When it comes to choosing the best baby cotton fabric for newborns, it can be hard to tell the difference between the best-selling and popular baby cotton brands, according to new research.
“The biggest issue with buying baby cotton fabrics is that there is so much variation in the different brands,” said Laura Cimini, an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Colorado Denver and co-author of a new paper in the Journal of Consumer Research.
“It can be difficult to know which is the best.”
So Ciminis and her colleagues set out to quantify the quality of baby cotton and compare the results to their own data.
“We were looking for a way to quantify how well the baby cotton we buy was made and if it was quality,” Ciminos said.
“To do that we started looking at the differences in the patterns of coloration, texture, and cut,” she said.
The researchers analyzed samples of 100 different baby cotton samples and used them to determine which babies were the best for newborn babies.
They compared baby cotton to cotton used in other products such as baby wipes and baby toothpaste and found that all but three baby cotton products were made from cotton.
For comparison, Ciminas and her team looked at the patterns, texture and cut of baby baby tees and baby diapers.
“We found that baby teets and baby teething tees are very similar in their patterns and texture,” she noted.
“However, there are differences in cut, color and cut pattern that could be the result of the fabric being more absorbent.”
Cimini and her co-authors then tested the baby fabrics against the baby diapers and baby wipes used in a study conducted in 2011 that measured infant mortality.
The results showed that baby cotton has the best patterns, but the best colors and patterns of all the baby teep products were not found in the study.
“Our study shows that babies and newborns can have a more interesting, richer experience if they are fed baby teats or teethed baby diapers,” Cimaini said.
Ciminis said the results also showed that while babies can expect the best quality baby cotton, there’s a lot of variation in how it’s made and whether the cotton is manufactured in the US or abroad.
“There is no universal way to tell whether or not a baby cotton is made in the U.S.,” she said, “but there are a lot more things that go into it than just the type of cotton.”
The paper’s authors said that they hope the research will lead to more consumer choice in baby cotton.
“The best way to help consumers is to use the research to make informed purchasing decisions,” Cimbini said in a statement.