Why choose organic baby clothing?
Posted on December 07 2017
Dressing our little bundles is one of the most fun parts of parenting. When hubby and I first found out we were pregnant, I scoured the internet for cute baby clothes, followed by Pinterest for baby photo inspo (because #priorities).
In the excitement of planning your new baby's wardrobe, coupled with hormones that pretty much force you to buy every outfit or beanie with bunny ears or tiny ruffle bums, it can be hard to consider the fabrics and dyes the clothes are made of. But, because bub's sensitive skin is in contact with clothing 24/7, its important to have a think about the chemicals on the clothing that may be absorbed into your baby's body through their skin.
What to look out for on labels:
Do the sniff test; that 'new' smell on most items of clothing usually indicates that they have been treated with chemicals. Look out for clothing with labels that include words like moth repellent, stain proof, wrinkle free, because it takes a bunch of chemicals to keep those moths, stains and wrinkles at bay!
While some chemicals can be gotten rid of after about five washed, permanent press of fire-retardant treatments last forever, and can release formaldehyde.
Also, steer clear of clothing screen printed with plastisol, the thick, rubbery material used to create slightly raised designs and logos, and polyester, which often contain toxic materials.
What to keep in mind when shopping for babies and kids
Soft, natural fabrics are great options for baby clothes, but these are often treated with chemicals too. Where you can, the safest bets are clothing that made out of organic cotton, bamboo, hemp and other natural fibres. Check the labels for the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) label, or the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label.
GOTS certification means that the clothing is made of 95% organic fibres and contains no toxic dyes of finishes and also ensures fair labour practices in the factories where the clothing was made.
OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100
Oeko-Tex certification tests clothing for 100 dangerous chemicals and requires that all parts of the item of clothing meet their stringent criteria, from threads, buttons, zips to prints. Their strictest standards apply to clothing made for babies and kids up to 3 years of age.
Some of our favourite organic clothing labels
What are yours?