Boy = Blue = Shopping

Boy = blue.  It also equals shopping, at least when you first find out.  When we left the doctor’s office, we called our family with the good news, and an hour later – Mom and I were at the stores.  Having not paid much attention to little boy clothes before now, I was anxious to get started.  I’m not a huge fan of the cutesie prints full of plane, cars, or animals, so I was a little curious to see what was available.

I needn’t have worried.  Granted, if you’re looking for animals or transportation vehicles, you won’t be disappointed, but I was pleased to find that there were plenty of styles from which to choose.  I also realized that little boy clothes are every bit as cute as little girls.  (Okay, maybe not as cute, but definitely in the same ball park.  There’s still something about little dresses that melt my heart.)

We went to TJ Maxx because we’re always looking for deals.  I didn’t want to go nuts since it was our first shopping trip, but I did want a few items.  We ended up with four outfits.  The first one is this adorable outfit that we had to get because it says “fishing” on it.  (No, I do not moonlight as a fisherman, but my step-dad loves it and I figure since he can handle the whole worm-on-a-hook thing, he can teach our son.  While wearing the outfit of course.)  Plus it came with a matching cap.  

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But the one that I had to, I mean HAD to get, was this next one.  

In this picture I am checking it out, thinking, “hmm… cute, soft, cuddly, lacking in animals, definitely a possibility.”   (Ignore the double chin if you can; a side-effect of pregnancy.)

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I held it up for mom to see.

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And then I unzipped it and guess what I found?

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Motorcycle Club.  Seriously, how could I not get it?  The CPA would be so proud.  

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Mom was helping me in this whole shopping process too, and she picked out some great choices.

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Like this little set of night clothes that she bought for the baby to wear during his first few months.  It comes with a couple of onesies, a pair of adorable booties, and one of those great zipper-up things to keep him nice and toasty.  Helpful since he will be born during the cold winter months.  

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She also bought this outfit, my which is my absolute favorite.  

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How cute is that?  Love the little distressed jeans and the cardigan.  He’s going to be the preppiest newborn on the street!

Outfits weren’t the only thing that we bought – we also picked up a couple of extras that were just too cute to pass up.  Like this teaching elephant toy by Gund.  

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And this book about dogs which includes cool features like a wagging tail and fuzzy “fur” that kids can touch.

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All-in-all, we didn’t do too bad at TJ Maxx.  They have great prices (the Gund elephant cost $8.00 vs. $36.00 at Dilliard’s).  But we wanted to see what else was available.  Since we were meeting my sister for lunch in Georgetown, we decided to head towards one of their baby boutiques called Dawn Price Baby.  

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They had everything from outfits to toys to strollers to shoes.  

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Then there was the ever useful Pee-pee Teepee

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It’s too bad they were out-of-stock or I would have bought one.  I’m guessing it’ll come in handy.

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We didn’t come away from the boutique empty-handed  - mom bought this book: The Little Engine That Could.  It will be a great addition to his growing collection and I know he will enjoy having it read to him for years to come.  

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It was the perfect end to a perfect day.  We didn’t get too much because we still have a ways to go (20 weeks and counting), but it was nice to be able to pick up a few things specifically for our little boy.  Now I can hardly wait to see them on him!

When did you (would you) go shopping for your new baby?  What items did you (would you) buy?

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Julie - September 18, 2009 - 4:24 am

fyi, I’ve been working in daycare and a toddler and infant teacher for awhile. I’ve never been peed on while changing a boy’s diaper. Of course, now that I’ve said that it will happen today. :)

joy - September 18, 2009 - 4:49 am

We did a lot of our shopping right before Chris was born and right after! Yes, we had lot of outfits but when we got down to the nitty gritty (right after he was born), we realized we needed certain things. 1)Onesies – get a lot of the plain ones! You’ll be changing the baby a lot and these are the most easiest to dress and undress the baby. We couldn’t believe the amount of onesies we used. 2)Burp cloths – again, we used a lot of these. We simply purchased the old-fashioned diaper ones that come 12 per a package. Our son would spit up quite a bit and these were a lifesaver for our clothes. Plus they are big as opposed to the cute ones which are much smaller. 3)Forgo Dreft and use any kind of clear,non perfume detergent. We used All Free & Clear. Saves you money especially since you’ll be doing a lot of laundry! We did lots of laundry in the early days. 4)Get extra mattress pad covers, fitted crib sheets and changing table covers. Again, the baby will be soiling these regularly so having extra is helpful.

