Choosing The Best Fabrics for Babies with Sensitive Skin

Tencel Lyocell long sleeve toddler pajamas

Whether your baby suffers from eczema, frequent diaper rashes, or all-around sensitivity, you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do to help soothe their irritated skin. While there are a variety of bath products, body lotions, and household products that can help, choosing the right fabrics for baby clothes is an often overlooked way to provide gentle comfort and soothing relief for babies with sensitive skin. 

Of course, there’s no doubt that it’s fun to shop for baby clothes simply because they’re adorable and oh-so-tiny. However, it’s important to consider the materials they are made with rather than simply focusing on style. Keep reading to learn how to choose the best fabrics for your baby’s sensitive skin and why Cuddle Sprouts has opted for premium Tencel fabric for our baby clothing. 

Why Is It So Important to Choose the Best Fabrics for Babies with Sensitive Skin?

In those earliest years, a baby’s skin is considerably thinner than that of adults by about 20% to 30%, making it more sensitive and susceptible to irritation (1). 

Understanding the delicate nature of a baby's skin is paramount to ensuring their comfort and overall well-being, especially for babies with highly sensitive skin. Whether you are looking to soothe flare-ups of common skin sensitivities, like eczema, or minimize the chance of them occurring, finding the right fabrics is essential in providing a soothing and irritation-free experience for your little one.

Factors to Consider when Selecting the Best Fabrics for Babies

When shopping for baby clothes for your little one, you want to pay close attention to more than how the clothing looks, but what fabrics it’s made with, too. To ensure optimal comfort and care for your baby’s skin, it’s important to understand the key qualities that can help minimize irritation and discomfort. 

There are a few essential properties to look for in your baby’s clothes, especially if sensitive skin is a concern. 

Hypoallergenic Properties

Hypoallergenic fabrics are ideal for babies with sensitive skin due to their gentle nature and reduced likelihood of causing irritation or allergic reactions. Such fabrics are less likely to attract environmental allergens and often processed without harsh chemicals, toxic dyes, or other additives that could trigger skin issues. 


Breathable fabric promotes air circulation, preventing the buildup of heat and moisture that can lead to skin irritation and rashes. By keeping your baby’s skin dry, the fabric minimizes discomfort, irritation, and rashes from prolonged dampness. Additionally, improved airflow helps regulate the baby's body temperature, reducing the risk of overheating, which is a common trigger for skin sensitivities.

Softness and Comfort

Softness is a top priority for baby clothes because their delicate skin is more susceptible to irritation and discomfort from rough or abrasive fabrics. Soft fabrics minimize friction and rubbing against the skin, reducing the risk of developing rashes, redness, or chafing. Naturally soft materials, such as Tencel, provide soothing comfort while reducing the risk of friction and rubbing. 


Materials with high moisture absorption are important for keeping babies’ skin dry and comfortable. Babies, especially those with sensitive skin, are prone to sweating, drooling, spilling, and accidents. Exposing a baby’s skin to dampness for an extended period of time can lead to irritation and rashes. However, absorbent fabrics such as cotton or Tencel absorb moisture away from the skin, reducing the likelihood of irritation while minimizing the risk of chafing, friction, and the growth of bacteria. 


Durable fabrics ensure that the baby clothes last through numerous washes and wears, maintaining their softness and quality over time. Whether due to baby messes or increased movement in toddlerhood, frequent washing is necessary to keep baby clothes clean, wash away any potential irritants or allergens, and better protect sensitive skin. Therefore durability is a must-have property in clothes for any baby, but especially those suffering from eczema or sensitive skin.

Cuddle Sprouts Tencel lyocell fabric is breathable, thermoregulating, hypoallergenic and naturally soft.

Tencel Fabric: A Gentle Choice for Sensitive Baby Skin

Tencel fabric is derived from sustainably sourced wood and makes an optimal choice for babies with sensitive skin due to its soothing softness, optimal breathability, and naturally hypoallergenic properties. Additionally, Tencel has exceptional moisture-wicking and thermo-regulating abilities, aiding in its gentle comfort (2). 

