Why Pink for Girls and Blue for Boys?

These days it is common practice to dress baby girls in the colour pink and baby boys in blue, but throughout history this has not always been the case.

There are many theories behind the colour/gender combination but if we look into our past we find that it is a pretty recent thing.

In days gone by, most babies wore simple white cotton dresses and garments as they were easily cleaned and could be passed from one child to the next regardless of gender.

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Children used to be dressed in plain clothes. Public Domain Photo (Wiki Commons)

When did Things Change?

During the early 1940’s manufacturers had decided that a change was needed. It was then that pink became the colour for girls and blue for boys.

Many fashionable families followed this decision and over the following years it became widely acceptable across the globe that these were the colours our babies should be wearing.

As with most fashion statements what starts with the elite eventually filters down through the classes and can become the ‘norm’ in everyday life.

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Baby girl dressed in pink. Public Domain Photo (Pixabay)

Baby fashion has changed many times over the years and advances in the materials used and manufacturing processes mean we have more choice than ever today.

Even when buying baby gifts we still see many babies in blue or pink although ultimately we can choose what our babies wear.

(Personally I love nothing more than dressing my baby girl in pink from head to toe!)

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Baby boy in blue. Public Domain photo (Pixabay)

To be honest our babies don’t care what colour they wear, and many children don’t have an opinion on good or bad ‘colours’ unless it is pointed out to them as they grow older.

The trend for blue baby gifts for boys continues as does the opposite, pink baby gifts for girls. As so many people associate the colours with one sex or the other, it is an easy way to let the world know you have a new baby girl or baby boy.

Buying Baby Gifts

We all love to shower babies and young children with gifts, something they can grow up with and cherish when they are older. So take a look at some of my suggestions from Angel Gifts of what you could buy for that precious new arrival or extra special present.

Baby Boy Gifts

Our very own Boy’s Blue Door Stop Teddy Bear – A classic gift from the lovely Juliana range.

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Or for something a little more neutral you could go for this delightful Button Corner Photo Frame “My First Year” where you can make a permanent record of baby’s first year.

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Other great gifts for baby boys are mementoes and keepsakes that they can look upon in later life. Popular gifts are money boxes, teddy bears or even football strips.

Baby Girl Gifts

Take a look at this pretty Baby Girl Photo Frame by Laura Darrington, perfect for a little princess. This design has unfortunately been discontinued so get yours before they all go. (Currently 3 left in stock). It comes in a beautiful matching gift box.

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Always a popular choice is our Pink Bear with Blanket by Button Corner, cute and cuddly just like a baby.

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Little girls and even baby girls can be gifted jewellery, trinket boxes, beautiful memory books or in some cases pretty clothing or accessories.

The Story of the Teddy Bear

Every baby needs at least one teddy bear. Bears are very traditional gifts and someone usually buys a new baby in the family a bear (or two, or three…)

Teddies make the perfect baby gift because they suit a boy or a girl, they’re soft, cuddly, safe and are always fun to play with.

Have you ever wondered though who invented teddy bears? Where did they come from?

Here’s a little story about a very famous bear…

(and no I’m not going to tell you the introduction to Super Ted, although that is a good story too).

On 14th November in 1902, Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th President of the United States) was on a bear hunt in Mississippi. Roosevelt found a wounded young bear. To stop the bear suffering any further he ordered the bear be killed.

The Washington Post heard about what had happened on the bear hunt and printed a cartoon of the incident drawn by a political cartoonist called Clifford K. Berryman.

The cartoon was given the title “Drawing the line in Mississippi.”

In the first cartoon sketch Berryman drew the bear looking fierce, because it had actually killed a hunting dog which led to it becoming wounded. He later redrew it as a cute and cuddly bear.

The cartoon and story became hugely popular.

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 Cartoon by Clifford Berryman, published in Washington Post, 1902.

Morris Michton

Morris Michton saw the cartoon and decided to make the bear into a toy.

He made a bear and put it in his window with a sign next to it saying “Teddy’s bear” – Teddy being short for Theodore Roosevelt. Michton’s bears became a big success.

The Steiff Firm

But the story doesn’t end there. Whilst this was going on, the Steiff firm in Germany  had created their own stuffed bear and were completely unaware of Michton’s Teddy Roosevelt teddy bear. It is thought both creators had no idea about the other’s bears due to such poor methods of communication between countries at that time.

Modern Teddy Bears

The first teddy bears looked like real bears with long noses and beady eyes. Later versions became the cute and cuddly bears we see today, as well as being much softer (and safer).

There are all types of bears you can buy. Big ones, small ones, every colour you can think of. You will never have any trouble finding a teddy bear as a baby gift.

There is even “build a bear” company which lets you design how you want your teddy to look (I love this idea).

Here at Angel Gifts we have several different teddy bears for baby to choose from.

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Seeing as I mentioned Super Ted earlier – here’s that intro!

What about you? Have you got an old teddy bear from your childhood you still treasure?

In Keeping With Tradition

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Gift giving has been used for thousands of years as a way of celebrating a special occasion and mark an important event in a persons life.Silver six pence for a christening gift

Christening gifts and baptism presents began as small items of monetary or material value that could be saved as an initial investment for a child’s future. A silver six pence could be the beginning of a nest-egg to help start the child in good financial stead and gain independence in later life.

Looking as far back as the Tudor period, there began a tradition of giving Apostle spoons as christening gifts. These are silver spoons with an image of one of Jesus’s twelve apostles (disciples) on the handle.  The particularly wealthy would give a baby an entire set of twelve apostle spoons, whilst those less well off would give four spoons such as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Silver apostle spoonAlternatively just one spoon would be given with the saint whose name the child had been given. This is thought to be where the phrase “born with a silver spoon in his mouth” originated. Whilst giving Apostle spoons is now less common – the giving of silver still remains.

Silver was a very valuChristening tankardable currency, therefore giving an item of silver was a convenient way of setting up a nest egg for a new baby. The Victorians changed the emphasis from gifts of purely financial nature to gifts of intrinsic nature and thus the gifting of sterling silver began.

Silver egg cups, silver rattles, silver teethers, silver napkin rings and silver cutlery appeared in considerable numbers during the Victorian era. The silver christening cup or silver tankard was an adaptation of an earlier tradition dating back to the drinking vessels of Northern Europe.

It is important to remember that you don’t have to give silver as a christening gift. Whatever Christening gift you choose, you are continuing a practice that has lasted many thousands of years.