Of course I’ve forgotten a lot since Chris was born but since #2 is almost here, this was a good way to revisit those first few weeks. We never used those Pee-Pee Teepee. Simply cover him with an extra burp cloth or wipe. I think we may have gotten peed on two or three times at the most with Chris. More funny than anything else.

Have fun shopping for all kinds of stuff! :)

Eryn - September 18, 2009 - 5:09 am

Kohl’s clearance!!!! Best place to get baby clothes. Also, once a season Old Navy does 50% off their clearance and you can get some awesome deals!

A word of advice on the peepee teepees: not worth it! It’s much easier to just use a wash cloth or the used diaper to block the potential flow :) .

Sarah L - September 18, 2009 - 5:10 am

I couldn’t resist baby clothes when I first found out I was pregnant. Old Navy has the most adorable clothes for girls and boys so when they were on clearance (plus an extra 50% off) I would buy a couple of each. Friday after we found out we are having a girl, my husband, mother in law and I went shopping immediately! First was paint for the nursery (pink and brown) and then to Target!
I think the pee pee teepees are hilarious! And I love that you’re already starting a book collection for him…what a great idea! Love the outfits too!

Joanna - September 18, 2009 - 5:22 am

My kids lived in the side button shirts and sleepsacks the first month after they were born! They made diaper changes SO easy … just unzip the sack, change them and zip it right back up. No snaps or buttons and you don’t have to pull the shirts over a ginormous head that is balanced on this little matchstick of a neck. Huge bonus for a nervous first time mom :)

Lots of swaddling blankets. Most babies love to be swaddled and these get peed and pooped on and just plain grungy fast. Although, you do get a lot of these for gifts …

I second (or third) the need for a TON of burp cloths. And save the cutesy ones for when you’re out and about. At home just have a stack of plain, white ones. You’ll go through them fast, fast, fast.

Gosh, it’s amazing what you forget in eighteen months. I can’t remember anything else.

Kristy - September 18, 2009 - 5:26 am

With Kate (our oldest), we went shopping for a few things the day we found out gender too. It was so fun. With the last two being surprises, we’ve waited until a month and a half or so before the due date and just picked up a few things to have (or return). I have several things that are gender neutral (Kate was supposed to be a surprise too), so we have those things, plus all the loads of pinks and purples that we have left from the gifts we were given. People love to give clothes!

We also bought our own travel system and furniture for the nursery. We registered for most of the other necessities and niceties the first time around and just bought the rest of what we needed after the showers were over.

admin - September 18, 2009 - 5:26 am

AWESOME tips! Seriously, this is stuff I never knew. I’ve been thinking of only cute outfits and fun toys so it’s good to know what I will really need to buy. :)

Genevieve - September 18, 2009 - 5:41 am

I had the hardest time finding something cute for Aaron that didn’t have a big number or dinosaur etc. on it. I finally found a nice outfit in a taupe color that I liked. It was three piece with a hat, cute and not ARGH! BOY!, you know what I mean? Then I got it home and it had a big bear face on the bum. Ugh! Why do manufacturers think boys clothes have to be tough?

Aaron was a big upchucker so he needed a ton of burp clothes, bibs, and onesies. He lived in onesies for the first year of his life. We look back at pictures and the kid never made it out of them. He looked like a little orphan boy. Poor kid!

Amber - September 18, 2009 - 5:52 am

I never did (and still haven’t) go baby shopping. She is 6 months old and we were given soooo much stuff at showers and hand-me-downs from cousins that I haven’t had to buy a single thing for her. So my advice is wait. The kid will have so many clothes given to him that you won’t need to buy very much.

Ambulance Mommy - September 18, 2009 - 6:46 am

you don’t really need to buy the pee pee tepee. just throw a face cloth on there! you need faceclothes for just abotu everything….especially when they get a bit older, and start eating food. they are totally washable, bleachable, and versitile. Those are the things you are going for wtih baby stuff!! :)

But I agree on the holding off on more shopping if you can bear it. (Hard, I KNOW!!!) because people are going to want to get you something, and everyone loves baby clothes!! if you have friends with kids, they will probably be nice and get you bigger clothes that you will need to store a bit until he grows into them.

remember, when you are buying sizes, think about going for the 3-6 month size for a newborn, because you don’t know how big he will be. ours worn the newborn size for about a week, and then grew out of them. Glad we didn’t have a lot of those things!!!!

