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14 Best Eco-Friendly Baby Products of 2018

Baby gear that's as good for the environment as it is for your family.

14 Best Eco-Friendly Baby Products of 2018

Certain baby gear items will exit your home as quickly as they entered, while others will be staples you’ll use everyday for years to come. Wouldn’t it be nice if those essentials were as good for the environment as they are loved by your family? The purchasing of baby gear can leave you feeling as though you’re gathering a lot of ‘stuff’ and ultimately contributing to our growing landfills. Though there's no doubt that there's a lot of waste involved in parenting, there are ways to minimize your carbon footprint.

So where exactly can you shop for gear that’s created consciously through environmentally-responsible practices, made with non-toxic materials and are even recyclable? We’ve rounded up all the eco-friendly essentials, from strollers to baby bottles, to get you on the path to a healthier and greener home for baby.

1. Greentom Stroller, starting at $299. Everything about the Greenroom Stroller is eco-friendly; from the materials used, to the fact that it can be recycled once your child outgrows it. The stroller frame is constructed entirely from recycled plastic and the fabrics from recycled drinking bottles. We could go on and on because even the footmuff and rain cover are made from green materials. Bottom line, this stroller is the real deal when it comes to calling itself green.

2. Bumbleride Speed, $549. If you love the idea of a green stroller but you're more the running type, the Bumbleride Speed is the perfect stroller for you. The fabrics used on all Bumbleride strollers are made from non-toxic, 100% recycled materials constructed from post-consumer water bottles. So go ahead, get your workout on and help save the planet at the same time -- you really are a super-mom.

3. Nuna Car Seats, starting at $299. You purchase a car seat to keep your baby safe on the road, but what about choosing one that is also safe for the environment? From the manufacturing practices to the materials Nuna uses on their car seats, there is an effort to do it responsibly. So you can feel good that you’re buying from a brand that cares about the planet just as much as your little one.

4. Babyletto Lolly Crib, $399. So you didn’t think your kid would be the type to chew on his crib but as it turns out he is? At least with an eco-friendly crib, like the Babyletto Lolly, you don't have to worry about your baby teething on strange toxins. This crib, made from sustainable wood is not only manufactured with non-toxic, lead and phthalate free finish, it’s also GreenGuard Gold Certified, meaning it’s screened for VOCs and other harmful chemicals you wouldn’t want in your home, let alone your baby’s nursery.

5. Newton Baby Crib Mattress, $299.99 Your newborn will spend lots of time sleeping, and, fingers crossed, they’ll give your arms a break once in a while and sleep in their crib. You’re going to want a mattress you can trust. The Newton Baby Crib Mattress, made from toxin-free, food-grade polymer, is extremely breathable and temperature regulating. And because it’s 100% recyclable, it’s both baby- and earth-friendly.

6. Natti Natti Bedding, $48. You’re going to need some bedding to go with your eco-friendly crib and green mattress. The 100% organic cotton fitted crib sheets from Natti Natti will do just the trick. They are not only adorable (hello Narwhals) they are designed and made in Brooklyn with cotton knitted in the USA.

7. LILLEbaby Carrier, from $124. For LILLEbaby, being an environmentally responsible company doesn't just pertain to their products but is a part of their overall philosophy. When you choose to carry your little one around in a LILLEbaby carrier, you’ll know that not only is your little one snuggled up against healthy materials but that even the factory it was made in was chosen for its responsible practices.

8. Nook LilyPad Playmat, $120. Tummy time may be hard for baby, but you’ll have an easy time watching her play on the organic, breathable surface of the Nook LilyPad Playmat. With all that time you’ll be spending on the floor with your little one, at least you’ll be lounging on an earth-friendly and fully recyclable play mat.

9. monica + andy Clothing, varying price. You may be wondering why you should consider organic cotton clothing for your babe, and there are lots of reasons! Mainly it means the cotton isn’t treated with pesticides and other toxins that are harmful to people and the planet. We love the sweet and sassy (think unicorn and donut prints), organic cotton collection from monica + andy. This collection is super soft, sustainable and so Insta worthy.

10. Little Planet by Carters Clothing, varying price. For organic baby clothing that’s budget-friendly, Carter’s just announced a limited edition line made with 100% organic cotton. The Little Planet collection is filled with the same cute prints you’ve come to expect from Carter’s, plus feel-good organic materials at a price point you and your wallet can get excited about.

11. Comotomo Baby Bottle, $13.99. For years, glass bottlees reigned supreme when it came to your option for an eco-friendly baby bottle. But then along came silicone, and it was a game changer. Silicone not only is BPA free, it also withstands heat without leaching chemicals. It also doesn’t break if dropped and is light for tossing in the diaper bag or letting baby self-feed.

12. Naturesutten Pacifiers, $11.99. Looking for the safest pacifier out there for your little pacifier lover? Naturesutten pacifiers are made from pure natural rubber and without chemical softeners, parabens, PVC or phthalates. Not only natural, it's hygienic! Because it’s made in one solid pacifier, the Naturasutten doesn’t have any joints or cracks for bacteria to hide.

