Clean and sustainable products to add to your baby registry
Like many things to do before your baby arrives, creating a registry can be both exciting and stressful. While planning my first, I remember poring over product reviews as I built my wishlist. It’s a relief that now, as an expectant mom of two, I already have my tried and true favorites.
There are a few things I learned on my first ride that I gladly share whenever I’m asked for advice. One is to look for products that will be gentle on the baby’s skin. I found focusing on items with clean ingredient lists and that are made from sustainable materials was an effective way to narrow down the options. Protecting your baby’s sensitive skin is essential, especially in the first few months. Second, going organic and sustainably sourced is not only good for the environment, it’s also healthier for baby. There’s no fear of chemicals or additives coming into contact with a toddler’s delicate skin. Additionally, most organic fabrics are softer to the touch than their synthetic alternative. One more thing: don’t forget mom. New moms need pampering too, so be sure to choose items that are pampering and feel like an indulgence to use or wear.
With that in mind, keep reading to discover my top gift ideas, including non-toxic body care and soft, durable accessories, for mom and baby.
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For an elegant diaper bag
This convertible bag is everything I was looking for: it’s functional, cute and made with vegan leather. You can wear it like a backpack, which means your hands can carry more valuable goods. And the size is perfect for carrying the essentials: diapers, a change of clothes, bottles. Bonus: it doubles as a laptop bag so it doesn’t collect dust when your little one is clean.
For baby’s delicate skin
As part of her bedtime routine, I use this lightweight oil to give my little girl a full body massage that promotes relaxation. It is a special moment of complicity for us. I love this oil because the star ingredient is squalane, which is lightweight yet ultra hydrating. I also love that the formula is plant-based and fragrance-free.
For a moment of well-being
To mom, with love
It’s all in the name. This gift set contains four pregnancy and postpartum safe body care products – body lotion, body wash, tummy butter and dry brush – for a quick restorative routine that moms need need. I start by dry brushing my legs, arms, and torso in an upward motion, then I wash off in the shower and bask in the aromatherapeutic scent of the wash. Then I moisturize with Belly Butter (it has shea butter and peptides to target stretch marks and also nourish the skin of growing bellies) and lotion which feels luxurious on my skin.
To wash baby clothes
Baby laundry detergent
Believe it or not, the need for a stain-fighting detergent is more critical during your baby’s first months of life than during her toddler years. This plant-derived, dermatologist-tested option is my top choice because it’s just as resistant to damage as it is gentle on my baby’s skin. The one-handed pump dispenser is essential for quick and easy laundry days and the gallon-sized bottle will get you through 256 washes.
To keep baby warm
Soothe Swaddle Wraps
My husband and I struggled with using muslin blankets to swaddle our baby, so when we discovered these pre-packaged, velcro alternatives made with breathable organic cotton, we made the switch. It makes middle-of-the-night diaper changes a (relative) breeze and we don’t have to worry about them unraveling while sleeping.
For beautiful hair days effortlessly
Let’s face it: time is a commodity in the beginning, but your hair doesn’t have to suffer. This all-natural dry shampoo keeps my roots feeling fresh between those rare days I can sneak in a shampoo.
For sensory development
Friendly Faces in the Forest: Baby’s First Soft Book
These lovely little books are an easy favorite and one I love to gift to my friends. The soft cloth is made of durable materials, machine washable and safe for play. Plus, your baby will love the sweet illustrated stories.
The play gym
Offering a full year of playtime, this activity gym won’t disappoint. Your baby will learn to focus and be exposed to sounds, colors and textures that are great for their developing brain. The complete set, including removable accessories, is made from baby-tested materials like 100% organic cotton and silicone, and made without flame retardants or PVC.
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