A mother has been slammed by the internet for dressing her son in designer clothes and wondering why her friends “always have something to say about it”.
In a post shared on Mumsnet last Friday, the mother, who goes by the username Fattyandconfused, explained that her partner has always been obsessed with designer clothes, and she knew, when she got pregnant she was going to have a “very well dressed little boy.”
The woman explained that her 12-week-old son has several high-end clothing items, some of which are new, some were handed down and some were purchased at second-hand and charity shops.
The post which has so far received 513 comments read: “But for some reason, my friends always have something to say about it. Always the ‘you have more money than sense’ or ‘he’s a baby you are ridiculous’ or ‘oh god’ followed by eye rolls or bringing other people over, ‘look what DS name is wearing now’.”
Further down in the post she explained that she doesn’t see this as a waste of money and that a real waste of money would be spending money on drugs or alcohol. She also added that she was not bothered by what people think of her son’s clothes, but she was just looking for a way to make them stop commenting.
The global revenue for the baby clothes industry amounts to US$41.66bn in 2022, and in global comparison, most revenue is generated in the United States, US$7,400.00m in 2022.
The second biggest revenue is reached by China with 5,953.00, followed by India with 5,213.00, the United Kingdom with 1,936.00 and Italy with 1,526.00. The average price per unit in 2022 is 3.89 but it’s expected to rise to 4,06 by 2026.
Most users ignored her last line and gave their personal opinion on designer baby clothes. One user said: “You are confusing wasting money on putting a baby into a particular item of clothing because of its brand name with this though. Of course we all want “the best” for our dc, but ‘wearing designer gear’ isn’t what most of the population think of when talking about ‘the best’ for their dc.”
While another user commented: “Hmm. Let’s hope you don’t end up with a very entitled and arrogant adult at the end of this.”
A third said: “I wouldn’t even notice the brand of clothes a 12-week-old baby was wearing, are they commenting out of the blue, or are you telling them? I actually think it’s a bit odd that they’d notice unless all his clothes are plastered in Gucci logos or something?”
However, other users rushed in favor of the mother, with one saying: “Enjoy your baby OP, next time your ‘friends’ comment ask them why they are so obsessed with your child’s outfits as their comments are getting a bit repetitive.
“Generally [Mumsnet] population think people should only buy second-hand clothes and toys as ‘it is good for [the] environment’ so you are probably going to get some comments along these lines. It is entirely irrelevant what other people think, you should ignore them.”
A spokesperson at Cute Rascals, a baby clothes store, posted on a blog titled “The Power Of Clothes To Affect Emotions And Attitudes In Kids”, saying: “Your kids are just as affected by the clothes they wear as you are. Some kids are easily annoyed by the snug elastic ribbing of socks. They’ll do everything they can to tear off the snug parts. Others love to wear tights and form-fitted clothes. Yet other kids will hold on to their favorite Little Mermaid t-shirt long past its lifespan, and morning dressing rituals will involve tantrums and stubbornness.
“Rather than enforcing certain types of clothing on your kids, you could listen to their choices. Having knowledge about what science tells us about the power of clothes can be helpful to understanding these choices.”
Dr. Samantha Boardman, a New York based “positive psychiatrist” wrote on her blog: “What you wear can affect how you feel. Consider how vulnerable you feel in a hospital gown. Compare that to how empowered you feel in a power suit or in a great dress. Studies show that clothing can influence your posture, body language, motivation, and even mood. The right outfit can enhance creativity, focus, and negotiation skills.
“When I was a little girl, I loved playing dress-up. It didn’t take much. A red napkin magically became a superhero’s cape, and I became Wonder Woman. A red, white, and blue leotard transformed me into Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton. Green scrubs and a plastic stethoscope turned me into a surgeon. I especially loved stomping around in my mother’s high heels, and it wasn’t just because of the extra height—they gave me attitude. When I was wearing those shoes, I felt powerful and my older sister felt just a little less intimidating.”
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