I’ve never understood why we think blue for a boy and pink for a girl. Why can’t it be the other way around? Or for that matter, let it be any color for any gender. Babies after all look cute in anything put together. Just fluff them up with talc and they’re good to go. Of course I can understand if the choice of clothing is what you want to reconsider; like a frock for a baby boy or mini tux for the girl. But even then, I feel we should not limit them to gender specific clothes.

In India, it is illegal to find out about the sex of your baby, so these 9 months or 40 weeks become a very trying period when it comes to baby shopping. Most people choose neutral colors like yellow, green or purple just to be on the safer side. However, having said that most of the clothes are your usual top and bottom set or rompers. Very rarely do people buy frocks or dungarees as they don’t know about the gender of the baby.

Similar is the case of the toys we buy for them. In todays day and age, it is better to let your child choose the toy that he/she spots on the counter. Your baby boy might want a doll and your little girl, a batman. Please do not stereotype them as they will only be forced to think and behave a certain way thereafter. Color should not decide your gender or your sexuality. Be open to new ways and ideas so that your child also grows up in a liberal and open minded environment. Be accepting of who they are, it is easier said than done but it is the right thing to do and with the right amount of effort, nothing is impossible.

So, happy shopping to all the expectant mothers and let color be the last thing on your mind!