Want safe and cute newborn clothes?! Coming from a second time mom, here are my opinions on where to go for some organic baby clothes!
A Few Toxins Hiding in Your Clothing
Not to scare you even more, but I just wanted to outline here the main chemical groups and their effects here so you know why choosing safer options especially for your little ones is important.
Azo dyes are typically used to color clothing and contain elements that can cause skin allergies and dermatitis. Moreover, some azo dyes even contain mercury, which is poisonous and can contribute to organ damage.
PFCs is a type of chemical that would be used to make clothing flame retardant, waterproof or stain resistant. So any clothing that says it is any of those labels — think “rain jackets, babies pajamas, etc.” .
And yes, there does tend to be flame retardants in children’s pajamas because of a law that stipulates flame retardant sleepwear for ages 9 months to 14 years of age be “flame retardant”.
BPA & Other Phthalates
Yes you read correctly. The ever feared BPA is not only in your plastic water bottles, but it’s also in the nonslip rubber coatings to your baby’s socks, your favorite pair of active wear and in all your logos.
BPA is just one of many chemicals that belongs to a family of hormone-disrupting chemicals called Phthalates that have also been linked to cancer.
Formaldehyde is used to make clothing wrinkle-resistant. So next time you are looking to buy that wrinkle-resistant button down shirt or those wrinkle-resistant sheets at Marshalls…JUST DON’T!
Formaldehyde in clothing can obviously cause skin irritation, respiratory issues and more life-threatening health effects upon cumulative respiration.
So why buy organic baby clothing?
As you can tell by reading the list of toxins above, there are many toxins hidden in the materials we wear.
In fact, is estimated that in the fashion industry alone, over 8000 dangerous chemicals are used in the manufacturing processes! Some of which, end up in the finished products that touch our skin each and everyday.
Now, I am not saying that you need to go and throw out all of your clothes and buy new ones!
That would be majorly expensive!
But I do like the idea of using more natural fibers and organic options, especially those with the GOTS cotton certification when it comes to my babies.
These natural fabrics tend to be better in the long run not only for babies health, but for other measures like being naturally temperature controlled or naturally flame-retardant (think wool).
How to Avoid Toxins in Clothing?
A few simple pieces of advice can help you to avoid toxins in you and your family’s clothing:
- Opt for natural materials like linen, cotton, hemp, and wool, instead of industrial fabrics like polyester, elastic, etc.
- When possible, opt for not only natural materials, but organic materials colored in a natural dye.
- Two great certifications to look for are GOTS or Standard 100 Oeko-Tex. Both of these certifications mean that the finished products have been tested for harmful substances and meet the criteria threshold for safety of use.
- Be sure to always wash clothes before wearing and to use a natural laundry detergent.
A Word on Thrifting for Children’s Clothes
When it comes to organic children’s clothing, some of the companies can be pretty pricy – especially the more rigid their standards are and the more high-end their designs are, so a lot of the times I like to go thrift shopping for my children’s clothes.
Thrift shopping not only minimizes the amount of clothing going into landfills, but already used clothing items tend to have fewer toxins hiding in their fabrics due to the fact that some chemicals breakdown the more you wash clothing.
Also, since children grow so quickly, I like to usually save money and buy used instead.
If this is the route you’re looking to go here are a few tips on thrifting for children’s/baby clothing:
- Be sure to always wash thrifted clothing before wearing to strip it of any toxic household laundry detergents.
- Instead wash your children’s clothing in a natural laundry detergent, like this one.
- If possible, buy organic brands – that means you win twice — organic clothing and at a cheap price!
- Buy gender-neutral clothing for newborns. If you don’t know the gender, then you’re good either way! Also, if you are expecting to have more children, then you can always reuse this clothing.
My Go-To Organic Children’s Clothing Brands
But if you are not looking to thrift your children’s clothes or you’re looking for some nicer items to put on a baby registry or Christmas list, then take a look into these brands below.
Burt’s Bees Baby
This is my personal go-to when it comes to organic clothing.
Compared to other brands, Burt’s Bees tends to be decently affordable, offers “packs” with more than one item in them (think onesies), have a great gender-neutral selection, and come in super cute designs.
Monica & Andy
I love this brand, but they are pretty expensive and are sold one item at a time. So I don’t buy it for myself!
Mostly friends and family have gifted me some super cute pajamas! Organic cotton and beautiful designs is their thing!
Hanna Anderson has some really affordable options, especially during sales!
I love to buy my little sister clothes from here too since they carry both baby and children’s clothing!
H&M has adult organic wear as well as baby clothing!
They have the best gender-neutral clothing of any brand in this list and they are super fashionable.
This company is super cute because they have mainly one-colored pajamas rather than crazy designs!
Also beautiful textiles, but I’ve never bought them personally! A little more pricy!
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