According to a recent article on Inc.com, by 2018 there will be more than 6,000 businesses selling baby products online. And, according to BabyCenter.com, there are almost 4 billion babies born just in the United States each year. That means that there is an enormous market aimed at moms, dads, grandparents and family friends to buy baby products. This market includes everything from toys to food to baby fabrics. When you think of baby fabrics, you probably envision soft, cuddly fabrics in various shades of pastel pinks and baby blues. But did you know that babies are surrounded by a variety of nonwoven materials that are both soft and baby friendly?
Diapers are, obviously, the most common nonwoven to be close to baby’s sensitive skin. Nonwoven technology advances are allowing thinner, more comfortable diapers with even better fluid absorption and retention. Diapers are softer and more flexible than ever.
Wipes are made with different, softer textures and special sensitive cleaning agents to keep a baby’s new skin fresh and smooth with no harsh chemical reactions.
Durable yet soft nonwoven fabrics can repel moisture and keep baby dry and (mostly) clean under a well-placed bib.
Nonwoven mattress pads for baby protect the mattress from moisture and also block dust mite allergens. The pads are usually water resistant and breathable.
Nonwovens are present in every area of baby’s room, including the padding in the soft rocker his parents use to lull him to sleep and the carpet backing under his tiny hands and feet.
It makes sense that nonwoven fabrics are used in a variety of baby products. They can be made soft to be gentle to skin but they can also be moisture absorbent or resistant to keep babies comfortable and dry. And, with 4 million babies coming on to the scene every year, there is a lot of room for innovation. Your nonwoven manufacturing partner can help you come up with the right specifications for your baby products.
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