Why I Chose Organic Baby Clothes

Why we switched to organic baby clothes and how you can too- even on a tight budget

This may be a controversial post, although I don’t intend it to be! This pregnancy, I’m making the switch to almost all organic baby clothes. This isn’t something I did (or was able to do) with our other children, nor was it something I considered a priority until recently. In fact, there are several reasons that I’m just now making this switch with our 6th baby.

Organic Baby Clothes: Why We Switched

With our first two children (a boy and a girl), we were so grateful to receive hand-me-downs and not have to purchase many baby items at all. In fact, we used these same clothes for all of our children, but after being worn by 2 boys and three girls and stored in the attic in between, there were very few clothing items that were still wearable.

Earlier this year when I cleaned out the attic and took stock of the baby clothes, I found exactly 6 items that were not stained or had holes beyond repair. A lot had also dry-rotted from the time stored in the attic.

Since I knew I’d need to replace most of the baby clothes anyway, I started researching the most sustainable and eco-friendly options for baby clothes and discovered that almost all of them were organic lines.

Our family has eaten almost completely organic for years, but I hadn’t prioritized organic clothing in the past. When I started researching, I found that perhaps this should have been a priority for me much sooner… Here’s why:

Pesticide Use on Cotton Crops

Cotton is one of the most sprayed crops in the world.

In fact, while cotton only makes up 3% of the total farmed land area, it accounts for 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides used worldwide, making it one of the most chemically treated crops. Because of these troubling statistics I decided to purchase organic baby clothes to do our part to reduce the amount of pesticides used, but also to help protect our baby’s delicate skin.

There are dozens of pesticides used on cotton crops and about half of them have been named as possible or probably carcinogens by the EPA.

Our last baby struggled with eczema, and I always wondered if it was partly due to being born breech and not getting the same bacterial transfer during the birth process, but I also thought that her clothing might have contributed to the problem since she seemed to react to wearing clothes for a while.

Environmental Impact

Startlingly, only about 10% of the pesticides used on cotton crops are thought to actually accomplish their job and the rest ends up in the air and water supply. The EPA estimates that up to 2 million birds may be killed annually from just one of the insecticides used on cotton.

Thankfully, most pesticide residue is removed from cotton during processing, but small amounts remain and the environmental impact is still tremendous.

Problems with Processing

If pesticide and herbicide use were the only problem with cotton crops, that would certainly be bad enough, but the problems don’t stop there.

Cotton also requires dozens more chemicals, including bleach, during the long process of turning raw cotton into fiber for clothing and even food. Cottonseed oil, though not technically considered an edible oil, undergoes a long chemical process to become a usable food oil.

Synthetic Fabric & Clothing

While conventional cotton sprayed with dozens of pesticides isn’t a great option, it is still typically a better option than many synthetic fabrics.

Many synthetic fabrics are made with petrochemicals, plastics and other substances that have been linked to endocrine disruption, hormone imbalance, and even potentially some types of cancer. Sound crazy? Think of all the problems with plastic use in our homes and environment and consider having those plastic chemicals in contact with your body’s largest organ for all or part of the day… every single day.

Flame Retardant Chemicals

Aside from the problems with the fabric itself, there is a bigger issue looming with many children’s clothing: finishing chemicals and flame retardants.

This is a tough issue. On the one hand, protecting children from fire with flame retardant chemicals seems like a great idea. On the other hand, the chemicals used in this process, including PBDEs, have been linked to various problems including hormone disruption, early onset of puberty, and developmental delays.

Over 80% of children’s items tested (including clothing, bedding and cloth toys) contained these chemicals and these chemicals were found in blood and urine samples of most children and even in breastmilk.

Organic Baby Clothes: What to Do

The great news is that while there are a bevy of bad options for baby clothes, there are some great options as well. Organic cotton is growing in popularity and organic cotton farming is emerging as a major crop in recent years with good reason.

Organic cotton is grown sustainably and without toxic pesticides or other chemicals. There are strict guidelines for growing, transporting and processing this cotton to avoid contamination. Not only is this option much more environmentally friendly, it is safer for the farmers and their families and provides a long-term solution for cotton growth as pests are becoming increasingly resistant to pesticides.

