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Is the clothing of your child safe?

Safety Standard on Children’s Clothing


Is the clothing of your child safe? It should be a constant question when Dads and Moms buy clothes for their children.

Any European manufacturer / exporter that develops or markets products made for children up to fourteen should be aware of the European voluntary standard, which allows the end consumer to be informed about the safety of clothing purchased for consumers of the above age range.

The voluntary standard determines when children’s clothing can be considered safe. Although the standard is voluntary, its principles are often used to determine whether children’s clothing is safe, making it likely that products that do not meet the standard will be withdrawn from the market. The special norm refers to threads and ribbons in clothing.

The Product Safety Directive for children under 14 is theEN 14682:2007 “Safety of specifications for garments, yarn and ribbons in children’s clothing”. This voluntary standard restricts the use of yarn and ribbons in children’s clothing. The standard applies to: “All garments designed and produced for use by children under 14 years of age, and also includes garments for boys up to 182 cm tall and girls up to 176 cm tall.”

The standard does not apply to the following elements:

  • Baby articles like bibs, diapers and shoes
  • pacifiers, boots and similar shoes
  • gloves, caps and scarves
  • ties designed for use with a shirt or blouse
  • belts and suspenders
  • religious and celebratory clothing
  • sportswear under supervision
  • costumes used for theatrical performances

If the standard needs to be met, products must meet the following requirements:

  • The use of wires and bows on head and neck areas in clothing for babies and children up to 7 years old is prohibited.
  • The use of ropes in the head and neck areas for children and young people aged 7-14 years is restricted.
  • The use of ropes on any part of the garment (waist region, lower body, sleeves and other parts) for children and young people from 0 to 14 years old is restricted.

More information on the exact requirements for clothing strings and ribbons for children under 14 can be found in the European Standard 14682:2007 EN. More information on the exact requirements for clothing strings and ribbons for children under 14 can be found in the European Standard.

There are still a large number of accidents with children caused by clothing. It is very important that safety standards are widely disseminated among parents to prevent accidents.

We’ve made a list of tips for parents to make a good assessment and safer choices when buying clothes for their children.


Tips for checking the safety of baby and children’s clothing


Decorative or functional strings and ribbons should be short, at most 15 cm, to avoid the risk of the child curling up and the risk of suffocation.

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Clothing for children up to 7 years old should not have laces on the hood or neck area. If the hood has adjustable laces, they should not have free ends and protruding loops.

Drawstring hood is not safe for children.

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Clothes with strap

They should be avoided for very young children. If the piece has this type of handle, they should have a maximum of 15 cm. But for the sake of safety, it is best to avoid them.



For clothing intended for younger children, check that the buttons can easily be broken, causing sharp parts or a risk of detachment from the clothing, which can be brought to your mouth and swallowed. Always check that the buttons are securely attached to the part.

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Have preference for parts with buttons on the back.

Buttons should be sturdy and be securely attached to the part.



They are not advisable for clothing for children under the age of three, as they are likely to be loose and to the mouth. Ideally, this type of detail should be sewn to the piece.

Thermal adhesives should be avoided.



Clothing with a zipper for children up to 7 years of age must have a non-opening zipper on the handle if it is taken to the mouth, this space can cause accidents with milk teeth, which fit perfectly in these cracks. The closure should also have a fabric-flap inner guard, preventing the child’s skin from being caught by sliding the cursor.



Should be avoided for children from 0 to 7 years, as they can irritate and even cut the skin. The safest are the ones with the base with rounded edges and no edges. The softer face should be facing the user’s skin and the bases should have rounded edges.

Velcro can irritate and scratch the skin.



The fabrics used for children’s clothing should preferably be of natural fibers. Some synthetic fibers can prevent skin perspiration as well as being flammable.

The fabrics must be of natural fibers.


Safety in garments: flame retardants

If manufactured products are in contact with human skin (such as clothing, underwear, linen fabrics, etc.), the manufacturer / exporter should note that the European Union has placed restrictions on the use of certain fireproofing products. Flame retardants are materials that inhibit or resist the spread of fire. Some flame retardants are made up of chemicals that are hazardous to human health. It should be noted that the European Union has also restricted the use of PentaBDE, which is sometimes also used as a flame retardant in the textile industry.


A norma relacionada com o uso de produtos químicos na indústria têxtil é o Regulamento nº 1907/2006: Registro, Avaliação, Autorização e Restrição de Produtos Químicos (…. To better understand this issue, it is recommended to visit the website UE 


Share with the moms and dads you know so they can always make safe choices!

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