Would you roll your beloved infant in formaldehyde, or put a dose of heavy metals in their nightly bottle, or sit them in a chair next to a bucket containing ammonia? Of course you wouldn’t!
But, that may be just what you are doing to some degree by dressing your child in the average baby clothes sold on today’s market.
The simple truth is that many baby clothes today are made of synthetic materials which are often processed using both formaldehyde and ammonia. Even the plants used to make clothing from natural materials are loaded with insecticides and chemical fertilizers that then become part of the material used to make those blankets and onesies and other baby clothes.
To make matters worse, more chemicals are added through your baby’s clothing being dyed with chemical dyes and treated with fire retardants.
All of these chemicals can really effect your babies sensitive skin, and even their breathing. In many cases, these toxins may be absorbed into the blood through the skin when your child wets or sweats.
It can take 20 or 30 washings to wash some of these chemicals and harmful toxins from your baby’s clothing and bedding, and some of these toxins are never completely removed.
In addition, infants often chew on their blankets and clothing, which means they are ingesting these poisons as well as absorbing them through the skin, and all this is happening while your child’s immune system is still developing.
Perhaps that is why more and more parents are making the choice to buy only organic clothing for their infants and young children. The plants that are grown to make organic clothing are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
The material that is then made from these chemical free plants are manufactured in such a way so as to eliminate or greatly reduce the use of any chemicals in the processing of the material, including those chemical dyes. No synthetics are used when making organic baby clothes.
Aren’t Organic Baby Clothes More Expensive Than Non-Organic Clothing?
It is true that organic baby clothes are more expensive than non-organic clothing. However, if you have ever taken a child to the doctor repeatedly for rashes or allergies that can be linked back to certain clothing that you child wears, or to his bedding, you already know that these doctor bills can add up to much more than the extra money you could have spent on organic baby clothing and bedding.
Besides, most people feel that their child’s overall health is worth a few extra dollars.
Of course, not every parent has the finances to ensure that all their child’s bedding and clothing is made of organic materials, but even a few organic items will help to reduce the toxins your baby is subjected to on a regular basis.
If at all possible, try to choose organic for any clothing or bedding that will directly touch your child’s skin, such as socks, onesies, and crib sheets. This will at least offer your child a barrier of protection against the other clothing that does contain toxic chemicals.
And remember that it is better for your child to have a fewer items of clothing and have their clothing be safe to wear, than to have an extensive wardrobe that carries toxins and that they will rapidly outgrow.
Do you worry about the products your choose for your baby? Do you check the labels and ask about how they were made before buying? Let us know what you think!