Thankfully, whether you are expecting your first child and starting from scratch, or already have one or more children, there are simple (and inexpensive) options for avoiding harmful chemicals in clothing:

1. Organic Clothing

If you are starting from scratch with baby clothes (like I am this pregnancy), consider creating a simple capsule wardrobe and choosing all organic clothing. While organic clothing is sometimes more expensive, I’ve found great deals on organic clothing making it the same price or cheaper than the main baby brands.

As a sixth-time mom, I also realize that with my first couple of children, we had many more clothes than we actually needed. Sure, they were hand-me-downs, but I spent so much time washing, folding and organizing the mountain of baby clothes… and my kids never even wore some of them because they had so many! In fact, babies wear the first couple newborn sizes for such a short period of time that only my favorite 7-10 outfits for them were ever even used.

To simplify, I’m sticking to just those 7-10 outfits this time from the beginning. Reducing the amount of clothing we have has allowed me to choose higher quality options and not spend any more money. I purchased 7 outfits and some extra onesies and hats from these brands and didn’t spend any more than I would have at any baby store:

  • L’ovedbaby
  • Under the Nile
  • Burt’s Bees Baby 
    (Update: I purchased and received as gifts a few items from Burt’s Bees. I feel it important to note that this company is now owned by Clorox and does contribute money to prevent GMO labeling and has changed the original organic formula of many Burt’s Bees products. From my research, their clothing is still organic and as I said, I received some items from them, but do not consider them the best choice of organic clothing.)
  • Local Brands: Unfortunately, there are no local companies that make organic baby clothing where we live, but I have several crafty friends who do and the homemade blankets and clothing from them are my most treasured baby items.

Other Organic Brands:

As demand grows, there are thankfully quite a few  brands that meet organic standards but that I have not personally purchased from (since we are buying so few outfits for this baby). Thanks to readers who vetted and suggested these options. Most of these are available online and some are available in local boutiques or stores. I’ve linked them here to give an idea of the pricing and styles of each brand:

2. Second Hand Natural Fiber Clothing

My research on baby clothes made me want to throw away all our non-organic clothes and start from scratch, but since this is neither financially responsible or remotely reasonable (I have NO desire to shop for a new wardrobe for 8 people!), I found a second solution: choosing natural fiber clothing second hand when possible.

As I mentioned above, while cotton is highly treated with pesticides, dyes and bleach, most of the residue is removed before it is made into clothing (though not all, so organic is still the best option when it is possible). Synthetic materials, however, contain plastics and chemicals that are not removed during processing and which can be absorbed through the skin and affect the body in various ways.

Since (most of us) have to wear clothes anyway, we can reduce much of our exposure to chemicals in clothing by choosing natural fiber clothing (cotton, wool, silk, cashmere, hemp, and linen). Even better (and more eco-friendly) is to choose natural fiber clothing from second hand sources like thrift stores and consignment shops. Not only is this more eco-friendly since clothing is being reused, but these items are also typically less expensive and have been washed multiple times to remove any remaining residue.

As much as I’d love to, I can’t fully replace all of our wardrobes with only organic options (though I am going to do this slowly if we need to purchase new items), but I can choose natural fiber fabrics and purchase second hand when possible. (TIP: I’ve found that our local thrift and consignment stores often have some incredible deals on natural fiber clothing (cotton, linen, etc.) when I have the time to look!

Bottom Line

In a perfect world, we could all choose organic clothing all the time and remove the need for synthetic materials and highly sprayed cotton… Heck, in a perfect world, we’d also be avoiding plastics and choosing all organic food too (or growing our own).

Since that isn’t possible for most families, we can still make positive changes by choosing safer options whenever possible, especially because these options don’t have to be more expensive and can even save money! Choosing natural fiber materials from second-hand stores benefits us, the planet and our budgets and helps reduce the need for environmentally taxing new materials to be created.

Have you ever considered organic clothing? Purchase anything second hand? Will you consider it now?

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  1. We stopped buying second hand because I found I couldn’t wash out all of the scented detergents and fabric softeners. And some chains additionally spray their second hand clothes with a sanitary treatment.

    • I can’t stand to buy second hand clothes either. The scents from detergents and dryer sheets get stuck in the clothing especially synthetic fabrics. It makes me feel sick. I also can’t use laundromat machines. They transfer the scents to my clothes.

      I buy organic fabric and sew pj’s for the kids.

      • What sources do you have for organic fabric?

      • Where do you buy organic fabric?

