We all want to do what’s best for our babies. And that can mean making all kinds of decisions that we’d probably never have thought about, prior to becoming parents! One of these is the kinds of fabrics to buy for our babies possessions. When their skin is so delicate, and certain materials can be toxic, it’s important that we make the right choice. Here are some tips when deciding on which fabrics and materials to buy for your baby’s things.
Cotton is an excellent choice for baby clothes. It’s soft, breathable and offers some stretch. Meaning it’s easier to dress your baby, as well as allowing them to move around without restricting their movements. Choosing organic cotton can be a good way to go, as because it’s not a food crop the pesticides and chemicals used in cotton fields aren’t regulated. These toxins can transfer through to the finished cotton clothing garments. A baby’s skin is much more porous than adults and will absorb these kinds of nasty chemicals much more easily. So choosing organic cotton, especially for items such as sleepsuits and outfits that come in direct contact with your baby’s skin could be beneficial. Organic cotton will not contain these pesticides and herbicides. Avoid man-made materials where possible such as polyester, acrylic, rayon and nylon. These are made from chemically produced fibres which are left in the fabric even after washing. Plus because they’re not breathable, they can lead to overheating.
Fleece and wool are good choices for outerwear for your baby’s clothes. This is useful as you’re bound to receive gorgeous hand knitted pieces from crafty relatives! It’s cosy and is ideal for layering. These materials are perfect for things like cardigans, hats, mittens, and booties. It breathes well and is very soft, you can even buy yarns that are specially designed for knitting babies clothes.
Bedding and Mattresses
Again 100% organic cotton is an excellent choice for nursery bedding. It’s soft, breathable with no traces of harmful toxins since none were used in the cotton growing process. Cotton, wool, and even luxurious cashmere are fantastic choices for blankets. When it comes to buying a mattress, worryingly some contain things like vinyl and polyurethane foam. These materials can cause a toxicity risk and allergic reaction. Again buying organic materials will give you full peace of mind. Always buy your cot mattress new. Even those that look in good condition could contain dust mites, mould, and bacteria which could possibly lead to SIDS. Don’t buy online from a country abroad, as they may not have the same safety standards.
Buying the right fabrics for your baby is just one of the many things you have to consider as a parent. But it’s an important decision to make, so do your research and always buy the best quality you can afford.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post, all opinions are my own.