In previous blogs, we spent some time discussing organic fabrics and the many advantages of organic materials for your little ones, and the environment. In this article, we’re going to look at all the different organic fabrics that are useful throughout your baby’s and children’s ever-changing needs.
The organic fabrics shown form the basis of our buying strategy. In addition to health and environmental considerations, they represent great value, durability and comfort.
For us, organic cotton is the number one fabric. It’s perfect for babies for a number of reasons. Firstly, unlike ordinary cotton, it’s not made using toxic chemicals. Secondly, it’s very strong, but also soft and fine, and breathable against baby’s skin. Thirdly, it’s durable and heat resistant making it easy to wash and use for many years. Finally, organic cotton is grown and made without causing damage to the environment, and it’s regulated to be fair to the workers too.
Organic cotton muslin is king in the hot weather. It’s light, very breathable, it draws moisture away from the skin and it’s incredibly soft. A summer best-seller is our French Eco label Poudre. They produce their entire range out of soft double layered organic cotton muslin.
This is a great soft fabric for babies. It’s able to grow with your baby but not stretch out of shape.
An awesome mid-weight organic cotton fabric that’s useful between seasons.
Made from certified organic cotton, corduroy is a soft but tough fabric. Ideal for mobile babies and adventure bound toddlers.
Organic pointelle is a classic fabric with great thermal and wicking qualities.
Organic terry fabric is soft and fluffy. It’s absorbent too.
Organic cotton knits provide for a cosy layer perfect for between the seasons.
Pure wool is perhaps the ultimate fabric for combining so many positive attributes. It’s soft, warm, breathable, and non-irritating. It’s perfect for new babies that still haven’t developed their heat regulation. In fact, Medical research at Cambridge University showed that lamb’s wool has a soothing, swaddling effect on babies. This results in better sleep, reduced stress, greater contentment and improved weight gain. It can also absorb and neutralise or dissipate odours. Wool is heat regulating, self-cleaning, is non-flammable and won’t need ironing (Yay!)
As a parent, especially during the first few weeks, you quickly realise just how vital frequent nappy changes are to a baby’s happiness, health and hygiene. With such delicate skin, it’s not just the frequency of changing that can prevent soreness, the quality of the fabric is paramount too.
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