Creating a baby registry was one of the most confusing parts about pregnancy. It felt like I was making a commitment as large as marriage. I mean, this is the first real parenting choice!
I spent hours adding and deleting products in uncertainty. When my shower was over and baby was born, there were still things I wish I registered for and others I left off. Hopefully this organic baby registry guide will save you some headaches!
If you are a first time parent, you really have no idea what you need for a baby. There are so many products and you don’t want to burden your friends and family to buy things that will end up in the back of the closet. That being said, it really is important to make a registry.
People truly want to honor you in this big life-step you are making!
Honestly I think the easiest way for everyone to shop for your shower is on Amazon. (Isn’t is so sad about Toys R Us/Babies R Us? This is no longer an option to register). Target is great but they have limitations on organic and non toxic items available, so if you are concerned about an organic baby registry, Amazon is your best choice! Start your Baby Registry on Amazon now.
The following list will highlight the main items you will use on a daily basis while caring for your new squishy baby. All suggestions are from organically made or the least toxic option available.
Why make an organic baby registry?
“You can’t live inside a bubble Liv!”
This is what my husband tells me after I explained to him that companies are using flame retardants in infant car seats that are causing endocrine disruption and linked to cancer.
I understand his point. We live in a world full of toxic substances that are outside of our control. If we spend our entire lives worrying about everything, we never really live!
I don’t know about you but if something IS inside my realm of control, I would like to make smarter choices.
What I am trying to accomplish with my family, as well as help others, is cultivate a compounding state of health by REDUCING exposure to toxic substances over time. Ya know, kinda like compounding interest…
…You start with nothing but then it builds on itself and eventually turns into one large nest egg that you can live off the rest of your life. (hopefully!) But in our case we aren’t talking about money, we are talking about VITALITY.
Yes, some of these products are more expensive. And ya know what, I definitely couldn’t afford all of this stuff. But I picked a few of the items out of the lot that I thought would make the biggest difference for my baby. We have to do the best we can as Moms!
How does an item make the organic baby registry?
In this post you will hear me throw out the names of certifications that products have achieved. I want to quickly explain those certifications so you know what is behind the products I am recommending.
GREENGUARD certification: uses advanced dynamic chamber testing, as well as exposure modeling and analytical measurements to test products and building materials for total volatile organic compounds (TVOC), individual VOCs, formaldehyde, ozone, and phthalates.
- There are defined allowable levels for key pollutants with known or suspected irritants or more serious health impacts. GREENGUARD Certification standards have established performance-based standards to define products and processes with low chemical and particle emissions for use indoors.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)– The aim of this standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles; from the harvesting of raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing. Even the labelling is designed to provide credible assurance to the end consumer.
- A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers versus a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers.
- Prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano-particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes.
OEKO-TEX certification– A worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. This tests for harmful substances. The more intensive the contact a product has with the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements.
Non-Toxic Crib Mattress
The brand Naturepedic has some wonderful options for crib mattresses. They offer a dual stage 100% organic mattress that can be used from infancy to toddlerhood. They have the GREENGUARD certification, meaning it meets the most rigorous standards for providing low emissions of toxic compounds into the air.
The Newton Wovenaire crib mattress is also a GREENGUARD two-stage organic mattress although it is a little bit more expensive. However, this mattress has the added benefit of a removable, washable cover so you may not need to purchase a mattress cover additionally.
The fun part about registering is designing your nursery! Therefore some of these suggestions may not be the exact style you are looking for. I will link to the different design options so you can see what is available in organic sheets.
You will first want to start with a crib mattress pad. There will inevitably be some blowouts especially in the first few months of life. If you plan to have more than one child you definitely want to protect your expensive crib mattress. Here are two great options:
Since 2016, many of the higher quality stroller brands stopped using flame retardants in their manufacturing process of strollers. See the car seat section below for more information regarding why flame retardants are a concern.
- The Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller is not only free of flame retardants, PVC, phthalates, and polyurethane foam, but the materials are made from 100% recycled water bottles making this a wonderful eco-friendly choice for a running stroller.
- The Baby Jogger City Mini is an extremely light-weight everyday stroller that is made free of flame retardants, PVC, BPA, latex, Teflon, phthalates, AZO dyes, and Scotchguard. It is also more on the affordable side of stroller pricing and can be purchased as a side-by-side double stroller.
- If you are looking for a little more luxury, you need not look further than the Uppababy line of strollers. Not only are these strollers free from all the above toxins mentioned, but they are highly customizable to suit your specific needs. The newer models have options to purchase additional attachments so that the single stroller can be used for multiple kids. They also have an umbrella stroller version.
