Don’t you just love the feel of luxurious super soft cotton baby clothes? The comforting touch of super soft cotton while cuddling your baby is comforting for both parent and baby, it just feels the best! Today I like to share with you some insight on
why some cotton baby clothes are softer than others. To create super-soft cotton baby clothes, you will need a high-quality raw product to start with. The variety of ad quality of the cotton will directly influence the quality and softness of the baby clothes. Reserving the purity of the fibres during the harvest is essential to create cuddly soft cotton baby clothes.
Most cotton baby clothes are relatively soft to touch, but there is a significant difference between the quality and softness of baby clothes you can purchase.
You may agree with me that the softer, the better when it comes down to the comfort of our little people and their sensitive baby skin.
Now the question is, what cotton will make the real deal most SOFT cotton baby clothes for your little person?
What is E.L.S. cotton (Extra Long Staple)?
The length of the fibre has a significant influence on how soft baby clothes will be. The most commonly used Cotton is Upland cotton, also called Gossypium hirsutum. Upland cotton provides 90% of the cotton supply meeting the global needs for cotton.
The length of this cotton fibre is approx 25 millimetres long; on the other hand, fibres of extra-long-staple cotton have a length from 34-44 millimetres. Varieties of extra-long-staple Cotton include Egyptian Cotton, Pima cotton and Sea island cotton.
These three varieties of cotton are also called Gossypium barbadense. This variety of cotton produces unusual long silky fibres which are perfect for making soft baby clothing. The length of the fibres differ slightly per the individual type, and the Egyptian cotton fibres are somewhat longer than the other two; however, the differences are small, and they all tree are extra-long-staple cotton.
However the Gossypium Barbadense originate from Northwest Peru and South-West Equador, we now see this variety of cotton growing all across the globe. Nevertheless, the plant needs full sun to thrive, and the environment the plant is situated will have a direct influence on the quality of cotton it produces.
Extra long-staple Cotton like Egyptian, Sea Island and Pima Cotton is more expensive than regular cotton. However, the long fibres will give you a more durable and high-quality product and luxuriously soft cotton baby clothes. It is essential to know that the way cotton is harvest will directly influence the softness of the garments.
Hand-picked cotton versus machine picked cotton
Not only the length of the staple will affect the softness and quality of the baby clothes, but the way the cotton is harvested plays a significant role in this as well. Hand-picking is a time-effective job and non-existing in the U.S. nowadays.
While in Amerika cotton is all harvest with machinery now, and hand-picked cotton becomes rarer, there are still countries who manually harvest their cotton crop. There benefits of machine picking it that it saves significant amounts of time. However, there is a downside on using machinery as the machinery used is not as gentle as a person picking and selecting the cotton by hand, ensuring the long fibres not getting damaged.
Machinery pulls the cotton off the plant what damage the purity of the fibres and mixes mature long fibres with immature short fibres. Damaged shorter fibres will decrease the quality of your potential soft cotton baby clothes. De broken fibres will make a less durable fabric and will never be as soft as hand-picked pure cotton baby clothes.
The other issue with machine picking is the potential contamination of cotton. The machine used for picking the cotton can leaks oils and grease into the cotton, and possible plastic and dirt in the fields and other parts of the plant get mixed in with the pure cotton and potentially contaminated the harvest.
However, hand-picked cotton thave significant benefits compared to machine picked cotton; there are issues with this way of harvesting as well. In the old days when cotton was picked by hand in the U.S., there were issues with forced and child labour in the industry to complete this time-consuming job. However, Amerika has replaced hand-picking cotton with machine picking, forced, and child labour is still an issue in some other countries across the globe who still harvest their cotton by hand.
What can we do to encourage fair paid work in the cotton industry?
There are a few things you can do to encourage the improvement of these unethical work ethics. You can choose to purchase from brands who produce a transparent supply chain showing clearly their effort to maintain high ethical standards across their brands and products.
Brands who value ethical standards do everything in there power to ensure that products and services they use for their brands are free from forced and child labour. For Australia, you can check brands and their efforts to be socially responsible with their products here. For the U.S., you can check the ethical standards of your favourite brands here.
If you are in Australia and you want to take action, to request improvement of ethical standards from your favourite brand, you can very easily voice your self here.
What is Organic Cotton?
