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When I worked as a first-grade teacher, I had an unspoken pact with myself. Any time a student wanted to show me their work or something they created, I promised myself that I’d stop what I was doing and go see their work.


Why? Because I remember being a kid. I remember the pride of my first accomplishments, and what it meant to have someone listen.

I don’t believe I broke my rule all year…then I became a mom.

No longer do I work from 7–3 pm. Every moment of every day is now my work schedule. And sometimes, applying my rule is just not feasible in daily mom life. Especially with toddlers, attention is like fuel. If you’re like me, it can be tempting to zone out when the need is too great.

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But listening to our children is essential to their emotional health, self-esteem and confidence.


So how does this work on a practical level? Honestly, I’m still figuring that out! But here’s one thing I do know—as moms, we must get better at recognizing what I call essential moments.

Essential moments are when my child’s need for love trumps my own agenda.

Hard to do, I know. And I can’t stop and cater to my toddler every second of every day, but I can get better at recognizing those moments of critical need.

Here’s a good example. The other day, my daughter woke up kicking her door at 6 a.m. I begrudgingly got up, greeted her with a smile and started my mom gig.

After breakfast, I had my heart set on a cup of coffee and some journaling time in my comfy chair. I put on Winnie the Pooh, and no sooner than I sat down, the little monkey was all up in my business.

I tried switching places by letting her have my chair and Pooh—what more could she want? Still, no deal.

After a few battles with my pen and the hot cup of coffee, I finally stood up, annoyed at her lack of respect for my personal boundaries. No sooner had I sat down again when she was crawling on my lap and sitting on me, which she rarely does in the morning.

It was then that I realized—this was one of those essential moments.

I was still annoyed. I was sorely lacking in sleep and patience. But I put everything down and held her, and I’m so glad I did.

It was a special moment for us.

Tapping into these moments requires discipline and selflessness. There will be times when we miss the boat. But together, let’s aim to make that the exception. Essential moments are fleeting—let’s tune our ears to them before they slip away.

Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.

Estella

A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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