My pregnancy is progressing with rapid pace with only around eight weeks to go! The other day I got a sudden need to spend some time on the baby’s wardrobe and bedding, just to be prepared, you know. Most mothers (to-be and who already are) like to spend some time on is shopping for nice clothes to put on the precious little ones. But do you only look on the design, or are you also aware of the fabric components and what is actually nice and soft for your baby’s skin?
Closest to the skin
Our skin is the largest organ that absorbs up to 80% everything you put on it – cosmetics, toys and clothes. Children’s skin is more sensitive than adults’. Luckily, nowadays you can get both great, colourful design and the softest, organically produced fabrics with no harmful chemicals that can cause skin rashes, asthma, hormonal disruptions etc. By choosing organic fabric such as organic cotton, wool and silk, you will have the purest fabric that lets your child’s skin breathe through the fabric and will not be harmed from any remaining chemicals in the fabric.
Where to start?
A good place to start your shopping for organic textiles is to think of inner layer clothessuch as underwear, sleepwear and t-shirts because these are in direct contact with the skin – and thereby have the strongest effect on the body. Also, think of the bedding textiles and mattresses – your child will spend most of its early years in bed! When you buy a new mattress, make sure to let it ‘breathe’ outdoors or for several days in a room with fresh air because most mattresses contain formaldehyde (flame retardant). You can also put a mattress pad on top of the mattress to avoid as much contact with the skin as possible. Choose bedding textiles of organic cotton, and be sure to wash everything before use.
Look for the GOTS logo
When you shop for clothes and fabrics, look for the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) label. All fabrics with this label ensures you that the textiles are made from certified organically produced raw materials, such as cotton, silk, flax (linen) and wool.
GOTS certified textiles prohibits chemicals which are commonly used in textile production and which are feared to cause cancer, birth defects and other serious illnesses.
If you want to know more about GOTS and the certification, please visit www.global-standard.org.
It’s organic fashion, baby!
At the Organic With Love (OWL) shop we have selected some of the best organic fashion brands on the market – all in 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, silk and wool. The quality is soft on the skin and is really comfortable – and there is everything from basics such as baby bodies, leggings and t-shirts, to colourful dresses, cool jeans and hats. We also have the best quality beddings such as pillows, duvets and organic bed linen. Check out our Facebook site ‘Organic with Love’.
Until next time, take care – and happy shopping for organic clothes and textiles!