Before we get into what makes up the perfect baby socks, we should first look at why the perfect socks are so important!
Skin Sensitivities are Common in Babies
As you may know most babies have very sensitive skin and are prone to suffer from eczema, dermatitis and dry skin. According to Stanford’s Children’s Health, dermatitis is very common in babies and children and eczema affects 1 in 5 children under the age of 2. Affected areas range from the elbows and knees to the wrists, ankles and down to the feet and hands. Known as Dyshidrotic eczema, this is a common form of eczema which causes small blisters to appear on the hands or feet. These blisters are often itchy and can be painful. And certainly cause distress for parents and babies alike.
There are many reasons why babies may suffer more from these skin conditions. Factors such as perfumes, chemicals and dyes used in clothing, laundry detergent and skin care products may play a role. External factors such as temperature and weather may also play a part, as well as a genetic predisposition to allergies causing skin irritation.
Additionally, babies cannot communicate like toddlers or kids, instead they may be more fussy, sweaty, crying in discomfort or worse develop a skin reaction to their socks.
This can be an incredibly frustrating thing to pinpoint as a parent. How are we to know exactly which factor (or combination of factors) is causing our little ones to suffer? This is why it is so important to choose the right composition and materials for babies!
A rule of thumb for us at Q for Quinn is this -- If the above skin sensitivities apply to your baby then its best to stick with the most gentle and safe choice for socks!
In fact, our business is built on the principle of creating healthy, gentle products that may help relieve eczema in babies, toddlers and kids! Our founder, Meltia’s son suffered from foot eczema as a baby, to hear her story click here.
What are the best socks for babies?
At Q for Quinn we believe the best socks for your baby should meet a certain high criteria, especially if you are dealing with skin sensitivities like foot eczema!
The best baby socks are:
- Soft and breathable
- Free of harsh chemicals and dyes
- Snug fitting to prevent falling off
- Safe and comfortable
- Gentle on our environment
Is Organic Cotton is the best choice?
Yes! Organic cotton is the best choice for overall breathability and softness. Organic cotton is free from chemicals such as pesticides and is gentler on our environment when compared to other textile manufacturing.
Our Most Organic Socks Yet!
We are pleased to share with you our most gentle, organic socks yet! Introducing the ‘Pure Collection’ and ‘Camo Stripes’ collection.
The ’Pure Collection’
The ‘Pure Collection’ is made from 98% GOTS Certified Organic cotton and contains NO DYES, making them the most breathable, gentle socks on baby’s skin and our environment. The soft neutral colour is from the natural organic cotton and makes a perfect gift for a new mom.
The ‘Pure Collection’ features a seamless toe for maximum comfort and contains 2% spandex, just enough to keep the socks where they are meant to be -- on little feet! These socks contain no Phthalates, Formaldehyde or Lead that is commonly found in children's clothing, making them safe for babies who may chew on socks. Designed in Canada and made in Portugal.
Our new ‘Camo Stripes’ collection is also made from 98% GOTS Certified organic cotton, with a striped mismatched pattern. Our dyes are vegetable based and do not contain dangerous lead, making them safe for babies who may put socks in their mouths. ‘Camo Stripes’ is a seamless toe sock and contains 2% spandex for fit and shape retention. The toddler and kids sizes feature silicone grips for safety as your little one is taking their first steps! Designed in Canada and made in Portugal.
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