So you’re having your first baby but information is flying at you thick and fast. You have to make so many decisions about so many things and it’s all new to you. Well if one thing that’s bothering you is whether or not you should go the ‘organic’ route and buy organic baby clothes or not, then read on …
Cost of Organic Cotton Baby Clothes?
So many people live under the misconception that buying organic means spending loads of money. Well that is not always the case. As with anything you can spend what you want to spend. Let’s be fair, we’re all different and there are people who’ll think nothing of spending a small fortune on a ‘special outfit’ for a newborn baby which may only end up being worn once. There are those who want to know their baby’s clothes are going to get plenty of wear, buy bigger than they need to and will only buy in the sales. Then there are the rest of us who are a bit more pragmatic. We’ll splash out now and again but buy at mid-range and budget stores the rest of the time.
The Ethics of Buying Organic
Of course, when people are thinking about going for organic kids clothes and organic baby clothes, they are generally not simply looking at the cost. Yes prices are important but there are so many other things to take into consideration too. If you’re buying ‘organic’ food then you accept that it’s going to cost a little more. You’re not just thinking about paying for the eggs you buy, you’re thinking of all the processes that go on to get the eggs from the farm to you the consumer. You want the food the chickens eat to be healthy. You want the surroundings in which the chickens live, to be hygienic and if possible ‘happy’.
It’s the same with organic clothes baby. There are shops that sell clothes at prices so low, it’s obvious that the factory where the clothes are made, must be paying their staff peanuts. The quality of the clothes is just about ‘acceptable’ but that’s about it. They are ‘throwaway’ clothes. Stained one t-shirt? Buy another. If someone mentions that the store’s manufacturing process doesn’t seem very ethical, then you reason to yourself, well at least the eight year olds being employed are taking some money home at the end of the week because of you!
Organic Cotton Baby Clothes
As we have said before, cotton happens to be one of the most sprayed, chemically-treated crops out there. If you buy organic baby clothes, whether its Fairtrade cotton, organic cotton, GOTS cotton or other organic bodies, then you’ll be doing your bit to reduce pesticide-use and in addition, you’ll be doing what’s best for your baby’s skin. Without doubt, organic clothes are better for children with eczema and putting your little one to sleep in an Organic babygrow or a bamboo swaddling baby is much kinder for baby’s skin.
So, organic cotton is grown without toxins and chemicals, which not only makes it better for baby, but it’s also safer for the farmer and his workers growing and harvesting the cotton.
Yes organic baby clothing is often a little more expensive than other options, but there are plenty of deals to be had online. Not only that but the quality of most organic baby clothes, far surpasses its cheap cotton counterparts. Organic cotton is softer, thicker cotton that is sturdier than thinner conventional cotton that gets worn much quicker from use and washing. This means that the clothes wash well and are as good as new when passed down to the next baby that comes along.
Yes, it’s very much a personal choice and in a utopia, we’d all choose organic baby clothes every time. It’s up to you but if you can do what’s best for baby and protect the environment at the same time, then think what a difference you’ll make!