Why Cotton Baby Clothes?

Cotton is best for baby because it's a natural fiber, absorbent, non conductive for electricity, and easy to care for too!

Why Cotton Baby Clothes? The natural qualities of cotton for clothing. - Cotton field image

Why Cotton Baby Clothes?

Cotton is a natural fiber. There are two main groups of natural fiber. One is protein or those that come from animals. The other is are those fibers that come from vegetables or plants.

Cotton has been cultivated to make fabric and yarn for over 5000 years. Man made products don't provide the same ventilation that natural fibers do. And because fungi lives best in dark moist constrictive environments most synthetic yarns create the idea habitat for the very thing we want to keep away from baby! Cotton "breathes" and helps remove body moisture by absorbing it and wicking it away from the skin, keeping baby cool in summer and warm and dry in winter.

If you have ever worn a 100% cotton garment, you can vouch for it’s superior comfort. It is not scratchy and can be worn by people who are allergic to wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton fibers have a natural twist that allows them to be spun into a very strong yarn.

The History of Cotton

Nobody seems to know exactly when people began to use cotton, but there is evidence it was cultivated in India, Pakistan, Mexico and Peru 5000 years ago. It probably grew wild and then people began to cultivate cotton plants in their fields. In Europe wool was the only fiber used to make clothing. Then from the Far East came tales of plants that grew wool. Traders claimed that cotton was the wool of tiny animals called Scythian lambs that grew on the stalks of a plant. The stalks, each with a lamb as it’s flower, were said to bend over so the small lambs could graze on the grass around the plant.

These fantastic stories were shown to be untrue. Arabs brought the cotton plant to Spain in the Middle Ages. In the 14th century cotton was grown in the Mediterranean countries and shipped to the Netherlands and Western Europe for spinning and weaving. By 1736 European cotton mills had grown in number and in 1790 the first cotton mill was built in the United States.It is the most widely used of all natural fibers, accounting for half of all fibers used by the textile industry.

Special Qualities of Cotton

No other natural material is quite like cotton. Cotton has superior absorbency and even charges of static electricity do not build up in cotton. Cotton outsells all other man made fibers combined

How Cotton Is Prepared

All cotton is carded in preparation for spinning into yarn, but some are given the additional process of combing. Carding machines straighten, clean and untangle the fibers before they are spun into yarn. Combing separates the long, choice, desirable fibers of the same length from the short, immature, undesirable stock. All of our knit items are made from combed cotton.

Proper Care for Cotton

Washing your cotton knits is as easy as turning the dials on your washer and dryer. Use a gentle cycle, warm water and a mild detergent. Do not use Woolit or bleach when washing cotton. Tumble dry on warm, removing just before it is completely dry. Lay flat to finish drying. That is all there is to it!

Cotton Knitted Gifts

The arrival of a new baby is a very special occasion and a knitted gift would be a wonderful way to welcome the cherished infant into the world. Our combed cotton baby knits and cotton baby clothes are delightfully soft and luxurious, yet simple in style. Our designs are knit in natural yarns which are soft and gentle for a baby’s delicate skin. If you are expecting a baby or know of someone who is, our cotton baby clothes and knit caps are a perfect choice.

So what more could one want for their cherished babies? Cotton is 100% natural. It is nature’s finest fiber. Just the thought of cotton brings the feeling of comfort and gentleness to the touch. All our babies deserve the best!

Visit our cotton baby clothes pages in our catalog and see for yourself.

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