On Learning to Like Pink and the Toddler Sparkle Gene

I have never been a big fan of the color pink or anything overtly “girly” (think princesses, sparkles, flowers, etc.). OK. I take that back. I was totally obsessed with these things from the ages of three to six when I insisted on wearing pink, sparkly cowgirl boots everywhere I went, and my role model was Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.” Perhaps that’s why I haven’t liked these things as an adult? Maybe I just I had too much of a good thing at the young age of three? Who knows, but whatever the case, when I found out I was having a little girl during my pregnancy, I promised myself one thing: No sparkles. No princesses. And absolutely NO PINK.

On Learning To Like Pink


Imagine if you will how challenging it would be to shop for baby girl clothing that isn’t pink? One look at the overwhelming amount of “little girl pink” in most children’s clothing stores will confirm this fact. But, I was determined and I made it pretty clear to friends and family who undoubtedly thought I was pretty high maintenance.

But now I am the mom of an 18-month-old who is quickly developing her own opinions, and I have come to realize that there is this undeniable “toddler sparkle gene” that starts to kick in. I actually think it happens for little boys too… toddlers are sort of like magpies who adore all things shiny. But, seriously… the “sparkle gene” seems to have kicked in, and when given the choice between pants or a dress, pink or a neutral, and sparkles vs. simplicity? My girl will pick the pink, sparkly dress. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

And after 18 months, I’m finally starting to come around.

We all have our own style and my daughter is no different. Of course, I will probably still stick to purchasing neutrals for the most part, but if there is something pink and sparkly that makes her heart sing? Well, I’m a lot more likely to be okay with it these days. And besides that, I have to admit… pink does look pretty good on her.

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