Saturday, January 28, 2006

Baby Clothes with Attitude and Spunk

By Christina VanGinkel

Finding baby clothes that both fit, are adorable, and that stand out from the crowd is easily accomplished if you take the time to shop some of the Internet stores that cater to a style of baby clothes that is a bit different from the norm. I was looking for a gift for a friend's newborn that was a bit above the average pastel colored or neutral patterns so often common with newborn clothing. Her son had been through a difficult time after birth, but was finally headed home from the hospital with a clean bill of health. The word amongst family and friends from day one was that he had spunk and attitude, and that is why he had made such a remarkable recovery from his unsettling beginning. I wanted to give her a gift for him that would speak volumes about that very attitude and spunk. So, with a small bit of trepidation, I sat down in front of my computer to do some browsing, as I had already been around to every single local store and had found nothing along the lines of what I wanted.

What I found was astonishing actually, as I found several items that were exactly along the lines of what I was thinking of. The first items I found had me laughing, so I knew they were perfect, exactly the type of things I was looking for. A black onesie from the Rebel Ink Baby site, proclaiming across the front of it in white print 'Party Tonight, My Crib, 3 AM', and another one that proclaimed just as loudly, 'I'm too sexy for my diaper'. Either one of these would surely lighten the parent's mood when they were dressing him in either one of those.

At Old Navy.com, I found the cutest little pair of jeans that came in a six-month size, a bit bigger than I was shopping for, but in their work worn finish, they were absolutely adorable, and so I bookmarked them as a possibility. Nothing else at Old Navy really caught my attention, so I decided to look elsewhere.

My next stop was the Baby Style site, and I instantly discovered a newborn sized classic red union suit. Some might think it a bit Christmassy looking, but it reminded me more of the outdoor wear that so many of the loggers in our area wear, after chuckling a bit more, and realizing that my friend would have the same opinion of it as I did, I not only bookmarked it to show my husband later, I ordered it. I also found at this same site, several long sleeved thermal shirts, that although a bit plainer styled than what I had originally been shopping for, I knew he would wear. I ended up adding a couple of those to the order too, as they not only looked scrumptiously warm, I remember my friend had mentioned that finding long sleeved shirts to fit him, as tiny as he was, was a bit hard, and these came in a true newborn size. I also could not resist a tiny newborn tee that proclaimed 'My Dad Rocks' in a classic gray. Then, when I though my order was finished, I found what I proclaimed to be the coup de grace of the complete order. A black and white striped, cotton, one piece body suit, with long sleeves, reminiscent of something you might see a jailbird wearing in an old black and white film, and across the front of it the words 'Sleep Thief'! The description stated that it was reminiscent of what is currently popular for British tots. Popular there, and sure to be a big hit here, as the styling was comfortable, and anyone seeing baby in it was sure to be soon wearing a big grin.

I never did order the first onesies I came across, finding the merchandise from Baby Style much more to my liking. The jeans from Old Navy, though I did not order them right away, I still plan too. I thought they were as cute as could be, and growing as he is, he will soon be able to fit into a six-month size with ease.

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