I was sent an email today alerting my community that Sha'atnez has been discovered in a line of baby pants. A quick internet search turned up other baby clothing that has been discovered to have Sha'atnez.

My question: Am I supposed to care? Put less bluntly, does the Isur Sha'atnez apply to babies?

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    How is this different from feeding them treif or break shabbat or etc.?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 20, 2012 at 17:39
  • @DoubleAA, IINM, there is a Kabbalistic basis for not feeding children non-Kosher food, as it is spiritually harmful for them. As for Shabbath, there is a special injunction of "Atah UVincha". As for other Isurim, see here.
    – Seth J
    Commented Jul 20, 2012 at 18:24
  • So isn't that last point your answer?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 20, 2012 at 18:27
  • @DoubleAA I'm hoping someone has something specific to Sha'atnez vis a vis children.
    – Seth J
    Commented Jul 20, 2012 at 18:46

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Per Minchas Chinuch 551:2 it is prohibited to put Shatnez on even an infant that has no Da'as.

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    It seems that he's not sure and leaves it as a matter of doubt.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 20, 2012 at 18:00

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