i also hate kids' clothes with cutesy messages on them. those things are stupid on adults and on kids.
if i had a kid, it would basically live in stripes. nothing is cuter than little kids in stripes.
I totally agree on the animals. I really liked the weird looking giraffe. I like bright colours on my boys. They're kids, they're loud, they're colourful. I try to keep away from greys and navy like the plague.