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I adore my husband, but after 12 years of marriage and three kids, I have to admit wedding anniversaries have gotten pretty low-key in our household. What was once celebrated with romantic vacations or at least a fancy meal out has given way to a Netflix-and-chill evening at home (which has its own kind of romance, if you ask me) and mutually agreed-upon pacts that "we're not doing gifts this year."

But there is one tradition that we're committed to maintaining as long as possible: required family viewing of our wedding video. Once a year, on or around our anniversary date, we pile on the couch with our kids (and the requisite snacks) and turn on our otherwise sadly ignored DVD player. It isn't a tough sell; our kids are still too young for their own electronic devices, so pretty much anything that appears on a screen is a draw for them.

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This practice started off a little self-serving—my husband and I just really wanted to watch our wedding video—but the outcome has been eye-opening for all of us. Weddings are a who's who of the main characters in our lives at a specific moment in time, and the photos or videos that come out of them last far longer than many of those relationships.

In our case, they offer our kids a chance to see relatives who have since passed away, significant others who didn't stand the test of time and people they do know looking fresh-faced, carefree and, yes, younger (something a child will never fail to point out!).

As we watch our video, we tell our kids stories about people they will never have the chance to meet, like my husband's Egyptian grandmother, who traveled to our New York City celebration from Cairo and received a standing ovation at the reception dinner. She passed away not long after, before we had our kids, but our video has allowed her to become a familiar figure to them even in her absence.

The wedding ceremony itself opens up often-unexpected lines of questioning, about religious traditions or the lack of them, about social customs (why don't both parents give away a bride?) and even who can and can't get married (two men or women, yes; two siblings, nope; a person and their favorite stuffed animal, maybe in Vegas).

Most importantly, of course, weddings are a celebration of love and commitment—a declaration before family and friends that the couple intends to stick with each other through the Instagram-perfect moments and the other 99% of the time. That is a commitment I believe our kids need to hear about, especially since they can't yet appreciate what it takes to weather the storms of job stress, newborn-induced sleep deprivation or overly long visits from the in-laws.

I hope my kids have picked up on my love for their dad through gestures of affection, respect and appreciation woven into our everyday lives. I suspect, however, that they see the two of us as a team of tall people who alternate between fulfilling their needs and blocking their desires for more sugar and fewer naps. I want them to see how that team first formed, and that it's more than a cordial working relationship. I need them to know that the love that brought them into the world is still just as strong as it ever was, even if it looks a lot different than when we said "I do."

As I look ahead to our next anniversary, I don't know if we'll be binging on champagne or binge-watching Fleabag. But I know we'll be setting aside time to share with our kids some of the images and memories of the day that set it all in motion. It's pretty amazing to see it through their eyes and to realize that the "for better" part of our vows is now snuggled up around us on the couch.

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.

Estella

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.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

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

@happyhannas

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

@monicaandandy

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

@finnandemma

"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.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

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

@gapkids

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

@winterwaterfactory

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

@underthenile

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.

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