Children love to run, roll, jump, play. But often children’s clothes are not suitable because too stiff or tight fabrics have been used, with buttons that can be annoying or that do not leave them free to learn to be more independent in dressing themselves.
This is why children find themselves always choosing the same clothes, the ones they love the most because they make them feel good and make them feel at ease. It is therefore useless to make many purchases to leave the garments still new closed in the closet with the folder still on. Better to start buying the right clothes starting with the fabrics. So what should children’s clothes look like and how to choose their clothing? From rompers to how to dress children for school or kindergarten, here are 10 things to know to choose the right fabric.
Here are the fabrics to prefer for children’s clothes and tips for buying sustainable clothes, also to meet the green needs of parents.
1. The cotton
Soft, resistant to high temperatures and elastic, cotton is perfect for use in all seasons. In summer because it is cool and in winter to put under woolen garments that can otherwise cause discomfort in direct contact with the skin of the little ones
2. The flax
Elegant and fresh, it is the favorite fabric for dresses in the summer. It is a natural, breathable, anti-static and anti-stress fabric, resistant to UV radiation. Don’t be fooled. Despite being a sophisticated fabric, it is very durable.
3. Organic cotton
This fabric is free from harmful and toxic substances that can be absorbed during the cultivation and processing of cotton fibers.
4. Bamboo cotton
The incredible softness of bamboo is one of the main reasons children love it. The level of comfort it offers is like that of cahmere or silk. It is great for the summer months thanks to its hollow fibers and in the winter it is an insulator.
5. Jersey cotton
The main advantage is that it is easy to iron and adheres to the baby’s body without squeezing it.
Wool yes or wool no? Better to prefer the very soft one and wear the garment with a cotton body underneath. Wool could be annoying. Natural wool, especially Merino wool, does not pinch and has a high warmth / weight ratio which makes it an excellent body temperature regulator.
7. Easy washing
Let’s start with the simple things: bodysuits and underwear. Children always get dirty. From birth they will need to change at least one leotard a day. This is why it is better to choose comfortable cotton garments, perhaps without seams. As soon as they are born, babies don’t like to dress up. Therefore, it is better to prefer open bodysuits that are worn from the arms and not from the head, with closures with small clip buttons. White is often the best color. It is true that it gets dirty quickly, but it is also true that it is easy to keep clean.
8. Check the details
Buttons, seams, zips, belts. These are all details that can make a garment more fashionable, but for the little ones they can make it uncomfortable and less safe. If you have laundered any clothes from cousins or friends, remember to check that the buttons are well attached and that the zipper is functional.
9. Avoid synthetic fibers
Synthetic fibers should be avoided because they make you sweat and lead to the development of allergies and irritation. Even jeans, which may seem durable and perfect for running and playing, is actually a stiff fabric that doesn’t help with movement, especially for the little ones.
To protect the baby’s skin, attention must be paid to the material, but also to decorations and colors. Therefore, avoid clothing with ink-based prints, which could irritate the baby’s skin.
Article sources: Oeko-Tex, The Organic Content Standard and Global Organic Textile Standard