Dressing up your children in adorable outfits is one of the joys of parenthood. Shopping for their clothes and finding cute things to put them in really makes your heart swell.
However, with babies and children’s skin being so delicate you have to be so careful. Not only with what you wash their possessions in, but the actual fabrics that you buy too.
Here are some of the things to bear in mind when you’re choosing clothes for your little one.
Clothes for children should be soft and smooth so that they don’t irritate their sensitive skin. Cotton is a good choice and fits the bill. However, it’s worth going for organic cotton on the pieces that are going to be directly touching their skin such as undergarments and nightwear. This is because cotton is a crop, however, because it’s not used as food it’s not subject to the same strict guidelines when it comes to chemicals and pesticides. These pesticides can remain on the cotton, and in the fabric, it makes even after washing. Because babies skin is so delicate and porous, this is far more of a problem for them than it is for adults. Pesticides have been linked to all kinds of problems, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Lots of baby and children's clothes lines use organic cotton, it’s a little more expensive but worth the investment. If you go with a designer such as Stone Island girls and boys clothes you get peace of mind that the best materials are being used. You want your children's clothes to be breathable to prevent overheating, for this reason, it’s best to avoid man-made fabrics. Polyester, acrylic, and nylon, for example, will all pose a problem. While you’re unlikely to even come across baby clothes in these fabrics in a lot of countries- be wary when ordering things like fancy dress costumes from overseas. Or if you’re sourcing fabrics to make clothes yourself be sure to avoid these.
Buttons, Bows and Other Accessories
Anything that is sewed onto children’s clothes could potentially be a choking hazard. The same applies to things like cords and ties or anything else. It’s more of an issue in babies, but even children can put things like loose buttons or zip pulls in their mouth and potentially choke. Your best bet is to choose designs that are printed or embroidered rather than have extra things sewn on. Again be very wary of buying baby clothes from eBay or anywhere else that ships items from other countries. They might not have the same safety standards meaning pieces can potentially be risky.
Children's clothes should have stretch to allow freedom of movement. When they want to play and move around, they don’t want to have to feel restricted or uncomfortable. It also means getting them dressed is easier as you do not have to tug clothes over their head. In the case of baby clothes, opt for items which have poppers at the shoulders which can make it easy to get clothes on and off. Poppers are easy to fasten, and unlike buttons can’t pull off and become a choking hazard. Look into the practicalities of getting outfits on and off when you buy clothes since you’ll be dressing and re-dressing your baby multiple times a day some days.
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