Aberdeen, NJ October 20, 2011
In a recent episode of A&E reality show, Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, Simmons is portrayed in his office holding up a KISS baby onesie that reads, "Future KISS Roadie". No doubt, Simmons is a master marketer of his brand. But, one element of the proposition was missing from his coy promotional prompt for KISS rock baby clothes. Where can one buy this?
The onesie would be a very cool baby shower gift for a friend who is having a baby and loves the rock band KISS. Yet, these types of novelty items are difficult to find in stores. Kiditude.com offers the solution with a website stock full of affordable, high quality, officially licensed baby and toddler concert tees.
Like KISS, many rock bands of the 70's, 80's and 90's have a strong enough brand and large enough market to create a new source of income from the sale of licensed baby clothes. "Putting all these bands’ rock baby clothes on one site makes it easier for the consumer to buy multiple bands they like for their children or put together a complete baby shower gift with one shipping cost or no shipping cost if the total is over $75 to anywhere in the US," says Laura Brown, Owner.
Simmons' premise was correct. In the last 15 years, KISS has sold more than a half billion dollars in merchandise according to CNN. Expressing parental personality and kids’ attitudes through rock and punk baby clothes is now a trend. It’s a trend on which Simmons is capitalizing by authorizing production of a shirt that appeals to millions of KISS fans who are having babies or expecting grandchildren.
"Kiditude offers a better shopping experience," Brown explains, "the website interface is clean, trustworthy and cutting edge. Most importantly it's easy to navigate and make a purchase." The buyers have put together a collection of clothing and accessories that are aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and well made. Many of the items it carries are shown on popular TV shows and worn by celebrity's children.
The KISS Future Roadie onesie along with the matching toddler t-shirt are available on the Kiditude.com website which also carries bands such as AC/DC, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Bon Jovi, Johnny Cash, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Pantera, the Ramones and more.
In addition to rock n’ roll baby clothes, the Kiditude collection includes punk, skate, skull, guitar, tattoo and funny baby and toddler clothing. Cool accessories to accent a baby bodysuit or baby shower gift include unique baby blankets, cool baby pacifiers, rock baby bibs, trendy baby hats and punk baby crib shoes.
Brown suggests, "a great idea for baby shower gift giving is to pair a rock music lullaby CD with a cool baby onesie for a complete gift." As Ellen described, "it puts them (babies) to sleep with cool music you’ll want to hear too." The Rockabye Baby lullaby music CD’s available at Kiditude were featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as well as on The Talk on CBS this year.
Kiditude Apparel is a cool baby clothing company with offices in New Jersey. Kiditude specializes in providing rock band t-shirts for babies and toddlers, punk rock baby clothes and unique baby shower gifts for cool parents of kids with attitude.
Everyone you ask will tell you, "It's not how much you spend but the thought that counts." You will receive advice based on how close a relation you are to the mother-to-be. You might be told to spend the same amount she spent on your baby shower gift. All in all, you will receive many different points of view on how much to spend and what to buy for a baby shower gift based on the advice giver's own personal experience and their beliefs.
When it comes to choosing the amount to spend on a baby shower gift, you need to assess your own personal budget, first. Ask yourself based on what's been happening in your life lately, what you can afford. Secondly, how much time is there until the baby shower? Maybe you have some time to save up for a gift.
The intention to want to give the most expensive gift on the registry is very generous. Everyone is excited and they want to "shower" the new mother with gifts. Besides the things are all so cute and small and new. But, the reality is that a $250 high chair is just out of your budget.
So, how much should you spend on a baby shower gift?
The average baby shower gift costs between $25 and $75. Typically, the immediate family members of the mother-to-be purchase the most expensive items on the baby shower registry. Sometimes a few close friends will "go in" on a gift so they can buy a baby shower gift that is expensive.
Try to add something sentimental to your baby shower gift to make it more special. An idea is a photo album of you and your friend including past adventures together as well as a picture of the two of you every month of her pregnancy proudly portraying her baby bump. Be sure to leave a few blank pages so she can add pictures of you and the baby once it's born!
Baby showers are very exciting. Everyone's gift will be "on display" at the shower as the mother-to-be opens her presents for all to see. You want to buy a nice gift that the new mom will love and use. You decide to buy baby clothes but wonder what size to buy.
The baby hasn't been born yet so you don't know what size he or she will need. You may not even know if it's a he or a she. You don't know if the baby will be born early and be a preemie. Or, if the baby will be born on time and be big. What if you buy baby clothes and the baby is already too big for the outfit? Then it would be a waste of money and useless to the mom.
Another thing to consider is what clothing sizes other gift givers at the baby shower will be buying. What if you all buy the same size and the new mom has too much in the same size? The baby will outgrow some of the outfits before getting to wear them.
So, what size baby clothes should you buy for a baby shower gift?
Most people buy newborn or 0-6 months when buying for a baby shower gift. But, there is nothing wrong with thinking ahead and buying 6-12 months or even 12-18 months. It's probably not appropriate to buy too far ahead and burden a busy, new mom with storing something the child won't use until they are 5. Realistically, a new mom will appreciate baby clothes up to size 2T (2 years).
There will be a day, not far in the future, that the new mom will be dressing her baby and all the clothes in the drawer will be too small. It happens without warning. At that very moment, she's going to be very happy to have something in the "next size" so she can dress her baby and go to the store to buy a new wardrobe for her bundle of joy.