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With all the recent talk about organic baby clothes, many people are beginning to ask the question, “Are organic baby clothes really better for my baby?”

Well, the short answer is yes.

But you probably want to know why, right? As parents we all want the absolute best for our little ones.

We read to them, breastfeed them, make sure their bottles are prepared just right, play classical music in the nursery…but what about what we’re putting directly onto their delicate skin?

Often, clothing is the missing link in our children’s health. Underneath those bright colours and cute little characters lies some pretty harmful stuff.

Conventional cotton-growing techniques rely heavily on the use of fertilisers and pesticides to control the quality of the soil. That cotton is then processed using dyes, bleach and a host of other unhealthy chemicals that have been attributed to allergies, eczema and even cancer.

Depending on the goal of the finished product, the cotton has to be put through specific processes to achieve the desired qualities. Is the clothing product meant to be unusually soft? Then, a chemical softener must be applied. Is the product stain resistant? Then, the cotton has been manipulated using nanotechnology, which has been linked to all sorts of diseases and illnesses.

And let’s not forget about the environment. We want our babies to grow up in a safe, healthy environment and the more we support conventional cotton growing, the higher the demand will be.

That means more chemicals that are being sprayed into our atmosphere and running off into the water that our families consume.



But, there is an alternative! Organic cotton-growing techniques ensure that measures are being taken to provide the safest, gentlest cotton available.

Organic farmers start from a clean slate, ridding their farms of all harmful substances before they start growing their organic crops.

Instead of using chemical pesticides and fertilisers, natural, sustainable, biologically-based methods and products are used to enhance the quality of the soil.

Then, there’s the quality of the clothing itself. The techniques that are used in the processing of organic cotton are gentler, resulting in a naturally softer finished product.

And the same bright colours you see on the conventionally produced clothing can be achieved naturally. Instead of using harmful dyes, organic clothing utilises nontoxic mineral and plant-based dying techniques.

Without the addition of harsh chemicals, the strength of the cotton remains intact, resulting in a strong, durable product; a product that is hypoallergenic and free from the substances that could pose a threat to your child’s health.

So, with all of the reasons to make the switch to organic baby clothing, it’s really hard to find a reason not to.

Did you consider purchasing organic baby clothing? Please share in the comments below.

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  • I’ve been a mother for two years now and i can say that organic clothes a great for baby. My little girl has very sensitive skin so usual fabric makes her scratch herself and cry. I didn’t know what to do. But i discovered merino wool which is very soft and organic. I bought her a sleeping bag from green-rose.uk.com so now my baby does not scratch herself anymore and sleeps tighly at night. I recommend merino for every mommy whos baby is very sensitive


    • I’ve been a mother for two years now and i can say that organic clothes a great for baby. My little girl has very sensitive skin so usual fabric makes her scratch herself and cry. I didn’t know what to do. But i discovered merino wool which is very soft and organic. I bought her a sleeping bag from green-rose.uk.com so now my baby does not scratch herself anymore and sleeps tighly at night. I recommend merino for every mommy whos baby is very sensitive

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  • I always buy 100% organic clothes for my kids.The best thing about organic clothes is that they are made up of organic cotton fabric which does not require pesticides and herbicides. So, there would be no bad effect on human, animals and the nature. Organic clothes are especially good for babies and toddlers. Never heared of GOTS, thanks for sharing. You can visit :- http://www.hugabug.com

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  • Just do what is right for you and your family.

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  • I always wash clothes before they are worn regardless of who they are for.
    No they don’t use some of the chemicals they used to use, but…..take notice that the clothes you buy aren’t all creased regardless of the fact they were folded and packed in cartons, cartons stacked on top of each other, possibly for a few months. It has been publicly acknowledged that chemicals are used to stop creasing. I noticed organic baby’s singlets aren’t creased when you buy them either. Some clothes are still labelled “wash before use” or “wash separately before use”. There is very few genuine100% cotton clothing. A lot are stitched with polyester thread. In fact I think most are. There are some things that are labelled Cotton Rich. I discovered they are not usually 100% cotton. Even expensive brand cotton sheets are often stitched with polyester or similar thread. You have to read the small print to realise that.

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  • Yes except for the price. They are generally twice the price of regular clothes.

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  • organic clothing does sound like a better choice for your kids, like you say we all want the best for our kids. but personally i think it’s a bit over the top spending more money on clothes that they outgrow so quickly. we grew up fine just wearing normal material clothes anyway!

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  • how did we all survive without all this money making organic BS? Not a fan…Natural when I can, but not when it is branded…


    • yeah you don’t have to go out of your way plus it is really expensive

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  • your baby

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  • better clothes

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  • Organic farming is not as straight forward as it seems. An organic farmer can have all the credentials etc but there is nothing to stop nature from interfering with fierce dust storms etc and landing microscopic chemical particles on their crops etc.

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  • very important for the babys clothes

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  • Umm I didn’t even know there was organic baby clothing now I feel dumb!! Never thought about all the chemicals that go into clothes, I actually never really realised there were! And here I get worried about what soaps to use and washing powder whoops!!

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  • organic baby clothes always good for babys

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  • There wasn’t much talk about organic clothing when my oldest was born. The rest of the kids mostly had hand me downs or gifts. Organic clothing certainly makes sense as being healthier, as does what you wash them with. Being in the bush, I’ve got to use a laundry powder that is grey water system friendly and good for sensitive skin. Thanks for your article Melissa, and thanks for introducing us to Aster & Oak.

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  • lordy, how has humanity lasted this long – thank god organics are here to save us

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