Cotton is one of the most common materials used in baby clothing, but does it provide significant benefits? The answer is yes. Cotton offers a breathable material that allows your baby to stay cool when they are wearing it. This, in turn, helps them maintain their body temperature, thus preventing overheating. It also has natural anti-microbial properties that can help protect against diaper rash, which is why more parents choose cloth nappies for their little bundles of joy. Cotton is also great because it breathes well and absorbs moisture quickly, but perhaps one of the top advantages is that it dries fast. Cotton also doesn’t irritate the skin as much as other fabrics, making them perfect for sensitive skinned babies who might get irritated from rubbing against certain chemically produced synthetics like polyester, acrylic, nylon, rayon, and spandex.
Why is breathability so important?
In short, the more breathable the material, the more comfortable it is, even in rather hot and humid weather conditions, which are all too familiar here in Australia. Most babies will develop rashes, dry skin, or other skin conditions during their first few months of life. With naturally have sensitive skin, any clothing that uses dyes, scents or soaps can be problematic, causing irritation and rashes. Therefore, 100% cotton is highly beneficial, keeping your baby’s gentle skin warm and dry. At Elves in the Wardrobe, we provide 100% cotton baby organic clothes which meet the “Global Organic Textile Standards” (GOTS). This covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of textiles made from at least 70 per cent certified natural organic fibres. As your little one starts to crawl and explore the world, you’ll want to make sure they’re wearing clothes that are both comfortable and safe. Pure cotton is naturally hypoallergenic, but it’s also incredibly soft because no chemical treatments are needed during production.
Should you avoid polyester?
Absolutely. Although polyester is found in many baby clothes, toys and blankets, it is not the safest option for babies. It is a synthetic fabric made up of petroleum, coal, water, and air, yet it’s not breathable, so it can cause overheating and aggravate eczema and other skin allergies. It’s also a synthetic petroleum-based fibre and is therefore made from a carbon-intensive non-renewable resource. Polyester production uses harmful chemicals, including carcinogens, and if emitted to water and air untreated, it can cause significant environmental damage. Conventional cotton can also be bad for the environment because of its high water consumption and pollution, soil degradation, greenhouse gas emissions, and use of harmful pesticides and fertilisers. At Elves in the Wardrobe, the cotton found in our organic baby clothes is Grown using materials and methods that lower its impact on the environment. The many organic baby clothing brands on our website focus on maintaining soil fertility and don’t involve any toxic pesticides, synthetic fertilisers and harmful chemicals, resulting in exceptionally soft and safe baby clothing with a vision to shape a greener, healthier world where our little ones will thrive.