Non-toxic infant car seats
The federal government passed a law requiring all car seats to meet certain flame retardant standards. Many companies are meeting these standard by using low-cost, toxin-laden substances that can be absorbed in the skin and even inhaled as dust particles. As stated by the ecology center after completing the most recent study on the tox report for car seats:
“This year’s study focuses particularly on flame retardants (FRs), which continue to be used despite there being no data showing they provide a fire safety benefit to children. Rather, they put babies and young children in close contact with chemical additives that are known to be carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and developmental toxicants. Babies are the most vulnerable population in terms of exposure to chemical-laden dust from products like car seats, since their systems are still developing” (source)
I don’t know about you but I hate bad news and this is definitely bad news bears. But never fear, there is a solution! The Ecology center released their recommendations for the safest car seats including one that does not use any flame retardant chemicals.
- The Uppababy Mesa Henry car seat is the first ever flame retardant-free car seat which still meets the federal standards. It does this by using wool as the main material. Who would have thought that God would put something natural in nature that would suit the needs of man? The bonus of this car seat is it is very stylish and has click in ability with the Uppababy Mesa stroller.
- The Britax Marathon Click-Tight convertible car seat is the next recommendation on the Ecology center’s nice list. The company is working toward completely eliminating the use of flame retardant in their products, however for now they contain a less toxic version of flame retardant and ranked the healthiest option if you can’t stomach the price of the Uppababy Mesa Henry seat.
- Last but not least the Maxi-Cost Pria 70 convertible car seat tested higher on the Ecology center’s safety picks. It is the car seat we chose when we upgraded from the infant seat for. It is very plush, comfortable, and stylish as well.
Organic infant seats
The Bloom Coco Go 3-in-1 baby lounger is a pretty neat infant seat. It has multiple reclining positions and breaks down to be easily transported which would really comes in handy if you live in a double story house. It also has a 2-speed vibration feature. The Bloom Coco Stylewood is a super hip and modern non-toxic lounger that has a rocking feature.
The Nuna Leaf Curv is a sleek lounger made with OEKO-TEX certified organic cotton. This infant seat allows for gentle hand rocking or you can purchase the Nuna Leaf Wind attachment, which is a small motor to go along with this seat that rocks your child for you. You can also get the cute toy bar to provide some sensory stimulation for your little one. The attachments are not sold on amazon unfortunately but can be purchase directly from the merchant.
BABYBJORN is the another beautiful bouncer that dotes the OEKO-TEX certification. It is very soft and light. It also has a toy bar attachment (sold separately unfortunately). Bouncing is mom propelled with this one as well.
Before I go into the specifics of what products to buy, I just want to say a few words about the maintenance of feeding products.
If you can, try to wash these items by hand as much as possible. Exposing plastics to high heat doubles the amount of toxins leaking into the food. (source) There isn’t a ton of data on silicone but it is considered to be a safer alternative to plastic. I am still cautious about putting silicone in the dishwasher. Anyway, on to non-toxic feeding products!
The best way to avoid anything extra in your baby’s milk is to source it straight from the tap, although this is probably unrealistic for you 100% of the time. If it is, you are one of the lucky ones!
I am currently breastfeeding my son, (we are coming up on the year mark now) and I was able to stay home with him 90% of the time for this year. There are still many times that I have to use bottles, even when we are together.
The number one way to avoid BPAs and other chemicals that are in plastic are by using glass bottles. There are many options to choose from some being more affordable than others. Here are the options for glass bottles on Amazon:
A really cool item I found recently is a DIY mason jar bottle kit. You are able to use these BPA-free, special fit silicone nipples that attach to regular glass mason jars. It even comes with a sleeve to protect the glass. I just can’t believe I didn’t think of this first! The mason jar is not included.
When looking at baby forks and spoons, the better option is those made from wood and silicone. There are many reasons this is a great choice. Wood is biodegradable, and therefore does not contribute to the piles of garbage that we are leaving behind for our children. Silicone is safer alternative to plastic, however it is not biodegradable. It is recyclable though so that is a definite win! You will want to wash these products by hand.
Lets not forget one of the most important feeding helpers out there! The boppy pillow is a must have whether you plan to breastfeed or bottle feed. It is a great support for feeding and holding your baby.
Lastly, you are going to need some organic bibs to keep all that pureed food and drool from getting on your cute clothes.
