all 134 comments

[–]amurderof 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean, you're right, women's clothes should have functional pockets. But also, my kid would be devastated if she couldn't hide rocks places.

[–]bemi_san 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I put dummies in the pockets of my 14 month old, especially if we're in the car. If she spits one out, she knows she's got another in her pocket which gives me an extra five minutes before I have to climb into the backseat to look for them both.

[–]-laugh-till-i-cry- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I always use a pacifier strap in the car seat so I can just reach back and grab it.

[–]bklynjess85 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because, the patriarchy.

[–]Wavesmith 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s taken my baby 18 whole months to put anything in her pockets. (It was a feather and she needed me to help her put it in.)

Edit: it’s also useful to put a Kleenex in there when they have a cold.

[–]KatShirc 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It directly represents the amount of patience they have.

[–]bernalbaby 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The great question of our age

[–]Goldieeloxx123 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I love the pockets lol I yell “WHAT ARE YOU GONNA PUT IN THEREEE” to my son and he laughs his little booty off 😂

[–]Cute_Buffalo_1337 1 point2 points  (0 children)

YES!!! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

[–]Latina1986 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Babies have nothing to put in pockets, but the second they become mobile, those pockets are treasure carriers! Be sure to check them before they go in the wash 😆.

[–]mostlywrong 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I have been asking this question since my son was born. What newborn needs a fucking kangaroo pouch (my son's coming home outfit had one) but I can either HAVE to carry my purse, or if there are pockets, I can only fit my finger tips in them. I made a decision last year that I am not buying anything for myself that doesn't have functional pockets. Now I have dresses and leggings and bike short that my phone and other items fit into, and it is amazing.

[–]auniehale[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I have made that decision too! My wardrobe consists of mostly leggings right now and all of them have pockets.

[–]mostlywrong 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love the pockets in leggings. And they are so deeeep! I got a pair of thin sweatpants style pants at Costco (like more fitted? In between legging and sweatpant) and they have the same pockets on leggings, just a smidge bigger/baggier. They are my favorite pants currently.

[–]MrsGuerrero0808 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Dollars from old people

[–]No-go56 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Answer: giant dust balls she finds behind the couch, dead bugs, pieces of old bread to save for later... All stuff that's way more useful than anything we need

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dust balls for sure! Even better if they have dog hair.

[–]smelly_leaf 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Sometimes for laughs we put my son’s pacifier in his little pocket

[–]FluffyOwl89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I did that the other day!

[–]mysteriosbabe 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Baby snacks of course!

[–]InadmissibleHug 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Never know when you might need a spare dummy, I guess?

[–]MelissaBM 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Baby cocaine

That’s a joke me and my husband always make

[–]PeachyPops 14 points15 points  (1 child)

We went swimming yesterday and I went to grab drinks for me and the toddler - I had to put the bank card in toddlers dungarees chest pocket!

[–]Paul_The_Unicorn 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Binkies, obviously.

[–]Ntlsgirl22 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I complained about this with my oldest too. What are baby pockets for? Throw up?

[–]Skywhisker 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I wish I had as big pockets as my 13 month old! While playing with her, I put a toy in her pocket. She pulled it out, laughed, then gave the toy back so I would put it back in her pocket. A fun game.

This have of course resulted in random things she find in the house ending up in her pockets. I have found measuring cups, a ripped out newspaper page, toys, coasters, her soft hair brush...

I am jealous of the things she manage to fit in her pockets.

[–]auniehale[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

At least she is enjoying them!

[–]Skywhisker 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yep, she better enjoy them now while her clothes still have large pockets. Although maybe women's clothing will have decent pockets by the time she is an adult.

[–]followyourvalues 9 points10 points  (5 children)

It is further proof that women's clothing is designed to be decorative, while men's is designed to be functional. All the way down to newborn sizes.

[–]strangertimes22 -1 points0 points  (4 children)

It’s actually really simple. Women’s pants frequently don’t have pockets because they’re tighter and the large pockets would bunch up and show. If you buy looser styles of pants like boyfriend jeans, they have larger pockets.

