Organic clothing for kids

After reading my previous blog post (if you haven’t read it you can do so here) you now know why GOTS certified organic clothing is so important.  I feel this is especially true for babies and kids.  The chemical load our children are exposed too is too much in my opinion.  Babies skin is so much thinner than ours and their bodies are so much smaller (in addition to our skin being our largest organ).   Most organic clothing is made in India where most organic cotton is grown (some is now be produced in China as well).  Having organic clothing isn’t enough.  The GOTS certification insures that the dyes and finished are non-toxic too.  You will see the green GOTS logo on clothing that is GOTS certified.  Do no be fooled by GOTS certified cotton.  That means that the cotton is certified but the dyes are not.  Here is the list of companies that I love that the final product has the GOTS certification:

Frugi – This is now my all time favorite GOTS certified company.  Their clothing is high quality and lasts for a long time for my kids.  I love their styles.  Now that my son is older I do a majority of my shopping here for him.  Shipping to the US is reasonable as well.  Age range is newborn up to age 10 for both boys and girls.  They have a small selection of maternity and women’s pajama’s as well (I am currently lounging in one of their pajama bottoms right now ;)).

Kite Kids – This was one my favorite clothing companies for my son when he was younger.  They are based out of the UK but shipping is reasonable and quick to the US.  They occasionally have deals on Zulily and I always try and stock up when they are featured.  Not everything is organic, GOTS certified cotton.  The fleece is not.  Most everything else is.  They have a few organic clothing items that are not GOTS certified because the factory that makes it follows the standards but isn’t certified.  With that being said, you will see the green GOTS logo under the product description if it is GOTS (or not).  Age range is newborn up to age 11 for both boys and girls.

Colored Organics – They offer a good selection of basic clothing (t-shrits, long sleeves, sweatsuits) that are all GOTS certified.  I have to admit when I opened my first order I was disappointed at how thin the clothing was.  I actually almost returned it all.  I was use to thicker sweatshirts especially living in the Pacific Northwest.  However, we kept some things and I ended up really loving them.  The quality is really good.  After I do laundry, my oldest picks out his Colored Organics sweats first every time.  I also love having some basics that don’t have any designs on the front.  Age range is newborn up to age 6.  Their sizing runs pretty small.  My big 4 year old has almost outgrown the size 6.  I emailed them to find out if they have considered making bigger sizes since their clothing runs small and to my delight they told me that their spring / summer of 2017 collection will go up to size 12!

Living Crafts – GOTS certified baby, kids and adults clothes.  This is a great company with quality clothing.  We have several of their pieces for both kids and adults.  They ship from Europe.  Some of their clothing is also sold at Little Spruce Organics which is here in the USA.

Under the Nile – This was one of my favorite companies when my son was younger.  They are 100% organic, GOTS certified.  Most of their clothes are for newborn to 2 years old.  They do offer clothing up to age 6 but it is just their long john pajamas and some underwear.  They have great stuffed animals, rugs and play mats that are made up from the scraps of their clothing.  We are big fans of Under the Nile in this house!

Broken Tricycle – They are out of Australia and are mostly newborn to age 2.  They are featured on Zulily from time to time and that is where I have picked up a few pieces.  All of their clothing is 100% organic cotton, GOTS certified.

L’ovedbaby – Organic, GOTS clothing age newborn to 2 years old.  I have one piece from them.  I didn’t discover them until my oldest was out of their sizes.  Amazon has a good selection of their clothing.

Hanna Andersson – They have a small selction of Oeko-Tek certified organic cotton clothing.  In their line of organic cotton is their pajamas, underwear, basic t-shirts, most of their polo shirts, and a few other pieces.  They have clothing newborn up to age 12.

Kate Quinn Organics – They are 100% organic cotton and all is GOTS certified.  You will not see the GOTS label on the inside of their clothing though.  They have decided against adding an extra label from a waste standpoint.  I have received verification from the company in writing that they are GOTS certified.  Age range is newborn up to age 8 for both boys and girls.  Sign up for their newsletters to get notified of flash sales that they do fairly often.  UPDATE:  I ordered from them in 2015 and my clothes were stinky as in chemical stinky.  I’ve heard other readers say this was the case too.  Some others have not had any issues.  Kate Quinn maintains that they are GOTS.  I now proceed with caution with Kate Quinn.

