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Choosing the Best Fabrics for Babies and Toddlers with Sensitive Skin

Choosing the Best Fabrics for Babies and Toddlers with Sensitive Skin

Babies and toddlers are known for their delicate and sensitive skin. As parents, we want to ensure that they are comfortable and free from skin irritations. One way to achieve this is by carefully selecting the fabrics they wear and maintaining their natural properties through the appropriate care. In this guide, we'll explore the best fabric choices for little ones with sensitive skin and highlight two exceptional options: bamboo and silk.

Understanding Sensitive Baby Skin

Babies and toddlers have skin that is not fully developed, making it more susceptible to irritation. Conditions like eczema, diaper rash, and contact dermatitis are common in infants with sensitive skin. Choosing the right fabric can play a crucial role in preventing these discomforts.

Why Fabric Matters

The fabric you choose for your baby's clothing and bedding can greatly impact their comfort and well-being. It's essential to select materials that are soft, hypoallergenic, and gentle on their sensitive skin. Some of the best fabric choices are 100% silk, bamboo blends (be sure to look for qualities that are OEKO-TEX approved), and organic cotton.  Let's consider two of our favorite fabric choices:


Bamboo fabric has gained popularity in recent years for its exceptional qualities, making it a top choice for sensitive baby skin.  

  • Hypoallergenic: Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic, reducing the risk of allergic reactions or skin irritations.
  • Moisture-Wicking: It has excellent moisture-wicking properties, keeping your baby dry and comfortable.
  • Breathable: Bamboo fabric is highly breathable, preventing overheating, a common issue with sensitive skin.
  • Softness: Bamboo is incredibly soft, comparable to silk, ensuring your baby's comfort throughout the day.

*All Coco Beans pajamas are crafted using the highest quality, OEKO-Tex certified bamboo-blend fabric.  


Silk is, of course, our preferred option for bedding and a great choice for littles with sensitive skin.  

  • Hypoallergenic: Silk is naturally hypoallergenic and unlikely to trigger allergies or skin sensitivities.
  • Smooth Texture: The smooth texture of silk reduces friction against the skin, minimizing irritation.
  • Temperature Regulation: Silk helps regulate body temperature, keeping your baby comfortable in both hot and cold weather.
  • Luxurious Feel: Silk offers a luxurious feel that's gentle on delicate skin.

*Coco Beans 100% silk crib sheets, pillowcases, and blankets use the highest quality mulberry silk.  


Avoiding Irritating Fabrics

While bamboo and silk are fantastic choices, avoiding fabrics that irritate sensitive baby skin is also crucial. Steer clear of materials like wool and synthetic fabrics, as they may trap moisture causing discomfort and rashes.

Fabric Care Tips

Now that you have selected high-quality fabrics, the next step is to ensure you maintain the natural properties with the appropriate care.  To maintain the softness and hypoallergenic properties of bamboo and silk clothing, follow these care tips:

  • Washing: Use a mild detergent, preferably one designed for baby clothing. Wash in cold water to preserve the fabric's integrity.
  • Drying: Air-drying is the gentlest option. If using a dryer, select the lowest heat setting.


To recap:  

Choosing the best fabrics for babies and toddlers with sensitive skin is a crucial step in ensuring their comfort. Bamboo and silk stand out as exceptional choices due to their hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking, and soft qualities. By making informed fabric choices and following proper care instructions, you can help keep your little one's skin happy and healthy.

Remember, every baby is unique, so monitor their skin's response to different fabrics and make adjustments as needed. Your baby's comfort and happiness are worth every effort you put into selecting the right clothing materials.

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