Raising an eco-conscious child can start with the choices you make at home. What's more, babies are sensitive! It's important to protect them from exposure to toxins found in many of the products we encounter every day. From the surfaces they sleep on to what we use to clean our homes, the potential for long-term effects on developing babies is real. That's why it's super important to choose natural and eco-friendly baby products as often as possible. Whether that's organic foods and skincare or ditching BPA in favor of glass, these small choices make a big difference.
What's more, these choices can help create a sustainable home and model the message that we need to protect our environment and respect it.
We've rounded up some of the best natural and eco-friendly baby products on the market that love the planet as much as they do your little one.
Imagine what a pile of 5,000 used diapers looks like. Now multiply that by every baby who has ever used disposable diapers. Yikes. Luckily there are plenty of eco-conscious brands out there that are changing the diaper landscape. Conceived with love in California, Parasol's diapers offer RashShield™ protection and medical-grade fabrics made from plant-based materials that are free of chemicals but all in when it comes to performance.
Pro tip: They also feature an ultra-thin core which means your little one can get up to whatever little ones get up to without being bogged down by bulk.
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.
Getting your baby down for a nap can be a challenge, but here's something that will help you sleep easier: This stylish Hudson 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.
Finish off that eco-friendly crib with the mattress it deserves! Since babies can spend up to 20 hours per day sleeping, it's imperative that the surfaces they're snuggled up to are free of chemicals and toxins. The Avocado Organic crib mattress is handmade with certified organic cotton, wool, and latex that is responsibly and sustainably harvested in India making it one of the safest choices on the market. Everything in their affordable eco-friendly line is made in LA at their GOTS certified factory and comes with a 25-year warranty. Now that's something to rest easy about!
Pro tip: With a clever dual-sided design, it features a firmer surface for infants and a softer one for toddlers, so it grows right along with them.
Swaddle blankets are like the Swiss army knife of mamahood. From naptime snuggles to nursing covers (and even emergency spit-up catchers), there are countless ways they come in handy. Mushie's super soft, breathable baby swaddled are made from 100% organic cotton and come in a rainbow of gorgeous colors that are as pure as baby's skin itself.
Pro tip: Mushie's organic swaddles are machine washable (yay!), and the fabric is designed to keep its softness wash after wash (after wash...).
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!
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.
Cleaning without the use of any chemicals? It's totally possible! The Force of Nature Cleaning and Sanitizing System converts salt, water and vinegar into an impressively powerful multi-surface cleaner and disinfectant. And natural doesn't mean less effective! The resulting formula kills 99.9% of germs and is on the EPA's List N (the disinfectants approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.)
Pro tip: Since Force of Nature is free of all the yucky stuff like dyes, preservatives, surfactants, bleach, quats, and alcohol, you can feel safe using it on any surface your baby comes in contact with.
For such small people, babies sure do make their fair share of laundry. And while there are plenty of baby-safe detergents out there, only one has been developed specifically for baby and baby's environment. Healthynest—the brand responsible for the first EWG-verified diaper—is leading the charge when it comes to creating home cleaning products that are gentle on baby's microbiome, nontoxic and neurologically safe for baby's home environment. Their laundry concentrate is 100% plant and mineral-based and made in California in a solar-powered facility. (Check out their EWG-verified home and skincare systems as well!)
Pro-tip: Each bottle provides about 170 loads which means less waste in landfills.
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.
There's nothing more pure and precious than your baby's skin—which means the products you put on it should be as well. Kiss Kiss Goodnight's line of baby care is not only plant-based and made with the gentlest botanicals in the world, it's also evidence-based, assuring that it won't disrupt their microbiome and delicate skin-barrier. With high-quality organic and wild-crafted ingredients, their nourishing formulas are as wonderful for eczema, cradle cap and diaper rash as they are for the planet.
Pro tip: Their unique and hydrating cleansing balm isn't just for babies. Mamas, you might just find it's the best eye make-up remover and shaving cream you've ever used.
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