just make sure you have at least 3 or more sets of mattress pads and sheets for the crib. one neat trick is to put a mattress pad down, then put a sheet over it, then another mattress pad and sheet combo on top. the mattress pads are waterproof, so when he pukes, pees or poops in the crib (which he will…many many times) you can just pull off the top layer in the middle of the night, and presto! the bed is ready again. you can go add another layer during the day when you are slightly more conscious. :)

It’s fun to shop for baby stuff, but don’t forget you!!! Lots of loose comfy clothes for post partum is the way to go. My FAVORITE shower gift was a pair of swanky pj’s that i could wear all day, and people could come over and see me in them, and meet the baby, and i wasn’t embarrased about being in PJ’s, cause they looked so nice. OH, and get a waterproof mattress pad for your bed. because if your water breaks when you are in bed, you are NOT going to want to deal with the hassle of getting a new mattress when you just gave birth. (this did not happen to me, thankfully!)

Briony - September 18, 2009 - 7:12 am

looks like such a great time. i love the preppy outfit :)

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com - September 18, 2009 - 7:36 am

Charlotte’s whole wardrobe is hand-me-downs or gifts, so we didn’t really go out shopping for her. We’re big fans of waste not, want not, so even though I would LOVE to buy cute little dresses, we’re holding off until she grows out of the hand-me-downs we have. Which, from the looks of it, means that I won’t be shopping for her until she’s two. Sigh.

Don’t forget to go shopping for yourself, too. You might want to wear some of your maternity clothes postpartum, but trust me, you won’t want anything even remotely tight or form-fitting for a few weeks, and in my case that meant that a huge chunk of my pregnant closet was vetoed. And you bleed so much and feel so huge and tired that you really don’t want to go shopping after the baby is born – unless it’s for the munchkin of course! =)

Congratulations again! I’m so excited for you guys. I think little boy clothes are too adorable for words!

Mindee@ourfrontdoor - September 18, 2009 - 7:39 am

I never did find out what I was having so shopping was limited to gender-neutrals and equipment. I love the puffy vest/motorcycle ensemble. Too cute!

Jill - September 18, 2009 - 8:05 am

Well I’ve never been pregnant, so I haven’t done this before, but I’m guessing when the time comes I’ll have a hard time NOT shopping!! I love to shop and even better when it is cute little baby clothes!

erin - September 18, 2009 - 8:05 am

Oh, I love the motorcycle onesie!

We did not shop for The Kiddo with the exception of her crib and bedding. Everything else was gifts. My mom garage-sale’d pretty much everything including our travel system (hand-me-down from a friend, which I have since heard is a big no-no) and tons of little clothes. Also we got tons of clothes at our shower. And yes, don’t forget bigger sizes of clothes, like for the first year. At our shower, everyone gave us 3 month sizes. We had 42 3-mo onesies. Not even kidding. And they really do grow so fast that even though I try to rotate everything, there are still things that have gone into the outgrown box that she never wore.

I’ve heard Peepee Teepees are too light to do any good. Apparently if you’re concerned and don’t want to use a wash cloth, there is a plastic “helmet” you can use that works because it has a little more weight to it. Not heavy, but enough.

I also agree, don’t forget about you! I think I mentioned before the nursing camisoles which are such a godsend even now but especially when I was in the hospital. And a comfy robe – easy access for nursing, easy to cover up, but get a lightweight one so you don’t swelter in the house or the hospital.

So far the most useful things we got were burpies (lots of them), onesies, and a Fisher Price infant-to-toddler rocker. Burpies are awesome forever, I think. TK drools a ton now, but she also likes to play with them. I think maybe they feel nice.

Are you going to use cloth diapers?? (Please say yes!) :)

Sabrina - September 18, 2009 - 8:08 am

Oh the memories! :) I actually started buying neutral things way before I even got pregnant. Found lots of sleepers and onesies on clearance that way. We didn’t know what we were having the first time, the second time she told me it was a girl but I didn’t believe her. LOL

Every baby is different so you’ll probably have to see which diapers work best for you, for my son there was only one brand that didn’t leak. We went through SO many blankets and sleepers/gowns every day til we found the right diapers. Also, we found that having a wipe warmer saved alot of screaming for those middle of the night changes and during the winter.

We only got peed on a few times. You just learn to duck and cover it fast. LOL

It’s all so exciting! Treasure every moment!

erin - September 18, 2009 - 8:10 am

Oh and the travel system? I have to say, awesomely convenient. Unfortunately TK has already outgrown hers and we have to get a new convertible carseat (she’s too tall! oy) and I am not really looking forward to getting her in and out of the carseat every time we go somewhere or move the carseat around when DH and I switch cars (like in the olden days… you know, back 20 years ago) but while it lasts, the travel system is insanely wonderful.

