|Baby Snowsuit, John Lewis|
Baby clothes with ears evoke strong feelings in parents. They are either unbelievably cute (and every outfit should have them) or they are ridiculous, cruel and tantamount to child abuse.
One of my friends recently told me that she threw away anything she was given with ears as she was so repulsed by them, which struck me as incredibly ungrateful. I’ve not bought any myself, but we have been given a few bits and pieces with ears attached and they weren’t that offensive. Certainly not offensive enough to throw brand new clothes in the bin – there’s always Ebay, right?
|Leopard Print Sleepsuit, Debenhams|
I admit that some people do take it too far. Dressing babies up in â€œanimal sleepsuitsâ€ constantly does look a bit odd, and those ears and tails aren’t all that comfortable for sleeping babies. But cruel? Really?
|Sherpa Jacket with Ears, Gap|
There are so many things that we do which have much more effect on a child’s wellbeing than a few silly clothes. Beyond comfort, babies and young children don’t care much what they wear. Even if you dress your child with impeccable taste at all times, as a teenager they will still be embarrassed by the photos.
|Faux Fur Hat, M&S|
So if you’re not one of the ears brigade, fair enough. But please, please find a sense of proportion. Stop judging. New parenthood is hard work and sleep deprivation does funny things to your sense of humour.
If a pair of ears makes another mum smile, give her a break. Her child cares far more about seeing their mummy smile than about how ridiculous they look. And so should you.
Of course everyone has their own baby clothes nemesis…. Mine is the sparkly pink â€œPrincessâ€ slogan t-shirt. I would feel too guilty to actually throw it away of course. It just sits there in the drawer unworn and unloved until my daughter finally grows big enough to pack it away, or until I can regift it to someone who will appreciate it more.