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.
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