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Little Padded Seats
130-A 5th St.
West Des Moines, IA 50265
****************************** **************** February 08, 2010
Introducing Manic Monday

Our newest promotion, Manic Monday, will be announced exclusively on Facebook. Each Monday we will offer a code for a discount on a single product or product line. This code will be good all day Monday until midnight Central Time. Since Little Padded Seats' storefront is closed on Mondays this is an internet only promotion. Just enter the code into either the Discount Coupon or Customer Comments field on the shopping cart page prior to payment. Manic Monday discounts will not show up in your shopping cart, but will be applied before your card is charged. If you pay via PayPal you will be refunded the amount of the discount when your order is processed.

Actually, we're a little late with this announcement. We debuted Manic Monday last Monday with a special on, you guessed it, bangles. Keep your eyes open, we've got some nice items lined up for the next couple of weeks.

New Products!
  • Avoid the frustrations of chasing the food around the bowl and the bowl around the table with Baby Dipper baby bowl. This is one of the last products to come in from the ABC show (last September). Yes there are one or two more that have not made it in yet!
  • Storchenwiege wraps! This woven wrap is highly endorsed by local babywearing expert and educator Char Wade.
Pink is for ... boys?

It seems that the pink is for girls, blue is for boys color/gender association is a relatively recent Western phenomenon.

Prior to the early 20th century in Western society, a baby's gender did not so much influence the color of their clothes - they were often white - but the style. Infants younger than one year of age were often dressed exclusively in gowns. Afterwards, presumably when toilet habits were developing, the placement of buttoned openings distinguished the clothing between the genders. Girls had openings in the rear of the garments while boys had openings in the front. When young children's clothing was colored it did not have a significant association with their gender.

According to Wikipedia: "In Western culture, the practice of assigning pink to an individual gender began in the 1920s. From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because it was the more masculine and decided color while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color. Since the 1940s, the societal norm apparently inverted so that pink became appropriate for girls and blue appropriate for boys, a practice that has continued into the 21st century."

The current pink for girls and blue for boys was not uniform until the 1950s. After World War II, blue was used extensively for menís uniforms. Therefore, blue became associated as more of a masculine color. From the 1940s onward, pink was pushed as a womanís color.

Note - While researching for this, I found a series of dates associated with the conventions of associating of colors with gender. The earliest of these is a line in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women published in 1868. However is seems that the gender/color association wasn't common or uniform until many decades later.

Upcoming Classes

Cloth Diaper 101

Monday 2/8 @ 5:30pm

Sunday 2/21 @ 10:00am

Monday 3/8 @ 5:30pm

Sunday 3/21 @ 10:00am

Intro to Babywearing

Monday 2/15 @ 5:30pm

Monday 3/15 @ 5:30pm

Monday 4/12 @ 5:30pm

VBAC Preparation

Sunday 3/7 & 3/14 3-5pm

Sunday 6/6 & 6/13 3-5pm

We're trying to clear out the last few ICAN 2010 Calendars. The price has been reduced from $7.00 to $3.00.

These calendars are a fund raising item for the local ICAN chapter, so for each calendar sold Little Padded Seats will be donating the discounted $4.00 to ICAN of Central Iowa.

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