When my children were younger, we baby proofed our house with stair gates, cupboard locks and making sure our home was a safe environment for them to be in.
Now they are older I might have removed the stair gates and I trust them not to pull all the plates out the cupboards but I am still responsible for my children and need to make sure that what I give them is safe.
In day-to-day life, this means that I have to put a lot of trust in retailers that the products they are making and selling meet safety regulations and requirements.
*DISCLAIMER* this article is not legal advice. Please contact your own trading standard office to ensure that your own business complies with all regulations relevant to your business. This article focuses on handmade Baby Boy Clothes Wholesale. If you want information on toy making or other children’s products please contact your local trading standards office.
Can Clothing Really Hurt My Baby?
We out our trust in retailers that the clothing sold for our children is safe. But there are always risks and sometimes things go wrong.
Perhaps you have never thought of it before but there are numerous ways that clothing can hurt our children that we should be aware of.
Cords and drawstrings, particularly in the neck area can present a risk of strangulation. It is possible that fingers and other small parts can get caught in mesh fabrics and fabrics with holes in. Fastenings can come loose and if swallowed by the child are a choking hazard.
Whilst accidents are rare, they do happen and it is always good to be aware of them.
How can you tell something is Safe?
It is really hard to know that something is completely safe and we often have to put our trust in the places we buy from that they have done their research.
We know that toys should be CE marked and we know there are stringent regulations for things that are sold for babies and children. They need batch numbers on the packaging so products can be traced if need be.
Handmade clothes and things from small businesses can be just as safe as things from bigger businesses. Since starting my own clothing brand I am more aware than ever of the importance of making sure things are properly researched and safety tested. Over the 3.5 years that I have been making and selling clothes for babies and children, I have seen and answered many questions from other handmade sellers asking for safety and labelling information for their own businesses. It is really hard to find that information in one place and so I have written this blog post to share what I know and direct people to further information if they need it. This article focuses on handmade children’s clothing. If you want information on toy making or other children’s products.
Why Should We Care About purchasing Ethical Baby Clothes?
Thread – The thread I use to sew up your garments is polyester Oeko-Tex certified thread. Again, this makes sure that the thread does not contain harmful chemical or dyes.
Machinery – I use good quality machines that are regularly serviced. If a needle breaks when sewing I unpick that seam and start again.
Processes – I use sewing clips, not pins, to eliminate the risk of pins being left in a garment.
Designs – I have taken the decision to remove from my collection any garment which has a cord or drawstring – functional or otherwise – along with any garment that uses snap/popper fastenings. This means that I don’t sell dungarees. I used to and I get lots of requests for them but I am not happy that I can test the strength of the poppers in my home studio correctly and so I do not make them for sale.
Labeling – I make sure that all the clothing I sell is labelled with KEEP AWAY FROM FIRE. As everything I make to sell is made with stretch fabrics I am happy that this covers me if your child decides to wear their rainbow leggings to bed!
Quality Control – Every single garment is checked by me, inside and out, to make sure that there are no loose threads, hole, sewing clips or anything else left in the garment and that I am happy it is safe for your baby or child to wear.