Non-toxic toys and teethers
You will definitely need to have toys on the registry list for your little one! It still amazes me how fast they go from tiny and squishy to moving and interested!
You could even have a teether around 4 months old like I did! There are many natural ways you can help alleviate teething pain at home and toys are one of them!
Unpainted wood toys are great for teething because they are soft enough to chew and gentle on gums. The following product is also made in the USA.
Every child should own a good old fashioned stuffed animal! They are soft for teething and provide tactical stimulation. You can throw a stuffed toy in the freezer for a bit and give your baby something cold to gnaw on. Here are some great options made without dyes and from organic cotton.
Organic baby wearing
Baby wearing wraps and carriers are an absolute must have! These can be a lifesaver if you have a fussy baby because the warmth from your body and gentle rocking movements are very soothing. It also allows you to get things done around the house while still providing your baby skin to skin time, which is so pivotal for developing positive attachment.
When it comes to baby-wearing there are two different options. You can use an infant wrap, which is a long stretchy fabric that wraps around your body and ties to become secure. These are great around the house and for a very small baby because it allows them to stay curled up in a ball like they were in the womb. Companies claim they can be used for infants up to 35 pounds. However, I found that once my son was between 15-20 pounds it wasn’t very comfortable.
For a heavier duty carrier that is ideal for a bigger baby or longer wear-time, I am a huge fan of the ergo baby carrier. They have an infant insert made from organic cotton. I personally found this carrier suited my needs for a longer period of time. It has an infant insert that makes if comfortable for a small baby.
Organic cotton clothing
This is one of the items I did my best to buy in organic cotton, at least in the newborn and 0-3 month age. Clothing is in contact with your baby’s skin all day and all night. I just wanted to limit the amount of GMO cotton my son was exposed to in his earliest days. Here are some of my favorites. They have so many options on Amazon! Click on any of these items and the list of related items will give you more ideas and options.
This may be an area you would feel comfortable going conventional, as it really doesn’t come into contact with you baby’s body.
For a day-to-day diaper bag, I HIGHLY recommend getting a backpack. It is really nice to be hands-free as you are out and about with your little one without worrying about a diaper bag falling off your shoulder.
There are tons of options for this but I really like the Honest Company’s backpack diaper bag. It is made from vegan leather and without PVC, latex, flame retardants, polyurethane foams, phthalates, glues, and AZO dyes.
It is also super chic!
All-natural organic bath products
When it comes to bath products for your baby, you don’t need much! In fact, the longer you wait to bath them, the better! They come out covered in vernix which protects their skin and has immune boosting properties.
You will eventually need to wash your little one and when it comes to soap, less is more. Even many of the organic soaps have unnecessary additional ingredients. My go-to soap is Dr. Bronner’s unscented baby Castile soap. It has an olive oil base and is made from 100% from the earth ingredients.
I highly recommend making your own baby lotion out of coconut oil and shea butter. There really aren’t too many great options for commercial grade lotions out there because in order to sell them they have to contain SOME sort of stabilizer.
Even if the lotion contain 99% natural ingredients, the stabilizer is extremely toxic. The newest one to be on the lookout for is called phenoxythanol. It is a preservative used alternatively to the widely-known toxic parabens, but several studies have shown toxic effects on the brain and nervous system.
Non-toxic eco friendly diapering essentials
Ahhh diapers. I wanted to get to them last because they are going to be a huge chunk of your future baby’s needs and what comes into contact with the most sensitive parts of the body. There are so many options and products that it can be really hard to know what to choose!
If you are die hard about not contributing to landfills, then cloth diapers are the way to go. These can be a great way to save a ton of money on disposable diapers.
You will need a few additional items if this is the route you choose. You will need a spray attachment for your toilet to assist you in getting the “chunks” out of the cloth before they go in the wash. And remember you don’t have to commit to this full time if you don’t want. I find it easier to use cloth diapers when we are having a low-key day at home. I don’t like the idea of carrying around a poopy diaper in my bag all day so I save the disposables for when we are out and about.
Speaking of disposables…
This brand Bambo Nature has won tons of awards for being sustainably made and are industry leading in their lack of chemicals. Coupled with these plastic-free, completely biodegradable baby wipes, you get all the conveniences of disposable with less of the guilt!
You made it through the ultimate organic baby registry guide!
By now you are well on your way to getting prepared to meet your sweet little baby! Your world is about to change for the better in more ways I can even describe.
If you made it through all of this information and still haven’t started your registry, you can do so here.
I hope this guide is helpful. I wish you the best on this new adventure!
The Cheeky Mommy