What Sets Tencel Apart from Other Fabrics When It Comes to Baby Clothing?

When compared to other fabrics, Tencel offers a more soothing and comfortable experience for babies, especially those with sensitive skin. Unlike many popular fabrics, Tencel fibers are naturally smooth and gentle on sensitive skin. The fabric is often processed without harsh chemicals, making it a safer choice for babies with sensitive skin who may be prone to allergic reactions. 

Additionally, Tencel fabric has excellent moisture-wicking properties, absorbing moisture away from the skin and keeping it dry and comfortable. In fact, Tencel more efficiently wicks moisture compared to bamboo and is 50% more absorbent than cotton, making it the ideal choice for baby clothing. Furthermore, its breathability allows for optimal airflow, preventing overheating and reducing the likelihood of heat-related rashes or discomfort. 

Overall, Tencel is a gentle option for baby clothes that provides comfort, breathability, and protection for delicate skin.

How Does Tencel Contribute to Regulating a Baby's Body Temperature?

Tencel fabric effectively regulates a baby's body temperature thanks to its unique fiber structure. Tencel is made from small hydrophilic fibers that lead to optimal breathability, moisture-wicking, and thermoregulating properties. As a result, clothing made with high percentages of Tencel offers efficient and effective moisture absorption. 

By releasing moisture in dry conditions and absorbing it when the baby sweats, the material helps keep the baby's skin dry.  Additionally, Tencel's breathable nature promotes proper air circulation, adding to a comfortable environment.  When combined, these properties help protect babies from moisture or heat-related irritation or discomfort.

Is Tencel Suitable for All Seasons, or Does It Have Specific Advantages in Certain Weather Conditions?

Tencel is considered a seasonless fabric, making it a perfect choice when it comes to dressing your baby comfortably throughout the year. While often regarded for its cool-to-the-touch feel, Tencel’s versatility and wide range of benefits means it's not just a seasonal favorite; it's perfect for every moment and every weather change your little one experiences. 

In the summer heat, Tencel keeps your baby cool and dry by whisking away moisture and allowing air to flow freely through the fabric. During colder months, it wraps your baby in a cozy embrace, providing warmth and comfort. Tencel clothing is perfect for layering, allowing you to find the ideal combination to keep your baby comfortable. So, whether it's a sunny day or a chilly evening, clothing made with Tencel will keep your baby snug and happy, no matter what the weather brings.

Can Tencel Fabrics Be Easily Maintained, And What Are The Recommended Care Instructions? 

Unlike some fabrics, Tencel requires frailty simple maintenance and can be conveniently tossed in the washing machine. However, following a few proper care guidelines will ensure the Tencel material maintains its softness and integrity over time. 

When washing Tencel clothing, opt for cold water and a mild detergent. If using a washing machine, select a gentle cycle to minimize wear and tear. After washing, tumble dry on low heat or consider air-drying to further preserve the fibers. Additionally, avoid using fabric softeners and bleach, as these can compromise Tencel's natural properties. However, thanks to the fabric’s natural softness and soothing nature, additional softeners are not needed. 

When storing Tencel items, ensure they are completely dry and store them in a dry place away from direct sunlight. Following these care instructions ensures that Tencel fabrics remain soft, gentle, and comfortable for your baby's sensitive skin.

Baby girl holding her favorite Tencel Lyocell baby blanket in roses

Choosing the Best Fabric for Your Baby's Sensitive Skin: Introducing Cuddle Sprouts

At Cuddle Sprouts, we prioritize your baby's comfort and well-being above all else. That's why we're committed to offering skin-friendly fabrics specially designed for sensitive skin. Our signature TierraLuxe ™ fabric is made with 95% TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers to provide gentle comfort for babies, regardless of how sensitive their skin is, while still offering practical and stylish options parents will love.  