Then again, you and the CPA are both so tall that you may not get much use out of a travel system either before your little man gets too tall for it.

Okay, that’s all, sorry. :)

DeLynn - September 18, 2009 - 8:57 am

What an exciting time!

We have four children–the oldest is 20 and the youngest is 10. Therefore I am not really up on the newest baby items. I do have a couple suggestions, though.

1. Gowns at night are wonderful for the baby (rather than something with feet). They facilitate quick diaper changes—easy in and out! We had 3 winter babies. We used the thin gowns at night as well as the blanket sleepers that are bags that first winter. Again, quick easy (and so adorable!!!).

2. Our first three were born when we lived in a cold winter climate. Even so, we never needed a heavy snowsuit for daily travel. We had a lightweight fleece sac thing—and actually often didn’t put on anything more than a hat–and then would just cover the whole car seat with a blanket while going in and out of the car/building. I think they get so uncomfortable and hot in those snowsuits—and don’t think they are necessary (unless, of course, you are going to be outside for some length of time).

3. Gymboree is another fun place to shop (and baby Gap). We loved one piece outfits–they stay so neat. I avoided the ones with feet as they are more difficult to fit correctly. My favorites were the ones with bands at the ankle and wrist–they stayed neater. We would just have the baby wear socks.

Have fun!!

Jessika - September 18, 2009 - 9:19 am

A friend of mine has the most stylish little boy. She’s ALWAYS complimented for how he dresses. Everythign from preppie to outdoorsman to Oregon fleece. Sweater vests! Adorable. And she got most everything at second-hand stores.

I was on the fence about it for a bit… second hand stores for my “only the best for this (future) baby”?? But when you think about it, they’re the best things to get at second-hand stores! REally… a baby is NOT going to wear the outfits all day every day. Plus, a lot of people get a lot of baby clothes, so they hardly have their kid in them before their child has outgrown it! And they do grow like weeds. So the clothing has HARDLY been worn! Really, it all looks brand new.

Just wash and wear.

Really. My friend’s child is so snazzy. And, when he messes something up really badly (I don’t know… spits up somethign that stains), it’s not a LOT of money out the door if you can’t get the stain out.

SO excited for you! And you look wonderful in the pictures.

Kristina P. - September 18, 2009 - 9:53 am

They do have some cuter boys clothes now, but it’s still tough to find a lot!

The Wife of Odie - September 18, 2009 - 10:00 am

Ah yes, that photo in Dawn Price Baby was right before the incident. Glad I could be reminded :)

Jenna @ Newlyweds - September 18, 2009 - 11:58 am

Oh baby shopping, fun fun fun. Its like you don’t have a clue whats out there until you get pregnant, though they don’t have nearly the amount of boy clothes like that do girl, but i will save that rant for a later date.

Love the outfits you picked out. But one thing I will suggest is getting the little long sleeve blanket sleepers so you can easily pull them up to change diapers. And I am sure you will get tons of clothes for your baby shower, it just so fun. Happy shopping!

the domestic fringe - September 18, 2009 - 2:29 pm

Those outfits are ADORABLE! I love baby shopping…so much fun.

On another (not related at all) topic, I read a book from the library this week and thought of you. I think you mentioned that you enjoy chic lit every now and again and I read a good one. It was definitely a chic flick in print…”The Wildwater Walking Club” by Claire Cook.

Have a happy weekend!
-FringeGirl

Robynn's Ravings - September 18, 2009 - 6:38 pm

After having a boy I can tell you the pee pee teepee WILL come in handy. Or else the Wee Willie Winky Wee Wee Umbrella! lol Looks like a GREAT day and it SO good to see you glowing and blossoming. :)

Heather @critter chronicles - September 18, 2009 - 6:38 pm

We waited to find out the sex with our second child, and when he was born I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find cute boy clothes. I was wrong – there are a ton out there. I found lots of polo shirts and khaki pants, and I love dressing him up to “look like Daddy”. I like shopping for him just as much as for my older daughter.

Also, re: peepee teepee… not necessary. My son peed during a diaper change all of twice, and he’s over two now. If you’re concerned about peeing while he’s naked, use a washcloth instead. You’ll probably get a ton as gifts, and they’re useful for washing, diaper changes, and we used them to cover him when giving our son a bath, too. I tend to go for items that have more than one use, because we don’t have a lot of storage space for extras in our house. I also combat peeing during diaper changes by putting a clean diaper under the dirty one, and once I’ve wiped/lotioned/powdered I wisk away the dirty one and fasten the clean one right on. It took some figuring out, but now my diaper changes – even the big stinky ones – take a minute or less.

