When a newborn arrives, you do all you can to ensure your little one is safe and loved. Every decision feels important—you’ve got this tiny person’s wellbeing in your hands, after all. Our latest post explores the benefits certified organic cotton can have for your baby, from how it’s gentle on the skin to the way it comforts, to its durability and ability to help safeguard the planet. We believe it’s an easy choice for a better future.
ORGANIC BENEFITS: BABY’S SENSITIVE SKIN
There’s a reason you sometimes see diaper rashes, eczema, baby acne, and other irritations on your little one: a baby’s skin is more delicate than an adult’s. Because it is still developing, newborn skin is more porous, extra vulnerable to damage, and harder to keep hydrated than your own. This means a baby’s thinner skin absorbs things more easily and is less resistant to harmful substances—which is why it’s important that the fabrics touching it are pure, natural, and safe.
A natural fiber that’s also naturally hypoallergenic, organic cotton is a smarter option when it comes to your child’s health. While conventional cotton requires harsh chemicals during its manufacturing (think bleaches, ammonia, formaldehyde, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants and more), organic cotton with the GOTS label is sustainably grown from non-GMO crops and processed without toxins or dyes. Fabrics crafted from certified organic cotton therefore eliminate the risk of your baby’s skin taking in the chemicals you’d prefer to avoid…making it a more thoughtful choice not only for the clothes baby wears, but also the bedding, blankets, bibs, bath towels, and soft toys that come into contact with baby’s skin.
ORGANIC BENEFITS: BABY’S LEVEL OF COMFORT
Grown naturally without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, organic cotton simply feels better than its conventional counterpart. In addition, certified organic cotton is processed without the chemicals, toxic dyes, and bleaches used for conventional cotton. The end result is not only a softer and more cuddly fabric, but also one that’s more breathable.
This benefits anyone choosing organic cotton, of course—but it particularly helps your baby. Naptime and playtime both feel more comfortable when you’re snuggled into softer organic cotton. And because it’s breathable, organic cotton also doesn’t trap in heat that can make you feel too hot or sweaty. This is especially important as your little one’s sensitive skin has a harder time regulating body temperature and is more susceptible to conditions like rashes and irritations caused by overheating or dampness.
ORGANIC BENEFITS: CONSTANT CHANGING & LAUNDRY DAY
From powerful new emotions to long, sleepless nights, parenting comes with a few things you might expect—and perhaps a few you don’t, like the endless amounts of time you seem to spend with your washing machine. Thanks to a host of activity (spit ups, diaper disasters, and feeding stains, anyone?), laundry day can often become every day. But the good news is that with certified organic cotton, your baby’s items are more durable and can last longer, load after load.
Due to the chemical processing conventional cotton material goes through before it reaches store shelves, it tends to break down faster than organic cotton. Moreover, organic cotton comes from a longer, stronger fiber, ensuring that the natural, untreated fabric it produces is of higher quality and is less prone to damage. It all means you’ll get more use out of items made from organic cotton…a lifesaver considering how much wear and tear baby items can take. Because with everything from clothing changes to diaper duty to a laundry basket full of used bibs, parenting your little one keeps you on your toes—and the more resilient their onesies, blankets, and burp cloths, the more time, stress, and money you’ll save not having to replace them.
ORGANIC BENEFITS: THE WORLD THEY’LL INHERIT
You’ve gifted your baby a beautiful planet, but it’s also a place that needs some changes to ensure they have a lifetime of happiness and healthiness. Making choices like certified organic cotton—and teaching your little one to do the same—helps keep our earth cleaner. That’s because the methods and materials used to grow organic cotton create less of an impact on the environment. When farms don’t use artificial pesticides and fertilizers, toxins won’t enter rivers and groundwater and the long-term fertility of the soil remains protected, too.
Organically farming cotton also helps the health of both the people working the land and their local communities. It reduces chemical-related illnesses from any exposure to pesticides and fertilizers. Plus, there’s less of a chance that toxins from a farm’s water runoff will contaminate the surrounding area’s water supply. This also keeps the habitat of the region’s fish and wildlife cleaner and safer.
It might feel like a small, everyday choice. But opting for eco-minded materials like certified organic cotton can help the earth thrive…and ensure your child can make the most of the world they’ll one day take over.
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