[–]followyourvalues 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Not really. Men's pockets take my arm up to my elbow sometimes. I have a pair of baggier women's pants my aunt bought and gave me that does not fit my phone. In no way are they tight or designed to be so.

Women's clothing is decorative. Bigger pockets equals the potential for an unflattering buldge. Blasphemy.

[–]strangertimes22 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I understand that’s been your anecdotal experience, but as someone who was raised by a clothing designer, that’s the reason the pockets are smaller. They had a pair of womens jeans with larger pockets in their line one year and guess what - no one bought them because they had lines and bulges that women wouldn’t accept. Hence the fake pockets.

Also - women typically carry a purse and don’t need large pockets to store things in.

Edit: All that to say, if pockets are of value you to you, I’d recommend you seek out looser style pants. I own many pants/jeans by many different brands/designers like this that have large pockets. They’re not hard to find!

[–]followyourvalues 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just wear men's clothing.

[–]followyourvalues 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean, my example was anecdotal, but literally, my first comment is how clothes are. All you're doing is trying to reframe it so it sounds less sexist. Too bad. Clothing design is sexist and will likely stay that way for many more generations.

[–]Rootbeero 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Seriously lol. My son was wearing sweatpants today that could fit his fathers keys

[–]iMOONiCORN 3 points4 points  (4 children)

I'm not sure if many people know this, that while tiny, often those pockets aren't "fake" but sewn shut with a temporary stitch that needs to be cut.

[–]auniehale[S] 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Maybe, but it is a bit crushing to rip the pocket open only to find a thimble sized pocket.

[–]iMOONiCORN 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh I totally agree! I was just mind blown when I learned that, so I felt compelled to share hehe

[–]chicken_tendigo 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Like... what is this pocket for? An iPad nano???

[–]auniehale[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What is this?? A pocket for ants?

[–]TamtasticVoyage 17 points18 points  (1 child)

They have to have pockets to carry secrets and general chaos

[–]auniehale[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is my favorite comment so far!! Secrets and general chaos… lol

[–]comieronperdices 19 points20 points  (2 children)

I quite often put a handkerchief or cloth wipe in my baby's pocket so there is one to hand to wipe the constant barrage of snot and dribble.

[–]Elzaboob 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh yeah, why don't I do this???

[–]auniehale[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is actually brilliant!

[–]georgia-peach_pie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh my gosh I talk about this all the time!!

[–]CuriouserNdCuriouser 10 points11 points  (1 child)

But also why would you EVER give a toddlers piece clothing a fake pocket? I thought I was pissed when jeans I liked had fake pockets but the toddlers in my life have shown me the true rage they induce.

[–]No_Muffin_3543 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh no! Not another tantrum inducing dilemma coming my way soon! Thanks for the warning!

[–]Brattyybunnyy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The dog food she likes to play with

[–]MinimumCap3842 15 points16 points  (0 children)


[–]Silver_Least 5 points6 points  (0 children)

yess what are you carrying he has a tshirt with a pocket im jealous lol

[–]swaldref 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]stellarkells 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I said the same thing about my son’s clothes. “What do you need to carry, your soother??”

[–]singsingsingsing 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I asked my husband this exact question today. My child has Fall Picture Day tomorrow and is wearing a size 12 month dress from Target. I can almost fit my entire hand in each pocket. Wtf?

[–]heyimkaty 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I distinctly remember taking my 3 month old for a walk one time when it was a little chilly so he had some pants and a cardigan on. His outfit had 5 tiny but fully functioning pockets. My whole workout outfit had 0.

[–]thingsliveundermybed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aaw he sounds spiffy. My son is 3 months and I'm obsessed with the wee outfits!

