Wednesday, March 24, 2010

another misadventure

We have 2 events that I want Nate to be dressed particularly cute for: Easter and baby dedication. He has a sweater vest and button shirt combo that he can wear for the dedication (it's not very Eastery, but kind of churchy), but no pants to go with it.
In Temple, there's a mall, but the department stores that I've shopped in haven't carried clothes in sizes smaller than 12 months. That leaves us WalMart and Target. They have huge selections online, but the stores don't carry so much. I'd rather buy in the store because with online shopping, you have to pay shipping and wait for it to arrive. I figured that, with Easter around the corner, the stores would be full of cute, slightly dressy clothes for kids. And they are. Just not for my kid.
At Target, there were about 4 racks completely full of dresses in sizes from Preemie to 12 mos (P-12). Another 2 or 3 racks had girl clothes on 3 sides and boy P-12 on 1 side. These boy clothes were sleepers or T-shirts and shorts. Nothing Easter worthy. There were tons of 3 piece suits and sweater/shirt/pants sets for 12 mos to 5T.
This would have been great for Easter, but they didn't have it:
Or even this. And I could get him some little slacks. But they didn't have it or slacks.
The most dressed up thing they had for boys under 12 mos was this. We bought it because it is quite cute, but I'm still looking for something better.
Then I went to WalMart. I wandered around the whole freaking baby clothes department. There were jeans (which I did buy) and overalls for boys in P-12. Two shelves of a 4 shelf unit had Garanimals shirts and pants which seemed to have had been boys P-12, but only had a couple of shirts and pants left. At least 5 racks were filled with girls P-12, plus the other 2 shelves of the unit that had some boy clothes and another 4 shelves next to it. There were equal amounts of girl and boy clothes in 12 mos and up. The racks of girls clothes were completely full, as if no one had bought anything since they'd been stocked. The 2 shelves of boy clothes were almost completely empty.
Do they think that boys are born weighing over 20 lbs? Do they think that boys wear girls' clothes for the first year of their lives? Do they think that their customers only have girl babies? Obviously, if you look at what people are buying, there is a demand for baby boy clothes! There are baby boy clothes on their websites, so I know they make them and sell them. Why do they not stock them? I hate them. I hate them all.
Old Navy stocks baby boy clothes. It's along my commute route. But, in order to stop by on my way home, I will be late picking Nate up from daycare, incurring a $5 per minute fine. Must.Get.Off.Early. Before Easter.

1 comment:

  1. So, things haven't changed much in 20 years! I remember the tons of cute girl clothes, and the one or two boy outfits, in all of Walmart/Target wherever. We would also get second-hand clothes for our boys from friends, but so many of them had real zippers and snaps. I kept them, and felt guilty that I never seemed to be anxious to put these on the guys. Spending forever fighting with a snap on my 9-month old's wasn't my idea of a good time.