    • We buy second hand, but it has occurred to me that many second hand items have been washed by their previous owners with detergents and fabric softeners and that they can be treated at the second hand shop. Usually, I go to Goodwill, and I’m not sure if they do spray their clothes, but I will do some research from now on. So for me, I guess I have to think about how many washes it will take to get chemicals out of new clothing versus getting them out of used clothing. The benefit of used clothing is that it has already been washed, so probably the original manufacturing chemicals are washed out, but now the detergents and scents are added in…I find that the smell at least stays through a handful of washes…I’d be curious to know what others think. However, also being on a limited budget, I don’t really have the option of new clothing, but I also do capsule wardrobes with my kids, and that really helps. I can also ask relatives for clothes for the kids, but they tend to buy new even though I ask for used and 100% cotton.

      • Yes, from a preliminary search, it does seem that Goodwill sprays their clothing with Febreeze. That explains that sinus infections that I sometimes get when I spend too long in the store!

        It’s also important to me to buy second hand because of the social reality of the way clothing is produced many times using practically slave labor. Even though second hand clothing is part of the consumer chain (we’ve made a market on trash), I hope that it is a step in the right direction. I hope that it encourages keeping clothing out of landfills and reduces my dependency on clothing retailers that use what is essentially slave labor (yes, the second hand clothes, many of them WERE produced this way too), so I am not directly giving money into their pockets.

        I hope that places like Goodwill legitimately help the employees they hire…

        I don’t know if all of my good intentions are born out in the reality of what is going on in the whole clothing industry, etc. but I can only hope.

  2. I would also add h&m maternity, kid, baby organic!

    • Yes, I just bought a few things from them & was wondering if you recommend them as well.

  3. Very surprised to see Burt’s Bees listed here. Their parent company, Clorox, is funding anti GMO labling efforts. Not a company I want to be purchasing from.

    • I agree, but also one of the few providers of quality organic baby clothes at this point. They’ve changed their personal care product formulations and I don’t use those anymore, but for now, their clothing is still one of the few decent options that is even remotely budget friendly.

    • I agree. As a single Mom, I understand the need to stick to a budget, but I am continually disappointed that well followed blogs, such as this one, promote supporting large, unsustainable corporations who produce a few ‘decent’ products. This means they make more money and this takes away from local vendors and small scale businesses who make the same products, which are generally better quality and done with more sustainability-conscious mindset. Bottom line, Burts Bee’s a huge corporation and people spending month with them are ultimately supporting the unsustainable practices of the Clorox company as a whole.
      After all as a Mom, yes I am concerned about my budget, but I am also very concerned about the type of world my children are going to inherit from me. It’s always a balance between the priorities of the ‘now’ with the priorities of how those choices are going to affect the future for our local and global community, it’s not just about my one little family for me!

      • It’s definitely a tough balance and one that I struggle with as well. But as I mentioned in the article, if you can find gently used clothing that could be the best option for you. I always try to buy local as well, but I have yet to find an option in my town who makes organic clothing. Unfortunately there are currently few organic clothing companies, but if we as moms start demanding it, more will hopefully spring up.

        • This fact is completely untrue! I too am disappointed that you are choosing a corporation like Burts Bees to promote where there are so MANY organic companies. All you have to do is google Organic Clothing for babies. This doesn’t even account for the thousands of locally made ETSY and Big Cartel companies that make organic clothing.

          Here are some:
          Colored Organics
          Parade Baby Organics
          Mini Mioche
          Sweet Peanut
          Hanna Anderson (has many organic options and regular cotton)
          Pigeon Organics
          Nui Organics
          Little Green Radicals
          Kate Quinn Organics

          Here is a great compilation: http://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/organic-baby-clothes

          Overall I would have liked to have seen a more comprehensive list with companies that truly believe in the practice and are not just doing it because it is trendy!

          • Hi Natali, I understand where you are coming from on this and have updated the post to include many of your suggestions. At the same time, I hope you’ll understand that when I write a post I am only able to share from my personal experience and am not able to vette, try and buy from every single company to make a comprehensive list. I merely listed the companies that I’d personally purchased from or received gifts from to share my experience and I agree that there is (thankfully) an ever-growing list of new organic companies (I just haven’t been able to personally try them all).

      • Wellness Mama clearly stated in her post that Burt’s Bees is now owned by Clorox and she doesn’t use them herself any longer. Bloggers have a very large, diverse audience and what you might find offensive and unhelpful, others may use. If you don’t approve of the company, don’t buy from them. It’s that simple.

