wash, wear & care

Wondering how to care for your new Cotton Comforts? Check out our top tips so you can get the most out of our long lasting clothing. 

 

Fit  

Before using please ensure you have the right size, allowing for some (up to 5%) shrinkage.  

If a garment is too roomy it will not be comfortable. Any skin on skin contact (e.g. underarms or between legs if the garment is too big) may cause discomfort and fit should be fairly close-fitting while allowing free movement without feeling tight. 

Sensitive skin and areas of eczema benefit from being covered and kept at a constant temperature. Wearing clothes that are too big can create friction as the material moves over the skin and folds which make some areas hotter (and itchier) as well as being uncomfortable to lie on. 

Washing 

To help you get maximum long lasting comfort we advise the following: 

  1. Wash after each wear and at 60 degrees

Wash after each wear and at 60 degrees A wash that is too cool or infrequent can result in a build up of creams, dead skin and allergens on the cotton fibre. This weakens the fabric and causes an uncomfortable ‘bitty’ appearance, shortening the useful life of the garment. 

  1. Wash inside out

This will clean it more effectively, especially if you are using any creams on your skin. 

  1. Use a limited amount of non-bio and avoid fabric conditioners

Fabric conditioners coat the cotton fibres, reducing the level of breathability and absorbency of the fabric. 

  1. Tumble dry or iron on cool only

Tumble dry or iron on cool only We allow for shrinkage of up to 5% in our sizing but a hot dryer will reduce the size of the garment beyond this. Some of our garments use cotton covered polyester thread for strength and hot irons could result in these seams becoming uncomfortable. 

Wear  

Have 2-3 sets of nightwear  

We recommend our rule of 3: 

  • One set on the go 
  • One in the wash  
  • One spare. 

This will ensure you always have a clean set available and will extend the life of each garment. 

Tear off labels  

This garment has a label on the outside that can be removed completely. Do check you have the right size before removing this as garments without labels cannot be returned. 

Night and day?  

Our Pj’s with integral scratch mittens are intended for nighttime use. We suggest limiting daytime use to itchy times when it is difficult to control the scratching–e.g car journeys. Daytime use of closed mittens may hinder the natural development of a child’s hand/eye coordination skills. For daytime use, we recommend our organic cotton extra long gloves. 

Other Top Tips  

Hot nights? 

Keep a spare set of Pj’s and pillowcase in a bag in the fridge to put on during hot sticky nights. 

Bathtime  

Ensure baths are not too warm and consider bathing in the morning to prevent the itches that can be caused by temperature changes going from a very warm bath to a cold bed. 

Pollen  

Be aware that damp washing may gather pollen if hung outside on a windy day. 

Escape artists  

If your child manages to draw their hands inside their sleepwear to scratch, we recommend our dungarees and mitten T combination.