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Raising an eco-conscious child can start with the choices you make at home. Here are ten products that love the planet as much as they do your little one.

1. For greener diaper changes: Caboo Tree-Free Baby Wipes

Admit it: You probably burned through about a thousand baby wipes in your baby’s first month of life. And while saving the planet may not have been the first thing on your mind during those late-night changes, turns out there’s a better alternative. Caboo Tree-Free Baby Wipes are made from sustainably harvested oeko-tex certified bamboo spunlace, giving each wipe the strength of bamboo and the softness of sugarcane. Wipe away, mamas!


Pro tip: Each wipe is also enriched with Vitamin E, chamomile flower, and aloe leaf for a more soothing touch on baby’s most sensitive parts.


2. For Mother Nature-approved naps: Mercer 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Getting your baby down for a nap can be a challenge, but here’s something that will help you sleep easier: This stylish Mercer crib from Babyletto is not only chic and functional, it’s also made from sustainable New Zealand pine and available in four non-toxic lead- and phthalate-safe finishes. Sweet dreams, little ones.

Pro tip: The crib also converts to a toddler bed (with included toddler rail) or a daybed — talk about a sweet investment.


3. For safer, healthier sleep: Nook Pebble Air Crib Mattress

Finish off that eco-friendly crib with the mattress it deserves! The Nook Pebble Air crib mattress is made certiPUR-US foam with internal air channels that maximize air flow. The non-toxic materials (including an organic cotton cover) and design also keep the design light — only seven pounds! — meaning less lugging for you when you change the sheet each week.

Pro tip: In fact, the super-soft cover is so pretty on it’s own, you can probably skip the crib sheet altogether!


4. For a more responsible wrap: aden + anais Organic Swaddles

We’ve long turned to aden + anais for super soft, breathable baby swaddles, but now the environment has a reason to love them too: Their organic swaddle blankets are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton thread grown in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Meaning you can feel nothing but good about all those extra baby snuggles coming your way.

Pro tip: aden + anais’ organic swaddles are machine washable (yay!), and the fabric is designed to keep it’s softness wash after wash (after wash...).


5. For cuddles with a conscience: Apple Park Organic Farm Buddies Blankie

The last thing you want to worry about during playtime is questionable toy materials. We love these Organic Farm Buddies from Apple Park because they’re made from 100% organic cotton and hypoallergenic sustainable corn fiber filling — even the packaging is made from recycled paper printed with soy ink!

Pro tip: They also carry bibs, rattles, and other toys, so stock up now.


6. For safer sips: Philips Avent Natural Glass Bottles

While most baby bottles are BPA-free, there’s still a risk of any kind of plastic leaching into your baby’s food and drinks — especially when heated. Skip the stress with a set of Philips Avent’s Natural Glass Bottles, which are designed to resist breakage and sterilize easily.

Pro tip: The glasses are also recyclable so you can keep the good going after your baby moves on to a sippy cup.


7. For cleaning without chemicals: Baby Care by e-cloth Cleaning Home Starter Kit

Cleaning without the use of any chemicals? It’s totally possible! The Chemical-free Cleaning Home Starter Kit from Baby Care by e-cloth comes with three clothes (blue for bathrooms, lilac for general use, and tan for glass and polishing) that remove dirt, grime, and over 99% of bacteria from the surfaces they’re designed to clean. Ready for the kicker? The only thing you add is water.

Pro tip: They’re machine washable. Yep, they might be perfect.


8. To get clean and green: Mrs. Meyer’s Kitchen Basics Set

If you can’t imagine cleaning without soap (or at least need something to fill the dispenser in your bathroom), we love Mrs. Meyer’s for a safer alternative to harsher cleansers. The Kitchen Basics Set is made from at least 97% naturally derived ingredients (such as coconut, corn, soy, or olive), and each item in it smells utterly amazing.

Pro tip: The Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner is a great option for cleaning your baby’s highchair and toys.


9. For a lunch that won’t end up in a landfill: Squooshi Reusable Food Pouches

If you’re like us, you probably always feel a twinge of guilt tossing those pre-made baby food squeezy packs. Skip the guilt (and keep the convenience) by filling your own reusable pouches from Squooshi. These charming pouches are BPA-, lead-, phthlate- and PVC-free, and you can use them again and again. Plus, they’re more cost-effective so your wallet will thank you too.

