Multi-Use Covers have been gaining a lot of popularity in the last decade. In the age where a lot of things are automated with technology, more and more inventions provide products that make life easier and also convenient. Multi-Use Covers provide that convenience to parents of being multi-purpose for several uses. Multi-Use Covers can be used as swaddle blankets, burp cloths, car seat covers, nursing covers, shopping cart covers etc. Multi-use covers are very important for parents and a reused a lot hence they come in contact with babies and their skins all the time. Many parents like to do research on the kind of fabric they come in. The best option is soft materials that are soft to the skin and easy to clean, do not retain stains etc. In addition, babies have very delicate skin. Their skin is sensitivity can be very prone to allergies and infections, both of which can be found in their crib set. The synthetic materials found in some fabrics can cause rashes and irritation that can be very uncomfortable for babies, and since most newborns sleep 12-16 hours a day, you want to ensure that the fabrics are made of the best and healthiest materials. Below I’ll discuss the various types of fabrics that are used to make multi-use covers and blankets for babies.
Types of Fabrics
Cotton fabric is the most popular choice for children’s and baby apparel. Cotton is soft and highly absorbent, and it is gentle against a baby’s skin. Organic fabric, and organic cotton fabric, in particular, is the perfect choice for babies, as it is grown without the use of chemicals and fertilizers. Babies and toddlers often have allergies or specific skin conditions which can be aggravated by rough and/or synthetic fabrics and just in general, their skins are very sensitive. Using organic cotton is a safe way to ensure that children will be comfortable, even if they have skin issues which are triggered by heavy dyes and chemicals. Cotton fabric passes through several processes to remove germs and bacteria. It helps absorb moisture from the sleeping baby keeping them dry and comfortable, also helping to regulate their temperature and giving them a sense of natural comfort. Another bonus of picking this fabric is that it helps prevent dust mite growth, making sure your baby can breathe easily and soundly while they sleep. Cotton baby blankets, probably the most popular choice, is very breathable, lightweight and can be washed multiple times.
Bamboo fabric is another natural material like cotton. Bamboo rayon fabric is the perfect fabric for swaddles, blankets, hats, and garments. It is an ultra soft yet durable rayon fiber derived from bamboo plants. It’s great for sensitive skin and is thermal-regulating, meaning that it will adjust to a child’s temperature and is, therefore, less likely to become too hot. Although bamboo is made from organic materials and is better for your baby than some other fabrics out there, consumers should really do their homework before deciding to choose this fabric for their baby bedding. The process of going from eco-friendly grass to soft, comfortable crib set often involves the use of harsh chemicals.
Satin is a very common baby bedding fabric option but it’s not the best. Just because it feels soft and looks pretty and therefore your baby will love it. Truth is; the blend of silk, polyester, and nylon isn’t very good for your baby’s delicate skin and is far more likely to cause an allergic reaction or irritation than an organic blend.
Wool is a fabric that can also absorb moisture easily which allows it to keep your baby warm no matter the circumstance. Many wool fabrics are organic and all-natural, meaning they have no synthetic fibers.
If you want something more high-end, a Cashmere baby blanket would be a great addition to your collection for those special occasions such as baby naming or baptism. Cashmere is considered the most luxurious of baby blanket fabrics and is incredibly soft, very lightweight, yet very warm.
Cotton jersey knit fabric is another strong choice for children’s and baby items, given its wearability. Jersey knit is breathable and easy to work with, making it an excellent choice. It resists pilling and is very stretchable. Jersey knit is also incredibly soft, making it a fantastic fabric for simple, fun apparel.
Minky is a soft polyester knit fabric with a brushed pile that gives it an amazing plush hand. This fabric is great for cozy blankets and soft plush animals and toys. It’s not as breathable as natural fabrics, so keep that in mind for the climate of where you leave and how you want to use the Minky fabric.
Fleece is known for its warmth, making it a go-to fabric for outerwear and blankets. Fleece dries quickly and is extremely soft, making fleece materials the perfect fabric for babies. Best of all, fleece is simple to wash and resists stains.
Gauze fabric is a type of cotton and is a good baby fabric. Whether you pick single or double gauze, this cotton fabric is light, breathable, and airy. You might find it referred to as muslin in ready-made products for receiving blankets. Single gauze is just one layer of gauze, but Double Gauze is the real star of the show, featuring two layers of gauze that are tacked together at regular intervals. Japanese double gauze is highly prized for its ultra soft hand and opacity. Quality can vary due to dying, printing, and maker, so be sure to read carefully when purchasing.
Make sure to read the labels and do more research than what is on the company’s website before buying any multi-use covers or baby blankets. Same goes for baby clothes, always make sure you buy clothing in comfortable material and breathable material. Also, take note of the detergents and fabric softeners you use when cleaning your baby’s. Some detergents have harsh chemicals that are even too harsh for adult clothes so use detergents made specifically for babies. There’s no point spending time on research and money in buying the best fabrics for your baby only to use harsh chemicals as detergents.