10 best organic babygrows that are soft, chemical free and good for sensitive skin
Better for the environment and better for us: buying organic clothing for your baby is a no brainer
Babygrows are a staple item for any baby’s wardrobe but have you thought about switching to organic the next time you put one in your shopping basket?
Not only are organic babygrows super soft on your little one’s skin and free of nasty (and potentially toxic) chemicals but they’re also great for our environment too.
“When you choose organic for your baby, you are supporting a way of producing clothes that is better for workers and better for the environment; since organic cotton uses 62 per cent less energy to produce,” explains Sarah Jupp, business development manager for Soil Association.
It’s fantastic to see more and more brands choosing to use organic materials but it can make shopping around that little bit trickier.
If you want to be sure the product your buying is truly organic, look out for the organic logo or learn more from the two independent organic certifications in the UK, The Soil Association Certification and the Global Organic Textile Standard.
We’ve tested the newest organic clothing brands for ourselves; trialling a range of organic babygrows and rating them in terms of price, design, comfort, production methods and credentials.
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Skippy Lou personalised zip up babygrow: £18, Skippy Lou
Set up by two mums on the hunt for the ideal zip up babygrow, Skippy Lou offers a small collection of beautifully minimalistic white babygrows-all made from 100 per cent organic cotton. We couldn’t believe just how soft this one was; its luxurious silk-like texture really does have to be touched to be believed. What’s more, its lightweight feel makes it perfect for summer nights when you want to keep your baby cool. The personalised option (you can choose to have a name, initials or message embroidered on selected babygrows) makes this one an ideal gift for a newborn.
Pigeon Organics wolf romper: £21.20, Pigeon Organics
This animal print babygrow not only looks and feels beautiful but ticks a lot of environmentally friendly boxes. Certified as organic by the Soil Association, Pigeon Organics uses renewable energy sources, adheres to fair labour practices and supports a number of charities. As well as being a fun and stylish addition to your baby’s wardrobe, this romper has a number of practical features: the location of the poppers make for easy dressing (with shoulder openings and ones between the legs to pop open during nappy changes) and the foot cuffs can be unfolded to give some more wiggle room.
Kit&Kin grey all-in-one: £21.99, Kit&Kin
Sometimes simple is best and this grey all-in-one is the perfect example of that: an extra cosy organic babygrow that’s ideal for your little one to nestle into after bath time. The simple zip design makes popping it on fuss-free: our mum tester loved how it took just seconds to zip up; the ideal option for the middle of the night nappy changes! In turn, the fold over mitts and feet keep your baby cosy and avoid scratching. Kit&Kin’s clothing comes with impressive credentials too: it adheres to the Global Organic Textile Standards and funds from each item purchased support vital sustainable projects in Guatemala.
Frugi summer zip babygrow: £24, Frugi
This vibrant, fun babygrow adds a great pop of colour to your little one’s collection and they’ll be mesmerised by the quirky bug hunt print. Frugi is known for the colourful organic clothing (certified by both organic bodies) but this lightweight summer zip option gets our vote. Made from snug organic jersey, its summer in every sense of the word: with a design inspired by the season and an extra lightweight design making it ideal for a summers day. We loved the stretchy cuffs on this one too which help with those unexpected growth spurts!
MORI grey zip-up sleepsuit: £32.50, MORI
With a combination of 70 per cent bamboo and 30 per cent organic cotton, babygrows don’t get much more comfortable than this one. This simple zip-up sleepsuit comes in seven different colours and patterns but this grey option is a great gender neutral choices. For those who prefer it, MORI also makes a front-opening sleepsuit version; using conveniently placed poppers for easy access to the nappy area without disturbing your baby. Our tester reported that it washed great and their baby slept soundly in it but did note sizing was on the generous side so it may well be worth ordering a size down. If you plan to make multiple purchases from Mori, it could be worth signing up to its Sleep Club which offers a hefty discount.
Newbie sleepsuit with koala bear print: £18, Newbie
Sweedish lifestyle brand Newbie stock a whole host of organic, sustainable clothing from newborn up to eight years of age. Not only are they conscious of reducing the environmental load their products create but they are also launching an in-store recycling initiative for customers to bring their old clothes. This pink koala bear print sleepsuit comes with side poppers and its smooth velour texture makes it perfect for getting cosy during the cooler autumn and winter months. The sizes of this sleepsuit are great too; it fits true to size and offers both smaller ranges (such as 0-1 month, 1-2 months) and, unlike most in our roundup, premature sizes too.
Sleep Thief rainbow zip mischief suit with footens: £28, Sleep Thief
Combining neutral grey with bright pops of neon colour (don’t worry, all dyes used are safe for your little one and OEKO-TEX standard 100 certified) the rainbow mischief suit is a fun addition to any baby’s wardrobe. Made in Britain, these sleepsuits are designed with parents’s in mind: the unique ankle to ankle zip placement is different to most on the market and its specifically designed to maximise your little one’s comfort and get to their nappy quickly. What’s more, they are deliberately designed to measure up big to make sure your purchase lasts as long as possible!
ErgoPouch bamboo layers long sleeve sleepwear 0.2 tog: 23.99, Buggy Baby
Australian based company ErgoPouch is known for its tog-rated sleepwear, with this sleepsuit being the latest addition to the collection. We love that each item comes with its own tog rating to take the guesswork out of dressing your baby and at 0.2 tog, this sleepsuit is extra lightweight. Made from bamboo, it’s hypoallergenic and breathable; perfect for those hot summer nights or layering with a sleeping bag when things get colder (ErgoPouch provides a temperature guide to make this extra simple). We also love the nifty 3-way zip that goes all the way up the back of the baby grow to make dressing a doddle.
White and Green organic baby romper: £25.95, White and Green
Bedding specialist White and Green create fairtrade and GOTS organic certified bedding, along with a collection of baby clothes. This organic romper is classic in every sense of the word: coming in three classic colours (blue, pink and neutral beige), simple button design and elegant pocket detail at the front and back of the vest. The style and material both feel luxurious-the only downside is its beautiful button design isn’t quite as practical as some of the zip-up babygrows in our roundup.
The Little Green Sheep 100% organic baby sleepsuit: From £9.95, The Little Green Sheep
Less than £10 is great value for a standard babygrow-let alone one made with 100 per cent cotton. Yet The Little Green Sheep’s organic sleepsuit offers just that (with 0-3 months £9.95 and the next size up, 3-6 months priced at £11.95). Made of cosy brushed cotton, this popper-fastening babygrow is comfortable for even the most sensitive of skin and proves that organic is possible on a budget.
H&M sweatshirt all-in-one suit: H&M, £9.99
It’s fantastic to see organic baby clothes making their way to the high street; with H&M’s Conscious collection offering a plethora of sustainably made items; which contain at least 50 per cent recycled and organic materials. This pretty in pink sweatshirt is a thicker material than most in our roundup; making it ideal for winter and the smaller size ranges (such as 1-2 months or 2-4 months) are great for finding the perfect fit. At under £10 (and with babygrows in their range as low as £5.99), it shows you don’t need to spend a fortune to shop more sustainably, however, as you might expect for the price tag, H&Ms range doesn’t yet use 100 per cent organic cotton. While it’s still a step in the right direction, H&M still has a long way to go to be on par with other brand featured here.
The verdict: Organic baby grows
Skippy Lou’s luxurious white babygrows get out top pick; your little one will love how soft they are and they’re the perfect option for hot summer’s nights. For those on a budget, The Little Green’s Sheep's 100 per cent organic baby sleepsuit offers exceptional value for money. Finally, Pigeon Organic is also worth a mention for their exciting prints and sustainable working practices.