These Parents Had the Best Response Ever to “You Should Dress Your Baby More Like a Girl”

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Photo: Steve Rold

I think we can all agree that getting out the door in the morning with kids is TOUGH, right? I remember when my youngest son was a newborn and I was hustling my daughter out the door to preschool, he would blow out his diaper three minutes before it was time to leave on a very consistent basis. It’s enough to make a parent CRAZY! Half the time I’d just be grateful he had clothes on, even if it was just pajamas. Sometimes you’re just too harried to think about what you dress your baby in — and as long as it’s clothing of a sort, you’re all good.

Unless that is, like Steve and Jessica Rold, your baby’s day care staff have opinions on what he or she should be wearing. LOL! After a comment from a day care worker along the lines of “you should dress your baby more like a girl,” the Rolds took to Reddit to share their best response EVER. But before I show you their response, I want to make it clear that the Rolds LOVE their day care—they were really just trying to be funny!

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“It’s an absolutely amazing daycare,” Steve Rold told Bored Panda. “They focus on early education and outdoor play. We both feel like we’re extremely lucky to have our kid in that kind of place.”

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let me tell you a little bit more about the Rolds. Like many parents today, Steve and Jessica wanted their child’s gender to be a surprise. Though they’re perfectly happy to let her be girly if she wants to, the true reason why she doesn’t have a lot of girl clothes has little to do with any desire on their part to raise their children gender neutral.

Rather, Steve says, it’s just practicality.

“As a parent, you really have to pick what your priorities are and where you’re dedicating your energy and resources to,” he says. “If you have the time, money, and inclination to dress your daughter or son in ribbons and bows and that makes you and them happy by all means go for it. It’s just not on our radar at this exact moment.”

“We didn’t bother to find out the genders of our children ahead of time so most of what my daughter wears at the moment are hand-downs we bought before we knew our son was even going to be a boy, all pretty gender neutral.”

So what did Steve and Jessica do in response to the suggestion that they should dress their daughter in a more girly wardrobe? Well, THIS:

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Steve Rold/Reddit

Great job, guys! After all, boys don’t wear tights!! LOL.

Seriously, this totally cracked me up. But again, I want to state that the Rolds were just trying to be funny. They love their day care and mean no ill will at all. They also don’t think the worker’s comment was meant to be anything but helpful. “Whether it’s a cultural or a generational thing, we completely understand that they were just trying to be helpful,” Steve reiterated.

When my daughter was little, I loved to dress her in dresses and pretty things, but she also did wear a lot of blue because frankly, she looked gorgeous in it! She had a ton of hair and just looked really feminine for an infant, so I never got any pushback. The bottom line is, if you’re the parent, you get to choose how you dress your baby, and as long as they are in clothes that are weather-appropriate, comfortable, and fit well, I think you’re doing a-ok.

Even if it’s pajamas in the day time.

How did you choose to dress your baby? Did you go for more gender neutral styles, or just use whatever was on hand? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and the editor of For Every Mom. You can email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter.