When I had my first baby, we were lucky enough to have friends and family that passed down beautiful hand-me-downs and bought us gifts (with the inevitable shopping splurge on cute onesies of course!) that we didn’t need to buy much new. I tended to buy second hand as well and was cool with that given knowing how quickly babies grow.
After coming back from living in the UK and having my second baby Layla soon after, I pulled out all of my son’s old clothes and realised only a few were salvageable, most of them being the wrong season – the rest I gave to my sister who had a newborn baby boy.
Since I knew I’d need to replace most of the baby clothes anyway, I did what most new mums do in the wee hours of the night while feeding a newborn – online shopping. I started digging a little deeper into what actually made up most clothing.
And quite honestly – was a bit shocked.
But cotton is good for our kids! Right?
Cotton and Your Baby
How does the non-organic cotton affect your children?
Baby’s skin is a lot thinner and delicate to our skin.
A baby’s skin is thinner, more fragile and less oily than an adult’s. A baby’s skin also produces less melanin, the substance that helps protect against sunburn. It’s less resistant to bacteria and harmful substances in the environment, especially if it’s irritated. Babies also sweat less efficiently than the rest of us, so it’s harder for them to maintain their inner body temperature. This means that children are at greater risk for pesticide-related health problems than adults meaning skin irritations and lots more
When choosing organic clothing for your children you can rest assured that they will not be exposed to all of these nasty toxins. Organic cotton is farmed in a completely different way to your non-organic cotton, there are no pesticides and toxins used, other safer methods are used to produce the organic crops such as physical removal of weeds which stops the farmers from having to use any pesticides to kill of the weeds, the workers then have better working conditions as they are not being exposed to all the toxins and chemicals.
Buying Organic: From fresh produce to clothing
Our society is ever-changing and we receive information from people, media and much more on a daily basis and this information is what is driving us to shape and change our lives and ways of living.
Information on the way our food is grown and what they use to stop the insects from ruining crops which are many chemicals and pesticides are now forcing people to buy only organic produce.
The same goes for out cotton crops where the cotton is grown to make our clothing, although it is not being consumed there are still chemicals, pesticides and much more being used on these crops and it can cause skin irritations, rashes and much more.
And what about our farmer’s and farm workers? Very few if any safety measures are taken to protect the workers from these chemicals and pesticides.
Besides being chemical free organic-cotton is a safer and longer lasting product, there for the price that you pay is well worth it as it will last longer and wash better than your non-organic clothing products, and the feel of organic cotton is amazing.
Here are 5 top reasons we think you should make the switch to Organic Clothing:
- It helps protect your children
- It reduces chemical use and protects our farmers
- It feels amazing inside and out
- It supports a healthier environment
- It is longer lasting