Children’s skin is usually very delicate and can get affected by allergies easily; therefore, clothing for kids should be selected very carefully. In addition to that, kids like to play and the nature of children’s activities means that their clothes should be durable and suitable for lively little lives, as well as being easily machine washable as they will likely need to be cleaned frequently! So this is no mean feat, choosing fabrics that are long lasting and durable, and suitable for delicate children’s skin.
Many synthetic fabrics contain chemicals and dyes that cannot be washed out, making them more likely to trigger allergies. However, they do have advantages such as strength, being less likely to shrink and having lower costs. It would be advisable to limit synthetic fabrics in your children’s clothing due to the high chemical content, but avoiding them completely can be difficult, expensive and limit choice.
Natural fabrics tend to breathe better than synthetic fibres and naturally wick moisture away from the body, so they stay dry and comfortable on active children. They are particularly good for the warmer summer months or for jumpers or warm clothing in the winter months when you want to keep warm without sweating. Natural fabrics include:
If your kids are very sensitive to chemicals, you may want to stick to only natural fabrics. We have many items of kids clothing made from 100% natural fabrics – a couple of examples pictured below.
Children’s clothing which combines natural fibres and synthetics combine the comfort of the natural fibres with the practicality of the synthetics. Some garments benefit greatly from this mix of natural and synthetic fabrics, meaning you benefit from long lasing durability of polyester and the comfort and style of wool or cotton. A couple of popular items are pictured below.