We decided to completely frustrate our friends and families: we decided to wait until our baby is born to find out if we are having a boy or a girl. Several people have had a hard time with this, but as a not very "girly girl" and a boy whose favorite color was pink growing up, we just weren't that pressed to find out. Not to mention, we were really looking forward to the surprise. To have a fun baby shower with our friends we decided what could be more fun and gender neutral than tie-dye!
This is Offbeat Families's archive of baby clothes posts.
Full disclosure: I spent an inordinate amount of time looking at baby clothes on Etsy, especially for someone who doesn't have an infant and probably will never have one again. I really can't help myself, because shops like The Wishing Elephant exist and produce robot baby costumes that look remarkably similar to R2D2 and all of a sudden I find myself measuring my chihuahua/pomeranian mix puppy and wondering if I could order him an extra, extra small.
I'm pregnant, and recently discovered that looking for offbeat baby clothes isn't exactly an inexpensive hobby. Since I've been DIYing up a storm lately (did you see this recovered baby jumper?), I decided to try my hand at dying clothing! I contemplated using machine dye, but was worried it might stain our new washing machine… so I went with warm water hand dye. All of the items I dyed came from a consignment sale, so were cheap but not exactly to my style taste.
CALLING ALL BREEDERS OF BABY NERDS: it's about to get reeeeal cute and real nerdy in here! When I happily found ThinkGeek's V is For Vader onesie ($19.99) I immediately started making a list of everyone I knew who a) has a newborn and b) loves Star Wars. Fortunately for ThinkGeek, that list is long and mighty! And fortunately for you, the nerdy baby offerings don't stop there.
As I sit and crochet the things I literally dream of the baby wearing once s/he is here, I have started to write down the patterns I create — and this one for a hoodie is pretty damn good if I say so myself. Like most inventions (even though this item itself is nothing new) this pattern was created of necessity; I couldn't find a good baby hoodie pattern to save my life almost a year ago. Now I have created a great blocked pattern that can be made into any size and I want to share it with anyone who will use it.
The problem with baby showers and registries is that you don't know your baby yet and as novice parents you really don't know what you are going to need. And you aren't going to know whether or not your child will hate the really expensive bouncer that their grandparents purchase them off of the registry.
So here's the thing about a lot of children's clothing: it's usually not designed to last for very long. If you've ever raged against the universe because your kid's sweater started to fall apart after a handful of wears, you're going to be stoked to read about our sponsor Zutano. When it comes to brightly-colored and durable newborn, infant, and toddler clothing, these guys have the market cornered.
I am the guiltiest of guilty online shoppers: I loooove finding and buying stuff from my computer chair. This is especially true when it comes to kids' clothing, so finding US-based Tea Collection was like finding an oasis of colorful bird-and-frog adorned batik wonderment in a desert of stripes, robots, and frilly pink ensembles.