Completing a child’s layette can raise various questions. They apply not only to prams, baby carriers, deckchairs or toys, but also to clothing. Children’s fashion impresses with a variety of colors, fashionable designs and decorations that make it difficult to pass by the stands indifferently. Looking for the most fashionable clothes can be a source of enthusiasm for parents and … bring a smile to the child’s face.
However, before we go in search of price offers and let ourselves get caught up in the shopping spree, let’s check which solutions are completely safe. In today’s text we will focus on the type of materials, finishes and care of children’s costumes.
Which fabrics work best?
Before we decide on the most fashionable dress or dungarees in an interesting pattern, let’s check the composition of the clothes. The baby’s skin is sensitive and easily irritated. In addition, remember that clothes should not restrain the baby’s movements. While meeting this criterion is relatively easy (just choose the right cut and size), the first thing can cause parents a slight confusion. Fortunately, there are several solutions that you can use without fear. The most popular and at the same time the most universal are cotton, linen and wool.
Children’s clothes made of cotton are soft, pleasant to the skin and endure washing well, which is especially important for small rascals. The more and more often occurring allergic reactions in children prompted producers to additionally strengthen the anti-allergic nature of cotton. Organic cotton is recommended for especially demanding parents. It is even softer than traditional cotton clothes; in addition, the risk of sensitization is reduced to a minimum, because no organic sprayers or artificial fertilizers are used for the organic cultivation of organic cotton.
Wool is another relatively safe material. Its main advantage is that it retains heat when it is cold, and when it is hot, it lets in air. Children’s woolen clothes are safe and pleasant to touch. Many manufacturers also emphasize their hypoallergenic and antibacterial nature. However, linen is pleasant to the skin and resistant to external factors such as friction. It does not electrify and is ideal for sensitive skin.
Children’s clothes – what else to look for?
Even clothes made of fully breathable and natural materials may have finishes that irritate the small user. That is why it is necessary to look at the finishing touches of children’s clothing. The seams should have been smooth and pleasant to the skin. If there are snaps or zippers in your clothes, be sure to run your fingertips near them – this way you can easily detect any unevenness and sharper ends. It is also good to look at all the elements sewn on the clothes. They should be sewn well; otherwise, there is a risk of the clothing being torn off and swallowed.
The baby’s well-being is not only associated with comfort when wearing clothes, but also with comfort when putting on and taking off the outfit. Especially for babies, it is important to choose clothes buttoned in the crotch; this will make changing the diaper much easier. Also for slightly older children who are already learning to use the toilet, the basis is a clothes that are easy to take off and put on – it will save time and nerves for both the toddler and parents.
Care of baby clothes
Equipping a wardrobe with fashionable, safe and comfortable clothes for children is not enough. We should also take care of appropriate washing products. For small people, this is particularly important – the skin of a child is much more sensitive to chemical agents than the skin of an adult. The Institute of Mother and Child recommends that clothes for children be washed separately at least until the child is one year old.
Some specialists reduce this time by half and recommend such caution for the first half a year of life of the child. It is possible that your child will not feel the negative effects of using regular laundry detergents. For safety, it is good to use washing powders and liquids for newborns and infants at the beginning of life. When we decide to wash things together, we carefully observe the toddler’s skin – this will allow a quick reaction in the event of any allergies or irritation. For additional safety, you can use the double rinse mode after such washing.
Unhindered movements by the clothes and provide the child with a sense of comfort – these issues should be given priority. Remembering about the proper care of clothes is here to complement these efforts. Familiarizing yourself with the labels on which we will find the composition of the fabric should become a habit, not only when we buy a baby outfit, but also when shopping for ourselves (especially if we have sensitive, allergic skin). Fortunately, such caution does not significantly limit our room for maneuver – on the market we will find a huge selection of attractive, fashionable and, above all, safe solutions.