As a parent you want the best for your children, but what’s best isn’t always the quantity of what you give them, but the quality. When planning a baby shower try and keep that idea in mind. It’s important to keep your registry to the things your baby truly needs. Let’s face it all the gadgets with bells and whistles are pointless and most likely tacky. For centuries babies survived just fine without all that. It’s completely wasteful and takes up so much space in your home. Sure people may argue those products are stimulating, but there are plenty of less obnoxious, educational ways to enhance your baby’s development. And what’s even better is that there are modern alternatives to the light up Fisher Price bouncy seats that are also made of much safer materials.
So what should you put on your registry? The first thing to do when planning a baby shower is figure out where you want to register. Look for local baby stores that offer Green options and/or find a great website that offers an array of organic/natural baby products. Myregistry.com is an easy to use site that brings all your picks together.
Organic layette (also known as baby separates)
- Your baby will live in kimono tops, onsies, pants, and swaddle blankets for the first few months of their life. Organic clothing is particularly important for newborns. Their skin is so delicate and porous. Anything that touches them can be absorbed into their system.
- This is a HUGE one! Standard mattresses are made of disgusting materials and polyurethane foam, which are sprayed with even more harmful chemicals and flame-retardants. Over time the chemicals break down and produce off gas into the air. Your baby will spend up to 16 hours a day sleeping on his/her mattress. The off gas is known to cause asthma, allergies, and other irritations. It’s worth the extra investment to go organic on this one.
- Naturepedic has a great selection of various organic mattress styles. They start at $259 and can go up to $399.
- For the most natural option, Nook has a Pebble Pure mattress made of coconut husk and natural latex, with an organic cotton and eucalyptus wrap.
- Many people find choosing a stroller the equivalent to car shopping. It’s true.
This one can be a doozie. I would recommend looking for the healthiest and most practical option for your lifestyle. Orbit Baby offers a stroller system that is eco-tech certified, meaning it has been test for 200 of the most harmful chemicals. The infant car seat has a 360-degree turning radius that clips right on the stroller frame and car seat base. This is majorly convenient and very forward thinking.
Bumble Ride is another great company. Their whole stroller
line is now made of a bamboo/recycled polyester blend, which is very plush in stroller terms and more breathable especially on a hot summer day. The Bumble Ride is also considered a lightweight-jogging stroller that makes steering on a variety of terrain a lot easier.
- Baby Swings- The Nuna Leaf is a sleek designed swing. It can hold up to 130lbs so your child can use it past the first six months of their life. This swing has such a soothing sway that it could make any baby settle down and rest. The best part is that is does not require batteries and has a lock for when you just want a stationary seat.
- Toys- Wooden toys are a great alternative to all the plastic ones out there. They are more sustainable for the environment and actually look nice sitting on a shelf. Manny and Simon, Haba, and Plan Toys have a great selection from infant to toddler age.
You will not be able to control everything your child is exposed to in the world, but you sure can make their home the healthiest place to be. It’s not to say everything out there is chemical ridden and unsafe, just pick and choose products that fit your budget and work best for your family’s lifestyle. Being aware is the first step to a better way of life for you and your little ones.