Organic cotton makes beautiful soft cotton baby clothes and is grown without the use of harsh synthetic chemicals. The plants are generally speaking grown in subtropical climates from non genetically modified plants.
As there are no synthetic chemicals used during the growing of organic cotton, it is a better choice for our environment as harsh chemicals won’t rundown the soil contaminating the environment.
Organic cotton support also the quality of life from the farmers as the farmers and their families as there are no toxic substances used on these farms.
Pest is manged with natural chemical, bugs, rotating crops and catch crops. Catch crops are a different crop who get situated close to the cotton crop. The pest who like to eat the cotton, get distracted with a crop they even like better than the cotton. Pretty clever right?
India is the no one producer of Organic Cotton, and China is the second-largest producer of the cotton crop. In most cases, Organic Cotton is hand-picked. As mentioned before, hand-picking the cotton is essential to ensure the fibres don’t damage and stays pure. Hand-picking the cotton minimizes the risk for contamination the cotton as well. Ensuring the purity of the cotton is very important for the end quality of the soft cotton baby clothes.
However, cotton is hypoallergenic and has a lower chance to irritate the skin. Organic cotton would have even a lower chance of skin irritation as no harsh chemicals are used during the growing of the crop. Therefore the garments are free of harmful substances and a perfect choice for your baby and the environment. (To ensure the quality of organic cotton, look for a brand that uses a qualifications standard like G.O.T.S
‘Did you know cotton use a significant amount of water during the growth of the crop and organic cotton uses far less water during the grow, which make it an environmentally friendlier choice?’
Pima cotton vs Organic Cotton?
So which cotton baby clothes would you choose? Which choice feels right for you and suit your budget and lifestyle? There may not be one answer to the question which cotton baby clothes are softer. But with the information in this article, you know now where to look for to identify quality cotton baby clothes which will feel soft and luxurious compared to regular cotton baby clothes.
Pima cotton is extra-long-staple cotton which produces durable, luxurious baby clothes to comfort your babies skin. Some Pima cotton is organic, but unfortunately, this is rare and only 1 per cent worldwide. Check labels if you want your Pima cotton to be organic.
Always read labels and descriptions to get a good insight where the garments are made from. Especially with organic baby clothes, you can come across misleading labels where clothes are marked organic. Still, there is only a low percentage of organic material used in the clothing.
For quality Organic baby clothes, look for a certification what will ensure the quality and ethical standards of the garments.
What are G.O.T.S. certified baby clothes?
‘The world-leading standards of the organic cotton industry is G.O.T.S. what stands for Global Organic Textile Standards’.
Brands can only carry the G.O.T.S. logo if they meet the high eco-friendly and ethically responsible standards. If the baby clothes you purchase are G.O.T.S. approved, you can be assured the clothes are produced in an eco-friendly way and the brand has a transparent production chain where they do everything they can to eliminate child and forced labour.
G.O.T.S ensures that workers get paid a fair, livable wage for their work, and the work environment is safe as well. G.O.T.S certification ensures that the product your buy is made following high eco friendly and socially responsible standards.
To learn more about G.O.T.S baby clothes, you can click here.
‘Both Pima cotton baby clothes and Organic baby clothes are soft cotton baby clothes, but there can be significant differences in the quality depending on where and how the cotton is grown. Learn about the brand and products you purchase to gain a better understanding of the quality and ethical standards maintained across the brand.’
Final thoughts on soft, cotton baby clothes.
So there you go. The competition for the softest cotton baby clothes can go either way. It will depend on the quality of the Pima cotton or organic cotton used to make your garments. Also, the environment the cotton plant is growing will have a direct influence on the end product you buy in the shop. A thriving cotton plant will produce higher quality cotton clothes, and sometimes it can be hard to find out where the cotton has grown from the product you purchase.
‘The picking the cotton is an essential part of the process, and we can expect that in quality, cotton is hand-picked as this will ensure the purity and quality of the product. Long pure fibres are required to make strong durable and soft baby clothes which won’t pill, fade and is wrinkle-free.
If you are after Organic Pima cotton, this is even rarer than regular extra-long-staple cotton, and it might be a challenge to find.
Regular organic cotton is grown from non-genetically modified cotton plants, and harsh chemicals are not used during the growing and might be a good alternative to organic Pima cotton and a great choice for super soft organic baby clothes.
I hope this article was helpful for you and please comment below if you have any feedback on soft cotton baby clothes.
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