We want to ensure our babies’ clothes are not only practical and long-lasting but also gentle on their skin and free from potentially harmful substances. In addition, we want to minimize any harmful impacts on the environment and avoid supporting poor business practices.
However, with so many labels and marketing gimmicks, it’s challenging to know what to look for and which words and labels are meaningful.
Here’s our guide to choosing the best organic baby clothes for you, your baby, your family, and the earth.
Best Organic Baby Clothes
These are our 20 favorite organic baby clothes brands and the reasons we like them.
1. Under the Nile
Their items are machine washable and can be machine-dried, making them incredibly easy to care for. After multiple washes, the colors remain vibrant, and the clothes are true to size.
Under the Nile didn’t stop at their Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification. Their “empowering women” initiative not only ensures the women in their factories have equal rights and opportunities. They also work to educate the men in their facilities, changing patriarchal perspectives and actions.
2. Finn + Emma
It can be tricky to source and use environmentally preferable dyes, so some organic clothing can have rather pedestrian, dull colors. This is not the case with Finn + Emma. They are the best for t-shirts, bodysuits, and other clothing items with fun slogans or graphics.
Looking at their clothes, it’s a case of fun, functional clothing first, and “Oh, luckily for you, we also happen to have a GOTS certified factory, so our clothes are organic from field to store” second.
Finally, the clothes maintain their shape after washing, and we didn’t experience any degradation in the graphics or print.
3. Jazzy Organics
Jazzy Organics has a wide range of organic products, including pajamas, short-sleeved bodysuits, and receiving blankets. Their soft cotton combines with vibrant colors and unusual prints to create baby-appropriate designs that aren’t babyish.
In addition, they produce clothing for babies and children up to four years old in the same fabric but different styles. You can have all the fun of coordinating clothes for the kiddos without your kid complaining, “But I’m a big boy, I don’t want to wear the same clothes as my baby brother.”
Jazzy Organics holds a GOTS certification for their manufacturing facility.
L’ovedbaby’s retro-style “Tennis Club” collection has baby footies in white terry cloth with a vibrant swatch of color across the chest and matching trim. The “What on Earth??” collection has adorable prints featuring flowers, foliage, or bugs in a range of color combinations.
Then there are the designs that can be best described as “baby basics with a twist.” (We think the tie-shoulder bodysuit is adorable.)
The clothes are made from GOTS-certified cotton, and the material of any additional trims, buttons, or similar items is clearly displayed in the product listing on their website.
5. Sense Organics
Established in 1996, Sense Organics has a long track record of producing high-quality, low-cost organic baby clothes. The generous cut of their clothes and their unique print styles are everything, and the bright colors are as fresh after six months of wear as they were the day we got them.
All Sense Organics clothing is GOTS certified.
6. Monica + Andy
Monica + Andy organic cotton baby clothes are all about the prints. The company concentrates on limited edition prints in both day-to-day and special occasion themes.
The website is a pleasure to use because there are different ways to shop. You can choose a page that shows you all clothing items, such as hats and onesies. You click on the item, and it will show you which prints, colors, and sizes they have.
You can also shop by pattern or size.
Frugi is a European brand with a fun, whimsical style all of its own. Their clothes wash and dry beautifully, and they last a long time. We have some of their items that have been worn by three children so far!
Many of Frugi’s items are reversible. And we love that some of the items are cut with extra space to accommodate the additional bulk of cloth diapers.
Certified by GOTS, Frugi also uses post-consumer recycled materials for trims and fixings.
We’re suckers for Parade’s sleeveless, shortie rompers and kimono-style sleep-gowns. We especially love the two-way zip romper you can zip from the top down when you’re dressing your little one and from the bottom up when you’re changing a diaper.
If you’ve bought scratchy organic cotton before, Parade clothes are so buttery-soft in comparison that it’s difficult to believe they are really organic. Luckily all Parade clothing has full GOTS certification to prove it.
Parade is on the more expensive end of the spectrum because their items are hand-printed, hand-cut, and hand-sewn, but they are by no means the priciest company here.
