Here at Best Case Parenting, we recently did an article that was talking about how to create a natural nursery. There is a lot of demand for information on natural products for babies and young children, so today we decided to cover baby clothes.
You may be asking why organic and natural baby clothes are important, as there are many cheap alternatives available in well known high street stores.
Those baby clothes with man made materials may seem attractive because of their price, but there is an important factor you need to consider. Often, man made materials are more likely to irritate a babies sensitive skin. They are more at risk from any chemicals that may have been used when making these man made materials.
If you want natural baby clothes, this article intends to point out the key fabrics you should be looking out for. And make sure it says 100% on the label, as some manufacturers may mix together man made materials with natural ones.
When discussing natural baby clothes, we had to include the word ‘organic’. This will make sure that the materials haven’t been treated with anything that could irritate your babies skin. You never know when a commercial company may (in their wisdom) decide to smear a natural material with unwanted chemicals. Unless the company clearly states otherwise, simply choose organic.
At the end of the article, we will show you some places you can easily buy such baby clothes. You will be surprised how affordable some of these options are.
Anyway, here are those key fabrics, in no particular order!
As a child of the 80’s, I can remember when silk was all the rage! Although, I think those experiences have given me a bad impression of silk!!
In fact, silk is a great natural material. Even in the modern world! I still find it hard to believe that this material comes from the cocoon of the silk worm. That must be a lot of cocoons right there!
Going back to my 80’s connection, I always think that silk is a super luxurious, (and therefore) super expensive material.
However, in this day and age, you will often find that silk baby clothing is more affordable than those made from wool!
Cotton is a well known and versatile material. It can be easily cleaned and maintained. We all know how messy babies and toddlers can be!! Using cotton means you don’t need to worry about this. As cotton is one of the most commonly used materials, it will usually be the cheapest material on this list.
In particular, you should look into organic Egyptian cotton. When you touch this cotton, there is no turning back!
A perfect example of an easily manageable yet non-irritating natural material.
You may have dismissed the likes of wool, assuming that the material will be far too scratchy and itchy for your child. Yes, I am sure you have experienced this in the past, but these days most baby clothes makers have refined the way they make clothes from these materials. No longer will they have this scratchy or itchy nature.
Wool provides a great warm, yet breathable natural material for your baby.
If you live somewhere particularly cold, you may want to take advantage of wool by buying a woolen baby blanket too.
Wool can seem a little highly priced, but it is an essential natural material if you live somewhere cold.
I am sure most people associate linen with great breathable and light summer clothes. Well, it also works well for baby clothes.
Being made from flax, linen is often a totally natural material. This material is the opposite of wool. It is great for those of us that live in a hot and sunny climate.
You will find this material light and airy, perfect to keep your baby cool (in more ways than one!).
The other great thing about linen is it is usually not an expensive material.
When looking for organic baby clothes, you may come across other notable materials.
Being very similar to linen, hemp is also a material seen in organic clothes.
The upside here is it can prove to withstand liquid better than regular linen. Great for all those baby drink spills or other accidents! However, the downside to hemp is it will crease a lot more easily.
It is really a matter of personal preference, so I would recommend giving both hemp and linen a try and see for yourself!
The reality for parents!
I am sure you are all interested to find out about different natural materials you can use for baby clothes.
However, in this modern world the internet makes this whole process so much easier!
You can find many online stores that exclusively sell organic baby or children’s clothes. This means you can shop with freedom, not having to inspect all the clothing labels every time!
This online revolution means that organic baby clothes don’t always have to cost the earth. You can find some really good deals by shopping online and cutting out the “middle man”.
I have found some great examples here, but you can find much more by searching online.
Finn & Emma
Finn & Emma have a great online store with a good selection of organic baby clothing. When talking about their mission they talk about babies being brought into the world as natural beings. Why start adding chemicals to them now?
You can check out the store here https://www.finnandemma.com
It seems a lot of these organic baby clothing outlets are built from personal stories, and this one is no exception. The inception of the company came from a mother with two children who wanted to change what she saw in the baby clothing industry.
Style is a matter of taste. What I mean is, I am sure you have better taste than me!!
All there is left to do is shop around and see which brand suits you the best.
I hope this article gave you some help with the topic of natural baby clothes.
If you have any of your own experience, we would love to hear all about it in the comments section below!