Organic baby socks and booties are made from many different materials, but they have one thing in common. All organic baby clothing is non-toxic, good for the environment and good for your baby. Many conventional fabrics and fibers are loaded with toxins and pesticides. By using organic baby accessories, you can protect you baby from these chemicals.
There are several different organic substances that are used to make baby socks, booties, and other accessories. In fact, new materials are being developed every day.
Organic bamboo fiber can be spun into a very soft and fluffy yarn. It is almost silk-like when it is spun and stays soft. Some of its unique properties are:
- Very soft
- Wicks moisture
- Two times more absorbent than cotton
- Natural UV protection
- 100% biodegradable
- Renewable resource
Organic wool is a natural product. Generally, fiber labeled as wool can come from one of several sources:
- Sheep (various breeds)
The animals are generally pastured and free range, living their lives as naturally as possible and being feed an organic diet. When it is time for the shearing process, the wool is shaved off of the animals, cleaned with gentle cleaning products, carded and spun into wool fiber.
Sometimes the wool from more than one species will be spun together to give it a different texture. Organic wool has certain characteristics:
- Naturally waterproof
- Long wearing
Organic cotton is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. It retains all of the wonderful characteristics of cotton without the toxins. Some of the characteristics of organic cotton are:
Soy? Yes soy! Organic soy fabric is made from the substance that is left over from making soy products. This soy protein is manufactured into a soft fabric which has become known as soy cashmere because it is so soft and light. The characteristics of organic soy are:
- Soy is smoother than cashmere
- Absorbs moisture like cotton does
- Stronger than wool
Soy fiber can be washed by machine, but should always be air dried.
Where to Buy Organic Baby Socks and Booties
You may have trouble finding organic baby items locally. Sometimes the smaller shops and boutiques carry these specialty items, so they are worth checking. If not, here are some great websites to try:
- Our Green House has a very nice selection of booties, socks, and even some tights.
- Sckoon offers adorable seemless socks made from organic cotton.
- Little Spruce Organics offers white organic cotton socks, which you can get for all of your children in sizes from 6 months to 1 year.
Make Them Yourself
If you knit or crochet, you can easily make organic baby socks and booties yourself. Because they are so small, they don't take very long and you can make them from any fabric, in any color and style that you like. You'll find plenty of patterns at the following websites.
LoveToKnow Crafts has some baby patterns for you to try as well.
Using organic materials for baby items will help keep environmental pollutants out of baby's developing system. It is an important part of keeping the environment clean and healthy for everyone.