Ever since finding out last week (on my birthday!) that we’re having a baby girl, I have not stopped feeling completely elated—or stopped the shopping spree that started virtually immediately. This little girl will be the first in my husband’s family after three generations—as well as our third and final child. As such, she’s hotly anticipated (just 19 more weeks to go!) and, um, deserves to be welcomed with a closet and dresser full of clothes… right?
The day after the ultrasound, I climbed my pregnant self up into our attic and started pulling down boxes of our sons’ baby clothes. As it turns out, I had some up there… and others stashed in various closets after lending them out to friends who’ve had boys in the past couple of years. I didn’t realize just how much baby stuff I had until I had it all gathered in my living room, but it was kind of embarrassing. Our new au pair helped me sort through everything during naptime, and I was kind of amazed by how tiny the pile of gender-neutral stuff was. Like, four-onesies-and-a-single-infant-gown tiny. Basically everything else was dark blue with slogans like “Daddy’s Lil’ Slugger.” Ugh. Anyhoo, we bagged up everything else for donation, and I filled the rest of the newborn clothing box with my nursing tops (I’ll need them at the same time, right?).
Since then, I have not been able to control myself when it comes to shopping for this baby. I mean, this is my third child, so it’s not like we’re having a shower where we’ll get loaded down with clothes. And my mom is deceased, and our relationship with my husband’s family is complicated, so it’s not like grandparents will be sending loads of baby girl stuff either. And finally, most of my friends who have daughters had them when I had my first son, so their baby stuff is long gone by now… meaning that I have to shop for her—I mean, it’s basically my duty to do so as her mother. So, I’ve been hitting end-of-the-season online sales like a crazy lady, buying all kinds of ridiculously cute sundresses for next summer from Polarn O. Pyret and Janie & Jack—brands I love but would just can’t bring myself to pay full-price for after just having left my full-time job. Hanna Andersson and Boden have been another two faves of mine for my boys, and I’m sure I’ll find some stuff for this baby there eventually (although there was little in the way of sale stuff by the time I finally knew she was a girl). I found some super-cute Ralph Lauren rompers and Trumpette socks from the local T.J. Maxx and some sweet organic basics on sale at Diapers.com… as well as some drool-worthy dresses from Right Bank Babies on Zulily. And I’m far from done—I mean, we’re starting from basically nothing, right? I couldn’t have a better excuse to shop!
So, readers, I need your help. As a mom of boys, I know which brands for them don’t make me want to throw up—but I need help knowing which brands rock for girls. I don’t want to cover her in anything that says “Mommy’s Little Cupcake” or “Daddy’s Little Princess.” I like classic, preppy, stripes, nautical (not all together)… no animal prints or, I dunno, ugly stuff. Which brands do you love for your daughters? Which online shops are your go-to sites for your little girls? Which flash sale sites are your faves? Which Etsy stores do you love? (I’m already drooling over gorgeous girly burp cloths there…) Educate me in the comments!