There are a few times a day when my children are like small tornadoes circling throughout the house. It never fails that those times are usually after school, before nap time and before bedtime… Especially before bedtime. I know that it’s perfectly healthy for kids to be busy, but it’s also really important that I give them enough time in the day to unwind and relax.

Not only is this beneficial for their growing minds and bodies, but it also helps them lean the joy of getting lost in a good book, coloring their little hearts away or engaging in imaginative play. So, at least for these periods of time, screens are off-limits.


Here are a few screen-free ways you can help your little one unwind:

Free play: You may not think of play time as “unwinding,” but it is an essential way for kids to take their minds off life—and is quite important to their ever-growing little minds. I always make sure our afternoons have plenty of time when the kids can just be kids.

Get lost in creative work: Whether it’s in coloring, crafting or just in their imaginations, letting kids drift off to a state where time disappears is a wonderful way to unwind. (Especially if they felt scored for everything during the school day.) I love peeking over the top of our playroom steps and seeing my 4-year-old in his own little world.

Make it a family event: One of the best ways to help little ones unwind is to unwind with them. After dinner, I like to play a game with my oldest, take a walk around the neighborhood or throw a ball back and forth in the backyard. It helps him burn off the last bit of the day’s energy and helps me to settle down for the night, too.

Extend the bedtime routine: Bedtime can be a real challenge around here. It never fails that my sweet boys seem to catch their second winds about 10 minutes before it’s lights out. Setting a routine has been a lifesaver in those hours before it’s time to call it a night—and I like to extend it when we really need some time to wind down. We do the three B’s around here: A nice warm bath, followed by their favorite book and then bed.

Play some calming music: I find that playing soothing music during quiet time helps both of my children. Even my older son still loves a good rock-a-bye baby rendition.

Do some meditation: A few simple breathing techniques work wonders for children! I will often have mine lay down and ask them to listen to themselves breathe. A few giggles usually let loose, but after a few minutes they are relaxed and calm. I’m often amazed by how well this works!

Give them light massages: Sometimes it’s tough to get those little babes down for the night, but one things that has really helped my 9-month-old is a light massage with a lavender-based lotion. Babies always seem to get excited once they get out of the bathtub and a light, warm rub gives their little bodies a calming sensation.

Giving our little ones opportunities to unwind is so important for their bodies and minds. Balance is key with kids—and encouraging these techniques can help make those difficult hours of the day easier on them and you.

Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.


A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.



We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson


One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy


The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma


"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.


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You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby


Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory


Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile


Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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