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Green baby clothes- The basics are back, better than ever

The Green movement has taken hold in the nursery faster than anywhere else. Most parents have apparently taken the view that safer is better, and non-toxicity shouldn’t be a matter of opinion. That’s led a stampede back to the organic materials like wool and cotton for everything from organic nappies to maternity dresses.

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The Green baby clothes effect
Interestingly, the overall result of “Green babies” has been a reinvention of baby budgeting on a more cost effective basis. In budget terms, organics may be more expensive, but they also last practically forever, and reduce the need to buy new clothes except for growth requirements. The net effect is that they’re cheaper, relative to replacement costs.

Organic clothes, in particular, last much longer, are far easier to manage, and are also thermally better. Temperature is very important for young kids, and maintaining stable warmth and cool conditions is critical. Overheating is a potential problem for synthetics. Organics breathe, synthetics don’t. There are a few health ramifications, in that materials next to a baby’s skin which don’t ventilate properly can trigger heat related irritations and discomfort.

Another issue for parents regarding synthetics has been safety. Synthetics have a few safety issues. They can be fire hazards, and can cause serious burns by melting onto skin. Wool is fireproof, and cotton is extremely hard to burn, taking a long time to ignite, and not burning quickly.

The half pint fashion parade
The look of a kid in a cute wool or cotton outfit is a bit hard to resist, too. The fact is that the durability of organics provides a good look which is likely to stay good even if it gets a bit dirty. Synthetics stain and stay stained. Organics wash naturally, and release stains more easily.

The difference between types of clothing is obvious when you look at superfine wool and top quality cotton. These very reliable materials are comparatively low maintenance, and trustworthy in any environment. At toddler stage, that matters, and these very solid materials also reduce the effects of impacts and bumping into things.

New technology and new designer have definitely affected the organic baby clothes on the market. Mainstream designs with synthetics have a “samey” look which can vary from boring to unacceptable. There’s no such thing as dull organic baby clothes. They all have designs, patterns, and you can see that the designers have put in a lot more effort.

If you’re a person with sewing or clothing design skills, wool and cotton are a dream to work with, too. That is definitely one of the reasons why the traditional materials have come back so strongly. Repairs, alterations, size changes, and other essentials are very easy with the organics.

Kids and Mum’s clothes
One of the most interesting things about the move to organics in baby clothes is that maternity wear has also gone organic in a big way. The comfort levels of wool and cotton are well known, but the move to organics may also be an indicator that Mums are voting with their wardrobes for better quality.

On the other hand, matching clothes for Mum and baby isn’t a bad fashion move, either.

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