With your bundle of joy set to arrive soon, how are you holding up?
As new parents looking to make sustainable choices, you might be scrolling for hours online to create a list of safe, eco-friendly products to prep for your baby’s arrival. But don’t worry - we’ve got you covered!
We’ve zeroed down on a curated list of 20 ecofriendly baby products that are perfect to add to your registry. All of these products are safe, sustainable, and super comfortable for your little one. Scroll down to find out how the full list!
Sustainable Baby Products for Eco-Conscious Parents
1. Bamboo Onesies
You’d want nothing but the softest fabric for your baby’s delicate and brand-new skin. Clothing made from natural, hypoallergenic, buttery soft bamboo fabric is perfect from sleepy time to playtime and everything in between. Besides being a baby-friendly fabric, bamboo as a crop is known for being highly sustainable, replenishing quickly after harvesting. This fabric regulates body temperature well, keeping your baby cool and dry all the time.
2. Muslin Swaddle Blankets
Add swaddle blankets made from 100% organic cotton muslin to your registry to give your newborn an environment that mimics the inside of the womb. The snuggles from the featherlight and delicate muslin cloth will instantly calm even a colicky baby. Your babies will be fast asleep soundly as the swaddle will keep their startle reflex at bay. The best part? These non-bleached non-dyed muslin swaddle blankets are incredibly versatile - use them as a nursing cloth, a burp cloth, a changing mat - the list goes on and on.
3. Organic Cotton Bedding
If you want to add bedding to your registry, make sure it’s by a brand that uses 100% certified organic cotton. Compared to regular cotton, organic cotton is cultivated more sustainably with less water and energy and without harsh chemicals or GMOs. So, while organic cotton is just as breathable, soft, and durable as any other cotton, it packs in earth-friendly qualities that are missing in its conventional counterpart. The absence of harmful chemicals in its cultivation also means these organic cotton crib sheets, duvets, and pillow covers will never irritate your baby’s skin.
4. Reusable Diapers
Here’s an eye-opener - According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a disposable diaper takes about 500 years to degrade, and about 20 billion of them end up in U.S. landfills each year! Instead, opt for cloth diapers made from organic cotton or bamboo. These washable and reusable diapers will cut down your single-use waste from your home and help you save hundreds of dollars each year. The registry ones will, of course, come free.
5. Non-Toxic Crib Mattress
Mattresses made from certified organic fabrics without flame retardants, BPA, or PVC and with low or no VOCs are non-toxic and baby-safe. Thankfully, there are several planet-friendly crib mattresses available in the market that are comfy, breathable, and hypoallergenic. Don’t let the lack of flame retardants worry you, as many of these comes with a fire-barrier layer made from a combination of organic cotton and wool.
6. Plastic-Free Feeding Bottles
If you plan to use formula, add a set of glass or stainless steel bottles to your registry. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), new parents should avoid plastic bottles and instead opt for alternatives made of stainless steel and hard-to-break glass. These are free of plastics and chemicals, making them the safest option for your baby.
7. Organic Turkish Beach Towels
Next on our list of ecofriendly baby products is a set of organic turkish beach towels made from 100% cotton. Why cotton? Because this super-soft, skin-friendly, and quick-drying fabric will keep your baby extra cozy right out of the bath. Cotton is not just gentle on your baby, but as a rapidly renewable plant that can grow with pesticides and with very little water, it’s earth-friendly too.
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8. Sustainable Organic Cotton Diaper Bag
These organic cotton extra large canvas totes are versatile and easy on the eyes. Their robust stitched canvas construction with a zipper closure and sturdy handles on each side makes them easy to carry around. You’ll get plenty of space inside to fit everything from diapers to toys to a changing mat.
9. Non-Toxic Silicone Feeders
You might not need them right away, but BPA-free feeders made from food-grade silicone are good to have once your baby is ready to have something other than milk. You can use these to transition your baby to solid foods like pureed fruits or mashed rice. The tiny holes in these feeders squeeze the food into the baby’s mouth. It can also double up as a teether - Simply fill these with frozen fruit and let your baby nibble at it to soothe their gums.
