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So there are a few things we know about babies, especially newborn babies. First, they’re amazing, and they smell awesome. Second, they are tiny and precious and oh-so-fragile looking, and it often feels like everything around them is a death trap. Third, they are capable of single-handedly tripling your laundry, even if you don’t cloth-diaper. So how do we deal with all the laundry and keep baby smelling awesome?

When I was pregnant, I learned that it was ill-advised to keep using the scented detergent that we were used to once our daughter arrived. Not only are fragrances irritating to baby’s skin, but many detergents contain ingredients, such as ethanolamine and sodium bisulfite, that related to respiratory distress and allergies -- as if new parents didn’t have enough of a reason to be paranoid! Additionally, all those extra loads of laundry mean more and more potential for water contamination, so now you have to save the world and get zucchini-avocado-chia blend out of bamboo fabric.

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So super-mom, we’ve rounded up 6 eco-friendly laundry products & brands that are good for baby and the earth. Oh, and they smell pretty good too.

1. DETERGENT: dapple. These baby laundry detergent strips are an easy way to measure and “pour” laundry detergent. One strip for lightly soiled, two for especially dirty loads. Simple, right? Dapple's strips are plant-based, non-toxic, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. They’re also easy to travel or fly with (and if you think that flying with your own baby detergent is something you’d never need to do, give it time. I thought the same thing). Buy them here, $9.99 for 32 strips.

2. LINT: Flint. This lint roller is retractable, refillable and adorable. In a case that looks like it was designed for cosmetics, not laundry, it whisks away sweater pills, pet hair and crumbs. Now that I have a toddler who takes pride in feeding herself, it makes me crazy to have her in messy clothes. Flint picks up neatly and painlessly the crushed dust of cheddar bunnies and puffs alike. Plus, it fits in a diaper bag without sticking to everything else. Buy it here, $9.99.

3. STATIC: Static Schmatic. Dryer sheets have long been our go-to product for removing static from laundry, but the sheets, which often contain respiratory system-irritating fabric softeners, create more trash as well. Static Schmatic's static remover was created by a mother-daughter team of entrepreneurs that wanted a way to reduce static during an especially cold winter, but would be safe to use around pets and children. Their ingredients include glycerin, salt, plant-based soap and distilled water, and it works if you spritz your clothes with it before or after the drying cycle. Buy it here, $15.98 for 2.

4. STROLLER: BuggyLOVE. Let’s be real. You don’t even know what that stain is. It could be chocolate, blood, or poop, but you haven’t slept in a week, so who knows. Take the guesswork out of it and just use the BuggyLOVE Organic No-Wash Stain Remover. It works on most fabrics—just shake, squirt and rub with a microfiber cloth. Bonus points for SIX of BuggyLOVE’s organic, plant-based products getting an A rating from the Environmental Working Group—not a common feat. Buy it here, $10.65.

5. FABRIC SOFTENER: Attitude. I hesitate to include any fabric softeners because research is indicating that pretty much every fabric softener wants to kill you. But, if you’re like me and you were taught growing up that laundry isn’t done unless you used a fabric softener, then Attitude Little One Softener is the safest possible alternative. It’s one of only two brands that received an A from the EWG, but I prefer this one for having a list of ingredients that I can pronounce. Plus, I love the smell of lavender and mint. Buy it here, $14.27.

6. LAUNDRY BASKET: Land of Nod. So I’m a bit of a germaphobe, and even though we try to be very eco-conscious in my house, we use a lot of plastic bags for dealing with things we’d rather not touch again. Invest instead in a cute, functional hamper made of all-natural materials like the Butterfly Hamper from The Land of Nod. Not only is it easy to clean and much easier on the environment, but the style is simple enough that it’ll transition easily from snap-up onesies to button-down shirts as baby grows up. Buy it here, $39.

Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)

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Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

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This article was sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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