13. Avanchy Tableware You’re spending an arm and a leg on organic produce, so it only makes sense to choose non-toxic tableware to serve them up on. The tableware from Avanchy is made from organic bamboo and silicone free from BPA, PVC, lead, and Phthalates. And as if that weren't enough of a reason to use these, an airtight-lock suction means those organic veggies will stay on the plate, not all over the floor.

14. Bambo Nature Diapers, staring at $12. When it comes to choosing diapers, it can be overwhelming and a bit of a game of trial and error. But if it’s eco-friendly you’re looking for, Bambo Nature has you covered. These breathable, certified skin-safe diapers will keep your baby’s bottom protected and as soft as the day she was born. Concerned eco-friendly means they won’t perform as well? Not these -- Bambo Nature diapers are designed to be super absorbent and hold up all night long. But, they are biodegradable, which, in the world of diapers, is a huge deal!

The Motherly Shop is here 🎉 (and it has exactly what you need, mama)

We did the hard work for you, hand-picking the things you want and need and ensuring we only bring you the best—so you can take one thing off that full plate of yours.

Since the beginning, Motherly has existed to help mamas of all experiences feel seen, understood and supported. Through expert and mom-to-mom advice and information we've been here to help you along the motherhood journey.

With that same ethos, we've created The Motherly Shop—an online collection of products curated for every stage of motherhood. We did the hard work for you, hand-picking the things you want and need and ensuring we only bring you the best from brands and makers that really care—so you can take one thing off that full plate of yours.

To make browsing a little easier, we curate the products based on mama needs + pain points. For example, here's our newest collection created to gather everything a pregnant woman needs.

Check out some of our favorites from our Becoming Mama collection and get shopping!

The sleep support

Belly Bandit SOS pillow

Finding the right position for sleep can feel like an Olympic sport when you've got a baby belly to accommodate. Belly Bandit, masters of creating wearables that support pregnant bodies, also managed to create the ideal tool for side sleeping.

$80

The wear-anywhere maternity dress

Stowaway Collection Maternity Becca dress

Finding clothes that still make you feel like yourself isn't always easy. With their premium fabrics and universally flattering cuts, we can't get enough of the maternity wardrobe essentials from Stowaway Collection maternity. Even better? They sew everything in Long Island City, NY and source USA-made fabric whenever possible.

$80

The chic but practical shoe 

OSAY the label slip on

Bending over to put shoes on is so overrated. We've got you covered with the most stylish and obsession-worthy handmade loafers with a secret. Just fold down the back, and BAM! slip-ons. Additionally, the La Babouche Loafer + Slip-On OSAY the Label beauties are made from recycled leather that literally forms to your feet.

$135

The delicate reminder

Whether it's whispered sweetly, shrieked from the top of the big slide, or echoed through the phone from thousands of miles away, 'mama' is the name you'll respond to for the rest of your life. Like all the Tiny Tags necklaces, this sweet reminder is laser engraved by highly skilled artisans in the USA.

$105

The stylish diaper bag that doesn't look like a diaper bag

Mina baie vegan stevie

When leaving the house requires as much prep as an international flight (ah, remember those?) having a spacious bag you can depend on is key. Mina Baie bags not only deliver on a space for everything, but also manage to do it in style. They're the kind of bags you'll carry even when you manage to leave your little one behind.

$178

The elegant baby book

Echo Art Bindery Baby Memory Book

From the minute they're born there are so many milestones and memories to capture. We hand-picked the gorgeous clothbound baby memory book from Echo Art Bindery for its small batch-feel and attention to detail. Made from high-quality paper it features colorful custom illustrations, a silver-stamped endive cover, and questions and prompts to help you remember those magical first days and beyond.

$62

The empowering accessory

Sontakey 'I was made for this' bracelet

Words are powerful. Reminding yourself that you can do hard things can go a long way in giving you the energy and confidence to do so. The beautiful mantra bands from Sontakey were created by two mamas who have made it their mission to empower others with these words of encouragement.

$35

The most delicious way to celebrate

Tost non-alcoholic refresher

Time to raise a glass, mama! We've long since had a crush on TÖST's non-alcoholic sparkles. The gingery cranberry tea blend is delicious on its own or even as a mixer. From baby showers to toasting an ordinary Tuesday that went off without a hitch, we think you'll be crushing on it too.

$50

The pampering belly oil

Esker belly oil duo

Moisturizing, soothing, and totally divine, Esker's belly oil duo is formulated with only the cleanest botanical essential oils. One for morning and one for nighttime, they're ideal for pampering that beautiful belly of yours around the clock.

$75

The hydration-friendly water bottle

Welly traveler water bottle

Meeting those daily hydration needs can be a challenge. (So can making it to the bathroom 700 hundred times a day, right?) We're big fans of Welly reusable bottles which not only look super sleek with their stainless steel and bamboo combo, but also include a removable infuser to brew tea or flavor your water.

$30

The pre-packed hospital bag

Belly and Bag fully prepared

Leave packing your hospital bag to the pros. After all, you have plenty of other things to think about right now, right? The brilliant women at Belly and Bag have truly thought of everything and packed it up just for you.

$225

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12 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$189

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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