10. Woven Wrap Baby Carrier
Thinking of adding a baby carrier to the list? How about going for a wrap carrier than a soft-structured one? Wrap carriers are eco-friendly and made from sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, Tencel, and linen. Plus, they are ergonomic havens for you while offering better support for a newborn baby’s neck than conventional carriers.
11. Eco-friendly Infant Bath Essentials
When shopping for bath care for your baby, choose products that tick all the following boxes - fragrance-free, natural, sulfate-free, and hypoallergenic. You’ll come across several brands, many of which will be happy to bundle essentials (think soap, shampoo, diaper rash balm, and wipes) into a gift set for your registry.
12. Planet-Friendly Toys
Inexpensive toys made from cheap plastic are everywhere. So, we were delighted to find innovative brands that have found ways to create beautiful toys without hurting the environment – like turning recycled milk jugs into unique playthings that are sure to trigger the imagination of your little ones. It’s a good idea to pick only those brands that stick to sustainable materials like beeswax, wood, fabric, and recycled plastic for their toy selection.
13. Organic Cotton Waffle Knit Blanket
As you can tell, we love organic cotton! It offers all the benefits of regular cotton (breathable, durable, biodegradable) minus its water-guzzling requirements. For the softest snuggles and blissful naps, we recommend adding these ultra-soft and lightweight waffle baby blankets. High-quality organic cotton is expertly woven to create a thermal yet breathable knit for all-season comfort.
14. Sustainable Baby Stroller
Yes, there’s such a thing as a sustainable baby stroller, though brands that make them are few and far between. Our top picks are Bumbleride, Silver Cross’ Reef and Dune, Greentom, and Bambi. They offer chic, robust, safe, yet environmentally low-impact strollers with recycled plastic bottles as their primary material.
15. Plastic-Free Pacifier
Steer clear of plastics by opting for 100% biodegradable rubber pacifiers. These adorable pacifiers calm your baby in the gentlest way possible. Plus, natural rubber construction makes them non-toxic and ultra-safe than plastic dummies. When the latex in these rubber soothers starts getting darker in color or sticky, it’s time to replace them.
16. Quilted Organic Cotton Play Mats
Rolling, tummy time, crawling, grabbing - A play mat is an essential gear to enhance a baby’s motor skills and overall physical development. It’s a cushioned, padded, and a comfy little spot for a child to spend time on. If you want to add one of these to the registry, we recommend plush, long-lasting, and functional play mats made from 100% organic. These quilted mats look great and have a removable, washable cover. You could also check out other eco-friendly mats made from bamboo or vegan leather that are just as amazing.
17. Chemical-Free Crib Mattress Protector
Another must-have for the baby registry. Crib mattress pads create a barrier to protect the mattress underneath from spills and accidents. We recommend a fitted mattress protector from all-natural bamboo. It’s cool, breathable, and non-toxic - perfect for keeping your baby comfy all night long.
18. Responsibly Harvested Wooden Crib
For a generous relative or a grandparent who’d want to gift your baby a crib or a bassinet, here’s our eco-friendly suggestion - A wooden crib made from FSC-certified, sustainably harvested wood. Besides being a must-have for your baby’s arrival, nothing elevates the aesthetics of a nursery like a crib made from solid wood.
19. Sustainable Baby Loungers
Portable baby loungers offer on-the-go cocoon-like bliss to your little ones. Our recommendation? Sustainable loungers from 100% organic cotton are the perfect place to lay your baby down for a nap while traveling. The plush padding and soft cushioned edges paired with the breathable cotton fabric will soothe and relax your baby, putting him to sleep instantly.
20. Muslin Car Seat Canopy
Shield your baby from bright sunshine, heat, dust, wind, and insects by covering their car seat with a muslin canopy. This breathable cloth is made from 100% organic cotton and is large enough to cover an average-sized infant car seat. This multi-function cloth can be turned into a nursing cover, blanket, or stroller cover - it’s a must-have when traveling or stepping outdoors with your baby.
Take it from us that every product on this list will be put to good use from your baby’s bassinet years to their toddler phase! These 20 sustainable baby products are everything a household needs to welcome a newborn.
What’s great is that each of these will keep your baby and our planet happy while inspiring some of your friends and relatives to embrace eco-friendly living. Now that’s a registry worth having, don’t you agree?