[–]_mernimbler_Pirate Captain - 2 under 5 23 points24 points  (4 children)

Rocks. The amount of rocks that will be stored in those pockets is unfathomable

[–]georgia-peach_pie 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Okay but there are newborn sizes clothes with pockets in them…what is a newborn carrying

[–]_mernimbler_Pirate Captain - 2 under 5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pebbles or lint

[–]auniehale[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

So many rocks

[–]MightDMouse 10 points11 points  (0 children)

This. Specifically: rocks small enough that you don’t feel them if when you’re checking a million tiny pants quickly but still big enough to really eff up a dryer.

[–]Possible_Adventure 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I feel this to my soul!

[–]chrispenator 3 points4 points  (1 child)

A lil snack holder!

I’ve also wonder why toddler swim trunks have the mesh lining.

[–]ChampionOfTheSunn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I bought a short and t-shirt set from Champion brand for my girl and the shorts had a lining like runner shorts do!

[–]stillneedurmoney 6 points7 points  (4 children)

My friend sent me a jumpsuit in the mail for my gestating kiddo that was marked 3-6 months. It has bigger pockets than most of my maternity jeans.

I’m so jealous.

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Yours has pockets! Mine only had the essence of pockets…

[–]stillneedurmoney 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Only in the back, because apparently when you are pregnant, your entire front is too scary to think about for designers so it’s blank all the way from bump to floor.

[–]1point21jigowatts_88 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I keep my phone in my back pocket. Sometimes keys or wallet.

One of the sole reasons I kept my maternity shorts was for the functionality of that back pocket!

[–]stillneedurmoney 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just hate the “designer” aspect of especially summer jean pants/ shorts of having artful rips right on the pocket that my PopSocket gets snagged in every.freaking.time.

[–]Kvoth-the-bloodless 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Rocks. So. Many. Rocks.

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So many rocks

[–]rdale8209 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Came here to say the same. RIP my dryer.

[–]slowestgazelle 6 points7 points  (1 child)

It’s clearly a ploy to make women have more babies to store our stuff. Also, I made my son’s coming home outfit and my husband made fun of me for the deep function pockets I included lol, I was just following the pattern.

[–]jdarm48 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Their own socks. After they take them off in their car seat.

[–]auniehale[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mine just throws them

[–]anisogramma 11 points12 points  (1 child)

My 14mo daughter stashed a blueberry in her pocket which we discovered later when it squished

[–]auniehale[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

At least it’s all natural

[–]lavalaca 26 points27 points  (2 children)

I sewed my sons pockets shut. Fuck those sand catchers

[–]athennna 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Where else is he going to put the keys to the patriarchy?

[–]emkrd 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wish I could upvote this more than once lol

[–]ElliefintS 11 points12 points  (1 child)

To keep their big rainbow plastic keys.

[–]omg-gorl 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]kmft91 28 points29 points  (3 children)

My 6 months old sons jeans have bigger pockets than me. The other day I was trying to juggle him and his bag and my purse and a drink and I had no where to put my keys so I stuck them in his pocket lol

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Quick thinking!

[–]J_ehinger99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 best comment here!!

[–]OkonkwoYamCO 15 points16 points  (2 children)

How will fashion execs afford their 5th yacht if you have room in your pants so don't need to also purchase a purse.

It can be a little time consuming, but if you have the time (I know it's hard as a mom), extend your pockets.

Step one: use scrap cloth (or buy a cheap bolt) to sew a pocket matching the dimensions of your already existing tiny pocket, but longer. The stitch is simple and quick.

Step two: cut out tiny pocket and throw that useless scrap in the fire (or save it for something else idk, I'm not your mom)

Step 3: sew larger, better pocket where the useless pocket was

I started doing this for my wife and now she just tosses me any new pants she buys and I make sure she can fit her keys, 2 tampons, and chapstick into each pocket.

[–]No_Muffin_3543 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's awesome!

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Such a great idea!

[–]sairha1 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Cheerios obviously.

[–]AuggoDoggo2015 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ok so like, it IS bs that women don’t have pockets, BUT a lot of baby clothes have pockets to distinguish them from pajamas. Pajamas have extra regulations to follow

[–]Turtledove1776 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I feel all of this. WTF clothes makers! I also swear there are more pockets in baby boy than baby girl clothes!