9. CastleWare Baby
CastleWare produces “wearable” sleeping sacks with or without sleeves, footie pajamas, “lovies,” and two-piece pajama sets. The range is designed to coordinate, and a handy chart on their website shows you which combo of items is most suitable for your room temperature.
Their clothes are made in either a cotton rib knit or fleece, and we are particularly impressed with the accuracy of their sizing and that all CastleWare Baby items are pre-shrunk.
The CastleWare fabric is made in the USA from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton sourced in the U.S.
10. Mini Mioche
Mini Mioche has fabulous, gender-neutral clothes ranging from newborn essentials like onesies and sleepers to slouchy overalls and sweats. They also have similar ranges for kids up to 12 years old.
We especially like how everything is machine washable and dryable and how incredibly soft their fabrics are after multiple washes.
While we adore the clothes, we’re also impressed by Mini Mioche’s additional steps toward a more sustainable business.
The owners visit the factory where the clothes are made and ensure employees are paid a living wage. All marketing and shipping items are made from recycled and recyclable materials, and Mini Mioche maintains a Community Giveback program (1).
11. Oeuf NYC
The unique style and cut of Oeuf organic baby clothes help to make them a favorite. Oeuf uses GOTS-certified Pima cotton, which is almost silky, giving their clothing an entirely different texture to other cotton clothes.
In addition to using certified organic cotton, Oeuf produces clothes made from baby alpaca wool with low environmental impact and does not require harmful chemical treatments during processing.
12. Burt’s Bees Baby
Burt’s Bees Baby has a wide range of baby basics in cute colors and classic styles. The bodysuits we tried were made of soft, organic cotton that was thin enough to be cool but thick enough to be of good quality.
There was some barely perceptible shrinkage in the first wash, but after that, they held their size and shape well.
Burt’s Bees Baby uses GOTS printing and dying practices. This means the cotton is organic, and it hasn’t been dyed or printed with potentially harmful chemicals. Across their product lines, the company uses thread and buttons made from recycled plastic bottles that are processed into polyester.
Goumikids focus on the basics of baby clothes, emphasizing bodysuits, gowns, and footies. A company founded by moms, Goumikids clothes are designed with ease of use and comfort in mind.
For example, the footies have a zipper that goes right down to the foot but doesn’t detach entirely. This makes it easy to get your little one’s body out for diaper changes, and you don’t have to struggle to find the two parts of the footie to put together again.
However, while Goumikids promotes organic clothing, we couldn’t find any information about independent certifications.
14. Makemake Organics
We especially like the “top and bottoms” sets, which combine loose cotton pants with a long-sleeved bodysuit. Plus, most of their clothing coordinates with all other pieces, so they will look good together no matter which random pieces you have to hand.
Their clothes are GOTS certified, and many of their non-fabric items are Fair Trade Certified.
15. Hope and Henry
One of the standout things about Hope and Henry baby clothes is that they have an incredible amount of detail, giving them an expensive look and feel while still being some of the most affordable organic baby clothes we’ve seen.
We usually worry that affordability equals a lack of quality, but Hope and Henry’s clothes are beautifully made. They wash and dry without any shrinking or fading and come in styles we haven’t found anywhere else. Oh, and all of their clothes are fully GOTS certified.
16. Sapling Child
We’re big fans of the little details in Sapling Child clothes. For example, the zipper-front romper’s feet can be folded back, allowing you to swap from barefoot to warm toes. This also eliminates the “hunt for the lost socks” drama you might otherwise encounter.
Although their website says all of their clothes are made of 100% organic cotton, we couldn’t find any evidence of third-party certifications. Therefore, we cannot say with 100% certainty that the cotton is organic or if the entire garment creation process is less environmentally damaging.
17. Tenth and Pine
Tenth and Pine’s baby clothes are made without buttons, zippers, or elastics. Instead, they are designed to be tied shut, and where you might usually find elastic, for example, in a waistband, the clothes are made with a gentle ribbing to keep them in place without discomfort.
Tenth and Pine’s clothes are made in the U.S. and silkscreen printed with water-based inks. We also like that they are GOTS certified; and, where applicable, their website lists a “bamboo viscose” and cotton mix rather than using the deceptive term “bamboo.”
