One of the number one reasons I hear when people want to find out the sex of their baby is that not knowing what they’re gonna have makes it really difficult to prepare and purchase things for the baby. When I was pregnant with my first I felt that way too. But in the last few months of getting stuff ready for baby number 2, I’ve realised that it’s easier than I thought to remove gender from the necessary baby prep.
Sure, newborn unisex sections in stores can be a drab, white affair, but it’s possible to inject colour and style without a lot of effort (or dosh!). These bits are from a mixture of high street and independent retailers, and the combined total of all these pieces is £35!
Given their relatively small ‘middle isle’ selection of baby wear, @lidluk have some lovely gender neutral patterns and organic knits, with a 2-pack of leggings costing £3-4 (bottom left). The cream fleece joggers were also a steal at £3 from @fandfclothing.
I raided the @mothercareuk January sale to pick up the bunny romper and the gorgeous @littlebirdbyjools leggings, both combined for under £10. I don’t buy a lot from here routinely as I do find it quite costly, but the sales definitely make it worth a look in.
Finally, I made a point of trying to do most of my sales shopping from independent online retailers, and although it’s easy to assume independent stores with handmade pieces are costly, the vast majority offer more sales through the year than most high street stores. Plus you have the added bonus of supporting a small business and purchasing something really original and they also lead the way in promoting gender neutral and anti-gender stereotype designs. The bunny hero leggings are from @turtledovelondon and the romper is from @essie_and_i.
So not knowing the baby’s sex really hasn’t impeded any of our prep, and we’ve ended up with a wardrobe free from the traditional gender stereotypes that are often so prevalent in newborn clothing.
I’m dying to find out what online brands and stores you rate highly when it comes to opting for newborn clothes that challenge gender norms! Please share below and don’t forget to post your own pics!