Buying baby clothes, let’s face it, is one of the more enjoyable tasks new parents get to experience. However the market can be a minefield; full of products promising to help navigate the treacherous world of life with a newborn.
Among an array of fads and miracle cures, one thing that’s easy to get right is what to dress your baby in. The skin is the largest organ in the body so opting for organic clothing is the safest way to ensure your baby isn’t being exposed to any irritants or toxins in the fabric.
We've scoured the market and assessed everything from softness to washability to bring you our round-up of the very best organic garments out there.
1. H&M All-In-One Pyjamas: £9.99, H&M
H&M might have made its name with fast fashion, but for those in the know this high street chain also sells Conscious, a covetable range of organic clothing ideal for those shopping on a budget. Included are these all-in-one pyjamas, complete with parent-friendly press-studs and a stylish Peter Pan collar. It’s also available in beige from newborn to three years.
2. Frugi Buzzy Bee Babygrow: £16, We Love Frugi
One of the best-known names in organic baby clothes, Frugi (which translated from latin means “fruits of the earth”) is fair trade as well as organic certified. The brand’s extensive range, coupled with value for money, makes it an essential destination for those on the hunt for stylish baby clobber. This unisex design comes with integrated scratch mitts, ideal for keeping your new arrivals hands covered, while enclosed feet will also ensure they stay snug in the colder seasons.
3. The Little Green Sheep Baby Bear Sleepsuit: From £17.95, John Lewis
The Little Green Sheep made its name creating all-natural cot mattresses. Almost a decade later, it’s made the leap into baby clothes with this debut range of sleepwear. Made using 100 per cent organic brushed cotton, you won’t find anything softer for your little one to sleep in and it passes the all-important wash test too, coming out the other side equally as cosy as it went in. Only available up to six months, however the sizing does come up on the roomier side.
4. Mori Back-Opening Sleepsuit: £22, Baby Mori
Scandi-inspired brand Mori is a new name in the market. Although slightly pricier, the combination of organic bamboo and cotton makes for super soft garments that will suit even the most sensitive of skins. The neutral colour palette of greys and white and the simple design of this sleepsuit will appeal to those who favour a more minimalist approach when dressing baby. In practical terms, there's fold over mitts for younger babies under six months and for the older ones over nine months the feet are exposed to assist those all-important first steps.
5. Vertbaudet Aqua Velour Sleepsuit: £7, Vertbaudet
This colourful, brushed velour design from French childrenswear brand Vertbaudet is made from the cosiest of cotton, which is ideal for chillier days. A household name in France, Vertbaudet uses only the purest of organic cottons, free from any harmful chemicals, so you can dress baby with peace of mind. For those with the tiniest of new arrivals to buy for, this is a great option as the sizing caters for smaller and premature babies. If aqua green isn't your thing it also comes in a blush pink shade and a neutral white.
6. Organic Zoo Breton Stripe Hi Playsuit: £29.95, Me & Büddy
Breton stripes are par-for-the-course when shopping for baby clothes. And adding a bit of edge to a design classic is this one from British label Organic Zoo. The brand specialises in contemporary childrenswear, mixing traditional elements with a playful edge, and all items are made from organic cotton, of course. It’s gender-neutral, and would make a great hand-me-down, which helps justify the price. For those on the look out for a quick change option, this style has a stretch-neckline too, meaning it can be pulled up or down, avoiding fiddly buttons.
7. Nature’s Purest Sleepy Sheepy Sleepsuit: £18, Selfridges
Go back to basics with this beautifully embroidered cream sleepsuit. Nature’s Purest does what it says on the tin, selling only naturally-made baby products. The brand’s range features naturally-coloured cotton, which come in shades of cream, brown and green (just as nature intended) to ensure there are absolutely no nasties. Cream is not an easy colour to keep clean but this sleepsuit is conveniently suitable to wash at 40 degrees.
8. Polarn O’Pyret Stripe Baby All-In-One: £22, Polarn O’Pyret
Buying for a new arrival whose gender is TBC can be tricky, which makes a stripy suit like this all-in-one an ideal unisex purchase. Even better, this organic certified suit from Swedish brand Polarn O’Pyret comes with foldable cuffs, which allows for handy growing room for your not-so-little-one.
9. The Bright Company Monty Sleepsuit: £15, The Bright Company
Nothing is more irritating than ill-fitting clothes and unfortunately our little ones can’t tell us when their sleepsuits are riding up and disturbing their all-important night’s sleep. The Bright Company aims to pre-empt that with smart design elements to help solve this. This particular sleepsuit is stretchy but designed to be slim-fit, which will keep baby snug and stylish. It's worth noting that the close-fitting nature of this design means the garment comes up on the smaller side compared to similar sizing in many other brands.
10. Pigeon Organics Breton Stripe Romper: £21.20, Pigeon Organics
For a twist on classic nautical stripes, try this yellow romper suit from organic and ethically-sourced babywear specialist, Pigeon Organics. It’s a value-for-money buy with clever cuffs at the feet that can be unbuttoned to accommodate a growing baby, giving you much more bang for your buck.
The Verdict: Organic babygrows
There's no-end of choice for the new parent wishing to clad their little one out with an all-organic wardrobe. In what was once regarded as a niche market, there’s now bountiful choice to cater for all budget and style preferences. For value for money you can’t beat H&M, the Swedish retailer’s Conscious collection is a winner both in design aesthetic and for your bank balance. For the most sumptuous of fabrics, The Little Green Sheep’s new range is the softest out there. And if money is no object Mori’s designs are so sleek and beautifully presented in glossy boxes, you’ll be wishing they did adult sizes.
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