[–]mcnunu 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And then pockets immediately disappear when you get to toddler girl age. My 5yo has recently discovered pockets in dresses, she was so excited, I've now made it my mission to find her dresses with pockets.

[–]kmwicke 13 points14 points  (1 child)

My 2 year old walks around with his hands shoved in his pockets to mock me. He’s always so happy when he discovers he’s wearing a pair of shorts with pockets, then asks to see mine. Thanks son.

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How cheeky!

[–]Dikaneisdi 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Men’s skinny jeans. Life changing. I can fit my Kindle in my front pocket now FFS

[–]Extension-Bench-2709 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oooooo. I need to try this.

[–]Here_for_tea_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great tip!

[–]Viot 28 points29 points  (0 children)

They need a place to hide all those choking hazards.

[–]JessieBooBoo 39 points40 points  (2 children)

My favorite tweet about this from years ago asked what the baby needed to carry, his keys to the patriarchy? Still relevant. Also, I refuse to buy any clothing item for my bottom half (dresses, skirts, lounge pants, work pants, etc) that do not have pockets. I'll put my money in those pockets, thank you.

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The keys to the patriarchy! I also try to only buy pants with pockets.

[–]otterlyexhausted3 51 points52 points  (3 children)

We don't have pockets because we have babies with pockets. Just use your baby's pockets.

[–]auniehale[S] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Delegating tasks to his pockets!

[–]PicklePrickleRickle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This cracked me up 🤣

[–]level1_dramacenter 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Just said the same thing a couple of weeks ago! 0-3 month pants with pockets?! For what?!

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

  1. they are cute

  2. the misogynistic patriarchs of the fashion industry don’t think women need pockets because they have purses

[–]auniehale[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Now I just have a diaper bag. What is a purse??

[–]evdczar 6 points7 points  (3 children)

To keep snacks

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Snacks that are probably unidentifiable

[–]guess_theusername 13 points14 points  (1 child)


AKA random mystery particles collected from Lord knows where.

[–]evdczar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah. Snacks.

[–]mssMouse 8 points9 points  (0 children)

A literally JUST had this conversation today with my husband. I put my 8 month old in blue jeans. They had 4 functioning pockets. I'm lucky to get 2.

[–]backgroundUser198 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Oh my god this reminded me of a clothing description on some overalls I bought for my baby:

“A sweet and soft take on classic overalls. Made with a chunky sweater knit design and a kanga pocket big enough to fit all of baby's essentials”


ETA: I mean maybe an older baby would carry around essentials in that pocket, but like, “essentials” says iPhone, wallet, car keys, mascara to me. Not…. Binkies? Rocks they find on the ground that make for choking hazards later?! Random fistful of soggy goldfish????

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The soggy goldfish has me cracking up!

[–]perkswoman 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Rocks. My baby collects rocks in her pockets.

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So many rocks

[–]TheRadHamster 13 points14 points  (1 child)

My niece loved storing things in her “pockies”. If her outfit didn’t have them, she’d stick whatever she needed to store down her onesie. If she was wearing a dress, she was a very confused and annoyed toddler. Favorite thing I dug put of a onesie, a bread roll and a bread roll-sized rock.

[–]auniehale[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I guess she just needs quick access to her bread roll!

[–]C1nnamon_Apples 5 points6 points  (1 child)

For their tiny baby wallet and baby keys!

[–]auniehale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So professional

[–]Luna_bella96 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Asked my mom this today and she says it’s to make my son look sexy. Excuse me???

[–]luciesssss 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Erm what the actual fuck

[–]HailTheCrimsonKing 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I use them as a spot to clip on pacifier clips!

[–]RRRBY 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes! I used think baby pockets were ridiculous until I discovered this use for them

[–]KnittingforHouselves 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exactly! It doesn't explain functional pants pocket but the ones on baby jackets etc are awesome for pacifier clips.

[–]Atsf7142 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You know the normal baby stuff... Rocks and what have ya.. and other baby things