The ultimate guide on children's fabrics.

HI MAMMAS! 


Choosing the right garment between so many options out there is most definitely a daunting task, that many parents postpone until it is absolutely, definitely, really necessary to be done. And when the time comes, a frenetic scroll through websites begins. Questions about quality and materials, sizes and colours start to overwhelm us.

We completely understand that choosing the right fabrics is crucial for your child's safety, comfort and well-being, so FEAR NO MORE!

We are here to help you make a choice with a simple guide on how to choose the best materials for your kids' wardrobe, divided by categories.



A child wardrobe, full of colourful clothes on hangers.

 

Before you start your search, it is good to consider:

  • Comfort - it is essential for your kids, especially toddlers, as they rarely care about the fashion trends, but they do notice the feel, weight and breathability of the fabric. We recommend looking for fabrics that are soft, have a light to medium weight, breathability and are delicate to your child’s skin. Basic natural fabrics like cotton, bamboo and linen are a great choice, but for the colder weather, you should also consider Merino wool, fleece and French terry.
  • Safety - We strongly recommend avoiding fabrics that are treated with harmful chemicals, synthetic additives or chemical dyes. Look for Organic or OEKO-TEX certified fabrics to ensure that there is nothing on the fabric that can irritate your child’s sensitive skin.
  • Weather conditions - Is it cold or hot in your location? Is it raining 70% of the time like it is here in the Netherlands? Then consider choosing different fabrics for different seasons - light and breathable for the summer, warm and water/windproof for the winter.
  • Colours - Bright colours tend to lose intensity with multiple washes regardless of the fabric. Vibrant colours may also stain or affect the tone of lighter colours during washing, so you must always separate the garments by colour groups.
  • Durability - Most fabrics (if sewn properly), like jersey and French terry, will stand the use of one child before they grow out of it or they no longer want to use it because it does not have monkeys on it. Others, such as Merino wool and Soft-shell, can stand the test of time and with proper care can be passed down to future children and generations.

TOP GARMENTS 

When choosing a T-shirt, blouse, sweaters or onesie, you should consider the breathability, moisture absorption and most of all - comfort of the garment.


A toddler kneeling on the floor playing with wooden toy. The kid is wearing green handmade clothes.



For a warmer climate, we recommend choosing light to medium weight fabrics, such as 100% cotton, bamboo, jersey (usually 97% cotton and 3% elastane)

For colder weather or wet climate, we recommend choosing medium weight fabrics, such as 100% cotton, merino wool, fleece and French terry.

PANTS, SKIRTS AND DRESSES 

There is a wide variety of choices and we recommend trying different garments and fabrics to see what fits you and your child best.

Two kids, boy and a girl in front of a red wall, wearing handmade children's clothes.

 

For greater comfort during play time, we recommend looking for light to medium weight fabrics. Those can be 100% interlock cotton, jersey, French terry and stretch denim.

For more special occasions, such as the daycare photoshoot or a birthday party, you can compromise on the comfort just a little bit and choose not so stretchy fabrics, such as denim, corduroy, 100% cotton and Pique. 

JACKETS, COATS AND SUITS

When choosing a jacket, coat or a suit we always consider the durability of the materials and the weather conditions.

Four kids in the park, throwing leaves during autumn. The scene has autumn colours and the children wear handmade fashion.



For dry climate, we recommend searching for jackets and coats made of wool, cotton or corduroy. While we do not recommend the use of synthetic materials, most jackets on the market use them, so we recommend choosing Polyamide instead of Polyester, as it is stronger and more resistant to abrasions.

 For wet climate, we recommend water resistant/repellent materials, such as soft shell, Waxed cotton, wool and Gore-tex.

Two kids, a boy and a girl, wearing wain jackets in the Netherlands. The rain jackets are yellow and blue and are most likely handmade.

 

PYJAMAS, UNDERWEAR AND SOCKS

 Those garments require the softest fabrics, since they are in contact with your child’s most gentle skin.

Three kids on a bed, wearing handmade pajamas.



We recommend always using light and breathable materials in order to provide maximum comfort to your child. The top choices for pyjamas and underwear are 100% organic cotton, bamboo, modal or jersey. For colder weather you can also choose garments made of flannel. 

BEDDING

Choosing the right bedding set for your toddler is often undervalued when we think of our kids health. Good materials for the bedding can assure a great rest which contributes to better development of your child.

A kid bed, with soft bedding in pink and white. A teddy bear is sitting on the bed.

 

For the bedding we recommend using natural fabrics, such as linen or cotton. Cheaper options such as cotton/polyester blend can seem like good idea, but they can affect your child’s sleep as they are not so breathable, moisture absorbing and promote the faster development of bacteria.

 

FINAL ADVISE

We know choosing your child’s wardrobe can be an overwhelming adventure. We recommend choosing light to medium weight, natural fabrics and you will not go wrong. When buying a garment with printed fabric, always aim for eco printed fabrics, as those do not use chemical dyes.  

And most of all, believe that the choices you make are the best choice for your child!

Let us know your favourite fabrics and garments in the comments below!

 

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