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Dinosaur Stuff for Girls

My daughter loves dinosaurs (for 3 years now), but I find little clothing, room decor, etc out there for girls-- it's all very boyish. Does anyone else have the same experience? I'm thinking of starting a small web business with a friend to offer dinosaur themed t-shirts, b-day kits and room decor for girls who love dinosaurs.

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For room decor, I'd look at the company store's kids stuff. They have all sorts of themes and though the color scheme isn't "girlie" I think the items can pretty much go either way. They have everything from Dino to Space to sharks, etc. Quality is good and prices are reasonable.

But definately there is a nitche market out there for typically gender specific things to cross over. You should totally go for it.

I just bought them tshirts from the boys section. My daughters wore Bears clothes for the longest time. This was before you could buy all the cute pink stuff.I never categorized toys as boys or girls either. We also had every part of the Fisher Price Pirates and Knights sets.

Hi C.
I just wanted to say GO FOR IT and BEST WISHES! My daughter LOVES "boy stuff" (along with the 'girl stuff')because that is what her older brothers have but it is hard because all the clothes and toys do look "boyish". I think it is about time we went back to gender neutral so the kids can make up their own minds!

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By the description of yourself and that you are thinking of starting your own web business, why don't you start practicing with your daughters stuff. She will know what she likes and doesn't like. I keep picturing a dinosaur I saw once, it was a T-Rex but to make it look like a girl they put a straw hat with a pink flower on her head and she was carrying a purse(I'm sure you have seen the same image).

I think creating designs for your daughter and asking what she thinks would be a great way to make your daughter feel special, like she was involved in the design process, and possibly help create a supplemental income for your family.

Good luck with this I am sure that there are many little girls out there who would love your ideas.

Hi, We were just at a little 4 year old girls Birthday party She received dino boots, raincoat, and umbrella not sure what else they may have but they got it at Nordstrom and it is very cute this little girl is way in to dino's good luck

C.

Hi C.
I just wanted to say GO FOR IT and BEST WISHES! My daughter LOVES "boy stuff" (along with the 'girl stuff')because that is what her older brothers have but it is hard because all the clothes and toys do look "boyish". I think it is about time we went back to gender neutral so the kids can make up their own minds!

My daughter also loves dinosaurs and has for a couple years (she's 4 now). I've never looked for clothing, but we have bought her dinosaurs and books she's seen at the store and picked out. They're not at all girlie, but we don't care because she doesn't care or even know to care. We've actually had the clothing issue recently with Tigger. She desperately wanted some Tigger pajamas for Christmas, but there weren't any at the disney store in her size, at least not when we were there. I've searched forever on e-bay and finally came across a pair that are clearly boys pajamas. I bought them, and she loves them. Again, she doesn't care.

Good luck with your business venture. I think it would be a great answer to an obviously underserved niche.

I think this is a fabulous idea. My daugther was/is very much into dinosaurs at that age. I just gave her the dinosaur toys that the boys had. She still loved them!

We did get some cute dinosaurs a few years back. They were the Bendos brand and were in bright colors. The other cute dinosaurs are all the Land Before Time dinos. We also scored some glow in the dark little dinosaurs at a gargage sale. So there is stuff out there, you just have to look HARD to find it.

I don't want to sound rude here, but since when do we have to worry about if something is too boyish or girlish? A dinosaur is a dinosaur after all and while my boys have never played with Barbies, they have played with some stuff that would be deemed girlie and that's ok.

There used to be strollers in one neutral color and lots of toys that weren't deemed boy or girl toys. Now everything is either pink or blue - strollers, car seats, Leapsters.... I must be getting old because I think it was fine the way it used to be.

I don't know of any, but while your at it, how about stuff for boys who like cats. That is very hard to find too - unless it's lions and tigers. All the boy stuff is dogs and dinos. Girls get the cats. It's really irritating!

Good luck!!

What an awesome idea. My daughter has two dinosaur books and goes nuts over them everyday. When I was at the library yesterday she went right for the large plastic dinosaurs and played with them over any other toy or puzzle. We did experience dinosaur separation anxiety when leaving the library. I know she would love anything dinosaur themed stuff!
Good luck and let us know what you come up with for a business.

My 41/2 year old loves dinosaurs. I hadn't even thought about buying her dino clothes, but I'm sure if they had something in pretty colors and possibly sparkly, she'd love it. She seems to like the dinosaurs themselves just as they are - doesn't need them to be pink or anything. The librarian told me one reason little kids love dinosaurs is that it lets them process their fears -- to explore these huge, real monsters with the knowledge that they are extinct and not actually a threat. So maybe they don't need to be too cute. But I know what you mean that all products out there are very boy-focused. Check out the Land Before Time DVDs - you can get them on line or at the library. They are a nice mix of sweet and real and my daughter LOVES them. She started watching around 3, so I think your daughter would be ok with them, too. Good luck if you pursue this business idea - I think it's a good one!

