Experienced Moms know that baby’s first exploration into the big world will be by putting things into their mouths. New Moms will find this out shortly. When there is nothing else within reach, the nearest blankie or shirt sleeve will do nicely. We pay close attention to everything that goes into our baby’s mouth, right? We carefully choose organic foods, safe toys, and the products that we use on our baby’s skin, but how often do we think about what is in the clothing that our baby puts in their mouth? Almost never, but if we stopped to think about it, we would be appalled at what our babies were joyfully sucking on.
Our baby is the most important reason why organic baby clothes are the obvious choice for conscientious mothers and mothers-to-be. Natural organic baby clothes are made from cotton and other natural fibers that are grown without toxins, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers. They must meet strict criterion in order to qualify for the organic label. Often, they are also free from harsh synthetic dyes and the remnants of the bleaching process. When it comes to your baby and your baby’s skin, manufacturers of organic baby clothing take extra measures to make certain that no metals or other harmful materials are intentionally or accidentally introduced into the manufacturing process. Wanna know more?
Organic baby clothes are hypo-allergenic, giving them a definite advantage over conventional baby clothing. Purchasing organic baby clothes is safer for your most precious gift to the world and good for our Earth too. The toxins and contaminants might be present only in minute amounts, but how often does baby chew on them? Toxin build-up does not typically occur at once, but builds up over time. Babies’ bodies are growing rapidly. This coupled with their small size makes them particularly susceptible to the undesirable affects of metals poisoning and exposure to other toxins. There is no definitive proof that toxin poisoning occurs often from baby clothes, but why take that chance?
What can be said for organic baby clothing can also be said for organic baby bedding too. Our baby is vulnerable and have no choices in their lives, other than those that we make for them. Where we have a choice, we can make the right one for them. Organic baby clothes are soft and strong because the fibers have not been subjected to chemical processes that strip them and weaken the individual fiber strength. They are processed using milder, gentler processes, which are often more labor intensive than those used by conventional processors, but they produce much better results. The extra labor used in the processing of organic fabric can translate into slightly higher costs, but when one considers the alternatives, it is worth it for our babies.
Some fabrics are labeled “natural” rather than “organic.” Many think that “natural” and “organic” are one in the same, but they are not. It all comes down to regulation and the different rules that producers must follow to earn these labels. To earn the “Natural” label, producers do not have to keep the strict records of organic producers. In order to qualify for the “Organic” label, producers must keep records that go back as far as ten years about every source of material that goes into the process. They can only purchase from other organic certified producers in order to keep their organic label. Those producing under the “natural” label often follow the same procedures, but are not under the strict supply chain regulations as organic producers. Natural producers come in many different flavors and they are not inspected or as tightly regulated as those who earn the “organic” label.
Understanding the difference between the organic and natural fabric labels can go a long way in keeping with the eco-friendly philosophy. When the label is “organic” the consumer can be assured that the producer is inspected and that they must follow strict guidelines according to the USDA. Many “natural’ or “all natural” producers are just as reliable as those with the organic label in terms of eco-friendliness, but they can be self-regulated, or inspected by groups that are self-regulated. When it comes to the “natural” label, the consumer must do some research on their own to find out about their manufacturing processes and decide for themselves how they feel about their products.
So now that you know what those labels on your baby’s clothes mean, you have everything you need to understand what is in your baby’s clothing. When it comes to baby’s health, the choice is obvious. Organic baby clothes and organic bedding are a decision that Moms can get a good night’s sleep over… well maybe not for a while at least.
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