You’ll get tons of opinions on what’s necessary and what’s not. And once he’s born and you start parenting, you’ll figure out your own “must haves” and “not necessaries”. But for me, the one item that has gotten more use than anything else was our baby monitors. We have one base unit in our kids’ room, and two receivers. We keep one in our bedroom and the other in the kitchen, and they’ve been in use every single day for the past almost six years. Ours weren’t expensive or digital, and they’ve made the move from Germany to two stateside houses, and now to Japan. I can’t live without mine. I never did a video monitor or a crib monitor because ours co-slept with us (unintentionally) for the first year, each.

Good luck!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is - September 18, 2009 - 6:51 pm

I can’t wait to do this someday. I’m sure it is such an exciting time!

Holly - September 18, 2009 - 9:07 pm

I don’t know if they have The Children’s Place near you, but they often have really good sales which I love! I love the style of their clothes…bright, colorful, stripey :)

Jana - September 19, 2009 - 10:27 am

Go to etsy for a pee-pee teepee. They have really cute ones!

Annemarie - September 19, 2009 - 11:56 am

You should sign your little man up for Dolly Parton’s book program, if it’s available in your area! If you sign up, he gets a new book every month until he’s 5! It’s a really cool thing. Here’s a link:

http://www.dollysimaginationlibrary.com/firsttime.php

Cari - September 19, 2009 - 2:19 pm

Pee Pee Tee pee is cute but like a lotta things not needed. I used a simple daiper wipe if I was worried about getting peed on (or 20 mo only peed on me a handful of times- in the newborn stage only..) so this worked.
FOr hospital bag I got tons of onesies and 2 cute going home outfits. You will def bring more than you need for that.
Best thing ever? SLEEPING GOWNS! They make them for boys. When you change a newborn in the wee hours it is nice to have easy access to diapers and just so smart. And they look sweet too like Sweepea’s outfit in Popeye!

Linda - September 20, 2009 - 12:50 am

I must agree with Joy on the cloth diapers used as burp cloths. They were a lifesaver. The small cute ones do nothing. I usually try to give those as shower gifts because I loved using them that much. :)

kriss - September 21, 2009 - 3:10 am

Ben was really the only child I got to shop for before he was born. When I found out he was coming, the first thing I did was head up to Marshalls and buy this brown and white silk minky blanket for him. Then up to Target to grab cowboy (I am from Texas so it was fitting) infant gowns I had seen while shopping for a friends babyshower. I was so excited to get to shop for my own baby. I also took an infant hat to an embroidery place to have the name we decided on embroidered on the hat.

I saw you took a picture of Robeeze shoes. I LOVE these shoes and they are wonderful because kids can’t kick them off. Target and Toys R Us have knock off versions but I found the leather to scuff faster with the knock offs. Since you went to a boutique I am sure they had Feltman Brothers clothing. Simply adorable and I bought every bubble suit and bobby suit I could afford. They are awesome for Easter. -kriss

Heidi - September 21, 2009 - 3:22 pm

I need to get Joe a Pee-pee teepee! TJ Maxx sells these? :)

Have I ever told you how much I LOVE the Maxx?

The dog book was a good buy. Your Paul Newman baby will no doubt fall in love with pugs and when he turns about five years old, you’ll be forced to get him one.

Ali @ Kent Chronicles - September 29, 2009 - 8:29 am

A BOY! How exciting! I loved dressing my little boys in little man suits!! I really enjoy having boys – I hope you’ll find it too – they just seem to gravitate towards Mom. My little Momma’s boys. The girls always gravitated more towards Dad, which is good too.

Enjoy picking out the clothes and fun toys!
And start saving now for all the future Lego purchases… That stuff just does NOT go on sale…

And forget the peepee teepee – just learn to change ‘em fast. Those things just always fell off ;) while they wiggled anyhow.

Yippee! Happy for you two!

Tabitha Blue - September 29, 2009 - 8:03 pm

Yay for baby boy shopping trips… you picked out some great finds!! I LOVE that elephant, adorable. And we’re getting the peepee teepees too!! We found them before when we had our daughter and didn’t need them (obviously) and are planning on having them around for this one!! Haha, so many fun things!!

:)

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