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What does GOTS certified mean?

November 13, 2020

What does GOTS certified mean?

What does GOTS certified mean, and why does organic cotton have specks in the fabric?

GOTS (Global organic textile standard) certified organic cotton is what you should be looking for when you purchase organic cotton.

The aim of the GOTS standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles from the harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.

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Some basic important facts:

  • Certified organic cotton prohibits inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde. Aromatic solvents, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes.


  • The use of synthetic sizing agents is restricted; knitting and weaving oils must not contain heavy metals.


  • Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching)

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As organic cotton gets harvested, tiny pieces of leaves, bark, and burrs get into the cotton picker. That cotton goes into the gin where seed is removed from the lint and some of the non-lint matter is taken out, but not all of it.


For this reason, you will get the “natural” look of the organic cotton. Tiny specks remain. They are harmless--and one way that you can tell from the naked eye that the product is natural is that a bleaching process would turn the fabric white.


You don’t typically see the specks in regular cotton because cotton is normally bleached, whitened, or pretreated so that the flecks are not visible.


This information can be accessed on the GOTS standard website.

Size Chart

The average size baby is born 7.5 lbs and grows approximately 1.5 to 2 lbs each month, and 1 to 1 ½ inches in height each month.

3-6 months = Chest: 12-14 inches Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 12-17 lbs

Size translation: Buy this size when you want Mom and Dad to dress the babe up in your purchase for Instagram stories; and, for those fun early refrigerator magnet pictures with Granny and Grandpa!

6-12 months = Chest: 14-16 inches Height: 25-28 inches Weight: 17-21 lbs

Size translation: Buy this size when you cannot make the baby shower. Mom and Dad will appreciate it!

12-18 months = Chest: 16-18 inches Height: 29-31 inches Weight: 22-24 lb

Size translation: Buy this size when you cannot remember when the baby was born—but you think--in the last year and a half! Or, pop into the 2T toddler t-shirt section.

2T = Chest 20 - 21 inches Height 32 - 36 inches Waist 19 - 20 inches

Size translation: Buy this size when you want a t-shirt for a 2 year old. This size can also be worn as a beach cover-up.

4T = Chest 22 - 23 inches Height 36 - 40 inches Waist 20.5 - 21 inches

Size translation: Buy this size for a big 3 year old and a 4 year old.

6T = Chest 24 - 25 inches Height 40 - 43 inches Waist 21.5 - 22 inches

Size translation: Buy this size for a big 5 year old and a 6 year old.