When I was pregnant and picking out which color stroller, car seat, high chair and other major baby gear to get, I opted for colors like green, black and white. This wasn’t because we didn’t know the gender of our soon-to-arrive little one.
Rather, it was because we hoped to have additional children, so even though we were having a girl, I wanted to make sure the gear I bought wasn’t gender specific, a frugal baby gear shopping strategy that is today’s hint.
While it can be tempting to buy a magenta stroller or a pink car seat for a girl, opting for gear in gender-neutral colors can save you from having to buy additional items for future children of the opposite gender, assuming, of course, that you wouldn’t want to cart a boy around in pink gear or a girl around in boyish blue designs.
This tip, which I write about in my first post as a contributor to The Frugal Shopper, a new U.S. News & World Report Money blog covering useful savings tips and strategies, doesn’t just work for baby gear purchases. It’s also useful to keep in mind when you’re purchasing baby clothes (think onesies and pajamas), nighttime accessories (think swaddles and sleep sacks), nursery décor, mealtime gear (such as sippy cups and plates) and toys (think Legos, dollhouses and play kitchens like this one), among other items.
In fact, as Alpha Consumer blogger Kimberly Palmer and Huff Post Parents have both pointed out, “gender-segregation starts early these days,” with everything from Legos to sippy cups coming in designs color-coded for the different genders.
When you plan to have more than one kid, however, going the neutral route can be a way to save money. And I’m not the first parent to point this out –moms who already have more than one kid suggest it as well.
Rachel over at Small Notebook, for instance, suggests going for gender-neutral colors for certain major baby gear purchases “to make it easier to use them for the next baby.” Elsewhere, Nadia Carriere of ChildMode.com, writes over at Giggle’s Gab blog about how she has always “been partial to the gender-neutral nursery” because by going for gender-neutral décor, “you don’t have to worry about redoing your nursery for each child.”
Similarly, April over at Holistic Homemaking, says to “go gender neutral when possible,” especially when it come to shoes, jackets, newborn clothing and car seats. Other parents who also are fans of this trick include Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas and moms chatting over at Baby Center and What to Expect. “I would definitely go with more gender neutral for the ‘big’ items,” writes one mom over at What to Expect.
To be sure, many parents want to get past the gender stereotypes that pink is for girls and blue is for boys, so if you fall into that territory, you may not care about outfitting a boy in a girlish design and vice versa.
In addition, as I write at The Frugal Shopper blog, you probably won’t want to reuse all of your first baby’s gear anyway, especially if you wait a long time between having kids. There’s also always the chance that you may not have any additional kids.
So, going gender-neutral the first time around may not be so important to all parents.
Still, by opting for gender-neutral gear from the get go, and by following two other baby gear shopping tips I write about over at The Frugal Shopper, you’re at least giving yourself the option to save money. Read the full post over at The Frugal Shopper.
What are your thoughts on going for gear in gender-neutral colors? Yea or nay? What are your tips for buying gear from the get go that can last as your family grows?