I've recently become aware of a backlash to my efforts. Well, not specifically to my efforts, but to the efforts of everyone designing, making and selling gender neutral baby stuff. Well, not specifically to all gender neutral baby stuff, but to gender neutral baby clothes. People are seriously boycotting unisex baby clothing. Have you noticed this? Is this a new trend or am I just newly aware of it?
These cutie sleepers are by Hanna Anderson
Lately, when I attend a baby shower for a gender unknown baby, I notice guests gifting the mom-to-be with gender specific outfits. These clothing gifts include one outfit if the baby turns out to be a boy and one outfit if the baby turns out to be a girl. Something blue and something pink. Yellow is out of the mix entirely.
On one hand, the gift giver is getting the mom-to-be baby clothes, which is great because most people avoid gifting clothing for gender unknown babies. It's also a positive if you think, like most, that gender specific baby clothes are way more adorable than the unisex comparables. On the other hand, the mom-to-be will eventually have to return one of the outfits. Returning any gift is not ideal, both because you're disposing of a carefully considered item and because it's a pain (receipts, getting to the store, picking out something new, etc.). The latter must be especially annoying when one is caring for an infant...for the first time.
Target is notoriously bad with baby shower exchanges (FYI)
What are your thoughts on this trend? Have you participated in it? Are you a mom who received gifts in line with this trend?