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When I heard moms were outraged by the new "skinny jeans" being marketed for babies and toddlers at stores such as Gap, I vowed I wouldn't comment. But now comment I must, because the whole thing has gotten ridiculously out of hand.
In case you haven't heard: at least part of the outrage over baby skinny jeans apparently stems from the notion that parents are now going to have to decide whether little Leslie has -- or doesn’t have -- the physique for such attire. Now, I can’t be the first to point out the blazingly obvious fact that form-fitting bottoms have pretty much been the toddler uniform for all of ever, at least until the boot-cut craze hit. Nobody worried if their tot’s cable-knit tights were flattering; they were cute and practical and relatively easy in the on-off department and if they highlighted an extra roll or two, all the better.
The other half of the argument seems to swirl around the word “skinny,” as if by using this term to describe form-fitting clothing, we're introducing our toddlers to a host of body-image issues. A New York Magazine piece on the subject wrapped up with a suggestion that perhaps referring to lean-cut leggings as “tapered jeans” might somehow make the craze more palatable to some.
My opinion? Now, while choosing clothing for babies and toddlers, comfort should come first. Fashion should never, ever trump your little one's ability to crawl, roll, cruise or walk. But even though I can't speak for all baby skinny jeans, I've seen ones fashioned from a comfy, kid-friendly cotton/Lycra blend and not denim at all. They're essentially leggings made to look like jeans. If you see the pants, touch them, feel your kid will be comfy in them and think they'll be an essential part of his fall wardrobe, go right ahead and splurge on them.
But if the thought of outfitting your toddler in ankle-huggers is horrifying to you (as dressing my daughters up doll-like in fancy pinafores is to me), then feel free to pass on the trend. Next season, I'm sure there will be a new fashion trend for babies we can overanalyze.
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