Tonight I dressed Percy in his cream cotton pyjama suit, the very same one worn by Che and Poet. It's a simple design, humble even, and yet it's eight-years-old, still in perfect nick and tells the story of many nighttime snuggles and early morning breastfeeds. It was one of the very first things I bought from Nature Baby, the New Zealand brand that has been a mainstay in my motherhood journey and continues to impress with its beautiful fabrics, classic designs and soft, muted palette.
In keeping with my minimalist wardrobe intentions, I always build the children's seasonal outfits on a range of essentials - singlets, t-shirts, undies and socks - and Nature Baby is my go-to. I know it might seem far-fetched but I just really like knowing that natural, organic fibres are brushing softly against their skin all day. I care about what food they eat and I feel exactly the same way about the clothes they wear.
Percy is my first (sometimes) cot sleeper and so buying cot-appropriate sleepwear has all-of-a-sudden become a priority. The nights are cooling down and for the first time in many months, I'm dressing him in layers. A typical night outfit includes a singlet and an all-in-one but as true autumn creeps in I'll also be reaching for a sleeping bag.
I recently spoke with the team at Nature Baby about how they choose their organic cotton, why natural fibres are a healthy choice for baby and the best layering pieces for a comfortable, contented sleep.
PS : tell me a bit about your organic cotton. Where do you source it from and what boxes does it have to tick before you use it?
NB : Nature Baby uses 100% certified organic cotton sourced from India, which means no toxic chemicals, dyes or bleaches are used at any stage. Our organic cotton is grown by farmers who saw the damage that conventional cotton farming methods were causing their land and community, so they chose to return to traditional methods of organic farming. All our cotton has to be organically grown and in an environment which cares for the welfare of famers, workers, community and families.
Our organic cotton is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is a high international standard that covers the production, processing, manufacturing, packaging and labelling of goods. Every year we visit India to follow this process and oversee the production first-hand.
All our products are soft on the skin and the world; they're best for the earth, for baby and for mum.
PS : why are organic, natural fibres so good for the body?
NB : As the organic fibres have not been subjected to any harsh chemicals, they are in their most natural state, ensuring the fabric is fine, durable, and silky soft against baby’s skin. The organic fibres are less likely to cause irritation, which is great for little ones' sensitive skin, or those with eczema or allergies. The organic nature of the fabrics make them super breathable, unlike synthetics, allowing baby’s skin to cool in response to changing conditions.
Grown and processed without the use of harmful chemicals, means there are no nasties on your baby’s clothes and skin, just pure goodness.
PS : how can organic cotton create a safe sleeping space for baby?
NB : In the first few weeks and months, baby will spend most of their new life sleeping. Bedding and sleepwear that’s breathable and free from synthetics and chemical residues is important for a healthy beginning. Natural fibres are soft and breathable, and will draw away any body moisture, helping little one maintain an even body temperature while sleeping.
PS : what are 3 products you recommend for a new baby?
Nature Baby is kindly giving away an organic cotton sheet set in white (cot size) valued at $84.95. To enter, simply leave a comment explaining your bedtime routine with your little one (I'd love to hear about your favourite bath products, books and lullabies!). The comment that resonates most, wins.
Competition open to international readers and closes Mon 18th April @ 5pm and winner will be announced shortly afterward. Good luck!
Comments closed. Congratulations to Isobel! Email me - jodiclairewilson @ yahoo.com.au and I'll get your sheet set in the post.
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