How many times have you come across an expectant couple that has decided to keep the sex of their unborn child a secret? Maybe you're one of those families, or maybe you're going to be buying a gift for a family in this exact situation.
On the other hand, maybe you have a husband - like mine - that's just sick of pink and blue. When we found out we were having another girl, my husband was pretty adamant that we not have another closet filled with pink. I, on the other hand, didn't want to see her dressed like a boy, either. So we had to compromise. Of course, naturally, we started shopping for unisex baby clothes.
At first, I was a little dismayed at the thought of shopping in this way. In my mind, gender neutral clothes were boring . . . almost a down-right dirty word. A line of clothes filled with tan and white color schemes with a hint of green and yellow thrown in to spice things up. But what I found out is that, in reality, there are some cute unisex baby clothes available and they end up being a better deal. Here's why you should never be intimidated - or turned off - by unisex baby clothes.
They Have a Longer Shelf Life
Meaning, gender-neutral clothes are perfect for second and third children, , baby clothes swaps, and consignment. Without the distinguishing "girl" or "boy" colors, unisex clothes are perfect for children you may have down the road or for your friend's baby who might be a different gender than your own bundle of joy. Buying gender-neutral upfront ensures you'll be able to use them again and again.
They Have a Higher Resale Value
At first, this might seem a little surprising. But when I surveyed a host of consignment stores, I was told over and over again that gender-neutral clothes have a higher value when it comes time for parents to sell them. Why? Because consignment stores are often overloaded with the more traditional gender-specific clothes so the consignment stores often have to pass on them when they come in for resale.
They are Often Less Expensive at Consignment Shops
Even though consignment shops have more boy and girl clothing, and although they often pay more to get unisex baby clothes in the door, they also frequently price these clothes at a lower price-point than gender-specific clothes. For example, at my local consignment shop, I picked up three pairs of baby pajamas, all by the same brand, and all the same size; the boy and girl pajamas were priced 25% more than the gender-neutral baby clothes.
Overall, gender-neutral clothes are a smart choice, both for your own baby's closet as well as to give as gifts. And with all the cute options out there, you shouldn't have any trouble finding clothes that also meet your stylish sensibilities.