The world of baby products and gear is overwhelming to say the least. There are a million options for everything. Trying to figure out what’s the most eco-friendly/non-toxic/sustainable option can be really time consuming. So I hope if nothing else, this list will save you some time. Not all of these items are on my registry. Some I’ve already purchased myself or I plan to buy eventually. To give some context for how I put my registry together, I basically started by having my friends who’ve recently had babies send me a list of their “must-haves,” something I realized pretty much every mom I know has on hand, occasionally in spreadsheet form, haha.
I also looked at a few eco- friendly and non-toxic baby registry examples online. A few of you sent me your lists as well, thanks for that! Everyone has their things that are essential, and of course that will vary. So I really thought about our lifestyle and what we would actually need. All of that said, while I feel good about this list, who knows what happens when there’s actually a baby in the mix. All babies are different. So I’ll be sure to give an update once we’ve had some time with a newborn and I can report back on what works (and what doesn’t).
Check out the nursery reveal here.
My Non-Toxic Baby Registry
Baby Carriers & Gear
This came very highly recommended from pretty much everyone I know that’s had a baby recently. It’s adjustable (so Craig and I can both wear it), it has a built in infant insert so we can use it from the newborn stage, you can use it to carry front and back, and the fabric is Oeko-Tek certified.
I wanted something to wear around the house that’s not as bulky as a traditional carrier, particularly during the newborn stage. This wrap has rave reviews and it’s 100% cotton.
This thing looks so cozy I want one in adult size. It’s made of GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Another very popular recommendation for a non-toxic baby registry is this bouncer. Most moms called this one a lifesaver. The fabric is also OEKO-TEX Standard 100 (meaning no harmful substances).
This is pricey for a nursing pillow but I put it on my registry because the fabric and stuffing is more eco-friendly than the boppy (which was also recommended by friends). I have them both on my list because I’d be happy with either one.
I like this travel crib because you can use it from infant to 3 years with an adjustable mattress. It comes with a travel bag and folds up with one hand. It’s also machine washable and comes with a fitted organic sheet.
Strollers and Car Seat
My main requirements for a car seat (aside from good safety ratings) were lightweight, easy to transport, non-toxic fabrics and adaptable to more than one stroller. This one fits the bill and then some. It weighs only 8 lbs, can be used with or without the base (ideal for travel or the need to switch cars easily), and has non-toxic flame retardant free fabrics. It also has a UPF 50+ canopy for protection from the elements.
I could go on for an annoyingly long time about strollers. People are VERY passionate about their strollers, and I totally get it. They’re not cheap and it’s something you’ll have and use for several years. So finding the right one for your non-toxic baby registry requires a lot of research. So after an absurd amount of research and thinking about what we actually need for our lifestyle, I realized that two strollers make the most sense. An all terrain stroller for everyday use (we live on a trail system where we’ll do the majority of our walks) and a travel stroller.
I ended up deciding on the Bumbleride Indie for all terrain because it has great reviews (including some from friends) and it’s eco-friendly. The fabrics are made from 100% recycled PET (plastic water bottles) and are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class. There’s no fire retardants and no polyurethane foam.
If you’ve looked at strollers you’ve probably come across UPPAbaby. A lot of my friends have the VISTA and absolutely love it. I decided to go with the MINU because I wanted something lightweight, compact and easy to travel with. The MINU has rave reviews for it’s ease in folding (you can do it with one hand) and ability to fit in most airplane overhead compartments. It’s also compatible with multiple car seats (with an adaptor) including the Nina PIPA and has an optional from birth kit to use with newborns. UPPAbaby does not use flame retardants.
Clothing and Accessories
Organic Cotton Onesies + Footies
I like the onesies from Hannah Anderson, Finn + Emma, Pehr and Gerber. I also added some Magnetic Me onesies to my registry after hearing several Moms rave about them, especially for middle of the night changes.
I spent way too much time trying to figure out the best solution to keep an infant warm during the winter. I wanted something that would safely work with a bassinet and car seat and this does both, while keeping baby toasty if we’re outdoors.
Since I’m having a February baby we’ve got to make it through at least two very cold months in New England. Let’s be real it’s three because April is not warm. I’m a big fan of Patagonia because of their sustainability practices and the quality of their clothing. I like this fleece bunting, hat and mittens for walks outside. This cozy one piece from Hannah Anderson is so adorable (I bought it as a baby gift and it’s the softest thing ever). These boots also came highly recommended from several moms as the only ones that don’t slip off.
The swaddle suggestions and recommendations were all over the place. So I figured I’d try a few different ones. For night, the HALO SleepSack and Love to Dream Swaddle Up both had rave reviews from moms. They’re also both organic cotton. I also love this organic cotton oyster print swaddle and this organic cotton swaddle from Pehr, and I can also use them as blankets, etc.
**Update: I originally had the Keekaroo changing pad on my registry but heard so many mixed reviews from people that I decided to change to the Naturepedic organic changing pad. It’s a non-toxic organic cotton changing pad with a waterproof coating. It’s the perfect size for Pehr changing pad covers.
Honest sent me a box of diapers which was super nice so I plan on trying those. I also plan to try these non-toxic Brandless diapers because a few friends recommended them and I’ve had great luck with Brandless products. The Huggies plant based diapers have great reviews so I may end up trying those too.
I’m going to try two kinds of wipes, these are natural, plant-based, alcohol and paraben-free and biodegradable, and these wipes are all of the above but not biodegradable. I’m hoping the biodegradable ones work out but I want to be prepared if not or if we need a more heavy duty option.
Everywhere this diaper balm is sold it basically has all 5 star reviews. I love that it’s aluminum-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, dye-free, and sulfate-free. I’ve also heard great things about this diaper cream by Erbaviva.
This will be in our room since we plan to have the baby sleep with us for a few months. I wanted something on the smaller side, eco-friendly, and that we can use once we’re done with it as a bassinet. You may recognize Design Dua because they also make the woven basket beds we have for Nora and Fuji. I have always loved their bassinets so it was a no brainer, and it’s such a beautiful piece I know I’ll find a use for it when we no longer need it as a bassinet.
I discovered this brand on Instagram and bought one of their kitchen mats which is seriously the best thing ever. Their non-toxic baby mats come in a bunch of sizes and designs and they’re a female founded company based in Connecticut.
This baby monitor has great reviews and was recommended by my friend who just had a baby and loves it.
This also came highly recommended from friends, and a few mentioned it’s great for adults too.
I’m pretty sure this was on every single list I received. It’s made of all natural rubber and food-grade quality paint.