Eco-Friendly Fashion for Everyone in the Family

12 Earth-friendly fashion brands for you, dad & baby.

Eco-Friendly Fashion for Everyone in the Family

Earth Day is a great annual reminder of all the ways you could (and should!) be living a little more eco-consciously. And there's no place more important to clean up your act than in what you wear. The fashion industry wreaks havoc on our ecosystem with its production methods, and labor practices.

It’s easy to turn a blind eye to cheap fast fashion, but it's important to keep in mind that the clothes we wear, and the textiles they are made from, can not only damage the environment, but also make us sick! So take this moment to inform yourself, reprogram your buying habits and choose not to be a fashion victim. Here's 12 fashion brands for your family that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the environment.


1. Granelito. (pictured above) Scandinavian designed in that simple and tasteful way and made in Peru. These threads are GOTS Certified, short for Global Organic Textile Standard which is often called the golden standard for organically grown fibers including strict social criteria. Cute and Conscious.

2. Pure Colour Baby. The hand drawn prints feel straight out of your coziest story book, not to mention sustainability is a key component in all designs. Pieces have adjustable “grow with me” features to last longer than usual. And even though they're based in Canada, they do ship to the US.

3. Under the Nile. Under the Nile was the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They are the only baby clothing company in the world to carry the official Gold Seal of Authentic Egyptian Cotton and their training pants, are some of cutest in the eco category.

4. Lark Adventurewear. The first activewear brand for baby made of Cotton & Bamboo for natural, breathable wicking fabric that keeps little ones cool. Oeko-Tex 100 Certified which is a worldwide independent testing and certification system for raw and finished textile products at all processing levels,


5. Reformation. (pictured above) This brand is so chic it almost hurts with fabrics that are SUPER sustainable. Build you eco fabric vocabulary with textiles like: Tencel, Modal®,Recover® and Deadstock all part of the Reformation push to create more sustainable fabric options.

6. Boob Design. Since 97% of Boob Design's clothes are made from sustainable materials, you don’t have to miss out on fashion (or the jumper trend!) while you are breastfeeding. It's also nice to know that the fabric sitting on your baby's food source is Standard 100 by Oeko Tex.

7. Eileen Fisher. Eileen Fisher envisions an industry where human rights and sustainability are not the effect of a particular initiative, but the cause of a business well run. And we're all for a lofty vision when it's paired with endless styles for the confident woman.


8. Armedangles. (pictured above) This European brand is not shy about their belief that beautiful products can be organic. Dad could totally geek out learning about their technological (and totally sustainable) fabrics, like Lenzing Modal® with Edelweiss.

9. Tasc Performance. Ninety percent of the energy used in making tasc Performance garments is renewable energy, much of it provided by solar panels installed at their factory. BamCo®, patented by Tasc, is a fabric that feels better than cotton and performs without chemical enhancements.


10. Parkland Mfg: The fabric on these cool bags is made from 100% recycled water bottles, and since it can take up to 1,000 years for a water bottle to break down in a landfill this seems like a much better home for them. We love that Parkland is turning this eyesore into fun, everyday products we can use for a life time.

11. Native Polish. Native nail polish is vegan, cruelty free and 7-free, which means polishes do not contain 7 harmful chemicals: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), xylenes and parabens.

12. LXMI. This skincare line unites undiscovered, effective natural ingredients with transparent, responsible production and sourcing practices. Above all, they engage women to take part in the world in a way that creates lasting beauty.

Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.

And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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