I also really love wool.  There are several GOTS certified organic wool clothing companies which are based out of Germany.  My favorite site to by wool is Little Spruce Organics.  I actually love most everything about her site but it is my go to place to buy wool for my son.  Engle and Disana are the brands that I buy from her.  If you haven’t purchased from her before she offers a 20% discount on your first order (see the info on the right side of her website).  The one note I’ll make is that I don’t love NUI organics.  They are not certified and the one time I ordered clothing from their company off of Zulily is had a strong chemical smell.

Other GOTS certified clothing companies that I have not ordered from:

Maple Clothing – They are on amazon and sell organic cotton, GOTS certified onsies, t-shirts and pants for newborn up to 2 years old.  I have never personally purchased from them but only because I found them once my son was too big.

Burts Bees Clothing – Affordable line of GOTS clothing.  They are owned by Clorox but do have the GOTS certification.  I do not own any of their clothing but from what I have heard the quality might not be the greatest.  For clothes that get outgrown quickly it might not be an issue.  Age range newborn up to age 7.

Piccalilly – They are organic, GOTS certified clothing from newborn up to age 10.  I haven’t ordered from them yet but have been meaning too.  It looks like they have a good selection of clothing for kids.

Finn & Emma – Mostly newborn to 18months.  They have pajamas that go up to 4 years old.  They are GOTS certified but do not have the GOTS logo on their clothing.

Are their other GOTS clothing brands you love?  Please let me know and I may add them to this list!

*This list was updated October of 2016

 

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58 thoughts on “Organic clothing for kids

  1. momlifehacker

    I am mildly obsessed with Hanna Andersson (I even wrote a blog review of the outlet), so most of my experience is with that, but for summer I’d also check out iPlay – reasonably priced and the items we do have from them (non-organic) have held up incredibly well, so it might be worth checking out their organic stuff? (or, I’d love to hear what you thought if you already have!)

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      I’ve looked at iPlay before. I prefer to stay with certified organic clothes (and clothes not made in China) because non-certified clothes could be dyed and processed with toxic chemicals while using organic cotton. iPlay has factories in China. Not saying this specifically about them but China is still using AZO dyes which contain heavy metals.

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  2. Laura S

    I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your blog! Your recent posts on organic clothes have been especially helpful, and I’m always referring friends and family to your latest updates.

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  3. Jessica

    So I saw Zulily carrying My O Baby organic clothes and I emailed the company about them. They say they are also GOTS certified and made in New Delhi, India. Just an FYI – not sure if you know anything else about them.

    Also, I am wondering – Hanna Andersson’s clothes are all Oeko-Tex certified, but only some organic. I’ve done a bit of research on this – whether the organic ones are that much safer, but I can’t seem to figure out if this is the case. How can something be Oeko-Tex certified (no harmful chemicals) if the cotton has been sprayed with pesticides? Do you know by any chance? Your blog only recommends the organic ones (and I can’t blame you), but do you know anything else about this or are you playing it safe by going with only the organic ones (which, again, makes perfect sense).

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      I haven’t heard of My O Baby but I will check them out. Pretty much all GOTS certified clothing is made in India. If it’s GOTS certified it is good in my book 🙂 Another way to double check is that GOTS certified clothing will have the GOTS logo on one of the tags inside the clothing. The only company who is GOTS certified and doesn’t use the logo is Kate Quinn because they feel like it is wasteful to add another tag.

      I have been thinking about my post and Hanna Andersson over the last few days. I’m glad you asked this question. I’ll update the post too. Oeko-Tek allows pesticides (as well as flame retardants). Oeko-Tek is no where near as stringent as GOTS which is why I prefer GOTS. So the cotton can have pesticides but not use other harmful chemicals and be Oeko-Tek certified. However, I would choose Oeko-Tek certified non-organic clothes before choosing non-certified, non-organic clothes. Most of the Oeko-Tek non-organic cotton clothes are made in China.

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  4. Katie Fogarty

    I just happened upon “Gerber Organic” at Buy Buy Baby – now that I’m a reader of your blog I took a close look at the tag 😉 Have you seen language like this before?
    “Organic cotton used has been certified by Control Union World Group to meet GOTS standards for sustainable textile production and standards for the processing of natural fibers”. I have a photo of the tag if you are curious. It is made in India, all sorts of PJs, tshirts, hats etc. It was a new display. Thanks again (so so much!) for your efforts.

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      Is there a way you can send me a photo of the tag. You can try emailing it to me on my FB page. Are the products dyed? Or does it look natural / cream colored? It sounds like the cotton itself is GOTS but not the final product but I would love to see the tag if it’s possible!