    • I used their royal eye cream for years and one day I bought a new jar and I had a horrible allergic reaction to it. So sad, the skin around my eyes literally burned and peeled off. They need to warn people when they change ingredients. I now make my own everything!

  4. Hi, thxx for your time & research?. Just wondering what your thoughts are on hemp fabrics & bamboo fabrics? Kind Regards Anna

    • Hemp is typically great and bamboo can be if organic 🙂

  5. When is your baby due? Congratulations how precious! I am 42 and my baby is 1 my hubby preferred along with my family that I do “something” I feel empty but I do have 5 wonderful children who are all puking today. Katie I posted on FB that I need you in my house! LoL
    Again congrats!

  6. Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but what are some examples of plastic-containing fabrics? I am thinking- polyester, fleece (polyester), spandex… ?

    I’ve long been wanting to gradually switch to organic and/or used clothing! It’s more challenging than it sounds. My daughter’s school uniform is polyester, my son has a thing for UnderArmour and atheletic clothing, and the baby just gets all the hand-me-downs.

  7. I have been buying organic clothing since 2003. Under The Nile is excellent. My almost 2 year old is wearing the PJ’S her 12 year old sister wore. You can use the top as a shirt.
    They wash well and colors don’t fade. I have an nursing gown they made back then. I don’t know if they still make them? Local vendors in my area make and dye hemp clothes. They are expensive, but can pass on child to child. I would like to find more sources for older kids organic clothes.

  8. Hanna Andersson has great gear, including an organic line, and socks that stay on!

    • Wow, Leslie! Socks that STAY ON! The only thing that worked for me was tights! I’ll DEFINITELY order Hanna Anderson socks the next time around. Thank you 🙂

  9. I think L’oved Baby and Under The Nile are both great brands. Burt’s Bees- not so much. Considering they’re owned by Clorox and actively (financially) opposed GMO labeling they probably can’t be trusted to provide truly organic clothing. Since they have no commitment to organic or sustainable farming, these are the types of companies that find “work-arounds” for organic regulations. But more importantly (even if they’re not cheating), our only vote is with our wallet so if we want to know whether the foods we eat contain GMOs we need to boycott ALL of their products. It’s the only way we will affect change in the way we currently farm (i.e..with massive amounts of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and GMOs).

  10. I was wondering if there are any brands that would you recommend for teens and adults. Also, have you ever heard of an organic swimsuit? Does that exist? Thanks!

  11. Do you know of any sources or brands that make organic or safer cloth? I adore making baby quilts bur have always worried about the fabrics I’m using.

    • What about spoonflower?

  12. Love this article. My kids have been wearing organic pajamas and underwear for three years now. Hanna Andersson pajamas are fabulous, organic cotton, I purchase on sale for $20 a pair and their kids organic underwear is by far the best. HA has a great organic baby line, just have to wait for sales.
    I agree, I love Berts Bees clothing line. Everything is so adorable and reasonably priced, $3.99 for a coverall and matching hat at TJ Maxx/Marshalls. H&M is also fantastic, they sell organic underwear and basics for babies and kids. Organic onesies are 3 for $12. You should definitely look into the organic line at H&M.
    Under the Nile is great, love the little dolls. My youngest (2) loved chewing on the hands and feet.
    I had never used a pacifier with any of any children until the last one, it became necessary. Natursutten is a great line of natural rubber from the hevea tree, they also sell amazing teethers. I’m super passionate about all things natural and organic and I’ve learned so much from you. Thank you and Best wishes with this little ones birth.

  13. Oh, wish I had had the choice, when my girls were small. Really good, that you have switched to organic now!

  14. I never got to understand the flame retardants thing… sure, you want to protect your child from fire, but what are the chances of getting involved in one? It could help, but for how long? Does it really pay for the risk of having those chemicals around all the time?
    I just don’t get it.

    In other subject… how are you doing with the pregnancy? Did you discover if you are having a boy or a girl, or it will be a surprise? Do you have names already? (I know you are very reserved on your personal life and your family’s, but I’m sure I am not the only one curious and excited about the new baby! Please tell us something! 🙂

  15. I saw something recently that the trend toward eating organic food caused a LARGE decrease in the amount of pesticides/herbicides sold. It was so encouraging to me that the consumers can make a difference. Thanks for pointing out that same process can happen with clothes. With a family of 8 we do not buy new clothes often, from here on out, I will buy organic when we do. I am so happy for you and your family to be welcoming a babe into your arms.