Pro tip: The pouches are dishwasher safe on the top rack, just rinse before you pop them in your dishwasher.


10. For smooth, safe skin: Seventh Generation Coconut Care Skin Care

If you’re going to pay attention to one thing, make it what you put on your baby’s skin. The new Coconut Care Line from Seventh Generation is formulated with organic coconut oil without sulfates, parabens, phthalates or formaldehyde donors. The coconut oil comes from sustainable sources (good for the planet) and will make your baby smell like a dessert after every bath (great for you). Win-win!

Pro tip: The Baby Moisture Lotion is also a great option for baby massage (and you just might find yourself snagging some for your own skin too).


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As a former beauty editor, I pride myself in housing the best skincare products in my bathroom. Walk in and you're sure to be greeted with purifying masks, micellar water, retinol ceramide capsules and Vitamin C serums. What can I say? Old habits die hard. But when I had my son, I was hesitant to use products on him. I wanted to keep his baby-soft skin for as long as possible, without tainting it with harsh chemicals.

Eventually, I acquiesced and began using leading brands on his sensitive skin. I immediately regretted it. His skin became dry and itchy and regardless of what I used on him, it never seemed to get better. I found myself asking, "Why don't beauty brands care about baby skin as much as they care about adult skin?"

When I had my daughter in May, I knew I had to take a different approach for her skin. Instead of using popular brands that are loaded with petroleum and parabens, I opted for cleaner products. These days I'm all about skincare that contains super-fruits (like pomegranate sterols, which are brimming with antioxidants) and sulfate-free cleansers that contain glycolipids that won't over-dry her skin. And, so far, Pipette gets it right.

What's in it

At first glance, the collection of shampoo, wipes, balm, oil and lotion looks like your typical baby line—I swear cute colors and a clean look gets me everytime—but there's one major difference: All products are environmentally friendly and cruelty-free, with ingredients derived from plants or nontoxic synthetic sources. Also, at the core of Pipette's formula is squalane, which is basically a powerhouse moisturizing ingredient that babies make in utero that helps protect their skin for the first few hours after birth. And, thanks to research, we know that squalane isn't an irritant, and is best for those with sensitive skin. Finally, a brand really considered my baby's dry skin.

Off the bat, I was most interested in the baby balm because let's be honest, can you ever have too much protection down there? After applying, I noticed it quickly absorbed into her delicate skin. No rash. No irritation. No annoyed baby. Mama was happy. It's also worth noting there wasn't any white residue left on her bottom that usually requires several wipes to remove.

Why it's different

I love that Pipette doesn't smell like an artificial baby—you, know that powdery, musky note that never actually smells like a newborn. It's fragrance free, which means I can continue to smell my daughter's natural scent that's seriously out of this world. I also enjoy that the products are lightweight, making her skin (and my fingers) feel super smooth and soft even hours after application.

The bottom line

Caring for a baby's sensitive skin isn't easy. There's so much to think about, but Pipette makes it easier for mamas who don't want to compromise on safety or sustainability. I'm obsessed, and I plan to start using the entire collection on my toddler as well. What can I say, old habits indeed die hard.

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

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Military families give up so much for their country, particularly when they have small children at home. Those of us who have never witnessed this kind of sacrifice first-hand could use a reminder of it once in a while, which is just one of the reasons we're so happy to see the beautiful photoshoot Mary Chevalier arranged for her husband's return home from Afghanistan.

The photoshoot was extra special because while James Chevalier was serving a nine-month deployment, Mary gave birth to their second son, Caspian.

Getting ready to meet Dad

"During the laboring and birthing process of Caspian, I was surrounded by family, but that did not fill the void of not having my husband by my side," Mary told InsideEdition.com. "He was able to video chat during the labor and birth, but for both of us, it was not enough."

While James had yet to meet Caspian, their 3-year-old son, Gage, missed his dad a whole lot, so this homecoming was going to be a big deal for him too. That's why Mary arranged for her wedding photographer, Brittany Watson, to be with them for their reunion in Atlanta.

Gage was so happy to see his Dad 

"[He] had no idea he was going to be getting to see his daddy that day," Watson wrote on Facebook. "The family met at the Southeastern Railway Museum for Gage to go on a special train ride... little did he know, he'd be doing it with daddy!"

