All About Organic Cotton

All About Organic Cotton

As the due date approaches, expectant parents become increasingly fixated on making things as perfect as possible for the new arrival. With this in mind, caring parents set up baby’s room to be safe and welcoming. To many, this means using organic materials that are free from artificial chemicals that can have unknown effects upon the new one. Parents paint the walls with non-toxic paint, put down carpet made of 100 percent natural fibers and, of course, set up an organic crib.

The organic crib is composed of a non-toxic structure and outfitted with organic bedding: mattress, sheets, pillows, and an organic baby blanket or two. When you use organic bedding, you ensure your bundle of joy avoids contract with harsh chemicals, toxic vapors, skin irritants and other frightful substances that are part and parcel of many commercial brands of bedding. Instead, your organic bedding contains only organically grown natural fibers. Any additives, such as those used to retard fires, are also 100 percent natural. These include baking soda, cellulose, and silica, which are all either plant-based substances or naturally occurring minerals.

Environmentally Friendly and Chemical Free

The manufacturers of organic baby blankets naturally avoid harsh chemicals, bleaches and colorants. What’s more, the material used to construct the blanket, such as cotton and plant-based dyes, are grown organically, free of artificial pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides and heaven knows what else. While it might not be your primary focus, you should be pleased that your decision to buy an organic baby blanket supports sustainable agricultural practices that reduce pollution and preserve the soil.

As you probably can surmise, a newborn baby is very vulnerable to toxic substances and irritants. To many parents, the idea of swathing and bedding the baby in anything other than organic materials is simply unthinkable. It also means removing materials that can create toxic outgassing or harmful residues. As it turns out, many artificial materials that were once touted as “perfectly safe” turned out to be harmful or deadly to exposed infants. Unfortunately, it is hard to gauge the long-term effects of exposure to low-level toxins, since it is unethical to test these materials on humans. Animal studies have found a number of materials that caused damage and were thus banned from the market. But how many synthetic materials were never subjected to long-term scrutiny? For peace of mind, the health of the child and the safeguarding of the environment, the decision to use organic baby blankets and bedding materials pays dividends to generations current and future.