During the course of our weekend errands, we thought it would be a good idea to pick up a couple more pairs of mittens for Lillian — the ones we had were okay, but it seemed like we were always misplacing them and ending up with mismatched pairs, and a few were starting to look worse for wear after being used all winter. So, we decided to grab some when we went into Babies R Us for a couple of things.
When we walked into the store, we were greeted by an interesting sight: rack after rack of sundresses and swimsuits. I joked about this a little as we were walking in — a bit early to have those out in February, wasn’t it? We went about our shopping, picking up the other supplies we needed, and then started looking for the mittens. Only, we couldn’t seem to find any.
After searching around the store for a bit, we finally decided to ask an employee about the mittens. But she apologized and informed us that they didn’t have any in stock. Because they were out of season.
For anyone who may be reading from a different region or hemisphere — here in Chicago, selling swimwear in February while claiming mittens are out of season seems to be getting it exactly backwards. They’re forecasting the temperature to be in the twenties for most of this week, and last year, we were still wearing light jackets well into the latter half of April. If we can start dressing Lillian in sundresses and swimsuits three months from now, I’ll consider it a lucky thing.
I guess that’s just the silly way the clothing industry works, though, and the episode was a reminder of how badly out of sync the fashion calendar is with the one the rest of the world uses.
To any current or former parents of babies or toddlers, how far in advance do/did you typically shop for your child’s clothing for the summer? Our experience with Lillian has been to buy clothes about a day in advance of when we expert her to start wearing it, but maybe we’re in the minority with that.