There is nothing parents enjoy more than dressing their kids until they come of age when they insist on picking their own clothes. But until then, you can enjoy choosing the most adorable pajamas, onesies, dresses and tiny tuxes for your sweet baby. But while style does play an important role in buying high-quality children’s clothes, many parents neglect the materials.
Since your kids’ skin is delicate, you have to choose the fabric that’s going to be gentle on them as they will be wearing those clothes all day. If you look at the labels on your children’s clothes, you’ll see that the most of them are made out of cotton. However, not all labels state whether the cotton is organic or treated with chemicals such as dyes.
Is Cotton Really That Natural
What you might not know is that insecticides and pesticides are used in the cotton industry to defend the material against pesky attackers. Insecticides and pesticides are not only bad for the environment, they are also bad for our health as we consume the products they pollute. But most of those chemicals are removed as the cotton is processed, so you don’t have to worry about having to get rid of your cotton clothes.
A far worse alternative are clothes made from synthetic fibers. These fabrics are made using various dangerous chemicals such as PVC, acrylic, petrochemicals, and others that are often linked to health issues ranging from immunodeficiency, behavioral issues, and hormone imbalance.
What both have in common are the fabric finishes. While some finishes can be washed away after a couple of times, some finishes such as permanent press cannot be washed out of the material. These finishes release a compound called formaldehyde. Some of those fabric finishes contain materials that experts have linked to skin irritation and even cancer.
How Should I Choose My Kids’ Clothes?
When choosing your kids’ clothes make sure to check that the label states the clothes were made using sustainable materials and that they don’t contain toxic dyes. This is the safest way to be sure you toddlers or children’s skin is not in contact with toxins and harmful chemicals. Also, check if the clothes were treated with chemical finishes or dyes.
The best materials for kids’ clothes include hemp, bamboo, organic cotton, cashmere, and silk. If the label shows the clothes follow the Global Organic Textile Standard or GOTS, you can rest assured the outfit you want to buy for your child is at least 95% made out of organic materials with no harmful chemicals used for dying or in the finish.
The number of companies selling organic children’s clothes is on the rise due to the increasing demand of parents who are beginning to realize not all clothes are made equally. If you care for your child’s health (and who doesn’t), you should look more into what types of materials can be harmful to your child and clear their wardrobe of anything that might cause a number of health issues.