How to find the best organic clothing for your newborn baby and children

How to find the best organic clothing for your newborn baby and children

August 13, 2023

As a parent, you always want the best for your children and that includes dressing them in safe, organic and comfortable clothing. But did you know that children's clothing can affect their health and wellbeing? When the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had 38 pieces of children’s clothing tested from the ultra-​fast-​fashion brands Zaful, AliExpress, and Shein, it found that one in five had elevated levels of toxic chemicals such as lead, PFAS, and phthalates.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to be dressing your children in organic clothing that is free from toxins and chemicals. Natural fibres such as cotton, linen, bamboo and wool are a great choice. Finding the best organic clothing for your newborn baby and children involves a combination of research, product evaluation, and making informed choices.  Here's a step-by-step guide to help you find the right organic clothing:

  1. Understand What "Organic" Means: Organic clothing is made from natural fibers that are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

  2. Research Brands and Retailers: Look for reputable brands and retailers that specialize in organic baby and children's clothing. At Kit & Cradle, we pride ourselves on keeping every step of our production in Australia. Our clothing is made from 100% organic cotton sourced from an Australian business, printed in Australia using water based ink and made in Australia with care and love.  

  3. Check Fabric Materials: Organic clothing can be made from various materials, such as organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, or wool. Organic cotton is a popular choice for baby clothing due to its softness and breathability. Research the benefits of different materials to find what suits your baby's needs..

  4. Read Labels and Descriptions: Pay attention to labels and product descriptions. Look for terms like "100% organic," "GOTS-certified," or "chemical-free." Be cautious of vague terms like "natural" or "eco-friendly," as they may not necessarily mean the product is organic.

  5. Prioritize Comfort and Safety: Newborns and children have sensitive skin, so prioritize comfort and safety. Choose clothing with flat seams, no itchy tags, and consider clothing that is easy to put on and take off. Avoid clothing with decorative elements that could pose a choking hazard.

  6. Consider Functionality: Think about the practicality of the clothing. Choose items that are easy to clean, durable, and appropriate for the climate. Cotton layering options are useful for regulating temperature. Our Cotton Bloomers are perfect to be worn alone or for wearing under dresses to protect baby's bottom. 

  7. Sizing: Babies and children grow quickly, so consider purchasing slightly larger sizes to allow for growth. Our Kit & Cradle styles are made with a bit more room for baby's to grow into. Our kids range are also designed to be worn slightly oversized. 

  8. Support Local and Small Businesses: Consider supporting local or small businesses that prioritize ethical and sustainable practices. These businesses like ours at Kit & Cradle, may have a smaller carbon footprint and a more personal approach to customer service. 

  9. Wash Care Instructions: Follow the recommended wash care instructions to maintain the quality and longevity of the organic clothing. Using mild, eco-friendly detergents is recommended to avoid harsh chemicals.

  10. Price Comparison: Compare prices and quality across different brands and retailers. Remember that organic clothing may have a slightly higher upfront cost, but the long-term benefits to your baby's health and the environment can outweigh the initial investment.

  11. Educate Yourself: Stay informed about sustainable and ethical practices in the fashion industry. As your child grows, continue to make mindful choices when purchasing clothing.



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