Do you dress your baby in plastic clothes?

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Do you pay attention to the small label that is on every piece of clothes you buy? No, then you should start, especially if you buy clothes for your child. You find there information about materials, washing and ironing and other recommendation for treating it. It is important to realize, that we are in almost constant contact with clothes and bedding. It is a question, what materials, that aren't organic, can do with our health.

Properties of synthetic clothes

If you look on the small label, you will probably find there written 100 % polyester (PE), nylon (PA - polyamide), elastan (PU - polyurethane), dolan (PAN - polyacrylonitrile) etc. These are designations of synthetic fibers, usually made from petroleum. We can think about clothes made from these materials as plastic (polymeric material). Almost every hats, gloves, swimwear, hosiery, socks, sneakers, jackets, scarves and fill pillows and blankets are made from these synthetic materials. We meet them commonly in shop windows and shop shelves, unlike natural materials like cotton, wool, flex, feathers and hemp. Organic materials are not only rare but usually very expensive. The price of clothes from organic materials is often many times higher than clothes from synthetics. That's why they are bestselling than natural materials.

Antifungal agents, chemical dyes, fixers, resistors stain resistance and flame retardants - this toxic cocktail of substances found in clothing that we buy for us and for our children. Artificial ingredients into textiles are toxic not only for us but also for the environment. The labels don't reveal a lot of information that warn consumers from the risk of exposure to the effects of used chemicals. Does it make sense to buy clothing made of synthetic materials, when we don't know what troubles may it cause?

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What are the benefits, except prices, companies submit us for buying these PE, PA, PU and other synthetics? Lower quality and inferiority are masked by various tricks-color, surface appearance, enticing and original texture and also by sensational titles such as "micro", "special nano-fibers" and various professional sounding terms like "microcar", "Super Fibre" and others. It is truth, that clothes made from synthetic materials is less crushable and less lumpsy, has nicer colors, doesn't curdle and white clothes doesn't go yellow, but why is that? In these fabrics are additives that may have influence on our health. The skin of a newborn is very sensitive and can react irritably to additives, which are in synthetic clothes.

Recommendations for laundering

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Before washing, drying and ironing always pay close attention to the instructions on the labels of each piece of clothes. Usually the white clothes you may wash at a temperature not exceeding 60°C with special washing powder for preservation the whiteness. The color clothes' washing temperature shouldn't exceed 30°C and again it require special washing powder. Synthetic clothes can't be spin-dry or only very minimally to prevent significant squeezing, which is difficult to iron out.

The optimal approach for drying is to hang dripping clothes on the line. But avoid the direct sunlight. Voluminous knitted fabrics unroll for reducing the moisture content to terry towel and leave to dry in a horizontal position. Synthetic clothes doesn't need ironing, because it isn't crushable, but if it is necessary to iron it you have to iron it through a damp cloth using the lowest grade.

MaterialWashingDryingIroning
100% polyester Machine Wash, cold (30°C), permanent press Do not tumble dry Iron, steam or dry, with low heat (110°C)
polyester/cotton Machine Wash, cold (30°C), permanent press Do not tumble dry Iron, steam or dry, with low heat (110°C)
most polyester/polyurethane Machine Wash, cold (40°C), permanent press Do not tumble dry Iron, steam or dry, with low heat (110°C)
most polyurethane/polyester Machine Wash, cold (30°C), permanent press Do not tumble dry Do not iron
polyamide mixture Do not Wash Do not tumble dry Iron, steam or dry, with medium heat (150°C)

Someone could assume these minimal demands as conveniently but you shouldn't forget that clothes for kids especially for newborns and sucklings has to be wash at high temperature (min 60°C) because of bacteria that can cause some trouble to the child. The drying without using wringing take a lot of time and when your baby slobber and blink a lot you may have lack of clothes to dress her. In first six weeks of your child's life you should iron all clothes and that can be a problem with synthetic materials as was written above.

Plastic clothes is cheaper and easy-caring but your babies' health is worth it to invest in more expensive but safe natural materials.

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