Choosing the right material of your baby’s clothes will help you avoid any possibility of skin irritation, rashes, even allergies. In 21st century, the market is loaded with synthetic fabrics and materials that are too cheap to believe, but the possibility of skin irritation or even dermatitis is endless.
After a long research, I have come to the conclusion that there are 3 fabric types you can never go wrong with for your baby.
- Organic Cotton – one of the best materials ever invented. A great percentage of the baby clothes manufacturers nowadays avoid synthetic fabrics and choose to manufacture their clothes using cotton fabric. Some are even offering organic cotton which is currently the best option for your baby. It is known that regular cotton farming starts with GMO or genetically modified seeds. They are modified to build resistance to bugs, but when the bugs become stronger, more pesticides are required. Organic cotton is made from natural seeds, and there is no use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Bugs are controlled with insects that kill the pests. As a result, organic cotton products are safer for the skin. Perfect for newborns.
- Muslin/Gauze – Unlike other materials, which can trap body heat and prohibit movement, muslin is an incredibly soft and breathable fabric. It’s finely-woven fabric – this allows heat to escape and fresh air to enter, hence – your baby can be comfortable and calm. Swaddling your baby in muslin will envelop the baby in a similar way to that of the womb. Due to the fact that it provides soft womb-like environment, it helps your baby sleep better. Because muslin is very lightweight it can help for easier breast-feeding due to the fact that the baby will still feel their mother’s temperature through the swaddle. This type of fabric gets softer with every wash. Perfect for newborns.
- Merino Wool – Merino sheep are a special breed that the wool is being produced by. It is simultaneously breathable and insulating, hence – it will help regulate body temperature. It’s durable and provides high levels of UV protection. Being almost as soft as cashmere it feels great on the skin. Perfect for baby clothes and baby blankets as well. Perfect for newborns.
Choosing the baby crib is a key moment for every new parent. Every new parent wants the best for their little angel. When you choose a crib, the harmful materials to avoid are composite wood products, formaldehyde, glue, paint, plastic.
- Solid Wood Crib – aim for solid wood with non-toxic finish (paint or varnish).
- Metal Crib – lately metal has become famous again, it’s a fact that it’s a less toxic option.
- Used Crib – it’s perfectly fine to buy a second-hand crib, just make sure that it meets the up to date safety standards.
Unlike the crib, the mattress is 10 times harder choice to make. And you need to make an educated one. The harmful materials to be cautious for are foams, fire retardant chemicals, dyes, formaldehyde finishes, plastic (polyester). Also, do not forget that for a newborn the mattress needs to be firm (in order to reduce the risk of suffocation).
- Breathable Natural Materials Core – aim for a breathable core with all natural materials.
- Cotton Cover – Do not agree for less than a 100% cotton cover for your mattress, even if it’s not waterproof. You can always buy a waterproof removable cotton cover.
- Organic Cotton Blankets – for the non-winter days you can buy blankets from organic cotton.
- Merino Wool Blankets – as mentioned in the clothes section, merino wool will help regulate body temperature, which is very important for babies and toddlers too.
Sheets and Cover
- Organic Cotton Sheets – You are probably tired of reading about cotton over and over again in this article. But trust me, you will not regret it!
- Cotton Sateen Sheets – Sateen is a term that defines the type of weave in fabric – has a softer, silkier feel as compared to cotton sheets made from a plain or standard weave. The only bad news is that they don’t have the lifespan that plain weaves offer.
- Cotton Waterproof Mattress Cover – Yet another cotton item in your list. It’s good to have at least 2 of these waterproof mattress covers just in case!
- Babies should sleep on a firm mattress.
- Newborns do not need a pillow.
- No duvet or other kind of big airy blankets.
- Keep the crib clean of any decorating pillows, toys, etc.