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Newborn babies’ skin is 5 times more sensitive than adult skin. Therefore, when buying newborn baby clothes, mothers need to choose the most suitable and safe fabrics to prevent dangerous allergic phenomena that can occur to the baby’s body.

As an expert with 12 years of experience in the clothing industry and having access to hundreds of different fabrics around the world, I think I have a responsibility to share my knowledge with parents over the world. Through the article below, you will know what fabrics should babies wear and what fabrics should they avoid, let’s follow along now!

Why do we need to pay attention to fabric material when buying clothes for newborn?

Newborn babies often have very immature and sensitive skin. Therefore, the top concern of mothers when choosing clothes for their babies is the type of fabric. Because fabric is in direct contact with the baby’s delicate skin, using clothes with poor fabric will rub and damage the baby’s skin.

Mothers need to learn to choose products that use safe, benign fabrics, helping their babies feel comfortable when wearing them. In addition, choosing the right fabric material helps baby’s skin be more pampered, avoiding irritation that negatively affects the baby’s skin and health.

Newborn skin is 5 times more sensitive than adults
Newborn skin is 5 times more sensitive than adults

So which fabrics are suitable for newborns?


Cotton is the fabric that is always at the top of the list when choosing to buy newborn clothes for your baby. This is a fabric whose main ingredient is natural cotton fibers, absorbs moisture well, helps keep baby’s skin clear, avoids diaper rash and heat rash.

Besides, cotton fabric provides softness and gentleness to care for the tender skin of newborns. The price of this material is also very affordable, so cotton is always the top choice of many mothers when looking to buy newborn clothes for their babies.

An important note for mothers: Not all products labeled cotton are suitable for babies. Currently, there are many fabrics that are not 100% cotton, they are mixed with other materials. For example: cotton mixed with polyester, and they’re really not a good choice. Although the price is cheaper, this cotton blend fabric is poorly absorbent, hot and can easily irritate baby’s skin.

Cotton fabric is always the top choice for children


During cold weather or seasonal changes, fleece fabric is a great choice for baby clothes. This material has the ability to keep warm very well, protect your baby from cold weather, thus limiting minor flu illnesses.

A special feature of fleece fabric is its ability to dry quickly after washing, which is very convenient in winter or wet rainy season conditions. Fabric from sheep’s wool is also easier to clean, making it a perfect replacement for traditional wool.

Fleece is a great choice for cold days


Bamboo fiber fabric has 100% natural ingredients, is very benign and ensures safety for your baby’s skin. The fabric is soft, smooth, cool to the touch, and has a certain elasticity, so it will be very suitable for children in countries with hot and humid weather conditions.

In particular, this material derived from bamboo has the ability to resist some types of fungi and harmful bacteria. Bamboo fibers contain chlorophyll and sodium copper, which have very good deodorizing effects. Through high-tech production lines, products made of bamboo fiber effectively inhibit bacterial growth and purify the surrounding air. For newborn babies who are weak and often vomit, bamboo fabric is a material that cannot be ignored. 

Bamboo fabric is recommended by many experts for newborns


Linen is a fabric made from natural fibers of the flax plant, with very good durability. The plus point of linen fabric is that it is light in weight and has excellent sweat absorption ability. Clothes made from linen also feel airy, cool and limit heat, so mothers choose to use them a lot in the summer.

Linen is the choice for babies in the high-end segment


Silk is a suitable fabric for newborns thanks to its extremely good anti-mold and antibacterial properties. Besides, clothes made from silk fabric also bring a cool and comfortable feeling thanks to high ventilation and good moisture absorption ability. Silk is beautiful, noble and slightly lustrous, which is why it is so suitable for formal items. Therefore, this is also the type of fabric that mothers should consider when choosing to buy newborn clothes for their babies.

Silk offers luxurious products

In addition to the fabrics mentioned above, there will be a few more fabrics suitable for newborns, such as Wool, Gauze, Footer jersey, Interlock, Muslin or Sateen,… They all have different pros and cons and for more information about these fabrics, you can fill out the contact form or comment questions below the article, we are always ready to support 24/24.

Which fabrics are the worst for baby clothes?

As a garment expert, I advise you not to choose synthetic fabrics. Let’s read the labels carefully before buying children’s clothes and make sure that they do not contain polyester.  


Teflon is a well-regarded material for its ability to reduce wrinkles and prevent stains on clothes. However, this is a material that mothers should avoid when buying newborn clothes for their babies because at high temperatures, it will emit a toxic gas. If inhaled, this gas can have a negative effect on the baby’s health, causing birth defects or cardiovascular diseases.

Teflon would be a bad choice for your baby

Nylon & Polyester

Mothers should not buy clothes containing polyester and nylon for their babies. This is a compound created with petrochemical additives, very harmful to the environment and volatile. This substance is the cause of respiratory diseases, asthma and lung infections in babies when inhaled, even at low concentrations.

Someone will say that now almost everything has this ratio of fiber. But experts have proven that even a small amount of polyester fibers in clothes can adversely affect a child’s health. Agree that we can use these materials for outerwear, but it is still better to give preference to natural materials.

nylon & polyester fabric should not be used for infants
Nylon & Polyester will make your baby feel uncomfortable


Rayon is derived from wood pulp but is treated with chemicals, including CS2, which is dangerous to children’s health. It is the main cause of headaches, nausea, vomiting, and chest tightness in children and adults. Therefore, mothers should stay away from this material when buying clothes.


Minky fabric, characterized by its microfiber plush with a short and sparse pile, boasts endearing, soft, and tender nubs that children adore. Crafted entirely from 100% polyester, it is advisable to refrain from utilizing it in clothing items. Nevertheless, it proves to be an excellent choice for wraps and blankets, offering a luxurious softness that is gentle on the skin and remarkably warm. Despite misconceptions regarding its quality, minky fabric is, in reality, a safe material, manufactured using state-of-the-art technologies and modern equipment.

Minky is a common choice for wraps and blankets, not baby clothes


Another synthetic fabric. It’s perfect for embellishments on children’s clothing, but is extremely dangerous for babies and toddlers, be aware.


This is a fairly new fabric and is frequently used for outwear. However, it has not been tested for safety for babies, so it is better to pay attention to good fabrics.

Where to buy safe and suitable clothes for children in bulk?

Currently, embroidered & smocked clothing is popular around the world thanks to its unique and luxurious beauty while still bringing comfort to children. And if you are looking to buy embroidered & smocked children’s clothing products in large quantities (from 30 pieces), K-Embroidery is the number 1 choice. We are the leading manufacturer in Vietnam with more than 380+ experience workers. K-Embroidery’s products are different from other suppliers because they are 100% hand smocked, with absolutely no defects, while the price is always 5-15% cheaper.

In conclusion

Through this article, I hope I can help mothers understand what fabrics are and are not suitable for newborns. From there you can search and choose to buy the most suitable clothes for your baby. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below the article or leave your contact information, I will respond as soon as possible. Sincerely!