Our consideration for the sensitive nature of babies’ skin goes beyond our fabric choice. We design each garment with careful details and intentional choices to protect the delicate skin of the little ones who wear them. 

All of our clothing items feature tagless designs to prevent any further potential irritation. Our tagless approach ensures that your baby can enjoy their clothing without any unnecessary discomfort caused by tags rubbing against their delicate skin.

Additionally, all of our zippered items include zipper covers, giving parents the convenience of easy changing while protecting the baby’s face from chafing. Furthermore, we utilize non-toxic printing to create beautiful and vibrant designs without the help of harmful chemicals, toxic dyes, and heavy metals. All of these decisions, from material to design, are made with your baby’s comfort and care in mind. 

Are There Any Specific Cuddle Sprout Products that Stand Out for Sensitive Baby Skin?

All Cuddle Sprout garments are meticulously crafted with the baby's sensitive skin in mind. From wardrobe staples, like baby footies, pajamas, and bodysuits, to newborn bundle sets featuring swaddles or knotted gowns, your baby will experience an unmatched sense of soothing comfort.

Additionally, Cuddle Sprout provides nursery bedding essentials to help create a serene sleeping environment for those early years. Everything from our crib sheets to our baby blankets to our changing pad covers is crafted with our soft and breathable Tencel fabric. 

Each and every Cuddle Sprouts product is designed to provide optimal comfort and gentleness for babies with sensitive skin, making them an ideal choice for parents seeking high-quality and skin-friendly baby clothing.

Other Fabrics That Are Good for Sensitive Skin

While Tencel Lyocell tops the charts of the best fabrics for sensitive skin, there are other fabrics that are suitable for sensitive skin as well, including organic cotton, bamboo, modal, and silk. 

  • Organic Cotton: Organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, making it a natural and hypoallergenic choice for sensitive skin. While its soft and breathable nature reduces the risk of irritation, it’s not as sustainable or breathable as Tencel. 
  • Bamboo Fabric: Bamboo fabric is derived from bamboo fibers and is known for its buttery soft feel. While it’s generally considered hypoallergenic, breathable, and moisture-wicking, the lack of regulation of this textile can make it challenging to know the specific chemical, quality, and environmental standards of products labeled as “bamboo” (3).
  • Modal Fabric: Modal fabric is made from sustainably sourced beechwood pulp and has excellent moisture-wicking properties, keeping the skin dry and comfortable.

While there are a handful of fabrics that make for good choices for sensitive skin, there are a few that you want to avoid, especially cheap synthetic fabrics.  While materials like polyester may be affordable, it can come at a cost for sensitive skin. This synthetic material can easily irritate skin due to its lack of breathability and chemical-heavy production. Lastly, despite being a natural fiber, wool’s scratchy nature can lead to discomfort and further irritation of sensitive skin. 

The Final Verdict

When it comes to choosing the right fabric for your baby's sensitive skin cannot be overstated. The delicate nature of a baby's skin demands materials that prioritize comfort, breathability, and durability. Among all of the fabrics out there, Tencel emerges as the standout choice, seamlessly combining all properties ideal for sensitive skin. 

As part of our commitment to baby-friendly fabrics, Cuddle Sprouts’s line of products designed with Tencel Lyocell is carefully designed and crafted to provide a safe, luxurious and gentle experience for your little one—without harming the planet in the process. That’s what we call a win-win. 

Whether you’re preparing for your newest baby’s arrival or looking to upgrade your child’s wardrobe with options that are gentler on their sensitive skin, they deserve nothing but the best. If you’re looking for a fabric that provides gentle comfort and soothing relief, choose Tencel, choose Cuddle Sprouts. Your baby and their skin will thank you. 

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Reference Links

  1. Eucerin, Understanding skin – How does skin change over the years?
  2. Tencel, About
  3. Federal Trade Commission, ‘Bamboo’ Fabrics 

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