Wednesday, November 21, 2012



“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.”                                                                                                Common Folk Saying

The term ‘Baby’ stands for anything in its infancy. You have baby dogs, baby carrots, baby pigeons……. and of course baby humans. In the English language, a baby human is called an infant and is typically applicable to young children between the ages of 1 to 12 months. But the word ‘Baby’ connotates cuddliness, warmth, hugs and kisses, talking in two-letter words, fun and frolic, etc.

            More often than not, the last three to four months of pregnancy sees would-be  mothers knitting for the expected baby. The first item of clothing is the baby sweater. Sizing invariably proves wrong once the baby is born, but the protective nature of motherhood has already set in. Thereafter, only the best warm clothing available-within one’s means-is bought. The baby deserves the best of sweaters, leggings, inners, outerwear, etc.
            Only seamstresses can make proper baby clothes. That means 99.9% of baby clothes is bought from the market. Baby clothing is a niche segment of the apparel market and major players are Mothercare, Benettons and Pumpkinpatch in the upper segment, Walmart, Kmart and Target in the lower to mid0range segments. At the end of the day, your baby is a part of you and it is not really significant as to which brand of baby clothing you bought.
            Of the two genders, it is far easier to buy clothing for the weaker sex. Girl’s clothes are easier to find, have a wider range and are easier to refit. Walk into a store of repute and look around for the exact clothing item you have in mind. The range of infant dresses is unbelievably wide, more so for baby girl dresses, as are the numbers on the price tag attached innocuously to a small corner of that dress. Who cares? You are a baby only once!

As Don Herald quips, “Babies are such a nice way to start people.”