18. Nui Organics
Simple colors and styles are the core of the Nui Organics clothing line for babies. What sets them apart from similar companies is that many of their items come in a waffle weave fabric rather than a smooth weave.
We were impressed by the small, thoughtful details such as scooped hems on the tops that prevent the bottom of a baby’s back from getting cold and wide necklines for easy dressing.
Nui Organics clothing is GOTS certified.
19. The Good-Tee
With their extra bottom patch, The Good-Tee baby leggings are ideal for those little ones who like to butt-shuffle. We haven’t seen any thinning or wear around the bum area that you might experience with other brands.
Also, their extra-length ankle cuffs are designed to roll or fold up or down, so you get the best leg length for your child.
The brand, as a whole, does not have GOTS certification, but they clearly label each item that does, which includes our favorite pants.
20. Bebe Organic
Bebe Organic is the love child of “old-school Victorian chic” and “modern, organic certification.” Adorable ruffles, gorgeous balloon sleeves, and delicate mother-of-pearl buttons are some of the details you’ll fall in love with. Oh, and don’t get us started on the knitted bonnets.
Bebe Organic’s 100% organic cotton cloth is GOTS certified, and they use family-run traditional, small-batch factories.
What to Look for When Buying Organic Baby Clothes
The “Sustainable-Green-Organic” marketplace is full of spin. Companies will use words like “natural” or label bamboo viscose fibers as “bamboo” so you think you’re getting something unprocessed and chemical-free.
Therefore when you are looking for baby clothes made of organic fibers, it is essential to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible.
By doing this, you can avoid inadvertently buying non-organic or environmentally unpreferable clothing from unscrupulous businesses.
1. The “What?” of the Material
Look for clothes that are made of:
2. The “How?” Of the Material
Just because a piece of clothing is made of a non-synthetic ingredient, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is green, sustainable, natural, or organic. That’s because there are four main stages between growing a plant and buying a piece of clothing.
How Fibers are Grown
To be considered organic, a plant must be raised in soil that has been chemical-free for a minimum of three years. The plant must then be grown without any chemical products.
How Fibers are Processed
This is the way in which the raw plant is taken and turned into a fiber before being used to make fabric. Many of these processes involve potentially toxic chemicals.
How Fabric is Treated
Once a manufacturer weaves fibers into cloth, that cloth may be treated with bleaches, dyes, or other processes.
Other Materials in the Clothing
Even certified organic fabrics are allowed to have a certain percentage of other fibers, often including spandex for stretch.
3. Company Ethics
We look at whether a company goes beyond “green” certification and judge its broader ethics.
Some factors we’ll use for evaluating these ethics are:
- The human rights of a company’s workers and the workers in their supply chain.
- Tax payment records.
- Political donations.
- Animal testing.
We only consider a company’s claims if they are independently verified. Certifications measure a company or product against a clear set of criteria.
USDA Certified Organic
A company that displays a USDA Certified Organic label has shown they stick to strict rules when growing their crop. However, this only refers to the specific fiber and its growth; it does not ensure the entire end product is organic (2).
GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard
The GOTS program does not directly certify organically grown fibers. Instead, it accepts an organically grown certification of the country where the plant is grown. Then the GOTS addresses the spinning, weaving, manufacturing, and selling of the clothes.
There are two GOTS labels:
- Clothing with a standard GOTS label must be made with a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers. The remaining 30% may be non-organic, with a maximum of 25% artificial fibers (3). The label will say “made with X% organic materials.”
- Clothing with an “Organic” GOTS label has to contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers.
Organic baby clothes can be two to three times the cost of similar non-organic items. For example, we took a look at the cost of long-sleeved bodysuits in a 0-3 months size.
Not including tax or shipping, this is what they cost:
|Brand||Pack cost||Number in pack||Cost per item|
|Organic brand A||$12||2||$6|
|Organic brand B||$25||3||$5|
|Non-Organic brand A||$15||5||$3|
|Non-organic brand B||$14||4||$3.50|