Who knew doing the
right thing could be so adorable? We know, mama. You’re busy. You want gifts
for your baby (and for your friends’ baby showers) to be beautiful, useful, and
ethically produced, but who has time to do that much research?
That’s what we’re
We’ve done a little digging into production practices, materials, and
missions, and we would love to share what we found with you. Here’s a roundup
of some of the best gifts for babies that you can feel good about buying and
gifting, or using yourself.
A gorgeous nursing cover from a cottage
business with a mission to support nursing mothers.
luxurious, hand-painted, printed, and dyed nursing covers by Galileo Linens are
currently single-sourced from a factory in Lithuania where the fibers for the
linen are also grown and woven, and the finishing and original artwork are all
done by hand in the New York homes of the designer and her parents.
designer is dedicated to supporting women in bonding with their babies through
providing this important tool for nursing whenever and wherever. As the
designer herself says, we shouldn’t have to cover if we don’t want to, but if
we do want more privacy, there should be a joyful, convenient way to get it
that celebrates mother and child.
They are soft but crisp, super-airy and
breathable, and get more beautiful with every wash.
A quirky and lovable doll that supports UNICEF.
Tse Tse is the funny, friendly doll from genius Montreal design studio
Raplapla. With his big lovable smile and soft, snuggly, organic, fair-trade
cotton body, he provides comfort at naptimes.
Plus, 10% of the proceeds from his
sales go to UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund) to defend the rights of
Brain-building wooden blocks that are good for
creates addictively entertaining magnetic wooden blocks that the whole family
will enjoy. Not only is the wood for the blocks sustainably harvested, but for
each tree Tegu uses, they plant (get this) 983 more. That’s a lot of trees!
Additionally, Tegu is
committed to ethical employment standards and community improvement. They pay a
living wage to their employees and also partner with a school to provide an
education for children whose families work at the Tegucigalpa city dump.
beautiful thing when you can help your baby learn and grow with a fantastic
toy, while also helping other families by supporting a responsible producer
A hang-anywhere puppet theatre that inspires
imaginative play and keeps traditional handcrafts alive.
team behind Nhocchi travelled through the mountains of Vietnam by scooter to
find a small village where artisan seamstresses harvest, spin, weave, dye, and
sew the bright cotton and silk fabrics that make the hang-able, fold-able
theatres, puppets, and other toys from this easy-to-love brand.
designs and naturally-derived dyes reflect the specific culture and traditions
of the ethnic minority community to which Nhocchi’s handcrafters belong.
A dreamy blanket that empowers marginalized
charming, heirloom-quality blanket and accessory from Elliefunday is made of
the softest organic cotton and hand-embroidered with love by marginalized women
in India who are at a high risk for human trafficking.
Elliefunday is committed
to supporting and empowering their handcrafters through gainful employment at
fair wages and to providing shelter, healthcare, education, and counseling
through a non-profit arm, Handcrafted for Life.