Babies with sensitive skin need their baby clothes, crib sheets and baby blankets to be non-irritating. Here’s what to look for when buying fabrics that will be in contact with baby’s skin. Included are tips on how to care for these non-irritating baby clothes, crib sheets and baby blankets.
Non-Irritating Baby Clothes
1. Go Natural
Babies who have sensitive skin will do best with natural fibers in their clothes, crib sheets and baby blankets.
2. Tagless Baby Clothing
When possible purchase tagless baby clothes, particularly tagless onesies and tagless shirts. Babies who have sensitive skin tend to be irritated by any scratchy fabric, even clothing tags. Clothing tags also cause discomfort to some babies with sensitive skin, while other babies won’t even notice their presence.
3. Avoid Polyester
Watch out for Polyester blends used in baby’s clothes. Polyester does not allow the skin to breathe as easily as cotton, moisture can become trapped and irritate baby’s skin.
Crib Sheets and Blankets
Consider purchasing a set of organic cotton blankets. Look for organic cotton blankets and crib bedding which are labeled specifically as containing no bleach or dyes. Look for the Certified Organic Cotton label.
Non-Allergenic Mattress Pad
Use an organic or hypo-allergenic mattress pad on baby’s crib mattress. There are also crib mattress pads which are both organic and non-allergenic, as well as being waterproof. Non-allergenic mattress pads are intended to protect against dust mites and allergens.
Caring for Non-Irritating Baby Clothes and Bedding
When caring for and washing non-irritating baby clothes and bedding, it’s important to pay attention to the entire laundering process. Here are some ways which will help keep non-irritating baby clothes as comfortable today as they were the day you bought them.
1. Wash separately
Wash baby clothes, crib sheets and baby blankets separately from the rest of the family’s clothes. Keeping baby’s clothes away from clothes washed with regular detergent, as well as clothes which may contain skin-irritating fabrics.
2. Use a Gentle, Scent-Free Laundry Detergent for Baby Clothes
Another alternative is to use scent-free laundry detergent. Parents of babies with sensitive skin may notice that when baby’s clothes and bedding are washed in highly-fragrant laundry detergent that baby develops a minor skin rash or seems irritable.
3. Skip the Fabric Softener
Fabric softener can cause non-irritating baby clothes to become irritating to a baby’s sensitive skin.
4. Skip the Dryer Sheets
Another possible irritant to baby’s skin is dryer sheets.
By purchasing organic 100 percent cotton baby clothes and bedding, and caring for them with scent- and dye-free detergents, you can help keep skin irritant’s away, and keep baby comfortable and happy.
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