For room decor, I'd look at the company store's kids stuff. They have all sorts of themes and though the color scheme isn't "girlie" I think the items can pretty much go either way. They have everything from Dino to Space to sharks, etc. Quality is good and prices are reasonable.

But definately there is a nitche market out there for typically gender specific things to cross over. You should totally go for it.

My daughter has been into dinosaurs awhile now too. She's beginning to phase out of them now. She doesn't really care what's on her clothes (paying a little more attention now that she's 5, though), so that's never been an issue for us. Dinosaurs are dinosaurs, I don't think of them as being gender specific. The only issue I've had over the years is that she wanted to be a dinosaur for Halloween once. Well, I just couldn't have people thinking she was a boy, so I made her a pink dinosaur costume which was a lot of work but cute.

It would be nice if clothing manufacturers could just create a kids' section with designs on tees and sweatshirts that could go either way. I'd love to see what you come up with!

While you're at it, could we get some "fantasy" castles that aren't pink and princessy? We had to create (hand paint) teddy bear knights for our son because all of the non-realistic castles were in pastels!

I'm having the same problem with Thomas and my daughter. she wanted the boy underwear soooo bad and didn't understand why she couldn't have it! Best of luck!

I just bought them tshirts from the boys section. My daughters wore Bears clothes for the longest time. This was before you could buy all the cute pink stuff.I never categorized toys as boys or girls either. We also had every part of the Fisher Price Pirates and Knights sets.

C.,
I was having this very problem last weekend. We were going to a dinosaur themed party for a 4 year old girl. Of course, there were a ton of really great dino books & I ended up getting her a popup one. But I also wanted to get her a cute shirt and/or card but all of the ones I found were too boyish. I would definitely be interested! You could always try selling your designs on etsy.com
Good luck!
A.

hi
my 2.5 yr old girl just got into dinosaurs recently. so far she has been to the field and seen sue, we bought her a stuffed sue there. we aren't redecorating her room or having a bday party for her soon but think it is a great idea and would be willing to take a look at a tee shirt if you come up with one.
good luck!

I get the impression from your request that it is not the dinos that are boyish, but that there simply aren't clothes out there for girls that are dinosaurs. Judging from your description of yourself, you would be the artist and your friend could probably do the business end? Bring it on, it seems like you've found your niche in the market.

P.S. My daughter was into Land Before Time when it was not around anymore. We had to search the internet and wing it. She is 12 now, and into boys and cheerleading, so it is not a problem anymore. : )

My now 14 year old daughter LOVED dinosaurs, and in fact, played with mostly "boy's" toys - no dolls. I also have a 2 month old daughter, and it will be interesting to see what type of toys she plays with. Please DO start your business! Best of luck to you.

I have a son but if I had a daughter I'd TOTALLY buy dinosaur stuff for her! Start your business!

I think that's a great idea, C.! My 8 yr old daughter has always loved dinosaurs and now anything "fantasy" (pokemon, harry potter, magical stuff). I went ahead and dressed her in the stuff she liked and also found very few things that were "girlie". However, I was relieved that she was picking what SHE wanted and that it wasn't the princess/Barbie/Bratz stuff that is popular now. If I can venture to be so bold and make a suggestion, try to keep the dinosaurs still looking like they really do, versus making them more feminine and purple like Barney or Dino!
V.

Someone on here recommended ESTY.com a site that lets you sell homemade items and goods. I checked it out and it looks great. That may be a place to start to see if there are people out there sellng or willing to buy items like that.

I think that is a FABULOUS idea! My daughter loves trucks! She has asked for a Dump Truck and a Cement mixer for Christmas - no one wanted to buy one for her because she is a girl! So, "Santa" did! I think a business like that would be great if you expand to more items than just dinosaurs like cars, sports like football, kids tools, and other typically "boyish" items. My daughter is almost 4 years old and is such a princess, but loves a lot of "boyish" stuff too - she loves to play with bugs, go fishing, dig in the dirt, watch football, etc.

If you need any other ideas, I would love to help! I too am a graphic artist and I also am a Marketing Manager (freelance from home for a company). If not, please let me know when it is up and running - I would love to be the first customer!!!

My cousin's 7-year-old daughter loves dinosaurs and I think your idea is great! I think there are many young girls that would like to wear the type of clothes you are thinking of. Go for it!

Fabulous idea! My 1 year old daughter loves dinasaurs, and I would love to see some girly dinasaur stuff. All the toy makers come up with everything else, can't believe no one thought of this sooner! Good luck and keep us posted.

my daughter is a hard core fanatic to dinosaur and i too am despertaly seeking Dinosaur gear for her...any luck, did you find any places?

when I was in disney there is a store called T-rex adventure and they have some shirts for girls, they have an online store.

please email any info you may have found ____@____.com

thanks

I think lots of girls love dinosarus, and your idea would be neat.
On a side note I have been looking for an illustrator for a childrens book for 12years off and on. Couldn't help but wonder if you might be interested? Can you do cute and fluffy as well as gigantic and scaly?
If you are interested e mail me.
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and good luck with the on line business.
Peggy

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