How to prevent your linen clothes from shrinking

"BUT WILL IT SHRINK?"

That's got to be the number one most asked question about our expandable linen baby clothes.

Of course, parents want their baby's clothes to last a long time, but isn't linen infamous for shrinking in the wash?

The truth is--like ALL natural fibers, linen will shrink...but only if you handle it poorly. Here are our best tips for keeping your linen outfits looking (and feeling!) their best for your little ones.

1. Cool off

STOP WASHING YOUR CLOTHES IN WARM WATER! Did you know that these days laundry detergent is designed to work BEST in cold water?

And that's great news because washing your linen in cold or leukwarm water will keep them from shrinking...and the planet will thank you too.

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LINEN TODDLER ROMPERS
photo of Beya Made blue linen baby harem romper with brass snaps shown flat on a white background
photo of Beya Made blue linen baby harem romper with brass snaps shown flat on a white background
photo of baby boy girl twins wearing matching Beya Made blue linen rompers, lying on their backs in the grass
photo of 3 year old Black girl wearing Beya Made blue linen overalls playing with a picnic basket
Detail photo of Beya Made blue linen harem overalls with brass snaps
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3 year old girl lying on her back wearing a blue linen Beya Made romper and brown linen sun hat
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Heron Blue Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
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Heron Blue Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Heron Blue Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Heron Blue Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
$76.00
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Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Strawberry Chambray Linen Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
$68.00
Photo of classic beige engineer stripe harem romper with pocket and brass snaps shown flat on a white background
Photo of classic beige engineer stripe harem romper with pocket and brass snaps shown flat on a white background
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detail shot of multiple rows of snaps on the straps of a beige linen baby romper
Photo of 2 year old Black child wearing a Beya Made harem romper playing on the playground
Photo of 2 year old red head boy wearing  Beya Made engineer stripe overalls standing against a white wall
Engineer Stripe Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Engineer Stripe Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
Engineer Stripe Romper - Beya MadeROMPER
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2. Go Easy

Agitation can also cause linen to shrink in the wash. Use the gentle/delicate cycle instead OR get a mesh bag for your linen items that will keep them separate from other fabrics that might cause friction.

ZERO WASTE LINEN BABY CLOTHES
Moonmist Blue Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Moonmist Blue Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Moonmist Blue Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Moonmist Blue Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Moonmist Blue Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
$52.99
Alyssum Pink Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Alyssum Pink Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Alyssum Pink Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Alyssum Pink Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Alyssum Pink Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Alyssum Pink Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Alyssum Pink Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Alyssum Pink Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Alyssum Pink Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
Alyssum Pink Organic Cotton Pocket Top - Beya MadeTOP
$52.99
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Lichen Green Gauze Henley - Beya MadeTOP
Lichen Green Gauze Henley - Beya MadeTOP
Lichen Green Gauze Henley - Beya MadeTOP
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3. Hang loose

Linen looks its best (and doesn't wrinkle so badly) when hung dry. And linen dries LIGHTNING fast (due to the loose weave) so you won't be waiting hours and hours to put it back on your babe!

toddler girl wearing linen overalls romper playing in lavender
toddler girl wearing linen overalls romper playing in lavender

4. Shine bright

Got sunshine? Hang our linen out in it! Drying time will be reduced to about an hour AND sunlight is the best disinfectant there is. Sun-dried clothes are the cleanest clothes!

5. UN-shrink

OOPS...if you've already accidentally shrunk your linen baby clothes, never fear! You can un-shrink them.

Hand wash them in lukewarm water--this will cause the fibers to open up a bit. GENTLY wring out (I like to wrap mine in a towel and twist) and hang to dry.

Once the garment is not soaking wet, lie flat on an ironing board and use a medium heat setting. Gently pull and press the fabric into shape as you iron. Your outfit should be back to its normal size and looking extra crisp and clean!

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LINEN TODDLER ROMPERS

With a little care and intention, your linen baby and toddler clothes will last a VERY long time (hello, future heirlooms!)

And if you love the look...here's why we think linen is the best toddler life hack you never heard of.

Much love,
Laurel
founder, Beya Made

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