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Pardon me while I go temporarily insane.

So, apparently there are these unwritten rules when it comes to making baby gear:
Baby clothes and blankets = pastels
Baby toys = bright primary colors

I want bright red onesies, dammit! And deep, vibrant blue and purple baby blankets!

It's even practical. Spit-up stains have *got* to show less on a saturated color. Maybe it's a holdover from before there was color-safe bleach?

I swear, there's an untapped niche market here. If I weren't about to have a child, and was slightly more inclined to large amounts of sewing, and felt like taking on Yet Another Business Venture, I'd start my own shop of Baby Stuff in Real Colors (tm).

Grargh.

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contentlove
May. 3rd, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
good news
When I google the words "primary color baby clothes" a whole butt load of links come up to...

you guessed it!
jnanacandra
May. 3rd, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: good news
Actually, 95% of that is still pastels, maybe with a primary-color applique, or it's toddler clothing.

Did find one thing for the wish list, though.
sjo
May. 3rd, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
There's a woman in my area who makes tie-dyed onesies... she does ship... I'll see if I can find her info. I mean, really, what better way to hide stains than tie-dye?
contentlove
May. 3rd, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
lookie lookie!
Check this. They've got all the primaries, heck, they've even got the coveted black onesies and bibs, and no nasty designer logos either.
jnanacandra
May. 3rd, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie lookie!
jackpot!

*glee*

thanks!
contentlove
May. 3rd, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie lookie!
I googled 'red onesie' to find that one. I'll bet that google is your friend here if you get really specific about the item/color combo. Anyway, I wish you the rainbow here! I don't know what's up with the pastel baby mafia but yuck. They say babies don't see colors but geez, howzabout the rest of us?
tzaddi_93
May. 3rd, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie lookie!
Things get better in retail stores when they move beyond onesies. Some of the 6 month & up clothes are really cute. I have mostly shopped for girl clothes, but I've passed by some neato boy clothes too.

The only thing that gets to me about this is how "minature adult" most of the clothes are in some pretty small sizes. Some of it is cute (like the bluejeans on toddlers, and the pink and black leopard print top I found for Jade.) Some of it is just impractical (I didn't buy the velvet pants to go with, because she was still crawling.) But there is a line and some manufacturers cross it. They sell thong underwear in size 6X for goodness sake! And super low-rise pants! (For those just tuning in, 6X is generally the size that kindergarteners wear.) And if they sell in 6X, they will eventually be manufactured in even smaller sizes. I really don't need to see super low-rise pants in a size 2T.
vixenesque93
May. 3rd, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie lookie!
I doubt super-low rise pants would ever come in a 2T...instead of fashion faux pas of a thong strap or butt-crack showing, there'd be the "diaper poof" :)
tzaddi_93
May. 3rd, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie lookie!
OK..3T or whatever size is pretty much right after potty training.
vixenesque93
May. 3rd, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie lookie!
It is? I must have been around some tall toddlers then!
tzaddi_93
May. 3rd, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie lookie!
3T, not 3... T=Toddler sizes (unless I'm sorely mistaken.) The racks in stores go into the "T" sizes after 24 months. Most clothing racks I've seen have baby clothes sizes: 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 2T, 3T, 4T...
jnanacandra
May. 3rd, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie lookie!
and don't even get me started on the shorts for 8-year-old girls that say 'juicy' across the butt! *shudder*
tzaddi_93
May. 3rd, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie lookie!
That would take on a whole new meaning on an infant or toddler.
litch
May. 3rd, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
I think that the idea is that the bright primary colors in the toys encourage neuron development, but that the clothes and blankets are supposed to be more restful and soothing making it ieasier for them to sleep and not constantly neurologically exciting them.
zarhooie
May. 3rd, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Someone mentioned this already, but babies need plain colors without a lot of contrast because it keeps their eyes rested.
plymouth
May. 3rd, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
in my house any babies better be wearing dark colors then - pastel would contrast too much with the decor ;)
deathdolly
May. 3rd, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
Soem more kewl baby links
tzaddi93 gave you some great leads for alt baby clothes. Might I add a few friends of mine who also make awesome baby stuff?

www.batsmeow.com
www.Batgearbeyond.comvelvetgarden.net/baby.html
www.nappyhead.co.uk

Really, could you imagine me dressing Julian in pastels? Me???

AND believe it or not- I used to get the cutest things for Julian at TARGET of all places.
Also, Hot Topic has lots of newborn baby onesies that are so CUTE!
deathdolly
May. 3rd, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Soem more kewl baby links
tzaddi93 gave you some great leads for alt baby clothes. Might I add a few friends of mine who also make awesome baby stuff?

www.batsmeow.com
www.Batgearbeyond.comv
www.velvetgarden.net/baby.html
www.nappyhead.co.uk

Really, could you imagine me dressing Julian in pastels? Me???

AND believe it or not- I used to get the cutest things for Julian at TARGET of all places.
Also, Hot Topic has lots of newborn baby onesies that are so CUTE!
tzaddi_93
May. 3rd, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Soem more kewl baby links
Yeah, the top I described above (which I bought for a friend's little girl who has stolen my heart) is from Target. I also found shirt-style onesies (basically a long-sleeved baby turtleneck bodysuit) in black and lavendar with matching knit pants. The outfits looked so much like something her mom would wear that I couldn't resist. Ha! Decent looking baby-and-me outfits! Take that!
ethernight
May. 4th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
baby stuff
I recently did some shopping for a friends baby shower, and came across lots of alternative baby stuff. I'd recommend googling for "goth baby", "punk baby", "hippy baby", etc. I'm sure a lot of it will be too silly / over the top / not what your looking for, but it seems likely that you'll have better luck with alternative sites. Some sites I came across:

http://www.hyenacart.com/NaturalBabyVillage/index.php?category=1
http://www.renegadebabe.com/blanket.htm
http://www.stardustkids.co.uk/acatalog/Kids-Pirate.html
http://www.mypunkbaby.com/Bedding.htm
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