There is nothing more precious than a baby’s silky, pure skin. It represents a new life, untouched by environmental factors that we experience over time like the strong sun and harsh chemicals. Because our baby’s skin is more delicate than ours, we want to do everything possible to protect it. One of the best ways to do this is to wrap our children up in soft, organic baby clothes.
The Problem With Regular Cotton
Cotton seems like the most comfortable material to choose for our babies, right? Well, it depends what type of cotton you are talking about. As it turns out, not all cotton is created equal.
The conventional cotton industry uses a ton of dangerous chemicals. In fact, cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops grown, with about 25 percent of the world’s pesticides and 10 percent of insecticides used to grow cotton crops every year. In addition, other chemical products like petroleum-based agents, heavy metals, formaldehyde, ammonia, softeners, brighteners, and flame and soil retardants are used to process cotton after it is harvested and before it is made into the t-shirts, pants, and other products we see featured in stores.
Besides the devastating impacts on our natural environment, imagine what these dangerous chemicals could do to your precious infant if they wear clothes that were part of that process. Pesticides typically used on the cotton farm like glyphosate, aldicarb, and boric acid were developed to kill insects and other creatures. Unfortunately, they can impact our health as well as they get absorbed by our skin, leading to symptoms such as irritating our eyes and skin, affecting hormones and our endocrine system, impacting our nervous system, and even causing cancer.
What’s Skin Got To Do With It?
We all need to be concerned about dangerous chemicals touching and seeping through our skin, but it is even more critical that we be mindful about this when it comes to our young ones. A baby’s skin is particularly sensitive for a number of reasons.
Their skin is not fully developed yet, making it more vulnerable to damage. That’s why we hear so much about diaper rash, eczema, and other skin issues during our children’s first year.
- The outside layer of their skin is three to five times thinner than ours and is made up of smaller cells, allowing more water and other substances to be absorbed into the body.
- Their skin is also much more porous with fewer elastic fibers than adult skin, making it easier for chemicals to get through.
- The surface area of a baby’s skin is between three and five times greater than ours relative to body weight. That means when a chemical is absorbed by their skin, it will be considerably more concentrated and more apt to cause harmful symptoms.
Overall, their skin and immune system are more susceptible to irritants, so we want to do everything we can to make sure they are not exposed to dangerous chemicals.
Why Organic Clothing Is The Safer Choice
We wouldn’t let our kids crawl around in a field sprayed with harmful pesticides, so why would we bundle them up in materials that soaked in these harsh chemicals?
It’s perfectly clear that organic cotton baby clothes are the best choice to keep our kids both snuggly and healthy. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides or fertilizers that can harm our children. These clothes are also typically pigment free, metal free, bleach free, and hypoallergenic. Besides being better for the air, water, soil, and cotton farm workers, clothes made with organic cotton are much safer than those made from regular cotton since we can only imagine what chemicals those clothes have come in contact with.
Plus, organic cotton is known to be softer to the touch, more durable, and gentler on our kids’ skin. It is a wonderful choice, especially for children with allergies or sensitive skin.
Here at Cat & Dogma, all of our products are designed to nurture your baby from head to toe. Our fabrics are all certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers, and none of our clothes contain chemical bleaches, dyes, or finishes.
Dressing our kids up in organic baby clothes will give them a safe and adorable start to their precious lives. And it’s one less thing for us to worry about!