When you become a parent, it makes you think about all kinds of things you’d previously not given a second thought to. But it’s all because we love our children and want the very best for them. One thing you’d probably never considered much before having kids is the materials clothes are made out of, but when you scratch the surface, it’s actually something to take very seriously. Babies skin is far more porous than adults meaning any toxins on fabrics are easily absorbed. Their skin is also far more sensitive and delicate, so the choice of fabrics you use on them really does make a difference. If you have a baby on the way and are shopping for their things, here are a few points to bear in mind.
Bedding and Mattresses
As with clothing, 100% organic cotton is an ideal choice for your baby’s bedding. It’s soft, breathable and there are traces of harmful toxins and chemicals since none were used in the growing process of the cotton. Alternatively, you could opt for a bamboo sheet, these are all natural, super soft and hypoallergenic so perfect for babies. Choosing your baby’s mattress is very important, and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is a worrying thought that crosses every parent's minds. It’s been known to be caused by some chemicals in mattresses, and some can contain things like polyurethane foam and vinyl which can cause a toxicity risk as well as things like allergic reactions. Don’t re-use mattresses from previous babies or buy second hand, even those stored away well could contain dust mites, bacteria, and mold. Buy brand new, and from the country that you live in. That way you have peace of mind that it follows safety laws and regulations.
This section refers to the clothing that touches your baby’s skin. So sleep suits and rompers, socks, hats, tops, and bottoms. You will want this material to be of the highest quality, go with super soft pieces ideally in organic cotton. Regular cotton crops will have been treated using pesticides, and these can be particularly harsh since cotton isn’t a food crop. These chemicals can remain on the cotton even after treating and washing. Organic cotton won’t use these chemicals, instead of manual weeding methods will be used in the cotton fields. Always avoid man made materials like polyester, acrylic, nylon, and rayon. This is because these are made from chemically produced fibers. Also, they’re not breathable meaning they can lead to overheating. You probably know to avoid these kinds of materials when it comes to your baby’s normal clothes, but when you’re shopping for cute outfits for things like Halloween, it’s something to bear in mind- particularly if you’re ordering from abroad. This is because they may not have the same safety standards as over here, and babies overheating can be very dangerous.
If the item of clothing doesn't directly touch your baby’s skin, you could get away with nonorganic materials if you need to. Fleece and wool are good choices since they’re warm and cozy, plus it’s soft and breathable. If you have relatives that like to knit, take full advantage and have them create things like jumpers and cardigans.