Are you dressing your baby in toxins?
I know that title is a little bit dramatic. But, unfortunately it’s true. There are many harmful toxins in baby clothes.
In fact, all new clothes have toxins. But the reason I am honing in on babies today is because they are so small, their skin has a greater surface area than ours, their immune systems are still developing and so is their brain. It’s a crucial time of growth for our cherubs and limiting their toxic load as much as we can is something I think is really important.
Our skin absorbs whatever it comes into contact with – chemicals go straight into the blood stream. Unlike when we eat food, there is no liver to help detox chemicals.
Natural fibres like organic cotton are a much safer choice for baby clothes. Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world. Pesticides, fungicides and herbicides all contain dangerous chemicals.
‘The health risks of pesticides include birth defects, reproductive disorders and weaker immune systems.’ Mother Earth News
Conventional cotton fabrics are usually bleached, dyed and treated with softeners, formaldehyde, fire retardants, wrinkle and soil guard chemicals and these can stay in the fabric over an extended time. In her book, Healthy Home Healthy Family, Nicole Bijlsma says that formaldehyde is a known skin and lung irritant and may cause dermatitis.
Babies’ skin is a lot more sensitive than ours – it’s more porous, thinner and it loses moisture faster. They are prone to eczema, skin rashes and discomfort due to the chemicals in clothing. Synthetic fabrics don’t allow the skin to breathe either – organic cotton keeps bub much more comfortable because it absorbs moisture.
Getting good quality basics like onsies is a budget friendly option. As they are worn as the first layer next to the skin, sourcing those these in organic can protect bub from other clothing. Having a few good quality items rather than loads of cheaper clothes is also better for the environment. You could suggest organic cotton clothing to family and friends if they ask what you need for baby gifts. So much more practical than a lot of the baby gifts out there.
Where to shop? Find some beautiful, toxin-free baby clothes at:
What do you use on your baby?