Blue for Boys and Pink for Girls!
It's the rule...and one that for me at least, was accepted without question through my only blue eyed baby boy through my fourth and final blue eyed grandson....UNTIL!!!
Before I get to the 'Until', let's look at when, how and why most of us are 'Dyed In Time' pink and blue rule followers. A bit of research revealed:
For centuries, ALL children wore practical white dresses, which made for easy change of nappy's (cloth diapers). Pastel baby clothes were introduced in the mid-19th century, but were loosely gender specific. For instance this from a Ladies Home Journal in June 1918..."the generally accepted rule is pink for boys and blue for girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl."
So there ya go...just the opposite of our thinking today. So what happened?
Baby Boomers and Women's Lib...that's what!!! In the 1940's baby clothes manufactures made the decision for everyone and declared Blue for Boys and Pink for Girls. So much for the 'Strong and Delicate Theory'. The next Trend we can thank the Women's Liberation movement for...The Unisex Trend of the 1960's and 70's.
You should know that as a 1960's and 70's Texas Mama there was no way my blue-eyed baby boy was allowed to wear pink by his Cowboy Granddaddy and his Football Father who had definite ideas about that Baby Boy's sex...and there was no Uni about it! I 'Sew' wanted to make Pink Stuff, and finally did with the birth of a granddaughter.
~And now for the UNTIL Reveal~
4xGreat Grandmother Lucy birthed EIGHT Boys and ONE Girl.
I bet they ALL wore White Dresses and Cloth Nappy's!
New on Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors