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When to Buy Organic Clothing for Kids

Dressing your little one can be one of the most fun jobs as a new parent. Those tiny onesies, sweet pajamas, and tiny socks are irresistible. I know when I found out I was having a son, one of the very first things my husband and I did was pick out his coming home outfit.  We literally walked across the street to a children’s boutique immediately following the ultrasound to buy his very first outfit.

In the midst of all of the excitement of a new baby, you may not consider what’s in the clothing you are purchasing or how fabric choices may contribute to living a more natural lifestyle. I didn’t initially. But since clothing is in constant contact with a baby’s delicate and sensitive skin, I now try to choose items made of organic cotton and non-toxic dyes.

When shopping for children’s clothing, you’ll find that most children’s clothing is made out of cotton.  What the label won’t tell you is that unless that cotton is organic (and even organic choices aren’t guaranteed 100% chemical-free), it has often been treated with harmful chemicals that can’t always be washed away and, thus, could be absorbed by your baby’s skin.

Is cotton really the fabric of our lives?

While the cotton industry uses pesticides and insecticides in its cotton production—which is bad for the environment and our health because it pollutes natural resources we consume, those pesticide residues are removed from cotton fabric (not batting) during processing. So, you don’t necessarily have to toss all your cotton clothing right now.

Rather, children’s clothing made from synthetic fibers that are manufactured with petrochemicals, acrylic (polycrylonitriles), PVC, and esters may be linked to health problems including cancer, immune system damage, behavioral problems, and hormone disruption. And the fabric finishing found on cotton and synthetics alike is more concerning. Unlike sizing that can be removed in five washes, permanent press or fire-retardant finishing (which many children’s pajamas are treated with) never washes out and is known to release formaldehyde. Even “[s]ome synthetic dyes are made with chemicals that have been linked to everything from skin sensitization to occupational cancer,” reports Healthy Child Healthy World.

What should you keep in mind when shopping or buying gifts?

Choosing clothing made of sustainable fibers with non-toxic dyes are the safest and will keep harmful chemicals and toxins away from your baby’s skin.  Look for clothing that is made out of organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, wool, cashmere, or silk and check the label for no chemical finishes, non-toxic dyes and inks, and fair labor practices.  You can also check the label for The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) organic label.  GOTS is the world’s leading textile processing standard for organic fibers and requires that the clothing is 95 percent organic and has no toxic dyes or finishes.

How do you find affordable and safe clothing for your kids?

A few of my favorite organic clothing companies include Under the Nile, Kate Quinn Organics, and KicKee Pants.  And check out these great ideas for organic bibs, too. What are your faves?

~ Isobel Benesch of holdenonbaby

58 Comments

  1. All so true! Great informative article. I wish no clothing was ever made with such harmful stuff…then we concerned moms wouldn’t have to work so hard to find safe ones!

  2. calikatrina

    We did all white organic onesies for our newbies. But some of these brands listed are new to me, thanks for the info Isobel!

  3. The best thing about organic clothes is that they are made up of organic cotton fabric which does not require pesticides and herbicides. So, there would be no bad effect on human, animals and the nature. Organic clothes are especially good for babies and toddlers. Never heared of GOTS, thanks for sharing.

  4. There is nothing sweeter than a baby in a fresh, white onesie. What brands do you love?

  5. You’re welcome! Do you have any favorite brands for organic clothing? Or are there other ways you seek out “healthier” clothing alternatives, like swapping with friends? We’d love to hear your ideas.

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  7. There are also multitudes of small-brand designers making super cute organic and sustainable clothing for children….check out Etsy for some!

  8. We love Etsy! Like Honest, it’s a B Corporation committed to social goodness and responsible business practices. And it’s awesome how many independent artisans are supported through the site.

  9. Isobel Benesch

    Yes! I think Etsy is a wonderful resource for organic and sustainable clothes!! I have found some great options for Holden on Etsy. Do you have any favorites?

  10. Isobel Benesch

    Yes I definitely agree! Thanks for reading!!

  11. Isobel Benesch

    I love white onesies on little ones 🙂 So happy to share a few new brands with you! xo

  12. Isobel Benesch

    I know! It’s frustrating that we even have to think about things like this! But I am thankful that at least there are companies out there doing things the right way!

  13. Does anybody know any other stores/brands that are more economical? These clothes are beautiful but I can’t buy a $28 shirt or a $48 dress with 3 kids 🙁

  14. We’re big fans of swapping clothes with our friends, especially since kids grow out of things so quickly. Also, H&M produces some sustainable clothing made from organic cottons and vegetable dyes.

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  16. As a parent these days it is all about finding trusted sources to buy from, which is exactly why I love The Honest Co. It is also why we love the new company http://www.noblecarriage.com as a source for organic baby clothing. They travel the world to find the best organic clothing and then make it easy to gift safe clothing to friends or to buy for my own babe. I’m excited to see more companies like Honest Company be a safe and efficient place for parents to shop!

  17. It is really important that we care for the human race, the generations that are yet to see the light of the day, will one day look what their ancestors ie us, did to the world.

    What better way than to teach young kids of benefits of organic cotton. Way to go.
    Children when wear organic also become organic warriors of the future.

  18. Justas Splitas

    Organic clothes for kids? Wow, I want to try it. Because I use
    wholesale
    kids clothing

  19. Lauren H

    So I find this very interesting because i recently read about chemicals in children’s clothing. A lot of my children’s clothing came from Gap, especially my pi’s. When I asked them to let me know whether there was anything harmful in their clothes, they wanted me to give them a list of all of the items I have purchased and they would look into each item individually (all 250 items – brutal). Out of all 250 items, this is the response I received back –
    “Recently you contacted us with a question that required additional research. Sadly, we are limited on the information that we are able to provide and still fall within our company policies. The information that has not been deemed proprietary and able to be shared with our customer base is included below. We greatly apologize if the lack of information comes as disappointing to you, but hope that this information is somehow helpful.

    Biker Boot:

    UPPER: 99% PLASTIC (PU)1% METAL; OUTSOLE: 100% PLASTIC (TPR)

    Sherpa Boot:

    UPPER: 98% PLASTIC (PU) 2% METAL); OUTSOLE: 100% PLASTIC (EVA)

    Thank you for shopping with gap.com.

    If we may be of further assistance, please contact us at custserv@gap.com or by calling 1-800-GAP-STYLE (1-800-427-7895).

    Sincerely,

    Brett
    Senior Customer Loyalty Representative

    THAT IS IT!!!! No information, no help. I feel sick – if you won’t tell me what is in my children’s clothes for ‘privacy’ reasons, clearly you are hiding something!

  20. The only store I know so far that sells 100% organic cotton that has not dyes is http://www.littlegivers.co.nz in New Zealand. You can tell they are a premium quality and they are defenitely pure organic. They are so soft and smells so nice.

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  23. NIOVI Organics

    You can find some great organic clothing at our store https://www.niovi.com.au . We are constantly adding to our range. It is important to look for GOTS label and understand where the products are coming from. It is not organic unless it is certified.

  24. Under the Nile Organics

    Stumbled on this great article today. Thanks for the shoutout and recommendation. 🙂

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  26. This blog post is very helpful for us to buying kids clothes. Thank you so much for giving us the important information.

  27. Thea Quirke

    Great article, very informative. At http://www.BabyChic.ie we have a beautiful range of organic baby & kids clothing from brands such as Piccalily, & JNY (GOTS) x

  28. Pedro Bautista

    Yes, the organic fashion range has been rising rapidly, as parents become more environment conscious and looking to reduce the chemical impact of fabric on their children’s skin. Long-term durability excellent softness and wrinkle resistant are some of the good factors to select these clothes too. Try an exclusive collection of petitluar.com and get these clothes at best prices.

  29. pooja jain

    You can find some great organic clothing at our store We are constantly adding to our range. It is important to look for GOTS label and understand where the products are coming from. It is not organic unless it is certified.

  30. Arpita Paul

    Please visit us @ http://www.orgassm-organic.com
    All our Products are made with Organic Cotton, which is produced without the use of any toxic chemicals or fertilizers. All our products are Fair Trade USA Certified and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Certified. Which means our products are not manufactured in the sweat shops and all our Farmers and Workers are paid a living wage.

  31. Gedvilė

    Nice article. I’m only for organic and natural baby clothes. My girl has very sensitive skin and scratches herself at night. So recently i discovered merino wool. Now she sleeps in a sleeping bag from green-rose.uk.com and the grobag is amazingly soft and perfect for her skin. Now she sleeps tighly at night. So organic all the way!

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