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Quick Poll: What Are “Baby” Colors?

July 28th, 2009

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When you make a baby blanket, sweater or other baby garments, what family of colors do you prefer: pastels or brights?

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  • Sara Monroe

    I like bold colors .. I think that pastels are out dated but I agree with the previous posts that its up to the parents and what their style is and what kind of colors they like.

  • Debbie Demoney

    Definitely not pastels, until the child can see them. Children should be dressed in any color that complements their complexion, just like adults. Also, bright colors and exciting patterns interest the infant and toddler, while pastels do not.

  • sabrina cavieres

    i love bright colors its so nice to see a stach of yarn in all those beutifull bright colors and babys look adorable in them i think that the idea of dreessing a baby or chield in pastel colors is not very helpfull i mean think about it i have a 3 year but it actully feels like i have 5 insted of one and to put that little guy in pastels colors = lods and lods of loundry so igree when you put that time and efforto to knit something you should investigate the life style of the little person is going well not investigate dont want peop;le thinking your phyco but to ask the parents how clean or dirty the little person is who wants to spend countless hours in beutifulll whitwe blanket and see it two days good enough to moop floor.

  • OPKnitter

    Left to my own devices I prefer to knit neutrals or pastels for infants. That does not mean gender-determined pink & blue. Once they start toddling on their own brighter hues & strong primary colors can come into play. I hate seeing babies or toddlers in clownish designs & colors. They will not thank their parents for those oh-so-cute & oh-so-twee outfits when the pictures are hauled out for viewing years later.

  • Julia Flanagan-Schmidt

    I like neutrals and more vibrant colors than pastels. Since I really don’t like pink, I never make anything pink, even for girls. Parents of little girls often appreciate having one thing that’s NOT pink, even when they don’t share my aversion :)

  • becomewhatyouare

    brights almost every time. second choice for me is not one of the choices: natural, neutral, “earth tones”. I don’t knit pastels.

  • Evelyn Nauman

    I enjoy using pastels and mostly variagated when you don’t know what the sex of the baby is going to be. It’s just VERY difficult to find in my area.

  • Debbie West

    I pick bright colors, I think the baby is attracted to the bright yarns!

  • Emily

    my choice tends to migrate to the bright and also nuetrals. In making something for a baby that is not a wearable I hope that it is a gift that will be used for many years to come so I look for colors that will work at any age as the child grows.

  • sharri m.

    I tend to pick a color that will make the item I am making have you say aw when you see the child wearing it. I love bright baby colors.

  • Anne

    I used to think only pastels for babies, but now think bright colours are much better. I also am not crazy about the pink/blue girl/boy thing, so try and choose colours that are gender neutral.

  • Kim

    I know it’s all about personal preference, but I can’t STAND pastels. I’ll second Penny above in preferring more modern muted/earthy colors.
    I recently did a three-color blanket in cream, taupe and paprika. It was beautiful!

  • gena

    I agree that the colors totally depend on the parents- mainly the mom. If she is outgoing and fun, I use bright colors, if she is quiet and shy I use soft subtle colors. If I am not sure, I simply ask what they would prefer.

  • Tzipora

    I prefer bright colors. There’s new research showing bright primary colors help a baby’s brain development. However, between us, that’s an excuse. I HATE making baby blue or baby pink items! LOL!

  • Sabrina

    Bright colors absolutely! I really dislike pastels.

  • Ilehlia

    I think it sort of depends on the project. I’ve made traditional, lacy-style layette sweaters in pastels in “baby yarn”; adult-style cable pullovers in jewel tones in worsted weight; baby blankets in variegated pink/white boucle and grass greens/white cotton and in burgundy and silver chenille; kimonos in pink boucle and in lavender DK; and a fleece hoodie in neon lime green (like lime sherbet) with the hood and pocket in variegated white/green/turquoise/yellow. Everything I’ve ever made has been loved by the parents. I do try to go by what I know of the character and preferences of the parents, while also stretching them a little to consider new ideas. So I might use a traditional colour but with a modern, outside-the-box style, or vice versa. I love the idea above of a blanket in paprika, taupe and cream. Sounds luscious! I also like the idea of making a blanket that can still be useable years later, but do they hang onto them that long? In my family, stuff always got passed down the line… Recently I attended a shower for a baby girl, and there were 4 handmade blankets: three in bubblegum pink and one in squares of variegated blues/lavenders and white (mine).

  • Hope Meltser

    I think that the pastels are fitting for very young babies and newborns while the brighter colors work better for older babies and toddlers! That’s me but it also depends on the pattern and the baby!

  • Este

    I prefer pastels in solid or patterns such a stripes appropriate for baby clothes.

  • Gale Johansen

    I don’t get the idea of “baby colors” and often find the best way to choose colors is to consider the whole project. If I am making an item of clothing I like to consider the following:
    1. Where does the baby live?
    2. What will the weather be like where the baby lives?
    3. What season will it be when the baby wears the clothing?
    4. Are my choices limited by yarn type or availability?
    5. Do the parents have any strong feelings about color.
    6. Is the baby a girl or a boy?

    I also have made a big impression doing baby sweaters in the colors of the parents alma mater.

  • Marion Davis

    I have crocheted for other people bright, pastels, and sport team colors. I also have crocheted the parents choice, and the parents favorite colors example: “Patty” green and dark purple for a boy baby blanket.
    I like bright colors for babies and small children as they prefer them.

  • Jaki

    Generally, I agree with the majority about bright colors and mixing different colors in stripes or accents. However, when my daughter was an infant, my favorite outfit for her was brown velour. She looked (and felt) like a little teddy bear in it. She outgrew it way too fast!

  • Suzanne Alexander

    I like both pastels and brights…especially as they move from infant to toddler…Also, I wish there were “deeper” cool (vs. warm) blues and greens, especially for boys. Also, I’d like to see something like a double strand pink/blue and blue/green. I’m an amateur but like making coverlets for my grandson, but soon he (or his mom) will shun “baby boy blue(s)” and since I work so long and hard to make a blankie, I want it to be used for years, not mos.

  • Marcie

    Brights, definitely!

    I think there’s nothing cuter than a little red hat or booties. A little bright red vest for either boy or girl is always good, too. A kelly green one with just a few thin turqoise or lime green stripes. Generally, especially if it’s for a preemie, I stay away from yellow tones, as it just accentuates that underlying tone that lots of the little ones have.

    Babies get way too many pastel things — and I especially dislinke the pink-for-girls-blue-for-boys theme. Recogize them as wonderful baby people, rather than categorize them by their plumbing.

  • Jason Rivera

    the best skin is of course baby skin, it is very smooth and very smooth:’.

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