ALLERGY TO CLOTHING/BABY CLOTHES: HIGH STREET NAMES

It is relatively easy to find 100 per cent cotton jersey vests, underwear and sleepsuits for newborns and up to 12-month size (80-90 cm). Boots, Mothercare and Woolworths, in particular, are good sources, but check labels to make sure that all cuffs and trimmings are of cotton. Marks and Spencer usually have a selection of pure cotton baby-wear, but these are more highly treated and not always well tolerated. Next sell a very good range of soft 100 per cent cotton jersey rompers and nightwear for babies. They often have cotton fleece all-in-ones which are much warmer than sleepsuits for winter babies. Most of their baby clothes have very little fabric finishes applied, unlike Next adult clothing in cotton jersey which is often highly treated. Next sell by mail order as well as in their High Street shops.

One brand name to look out for in the High Street shops is Fix, who make virtually all their range in 100 per cent pure cotton. Their clothes are not treated with formaldehyde and are not chlorine-bleached. Another name to look for is Stummer who make pure cotton velveteen rompers and outfits; these are warmer than cotton jersey for tiny babies. Honeybee make a good range of sleepsuits, sweat shirts, polo neck jumpers and T-shirts.

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