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If, like me, you have a child whose skin is sensitive (or if you have sensitive skin yourself) you will know that the type of clothing worn can make a big difference to how comfortable their skin is. Skin sensitivity could be because you child has eczema, psoriasis or is prone to allergies.
My elder son was diagnosed with eczema at only a few months old. He was prone to severe nappy rash and had angry red sore wrists, elbows and back.
Man-made fibres have always made him sore and itchy, which cause him pain, discomfort and in hot weather, sleepless nights. However when I put him in natural fibres, his skin is cooler and was much less miserable and itchy.
Fortunately there are lots of specialist eczema clothing which is 100% cotton or made from other natural fibres such as silk, bamboo and linen. These are fantastic and brilliant for sleepwear, underwear, bedding and can help with specialist school uniform.
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However your kids will also need to wear skin friendly fabrics during the day time too!
Fortunately there are lots of children's clothing companies which make 100% cotton clothing that is not just kind to skin, but is also organic and comes in cool, funky and child friendly designs. Some of them also make colourful cotton bedding and soft toys too.
Just one really thing I would recommend is that you always check individual item descriptions of products from any of these retailers to check the fibre content. Some retailers offer only part of their range in 100% cotton, while other items could have mixed fibres.
Frugi is all about gorgeous organic 100% cotton clothes for babies, kids and mums. They have colourful clothes for babies including babygrows, rompers, onesies and pramsuits. For kids up to 10 years there are coats, trousers, T-shirts, dresses, hoodies, pyjamas and skirts. They also have organic cotton soft toys, 100% organic cotton bedding, and frump-free breastfeeding wear for mums.
Natural Collection have Fairtrade and organic clothing for babies and children much of which is 100% cotton or 100% bamboo which is also very good for sensitive skin. Good for tops, T-shirts and dresses as well as babies onsies, bodysuits and bibs.
They also stock 100% pure organic cotton school uniform, including trousers, dresses, gingham summer dresses, shorts and pure cotton school socks.
John Lewis have a lovely range of 100% organic cotton clothing for babies from newborn to 2 years old, including onsies, rompers, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, tops and dresses. As well as their own John Lewis brand, which have just the cutest designs, they also stock top organic brands Frugi, Polarn O. Pyret and Serendipity.
The White Company The majority of The White Company's clothes, PJs and bedding are pure cotton. Particularly strong on girly ginghams and delicate embroideries, they supply great quailty products in classic styles and colours, with lovely victorian style dresses, classically styles trousers, skirts and tops and cool cotton night wear. From babies to 12 years.
Toby Tiger clothes are colourful, with instantly recognisable prints and motifs. Their clothing range goes from newborn up to 6 years with dresses, tees, skirts, trousers, pyjamas, coats, baby clothes, sleepwear and accessories. They also have 100% cotton bibs, blankets, muslins and sleepsuits.
Boden's children's range have some items which are 100% cotton, but I recommend checking individual items as fibre content varies. Most likely to be cotton are T-shirts, sweatshirts and tops.
Ethical Superstore stock cotton clothing from all the top ethical brands including Pachamama, Little Green Radicals, Traidcraft, Living Crafts and Frugi. Mostly for babies and younger children.
Pigeon Organic make gorgeous organic clothing for babies and children up to 5 years old. They have a capsule range which is made in the UK, while the rest of their adorable clothing is organic 100% cotton.
Green Nippers are an organic, ethical and eczema friendly baby and children's clothing label, inspired by all things green. They have a collection of organic baby loungewear and accessories which has been created using 100% organic cotton, nickel free fastenings, and natural and organic dyes that have a low-impact on the environment.
Plus they also have children's underwear and pyjamas in organic cotton, all for kids aged up to 5 years.
People Tree was one of the the pioneers of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion with women's and men's clothes that teens will love. They have a mix of classic basics and fashion items. Not all items are 100% cotton, so I do recommend that you check individual item descriptions.
The Eden Project The online shop for the popular eco-attraction in Cornwall has cool 100% cotton T-Shirts for kids and adults with bright colours and cool designs, and funny slogans that mean you will sport an important environmental message.
Amazon 100% cotton products for kids of all ages from a huge variety of retailers. Always check individual product descriptions to confirm cotton content. Their selection is best for ladies and mens 100% cotton underwear, and T-shirts.
Piccalilly have baby and child clothing, bibs and sleepwear up to 10 years old in 100% cotton. Their prints are all quite adorable, in bright and cheerful colours and cute designs. They also stock organic cotton muslin swaddles.
Greenfibres 100% cotton clothes in classic styles as well as fun designs for kids and fashionable styles for adults. They stock items in silk, linen and hemp as well as organic wool.
They are particularly good for underwear and they even have a cotton and bamboo bra, in A-C cups.
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