Your baby’s skin is incredibly soft and delicate, which means you need to be quite careful about the kind of materials and fabrics you choose to dress your children in, or you can leave them with sore and irritated skin if you’re not careful.
Luckily, there are all sorts of different options available, so your little ones can have a very varied wardrobe indeed, without you having to worry that you’re compromising their safety or causing them discomfort.
As well as skin sensitivity, you also need to think about whether the fabric you’re looking at is machine washable and able to go in the tumble dryer, whether it can stand up to being chewed, if the dye is colourfast… there’s a lot to consider when buying baby clothes!
If it’s yarn you’re considering as a material, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are lots of options out there, so you’re sure to be able to find something soft and snuggly for your baby, protecting their skin and ensuring they look nothing but stylish at the same time.
Superwash wool like merino is often a top choice for the discerning parent, but you can also make excellent use of bamboo, cotton and acrylic… just make sure that the yarn used is as soft as can be so it doesn’t irritate the skin.
You might be tempted by the likes of alpaca, angora and mohair, but be warned – these can be irritating and it’s also possible that your baby could swallow some of the very fine hairs, which could be dangerous.
Whether you’re planning on knitting your own items or are looking for something to buy, ensuring that the yarn is machine washable is an absolute must. Babies are messy little creatures, this cannot be denied, so making sure that clothes and blankets are easy to look after is a must.
Superwash wool can go in the machine, of course, but do take care when you do so in order to prevent shrinkage. Hot washing can also felt some animal fibres, which will mean all the stitches disappear! A superwash wool blend might be a better option and always check to see if something can go in the machine on a 40 degree C wash.
If you’re worried about taking care of the knitted garments you’ve bought for your little ones, check out our recent blog post on the subject and this should start you off in the right direction.
Here, we tell you all about how best to go about washing your garments by hand, starting with making sure everything is turned inside out before you put it in the water alongside some wool-specific detergent. Make sure you have a read of the rest of the blog post before you get start washing!
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