  16. This is great information! I think I’m going to start swapping in new clothes as organic for my 9 month old. I just let grandma know too.

    Have you tried Baby Gap’s Organic brand? How does that stack up? Unfortunately I don’t think I can buy any of these brands locally. Good thing for Amazon Prime.

    • In my humble opinion, baby gap organics are overpriced for the quality– I do not like their fabrics as much as other organic brands.

    • I would highly recommend beginning with switching to just a couple basics by a company like under the Nile (easily found on Amazon or eBay,etc) and work your way from there!

  17. Thanks for this post!!! Super helpful! We have tried to start slowly making the switch to organic (or at least natural fibers, as you say). We are not there yet, but there is a dream! H&M clothing is another option – some great organic basics for kids and moms (also great maternity line!!). Many coupons you can apply there, too. My mom shops for clothes at the thrift store and then hangs them over an ozone air filter she has to get the gunk out! Many blessings as you prepare for your little one! 🙂

  18. American apparel has a few organic items like onsies, hats, bibs, pants and shirts plus they are made in USA, win win

  19. I love it! My boyfriend and I have been discussing this topic (mostly organic clothing in general) and have been beginning to research it. Perfect timing for this post!

    I do have a question about organic clothing and cloth diapers. I’ve been purchasing cloth diapers (mostly pockets) off and on to stock up before a baby comes into the picture. Since I’ve been researching organic clothing, I was wondering how the synthetic materials in cloth diapers (like PUL, microfleece, fleece, microfiber, etc) are on a baby’s delicate skin. What is your opinion on it? Do they make organic cloth diapers with natural materials? I am 100% for cloth diapering, so I just want to find the best options for my future kiddos 🙂

    Thanks, Wellness Mama! Your website has helped my boyfriend and I live much healthier lives, and we are so grateful. Congrats on your pregnancy!!

  20. Great list! Nyme Organics is adding Texas organic cotton baby clothing this year! Grown to sewn in the US.

  21. I wanted to note that Purerest is having an organic baby clothing blowout.

  22. Katie, I’m relatively new to your blog, but I’m learning so much and have found your posts to be a great resource. Thank you for that. In this post, you touch on a concern and regret that I have had as a mama: that so much of what I’ve learned about wellness has come too late to be a benefit during my pregnancies and my three children’s earliest years. I try to remind myself that, in this case, worrying about what’s past doesn’t serve me, but I find it difficult to shake the regret I feel about what I didn’t know (and didn’t think to research). I’m wondering if you have experienced a similar struggle at times, and if so, how you’ve reconciled yourself with what you obviously cannot change. I know this is a more personal perspective, and perhaps outside the scope of what you intend for your blog, but if you are ever inclined to share, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    • I think that every mom struggles with this… well, and everyone, really, since it comes down to the old saying “hindsight is 20/20”. There are so many things that all of wish we could change about the way we have done things, from the food we give our kids to that speeding ticket we got last week. For me, I just endeavor to do better in the future, and try to learn from the past, and accept that I will never know everything, no matter how much research I do. Remember, too: spending too much time worrying and researching and planning is time spent away from those wonderful kids!

  23. So happy to finally see a post on organic clothing!! I have been buying organics almost exclusively for our two children for years. I might add that European standards and certifications for organics/Eco-friendly fabrics are much higher and more stringent than those in the US (such as GOTS certification). We like organic cottons for much of our clothing but for base layering you cannot find a better material than woolsilk. It is temperature regulating, naturally anti-microbial, ideal for sensitive skin, stain resistant, etc etc. My children wear their woolsilk daily under their other clothing and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Best part of it is that you rarely need to wash it! They can wear the same piece daily for a month or maybe more before there’s a need to wash it (especially if it’s fully covered with other clothing). If you need more info or suggestions about organics I am happy to help! I’ve tried it all!! <3 blessings on your little one on the way Katie!!

  24. Thanks Katie! My first baby is due in a month– my midwife says I will have a small-ish baby (around 6 pounds) i just bought a few organic outfits 0-3 months. Will baby be swimming in these outits for long do you think? Can’t decide if it’s worth buying newborn sized clothing or just stick to 0-3 months to get more wear out of them?

    • I’ve always just bought a couple of sleepers in newborn sizes since they really do grow into 0-3 month (and even 3-6 month) really quickly.

