Kate Quinn of Kate Quinn Organics
There are myriad reasons, but they all lead to more questions: Why don’t we care as much about our health as our baby’s health? Doesn’t our baby’s’ well-being depend on our own? Why does fair trade and child labor weigh stronger on our minds when shopping for babies? Why does the thought of formaldehyde on our baby’s skin turn our stomachs more so than the idea of toxins on our own skin, even when we’re pregnant or lactating?
SEEING IS BELIEVING
My simple answer is that we parents love our babies more than ourselves, even to the point of paranoia and fear. For our own bodies and lives, we need proof—proof we can see and touch to propel us into action, whether it’s someone we know getting sick or seeing child labor firsthand. Facts and figures and hearsay will not do, we need more.
We parents love our babies more than ourselves, even to the point of paranoia and fear.
With our children, however, we are open to these facts, and because of our love, we don’t require physical proof that something may be bad for them. With our own lives, it’s “prove to me that it is harmful”; with our children, it’s “prove to me it’s not.”
STICKS AND STONES
The more complex answer involves cost, style, and convenience. At Kate Quinn Organics, we must cost-compete with conventional boutique lines, which is so much easier when dealing in tiny garments. Additionally, we must be as stylish as our conventional competitors, and there is less competition here than in adult lines. Finally, we have to make it as easy or easier to purchase our clothes, and cross-merchandising organic with conventional lines is more prevalent in baby boutiques.
Baby clothes are associated with quality if they’re organic.
Baby clothes are also associated with quality if they’re organic. Plus, organic baby clothes are no longer associated with a lack of style, so it’s win-win for the mommy looking for quality, stylish clothing. Although there are many lovely adult organic-fashion lines, I think people still have quite a few hang-ups about their “hippy-dippyness,” which is really sad.