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      Does the GAP organic line have the green GOTS logo? I called them and they had no clue what I was talking about. I then emailed and got a response back that they weren’t sure about their certifications and they were going to look into it. I haven’t heard back since then. Another reader said the same thing about some older GAP organic clothes she had. She said that the newer ones didn’t have the GOTS logo. If you have any additional info I would love to hear it.

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      1. Alison

        No Logo. The response I have thus far is “The mills and vendors we use are required to be both SA and GOTS certified”. I also asked what country that they were manufactured and they said that it depended on the clothing item number. They were willing to find out if I had the item number that is listed on the tag.

  5. olga

    I have been getting Maple Clothing for my son since he was 4 mo when I’ve switched to 100% organic living practically overnight. I absolutely love their pants and kimonos. They are made of sturdy but softest cotton and i never had any problems with them. As an added bonus these make my son look like a jedi 🙂 (if you buy in natural color)

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  6. Allyson

    Have you checked into Garden Kids? They are organic and made in the USA. Below is from their website…they say they are certified, but doesn’t specify which cert.

    US Made and Fair Wage
    Certified organic fabrics and hand-made
    Low-impact fiber reactive dyes suitable for sensitive individuals
    No flame retardants
    Kid-tested,Kid approved

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      Actually it says the fibers are GOTS certified (meaning the cotton itself) not the final product. I bought 2 pieces from them and they had a strong chemical smell. I don’t recommend them.

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  7. Christa

    Really enjoying and appreciating your blog! Thanks for the time you put into it.

    Wondering if you have any experience with Urban Smalls, or Parade Organics? Looks like Zulily sells their stuff too, and their websites state that they are GOTS certified. Wondering if there’s a reason not to trust what they say? (Not to be paranoid or anything, but I feel like companies go out of their way to mislead!)

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      I feel the same way :). As long as the final product is GOTS certified then I would trust them. I’ve seen Urban Smalls and they use GOTS certified cotton but the final product isn’t. There wasn’t anything I wanted to but there so I never emailed to question their final product. If you find out let me know 🙂

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      1. Amanda

        What did you find out about Boys and Girls? Are the finished pieces GOTS certified? Thanks for all this great information you provide for us!

  8. Alison

    Do you have a suggestion for laundry detergent, and while we are on the subject of cleaning dish detergent?
    I am currently using Molly’s Sud’s for clothing and Green Shield Organic Squeeze for dishes..To be honest neither work well.
    Also, do you recommend soap flakes for a first wash? If so, what kind?

    Thanks!

    Here are the links to the EWG rating for these if you are interested
    http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/5446-GreenShieldOrganicSqueezAutomaticDishwasherLiquidDetergentLemongrass
    http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/5835-MollysSudsLaundryPowder

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      For laundry I use Soap Nuts and link them in my blog post. I love them. Do you mean dish soap for your sink or for your dishwasher? For sink, I use Dr. Bronners but Poofy Organics has a good one too. For the dishwasher, I don’t have anything good. Poofy Organics makes a pod for the dishwasher but I don’t like that it’s wrapped in polyvinyl so I don’t use it. I just heard they are going to make a powder and when they do that’s what I’ll be using!

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      1. Kim

        I have to make a correction – their final products are not GOTS certified, but they do use GOTS certified organic cotton which is grown in India, and then the fabric is woven into fabric in the US, and printed using water-based inks in the US.

  9. Christa

    Just FYI – The below is from a Burt’s Bees customer service rep (yesterday), in response to my inquiry about organic certification for their new line of organic baby clothes. Hopefully it’s true, and they’re able to update their website accordingly! (Their clothes look really cute =)

    “We are GOTS certified. We only use natural dyes in our process and do not use flame retardants or chemical additives at any point in our manufacturing process. We are in the works of getting this information updated on our website.”
    Customer Service
    Burt’s Bees Baby
    (September 3, 2014)

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  10. Sam

    When you ask does it have green GOTS label, do you mean by logo or label on the product/item itself or on their website? I recently bought many cloths from ‘under the nile’, ‘Kate Quinn’ and ‘Burt bees baby’ and none of them have any GOTS label on cloths or any other items but it does say 100% organic.

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      I would say either, on their website or label. The label is the easiest because it’s right there. I’m surprised under the nile doesn’t have it on their clothes. It’s all over their web site though. Kate Quinn doesn’t label it for the reasons they stated above.