      • Congratulations on your first baby! My little guy was 6lb 10oz, but then he lost alot of weight (more than 15% by day 5). He was in “tiny baby” until 3 weeks, and I was glad for those clothes as it was nice to get some special photos of him once he was out of NICU. He was in 0-3 at about 6 weeks.

        Personally if the budget allows it, I’d buy a few newborn sizing, just 2-3 special items. Those early days go so fast, but it is also when they are meeting the family for the first time and you take so many photos! Plus it’s amazing to look back a year later and think “how did you ever fit in there!!”

          • Sorry, I was replying to Alie. Should have made that more clear 🙂 congrats on your 6th bub tho!

  25. I have been buying organic cotton baby clothes on Etsy! There are actually quite a few shops that offer them & the quality has been great! But read descriptions carefully, as some shops also offer prints that are non-organic.

  26. My mother in law bought Hanna clothing for my husband and his sister; and kept them stored after they grew out of them. The coolest thing is now our children have worn them! They last a long time if you take care of them and store them well.
    Over the years from having our kids we have added a lot of new outfits from different organic companies too; they are so much nicer and seem to have a lot more growing room as well.
    I’ll never go back to anything else.

    I used to love Burt’s bees products even their clothes, but then I found this article: http://www.alternet.org/environment/burts-bees-consorts-bee-killers
    It made me change my mind about supporting the company.
    Thought I would share.

  27. My mother in laws advice for buying from companies like Hanna is to buy when there is a sale. She said a lot of the time there would be sale for clothes of an up and coming season ahead of time, and that’s when she would get stuff so she would get more for her buck.

  28. We love the basics (pants and shirts) from Mabo kids. They have decent sales, and that’s when I stock up.

  29. I,too, love to buy second hand clothing but since switching to an all natural lifestyle was bothered (and noticed!) the scents of detergents and fabric softener. When I find good deals at the local thrift shops, I soak my new-to-me clothes in Branch Basics Oxygen Boost overnight and then wash in machine with Branch Basics concentrate (1 tsp plus 2 cups water) and Oxygen Boost on a heavy cycle with extra wash/ rinse and all residue and remaining scents are gone! Love me some Branch Basics! Cleans EVERYTHING!

  30. I have mostly second hand clothes for my daughter. I get organic cotton underwear for me and her. I also buy some vintage clothing for myself. No problem with smells. I never use softner or perfumed detergent due to its cancerogenic properties. I wash all other new clothes before wearing. Second hand is the best. I also sell myself online or give or trade stuff. It’s fun and sustainable!

  31. Baby Gap and H&M and Zara all offer organic options… I can’t speak of the ethics of the company as a whole but you can get great deals on the organic items they offer. I also love a few of the things I’ve bought from sellers on Etsy. They are more pricey but there are lots of little shops that sell cute organic baby items and if you downsize baby’s wardrobe like you suggest, it’s very doable even if overall you spend a bit more on each item! Thanks for the post and congratulations on the baby joining your family so soon! 🙂

  32. I have only tried Loves baby and Hanna Anderson. Hanna andersdon is expensive but the quality is so worth it. I love the wiggle pants and cross body onesies. I don’t like Loved Baby. Their jumpers suck for chunky babies, they might be ok for scrawny kids but my son is beefy and just did not look good in Loved baby clothes and the material is very thin.

  33. Do you wash all of your organic clothing separate from the conventional? I started buying organic with my first but having to rememeber which was which was overwhelming and I feel I lost the benefit when they would get washed together.

    • I don’t think that really matters, from what i’ve read that’s the problem with conventional clothing, you can’t wash out the chemicals 🙁 So I don’t see any harm in washing them together.

  34. I would highly recommend Penguin Organics, only organic brand with lovely patterns, available at penguinorganics.com or Amazon.

  35. Can you please give me some suggestions for where to find organic clothing for older children? I love all these baby clothing suggestions. Thank you!

  36. Patagonia only uses organic cotton (they don’t use conventionally grown cotton, thy do use other materials), so any baby/kids item there that is cotton will be organic.

  37. I didn’t read every single comment so I don’t know if these were mentioned, but two other great places for organic baby clothes are Nova Natural (baby woolens) and pact. My daughter lives in her woolens from nova all winter (and most of spring and fall for the matter)!

