Your baby is the most precious little human in your life. Naturally, we want to do everything we can to ensure they have the best in life.
You may have already switched to organic food to guarantee they are healthy on the inside so why not ensure what touches them on the outside is organic too?
Organic cotton clothing and baby products have become increasingly popular over the past few years. More and more parents are opting for natural items rather than clothes and products drenched in chemicals.
Below we have compared why it is best to choose natural, organic products for your baby.
Organic vs Conventional Cotton: What’s the Difference?
The big difference between organic and conventional cotton is the way the product is produced, and the amount of toxic chemicals used in the process.
Baby clothing and bedding that’s made from conventional cotton uses an extreme amount of toxic pesticides and chemicals during the growing process. They then are heavily bleached and coloured with toxic dyes during the weaving process.
GMO seeds are usually used to grow the cotton balls, which are then sprayed with insecticides. Machinery is then used to pick the cotton.
This is how organic cotton is produced:
+ It is harvested delicately with the use of natural cotton seeds.
+ The soil used is chemical free.
+ Farmers only use rain water to grow the crop.
+ No chemicals or pesticides are sprayed at any stage of the process.
+ The cotton balls are handpicked and never bleached or dyed with the use of toxic chemicals.
+ If dyes are used, they are usually plant based, nontoxic dyes.
Why is Organic the Best for Your Baby?
Now that we know the main difference between organic cotton and conventional cotton, here are 6 reasons for why you should be switching to organic clothing and bedding for your precious baby.
It Lasts Longer
Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton lasts longer.
This is because organic cotton’s resilient fibres have not been damaged by chemicals during the growing and weaving process.
That makes the quality superior.
No matter how many times you wash it, or your baby wears it, it will age gracefully.
It’s Free from Toxic Chemicals
We have already talked about the chemicals used in the growing and processing of conventional cotton. Let’s discuss that some more…
It is extremely important for babies to sleep in bedding and wear clothing that is chemical free. This is because baby skin is 5 times thinner, more absorbent and more sensitive than adult skin.
Therefore, a baby’s skin absorbs toxic chemicals faster and is more likely to develop skin irritations and allergies.
If dressed in conventional cotton, babies inhale the chemical residues from the fibres as they sleep. By switching to organic you can rest easy, knowing your child is not inhaling anything toxic.
Organic Cotton is Softer and More Comfortable
Organic cotton is naturally a very soft fibre. But when drenched in chemicals it often loses its soft touch and becomes coarse and scratchy, which causes discomfort.
When a baby is itchy, they become restless. By switching to organic, you’re maximising your baby’s comfort and ensuring they stay cosy and itch-free, wrapped in soft clothing and bedding.
When taken care of properly, organic cotton can get softer with every wash.
It’s Better for Your Baby’s Skin
Organic cotton is gentle and kinder to a baby’s skin. As the material is soft and free from chemicals, there is less of a chance of your child developing skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and skin allergies.
As organic cotton always keeps its natural state, it makes it mould resistant and antimicrobial too.
It’s Better for The Environment
Conventional cotton damages a lot of the surrounding wildlife and plants. It also wastes enormous amounts of water.
As the pesticides and insecticides are sprayed, the residue leaks into local rivers, trees and vegetations that wildlife eat and drink from to survive. Treated cotton seeds are often ingested by animals causing them to fall ill or die.
Organic cotton, on the other hand, is far better for the environment and wildlife. No chemicals are used, and farmers recycle rain water so water from conservations isn’t wasted.
It’s Better for Our Farmers
Organic cotton is not only better for your baby’s health and for the environment, it is also better for the farmers that grow the cotton.
The farmers aren’t exposed to any harmful chemicals and don’t inhale any pesticides and insecticides.