Babies: Gotta love’em!
Babies. We all love them. That soft, beautiful skin. The fresh smell when you hold a baby close. The sweet smiles. Moms are very familiar with that urge they feel to nurture and protect this tiny, beautiful person, their new baby.
When some of us had babies so many years ago in the 70s, we had just started to become suspicious about our food supply and how it might affect our babies: the pesticides, the additives, the artificial ingredients, the allergens and sugar even making their way into formulas and the baby food in little jars that were such a ubiquitous part of baby-nurturing at that time.
There was a movement toward organic and homemade baby food and a resurgence of interest in breast feeding. Moms of prior generations who raised their kids on commercial baby foods and formula with the understanding it was more healthy than homemade, natural products could possibly be, were bemused and concerned. Today we know there were good reasons in the 70s for new moms (and dads) to be suspicious of those commercial products, and we have many more options.
The case for organic textiles for babies
We have been slower to understand that what we surround our babies with, what touches their skin, is as almost as important as what we feed our babies. Yes, babies have just as many organs inside their bodies with lots of surface area and the capacity to absorb toxins, affecting development and growth and causing disease. But our skin is the largest single organ in our bodies, and it, too, can absorb toxins and allergens.
We are remarkably resilient as human beings, and our health direction, as any chiropractor will say, is toward stasis. We want to be healthy, and so do our babies! So we have an amazing capacity to sluff off the toxins in our food and environment that threaten to overwhelm us. But as moms, we want to hold off that inevitable assault as long as we can for our babies.
And now we know, thanks to the great work of so many committed activists and entrepreneurs, that we need to be as diligent with regard to the materials that touch our babies’ skin as we try to be with what we put in their little bodies.
“A new investigation by Greenpeace has found a broad range of hazardous chemicals in children’s clothing and footwear across a number of major clothing brands, including fast fashion, sportswear and luxury brands.
“The study follows several previous investigations published by Greenpeace as part of its Detox campaign, which identified that hazardous chemicals are present in textile and leather products as a result of their use during manufacture. It confirms that the use of hazardous chemicals is still widespread – even during the manufacture of clothes for children and infants.” Greenpeace purchased 82 children’s textile products from 25 countries, tested them and found toxic chemicals above the technical limits of detection used in their study.
So what to do? Today there are great products available at a reasonable cost for your baby so you can keep him or her safe from the onslaught of toxic chemicals a little longer. These products are made from traditional fibers, used for millennia, without toxic dyes. They are likely to be produced sustainably.
Natural Baby Mama provides a very useful synopsis of what goes into conventional clothing and, alternatively, the natural fibers and processes used to produce healthy baby clothing. Her recommendation for the best, safest baby clothing is GOTS certified (Global Organic Textile Standard) cotton or wool.
So in addition to feeding your beautiful little baby the best, healthiest natural food items you can find, if you want to put the best, healthiest fabrics against their skin, take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the informative material in these two links:
And one more thing…don’t forget the crib mattress and sheets! Your baby spends a lot of sleeping on them.