  38. For those in Australia or NZ, “pure baby” has beautiful organic clothing and muslin wraps.
    Nido Organics has lovely organic cot matresses. We bought a “seconds” and had to look really hard to find the slightest mark on it. Really happy with it 🙂

  39. I know there has been some controversy here about Burt’s Bees baby clothing, but I just wanted to note that I am pretty sure the company that makes the apparel is different from the personal care company (the clothing I believe is made by Ayablu). Of course, since they are using the Burt’s Bees trademark I am sure that the Burt’s Bees parent company is benefiting in some way. However, one thing I really like about Burt’s Bees Baby clothing is that I have seen several items bearing the GOTS certification label. A lot of clothing may say it’s organic, but it could potentially still be treated with harmful dyes or other substances. However, GOTS restricts a lot of that and as far as I know is the most stringent certification for organic cotton products. Sometimes clothing uses cotton that is GOTS certified, and while that is good, it is important that the finished clothing item is actually GOTS certified. From my research it looks like many (if not all) of the Burt’s Bees Baby clothing items are GOTS certified.

  40. Any recommendations for finding clothes made in the USA?

  41. Thanks for this article!
    This is my first pregnancy and I intend to use organic clothing.
    In regards to you mentioning Burts Bees, organic baby clothing is still a “radical” idea to many small town persons. I have decided not to have a baby shower because friends and family think requesting organic clothing is pretentious. Here, people gift things from the dollar store and the goal for most pregnant mothers is quantity over quality. Also, even the people who have agreed would never order things online, so unfortunately Burts Bees is one of the easiest suggestions I can fathom, that is available in a large chain store. Also, when thrifting baby clothes, organic Burts Bees is common. I appreciate that your post catered also to small town people like myself!

  42. Just found this post! I am a FTM and doing my best to incorporate organic pieces with hand-me-downs. It helps me limit what I buy because I tell myself that I will accept convention cotton gifts for the most part but only buy the organic items if I AM the one shopping. I’ve had really good luck on the consignment websites including Swap and also on Amazon when organic clothes are marked with a price range (I just look for the cheapest size/color combination) including items from L’ovedbaby. I did get some Burt’s Bees Baby clothes from buybuybaby because for whatever reason I find organic items on clearance there. My favorite place to shop has been eBay and it’s great because you can find new or used and you can ask the seller any questions you may have about how they washed the item ! I’m almost 38 weeks but still on the hunt for a few organic toys and lovies – otherwise I’ll buy as I go for clothes! Other brands I like are: PACT and Winter Water Factory (WWF is too expensive for me to buy new but beautiful to look at!)

  43. Hey,Thanks for the great guideline and Excellent. Just what I was looking for. I will have to give these a try. I will let you know how they work out. Great article. I always feel lightheaded/dizzy after shopping in a clothing store/mall.

  44. Hi. I always buy second hand organic clothes directly from the old owner . I think its much more sustainable than buying new ones , even if its organic.
    Like that i can avoid the usual spraying of the second-hand shops.
    But still, i don’t manage to avoid the scented smells of softeners and detergents because most of the people use it.
    So i would like to ask is someone knows an effective way ( a really one) of wash out the old softener and detergent from cloths, specially from wool- wool is harder to take it out since it can’t be strongly washed .
    So if anyone could help me i would really appreciate it.

  45. I’m wondering if anyone can give feedback on preteen organic clothing that fits nicely in there sometimes awkward bodies … at some point lands end fit nicely but not anymore and now justice is the only brand that fits my dd well she is 12 going on 13 .. I hate all that store stands for lol but it’s what fits her without making her feel awkawRd .. I’d love to find a similar fit but organic ..14S and size 12 tops

    • That age is really tough to find organic clothing for. I’d say that finding XS or S women’s clothing would be your best bet, but I find that many of the organic options for adults are very earthy/natural looking and probably not what a teen or preteen would want. Pact would probably be the most teen friendly I can think of: https://wearpact.com/

  46. Thank you for sharing this information about why you choose organic baby clothes. I did not realize that there are dozens of pesticides on cotton crops. It would be good to prevent possible harm by keeping these materials from children. Something to consider would be find organic children’s’ clothing for prices within your budget.

  47. Organic cotton is much more costly to produce, the yeilds are lower, and take more land to produce, so many farmers prefer quantity over quality. You should look for GOTS certified cotton and USDA EcoCert Bamboo certifications when purchasing all your organic products.

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