senzz or the Speedi.  The Senzz comes in oranges and yellows and the Speedi in Red.  However, you still have lots of great choices: Buzz 3 (three-wheel configuration), Buzz 4 (four-wheel configuration), the Zapp and the Zapp Twine.  While the prices are in a similar range to the Bugaboo, they offer a unique style all their own.

Bumbleride – Like many other strollers these days, Bumbleride offers modern looking, stylish strollers.  Many people really like what they have to offer and swear by their strollers.  The Indie is perhaps their most famous and popular choice which is a large, all-terrain style swivel wheel stroller.  It is slightly similar to the Quinny Buzz 3, but the wheels are much larger than the Quinny which is targeted towards urban use.  Not to say that the Bumbleride would be at home in the back woods or trail running – you’d want a jogging stroller for that, more like a Phil and Teds, a Schwinn, BOB Ironman, Kelty Speedster or something from Baby Jogger for that.  But the Bumbleride will handle the occasional trips off the paved trails and out of the concrete jungle with a little more ease than others on this list.  They also offer the Indie Twin for two kids, the Flyer and the Flite that are available in a nice pink.  The Flyer and the Flite are more for urban use, but they fold up really small which can make them great for traveling.

So there you have it, 5 of the best strollers you can find if you’re looking for a pink stroller.  Not all of them are cheap strollers, but cheap baby strollers aren’t always the best choice to make.  Some strollers that we liked that couldn’t make this list were Phil and Ted’s stroller which were available in red or red and black, UPPABaby in reds and oranges, Stokke Xplory in red and purple, and the Micralite Super-lite or Toro which came in red or yellow.  All great strollers that you should take a look at but couldn’t make the list because none of those companies offer a pink stroller.  Regardless of whether you pick one from our list or from another company, good luck on your search for the perfect pink stroller.

The Smartest Way To Go Shopping For Girls Clothes

Shopping for girls clothes can be both a blessing and a curse: while there are so many wonderful choices, this same wide variety can make you either freeze up before you start, or get caught up in the moment and overbuy.  Like, really overbuy.  The smartest way to go shopping for girls clothes is to start out with a plan, any plan, and stick to it as best you can.

Now, seeing as how the name of this website is Essential Baby Things, the focus is going to be on baby girl clothes, infant girl clothes and ranging up into toddler girl clothes.  Much beyond that, you’re on your own, although the advice given here could apply for older girls as well.

The first thing you have to do is make a plan.  A plan will save you time, frustration and more than likely, lots of money.  A plan is a backup to when your daughter wants something more – see, not on the plan, sorry honey.  A plan will help guide you through the aisles and stacks of clothes just waiting to convince you to pry open your pocketbook through their amazing cuteness.  So make a plan.

But what kind of plan?  Well, you need to realize, first of all, that the clothes you buy now for your daughter will more than likely not last her until the following season.  That means that clothes bought this winter will most likely not fit next winter.  Summer clothes can stretch into fall and may be able to be worn about the house during the winter, but it is unlikely they will fit next spring.  If they do, then great, you’re lucky.  But don’t plan on them “buying big” and have clothes that are falling off your child now just to try and save some money next year.

Next step is to love the beauty of layering.  That doesn’t mean the questionable style of multiple layers of clothes that are highly visible and meant to look that way.  Layering is the wearing of more than one layer to increase warmth without adding thick layers.  Tank tops from summer can go under a short sleeve shirt in the early fall.  Short sleeve shirts can go over or under long sleeve shirts in the mid-fall.  All three can be combined and with a medium weight coat in the early winter, your child will be toasty warm in many areas of the US.

Next you need to evaluate your daughter’s situation.  No matter how heart-breakingly adorable that red dress is, if the child has no place to wear it or no inclination to wear it, then there’s no point in buying it.  Of course, it’s always a good idea to have a dress on hand that can be worn if there is a need, but if your daughter doesn’t wear dresses often, then there’s no point in having lots of them.

Take a good look at what kinds of clothing your daughter needs for her daily life.  For example, a recent look at our daughter’s summer clothing situation revealed what she really needs is about 3 skirts, 3 pairs of short, 2 pairs of thin shorts, 2 summer dresses, about 5 sleeveless tops, 3 t-shirts, 2 tank tops and a thin wind-breaker for summer rains or the wind before the storms.  That will allow us to take her to any of the places we typically go, have clothes for special occasions such as weddings or birthdays, let her go to daycare or grandma’s house or play dates with her friends, all without having to wear the same things over and over or having clothes sit unused in the drawers, but also have extras in case of messes or spills.  Plus, it allows us to do laundry only twice a week.

Now, come the fall, the clothes should all still fit.  Add maybe 2 pairs of pants, a pair of jeans, maybe a longer skirt or two, a couple long-sleeved shirts and an extra t-shirt or two, maybe a sweater or a hooded sweatshirt, and everything will be fine.  As long as the clothes from last season still fit, and they should, then many of the things can be re-purposed and used in the new season with a bit of layering.

Every person who has gone shopping for girls clothes has been caught up in the buying of cute things for their child.  It’s easy to do and we here at Essential Baby Things are just as guilty about it as everyone else.  Pretty soon your cart is loaded up with far more things than they need or could reasonable wear before the season is over.  You don’t have to go shopping for cheap baby clothes, just make sure your have a plan of what you want to buy, don’t go to an expensive store, maybe even shopping online, and be smart about how you shop.  You’ll be glad you did.