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Toddler Wore Same Shirt for a Year

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Mom•Logic's Julie: My daughter refused to take off her pink princess sweatshirt.

I read with interest this week about the 11-year-old boy in Wisconsin who wore the same Green Bay Packers jersey for 1,581 days in a row. I can so relate. When my daughter was two-and-a-half, she fell madly, deeply in love. With a sweatshirt. And not just any sweatshirt, mind you--a hideous pink Disney Princess sweatshirt that I couldn't stand. I had always prided myself on dressing my daughter in the latest, hippest fashions.

I shopped at Babystyle, Hot Topic and Kitson Kids for nontraditional baby clothes and rocker T's. But one day, I made the mistake of ordering her the damned pink sweatshirt from To say she loved it would be an understatement. She adored it, worshipped it, became obsessed with it.

Every morning, the only thing she would put on was the tacky pink sweatshirt. If I hadn't washed it the night before (and who the heck does laundry every night?--not me), I was in for a 30-minute full-on tantrum--kicking, screaming, the works. After a few months of waiting for her obsession to wane, her love for the shirt only grew stronger.

Finally, I caved. I ordered four more sweatshirts, one for every day of the week. I had a sit-down with all her teachers to explain that I really wasn't a bad mom who sent her child to school in the same dirty shirt every day. I was just the mother of a particularly stubborn 2-year-old who I was sick to death of fighting with every morning, that's all.

After about a year, without warning, the sweatshirt affair ended abruptly. She marched over to her drawer one morning and pulled out a purple tank top, and never wore the sweatshirt again. I guess you could say it was a clean breakup, and for me it couldn't have come sooner. I wanted to burn the damn things, I was so sick of looking at them. But I donated four to Goodwill and put one in the attic for safekeeping. I'm sure someday we'll both get a laugh looking at the sweatshirt she refused to take off for a year.

Has your child ever become obsessed with a piece of clothing? (Surely I'm not the only one!)

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Steven99 November 30, 2010, 1:12 PM

This shirt is so cute there is no surprise your toddler don’t want to change it! Try buying the same one and it should make your problem more simple. I am always doing like that with my toddler’s amazing clothing. Thanks for the great article here by the way!

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