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  11. Nicole

    Hi – Do you know of a truly non-toxic diaper bag? I’m thinking of possibly a GOTS certified organic bag not made in China. When I google it I can’t seem to find one. I hate to think of putting all of my GOTS certified clothes, burp clothes, wipes etc in a conventional toxic polyester diaper bag. Thanks!

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  12. Emily

    Today I just received a Kate Quinn order that was made in China (on the tags!). Do you know if the company is starting to shift production?

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      So I found out from Kate Quinn that most of their production is still in India and will stay there. They also say everything is the same with the GOTS certification with the clothes in India. They had one lot, Big Sky, that was produced in China because of a special situation (basically someone wanted to make a line, have it produced in China, and sold in stores in China). They think that is going to be the only time that they do that. Hope that helps.

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  13. Lynda

    Any thoughts on Hudson Baby? Looks like it’s made in India however they’re fairly inexpensive which makes me second guess the clothes

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      I’m pretty sure they aren’t GOTS certified which means that it’s the final product isn’t certified non-toxic. While they are using organic cotton (which is great) they could be using toxic dyes. I’m not saying that they are but we just don’t know. I personally buy GOTS certified (or Oeko-Tek) so I don’t have to worry about the use of toxic dyes (like AZO dyes that contain heavy metals). The certification also ensures humane work practices which I value as well. I’m not sure about the quality, I personally like having clothes that hold up well.

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    1. naturalbabymama Post author

      There is a little green label that attaches to most clothing. Not all clothing companies uses the GOTS logo (you can see what it looks like on the GOTS website). You can also look on each companies website or contact them to see if they are.

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  14. Lynda

    Ended up buying an organic gownie, made in India, but I’m sure it likely has azo dyes.

    I found a company called Pact that has azo free organic baby clothes, also a company called DorDor & GorGor, the tag came made in China but the owner assured me that the cotton is color grown gots certified so no azo dyes.

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  15. Delila

    Does anyone know of a brand that makes GOTS-certified organic cotton underwear for toddler girls? Haven’t been able to find any.

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    1. Nicole

      Yes, there are a few. Kate Quinn makes them, but they do have a screen print on them. Also Cosilana makes them, which is the brand that I put my daughter in. Little Spruce organics sells them.

      Speaking of underwear, I have a problem finding them in mama sizes. Does anyone know who makes all GOTS certified organic ones for adults? I’ve seen ones with spandex mixed in, which I prefer to avoid.

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    2. Kelsey

      Burt’s Bee’s does now. See earlier part of this thread about their GOTs certification. I’ve called them twice to ask for more information about their GOTs certification, and why they haven’t updated their website to say that they actually are certified. They only have an FAQ about what GOTs certification is…

      …The answers weren’t super useful. A lot of, well we’re trying to figure out what to say, and where, and whether to label products individually or not…

      She is able to look up individual product numbers and tell you if they are GOTs certified or not. The denim, gauze blankets, and plush toys come from a Hong Kong facility and aren’t certified…but she assures they’re still 100% organic cotton, no AZO dyes, etc. And their terry cotton and other standard clothing is all certified it seems. They have larger sizes on the undies and undershirts.

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  16. Kaitlin

    Any more thoughts on Burt’s Bee’s baby clothes? I want to believe them and they say they are now GOTS certified but it seems odd they haven’t taken the time to update their website yet. Also, does anyone have a toddler shoe or winter jacket company they recommend? Thanks

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  17. Jen

    Does anyone know anything about Pololo shoes (which are sold on the little spruce organics website)? They have some absolutely adorable designs!

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  18. naturalbabymama Post author

    I’ve just created a closed Facebook group as a way the Natural Baby Mama community can discuss non-toxic items. Whether you are wanting to know what car seat to buy, questioning non-toxic baby items or items for you or your home, this is will be a great resource and open line of communication. Please like the Natural Baby Mama Facebook page and join the closed group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/223493848003000/?hc_location=ufi.

    I’m looking forward to interacting with you more in the closed group!

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  19. J

    I would love to see an update on teen clothing. It is a struggle to find age appropriate clothing for my daughter who wears a woman’s small, but is only 11 yrs old.

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  20. Claudia

    I’ve also ordered from Kate Quinn Organics and was disappointed by the smell, it made my daughter sneezed a lot.
    Anyway I found this info on the ‘about us’ section:

    Currently the below listed prints in this project are not certified organic cotton:

    Mombasa, Kenya, Nakuru, Nairobi, Kampala | Green + Turquoise

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