Considerations for Choosing Best Fabric For Kidswear
One of the most important things to consider when choosing fabric for babies and children's wear is the adaptability and usability of the material. There are many kid-orientated designs on the market in a range of different fibers. Unfortunately, not all the fabrics aimed at youngsters are suitable for clothing.
A lot of the fabrics will have a warning in the selvage saying, “Not suitable for sleepwear”, or “keep away from heat sources”. This means the material has not been tested to ensure it’s safe to use for apparel.
Keeping away from heat sources can be especially worrying as this could indicate the fabric is not flame retardant. It could be dangerous to make clothing for children with it as it may melt or burn if they get too close to a fire. You don't want to make clothes out of this kind of fabric, even if it has cute little dinosaurs printed on it.
Another thing to think about is the flexibility of the fabric. Babies, in particular, spend a lot of time sleeping. They tend to move around as they sleep. So much so, they may end up facing the opposite direction! If their clothes are too rigid, this movement can cause the fabric to bunch up underneath them. Or worse, tighten around their bodies, causing discomfort and sores.
When it comes to babies and children, clothing needs to tick several boxes. It needs to be soft enough to be comfortable next to sensitive skin. Yet strong enough to withstand the toughest activities a child can do while wearing it.