Watson did a beautiful job capturing the high emotions of every single family member, from Gage's surprise, to the delight on baby Caspian's face. It's no wonder her Facebook post went viral last week.

"Caspian is natural, a very happy baby, but both James and I felt like Caspian knew who his father was almost immediately," Mary told Inside Edition. "He was easily comforted by me husband right off the bat and seemed to have an instant connection. It was very emotional."

The moment this dad had been waiting for 

If we're sobbing just looking at the photos, we can't even imagine what it was like in real life.

"We are all so blessed and take so much for granted," Watson wrote. "I cannot contain the joy I feel in my heart when I look at these images, and I hope you feel it too!"

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During both of my pregnancies, I was under the care of an amazing midwife. Every time I went to her office for check-ups, I was mesmerized by the wall of photos participating in what may be the most painfully magical moment of a woman's life: giving birth. But there was a painting that always drew my attention: a woman dressed in orange, holding her newborn baby with a face that could be described as clueless. The line above the canvas read, "Now what?"

I felt like the woman in the painting as I kissed my mother goodbye when my daughter was born. She came from my native Colombia to stay with us for three months. When she left, I realized that my husband had been working as usual during those first 90 days of our new life. My baby was born on a Friday and on Monday he was back at the office. (No parental leave policy for him.)


Now what? I thought. The quote "It takes a village to raise a child" suddenly started to hit home, literally.

After a few years in Miami, I had some friends, but it truly didn't feel like I had a village. Some were not mothers yet, most of them worked full-time and others didn't live close by. My nomad life left my best friends spread out in different places in the world. I found myself signing up for "mommy and me" classes in search of new mothers, immigrants like me, alone like me.

It seemed like a utopian dream to think about when my grandmothers became mothers. Both of them had 6 and 10 children and they were able to stay sane (or maybe not? I don't know). But at least they had family around—people cooking, offering help. There was a sense of community.

My mother and father grew up in "the village." Big families with so many children that the older siblings ended up taking care of the little ones; aunts were like second mothers and neighbors became family.

When I was about to give birth to my second baby, my sister had just had her baby girl back in Colombia. Once, she called me crying because her maternity leave was almost over. My parents live close to her, so that was a bonus. Hiring a nanny back there is more affordable. But even seeing the positive aspects of it, I wished I could have been there for her, to be each other's village.

The younger me didn't realize that when I took a plane to leave my country in search of new experiences 19 years ago, I was giving up the chance to have my loved ones close by when I became a mother. And when I say close by, I mean as in no planes involved.

It hasn't been easy, but after two kids and plenty of mommy and me classes and random conversations that became true connections, I can say I have a mini-village, a small collection of solitudes coming together to lean on each other. But for some reason, it doesn't truly feel like one of those described in the old books where women gathered to knit while breastfeeding and all the children become like siblings.

Life gets in the way, and everyone gets sucked into their own worlds. In the absence of a true village, we feel the pressure to be and do everything that once was done by a group of people. We often lose perspective of priorities because we are taking care of everything at the same time. Starting to feel sick causes anxiety and even fear because it means so many things need to happen in order for mom—especially if single—to lay down and recover while the children are taken care of. And when the children get sick, that could mean losing money for a working mother or father, because the truth is that most corporations are not designed to nurture families.

In the absence of that model of a village I long for, we tend to rely on social media to have a sense of community and feel supported. We may feel that since we are capable of doing so much—working and stay at home moms equally—perhaps we don't need help. Or quite the opposite: mom guilt kicks in and feelings of not being enough torment our night sleep. Depression and anxiety can enter the picture and just thinking about the amount of energy and time that takes to create true connections, we may often curl up in our little cocoon with our children and partners—if they are present—when they come home.

Now what? was my thought this week while driving back and forth to the pediatrician with my sick son. I can't get the virus, I have to be strong, my daughter can't get ill, my husband needs to be healthy for his work trip next week, we all need to be well for my son's fifth birthday. And so, it goes on. I texted one of my mom friends just to rant. She rants back because her son is also sick. She sent me a heart and an "I'm here if you need to talk."

I am grateful to have talked to her at that random postpartum circle when I first became a mother. She's a Latina immigrant like me and feels exactly like me. I will do it more, get out of my comfort zone and have—sometimes—awkward conversations so I can keep growing my own little village.

It may not look like the one I'd imagined, but still may allow me to be vulnerable even through a text message.

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