Why Organic Cotton is the Best Fabric For Your Baby

Jul 21, 2020 | Sustainable Apparel, The Marketplace

When it comes to wanting the best for your baby, the fabric you choose to clothe them in is very important. Today’s children are exposed to an enormous amount of harmful chemicals, more than any other generation, and these environmental toxins can be a big threat to their health. We want to eliminate our consumption and exposure to these harmful chemicals, and what you put on your baby’s body can be a great place to start. 

Our skin is our body’s largest organ. A baby’s skin is much thinner than an adult’s, making it especially susceptible to the threats that are imposed by harmful fabrics and the processes that are so commonly applied to those materials. Before the garment is even created, a handful of treatments are applied to the fabric. Bleaching and dyeing, as well as the application of softeners, formaldehyde spray, and flame and soil retardants are all part of the industry’s standard process. 

These practices have been the norm in the clothing industry since the 1950s and are seldom tested for safety. According to an article co-authored by pediatric epidemiologist  Dr. Phillip J Landrigan and public health educator Mary Landrigan, the exposure to these toxins is associated with a rise in diseases in infants such as diabetes, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, asthma and autism.


No matter how cute baby clothes may look in the store, the majority of those garment manufacturers are certainly not putting your baby’s health at the forefront. Most parents choose to buy baby clothes because of price, attraction and convenience, without an awareness of the invisible dangers in the fabric itself.  

When considering what fabrics to buy, organic cotton is an excellent choice.  Organic cotton is grown using sustainable practices that are intended to protect the environment, avoid chemical use, conserve water and to  maintain soil fertility and biodiversity.  By comparison with conventionally grown cotton, which is one of the most toxic crops on the planet, organic cotton is clearly the safer choice when it comes to clothing baby. 

Organic cotton is more expensive, but when considering the true costs to health and human rights, we are convinced it’s the better buy.  We encourage consumers to make purchases that help avoid toxic chemical exposure (especially for babies!), reduce environmental pollution and promote safe and fair labor rights across the world. 

Our baby onesies are made from 100% organic cotton and created in the USA-grown and sewn in North Carolina. These onesies are not synthetically bleached or dyed and are available in two adorable designs “Little Farmer” and “Sprout.”

Share a picture of your little one in a Lady Farmer onesie with us on Instagram @weareladyfarmer!


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DIY Fabric Face Mask

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