Getting into Eco Baby Gear

Many mother and baby clothing decisions are made on style and convenience. You should also add eco-friendly materials to your decision making process.

For babies, clothing essentially takes the place of the mother’s womb as it is necessary in keeping the delicate body warm and comfortable. Your baby is also clothed almost all the time. As a concerned parent, it is important to ensure your baby is wrapped in the highest quality clothing, free from chemical finishes, pesticides, and herbicides.

Here are some guidelines for choosing eco baby gear and clothing for the entire family:

Avoid Synthetic Materials

Avoid synthetic materials for clothing such as polyester or poly/cotton blends. Synthetic fibers are made of petro-chemicals that contain volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). Additionally, all poly/cotton blends as well as many non-organic 100% cotton clothes contain a formaldehyde finish to make them permanently pressed.

VOC and formaldehyde exposure can lead to many symptoms including headaches, coughing, watery eyes, respiratory problems including asthma, and more serious conditions such as cancer. The risk is greater for infants and young children because children’s skin is more permeable and their lungs are still developing.

Choose 100% Certified Organic Cotton, Chemical Free Clothing

Non-organic cotton, in all likelihood, is exposed to pesticides which can lead to negative health effects such as birth defects and other long-term health problems. Because cotton used in clothing is not grown for food, the pesticides used in cotton are not regulated like they are for food.

100% Certified Organic Cotton is much more durable than chemically treated cotton because of all the processing the treated cotton has gone through. Because of this, organic cotton textiles tend to last 5 times longer than similar non-organic products.

Heavy metals and contaminants including nickel and lead are also absent from fully organic clothes. Eliminating the exposure to nickel and lead can prevent possible risks to the immune system, respiratory tract, and endocrine regulation. These heavy metals have also been known to cause development and behavioral problems.

Choose Organic Wool
Another excellent option for clothing is wool. Rest assured you will not find the scratchy feeling of non organic wool if the wool you choose is organic. Be careful as some washable wool can be dangerous as the chlorine bleaching process can produce dioxins unhealthy to mother and baby.

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