And, going hand in hand with my philosophy spending next to nothing on my daughter wardrobe, I do have several pet peeves when it comes to dressing toddlers. It drives me up a wall that people thinks it cute if a toddlers shirt is too short and their belly is hanging out for all the world's viewing pleasure. Trust me, it's not. Also, I understand that it has been extremely hot and humid this summer - but, please, please put some cloths on your baby when you bring s/he out in public. A simple dress or t-shirt & shorts will suffice. And, don't give me the excuse that your child can't wear nice, well fitting clothing because they grow quickly. As I have explained in the previous paragraph, if you shop the sales and consignment stores, you can always have great looking clothing that properly fits your child.
Which brings me to character clothing. No. Not in this house and NOT on my daughter. My daughter is not going to be free advertising for your crappy show that drives me nuts. And, this hatred of character clothing applies to shirts, pants, shorts, socks, panties, jammies and hair accessories. Needless to say, I have dealt with many a meltdown, in a store, because I refused to buy Disney Princess panties or Dora jammies.
And lastly, shoes. Madaline spends most of the summer barefoot and wears flip flops when necessary. When the fall weather takes over, I usually pick her up a new pair of black and brown Mary Jane's or T-strap type shoes for fall/winter. But these things? These monstrosities that my mother bought my daughter for her birthday? Just thinking about them makes me cringe and the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. And, I should have known something was up, as my mother's face lit up with Cheshire grin a mile wide when she handed Mads a small square box. "Now...Heather...you have to let her wear these" - "These are to replace the princess shoes that seem to have disappeared" - "I bought them for her because it is totally the opposite of something you would buy for her" - "She's going to love them" - "Aren't they the cutest?"