Hello there permies,
My partner & I have something to share with you all. While we were recently expecting our first newborn, many of our friends & family were graciously wanting to shower us with gifts & they were asking us for our “baby registry”. I had no idea such a thing existed until a few months ago. Initially, while my heart was very much warmed by the sentiment of our friends & family wanting to support us on our new journey into parenthood, I was terrified of receiving “gifts” from some of my friends & family as I knew that they were not only not aware of the regenerative, permacultural maker, zero-waste paradigm, but that they were not even close
to being on board with even the “green / eco-conscious” low-waste paradigm that preceded the current regenerative movement. What kind of “gifts” were we about to receive from these sincerely well-intentioned folks we wondered?
A side note: my partner & I do our best the create
as much as we can within the maker culture of the regenerative permaculture movement. When we do consume, we do our best first check the second hand market (Craigslist, thrift stores, etc) first then - if we must - to purchase from small(-er), local, free-from-toxins (or toxin-reducing) producers. While some of our friends also try their best on this front, most
of our family & friends are still very much into purchasing within big business consumer culture, oftentimes purchasing non-compostable products laced with toxins that we do our best to avoid. Most of them have not yet joined the regenerative maker culture to the extent that many of us in the permaculture movement would probably like to see. In short, ever since we got into permaculture we have been trying to balance
our own production & consumption patterns while swimming up a cultural stream that – as we see it – is much more heavily weighted towards consumption than production. Now, back to our story...
While we were filled with joy about the idea of receiving baby gifts, we were terrified of receiving products produced by toxic, extractive, throw-away big industry ... terrified that many of our friends & family were about to additionally finance said toxic, extractive industry even more with their “gifts” to us because we were having a child … terrified of being paralyzed by the decision to either keep said “gifts”, donate them, or bin them – all sub-optimal choices in our minds.
Luckily, the baby registry idea actually gave us an out! With the registry, we
ended up getting to choose which producers we wanted to support & what products we wanted to be made & enter our household. Granted, a couple of our friends did
end up making us lovely permaculture gifts. We also received many hand-me-downs from friends and family that we joyfully accepted. THANK YOU! Most of the products on our registry emerged from the “sustainable / low-waste” paradigm – we were pretty happy with our decision to at least mitigate a great majority of the potential toxicity & potential funding of additional toxicity by choosing a registry of “green & green(-er)” products.
As my partner and I spent many hours researching these products in order to support small(-er) businesses & less-toxic industries, we figured it would be a shame to keep our heavily-researched baby registry list to ourselves. So we’ve decided to share our heavily-researched list here on permies, hoping that if you have a little one on the way and are planning a baby shower &/or a baby registry or if you're about to purchase something for someone who does have a baby on the way, that this list can be useful to you too.
Also, we have attempted to only include eco-conscious items that have many positive reviews.
If there are things you’d like to add to this list, we invite you to please post them in this thread!
Note: We are not receiving any kickbacks whatsoever from any of these producers. We simply want to share what we’ve found in our own research to help others who are in the same boat as us.
That said, if you know of any dubious greenwashing
from any of these products &/or producers please mention them in this thread as a warning and hopefully as positive pressure on producers to improve their practices.
We ended up choosing to use BabyList.com
to host our registry because they allow one to select which online shops that people purchase from, so as to avoid as many folks purchasing from Amazon.com
as possible. There are likely other great registry hosts out there that offer this same service. This is just the one we chose.
Without further ado, here is a list of eco-conscious baby registry items that either ended up on our registry or we purchased ourselves.
Note, as of this thread creation, our newborn is still co-sleeping
Ultimate Green Baby Organic Cradle & Bassinet Mattress
Holy Lamb Organics.
Baby Bandana Drool Bibs Scarves Unisex 8 Pack Gift Set for Teething and Drooling, 100% Organic Cotton, Soft and Absorbent for Boys Girls
BLANKETS FOR BABIES:
Organic Flannel Receiving Blanket -- Field Day
Organic Sea Turtle Custom Double Gauze Bamboo Muslin Swaddle, Newborn Receiving Blanket, Nursing Cover Up
BOTTLES | GLASS BOTTLES:
Note, as of the creation of this thread, my partner is still breastfeeding 100% of the time. That said, she will need to go back to work after her maternity leave ends, so we will use bottle... provided baby's okay with that. In the mean time my job is to burp baby after every feeding.
Hevea Glass Bottles - 2 pack
Hevea Baby Glass Bottles (2 Pack)
2 in 1 baby glass bottle with star ball (120ml)
Natursutten BPA Free Glass Baby Bottles – 4 Ounce Set of 2
Baby Quoddle Plastic-Free Glass Baby Bottle
BOTTLES MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL (& INSULATED):
Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Baby Bottle (available in standard or insulated)
And what's cool about this model bottle is that it can become a sippy cup when baby gets older!
Pura Kiki XL Sipper Spouts
BOTTLE NIPPLES | NATURAL RUBBER NIPPLES:
Slow Flow/Medium Flow 100% Natural Rubber – Anti-colic, 2 pack
. Softer than silicone, these nipples are made of natural rubber tapped from the Hevea Brasiliensis
eJoyce Baby Girls and Boys Organic Baby Burp Absorbent Cloths Set of 5, EJ-2002
Kinderglück Organic Baby Burp Cloths Set
Organic Baby Burp Cloths by KeaBabies
My partner & I did waaay too much research on flame retardant-free car seats... too much especially in these times of reduced vehicle travel. There were several times she was literally driven to tears having to spend so much time emailing back & forth with various manufacturers & getting greenwashed
marketing spin instead of honest, transparent information. To her it felt like a waste of time that such a heavy burden had to be placed on us - the consumers - to find out what was going into these products. Good news is we finally narrowed it down to 3 models:
UPPAbaby Mesa car seat
. Note: only the “Henry” & “Jordan” fabrics are flame retardant-free UPPAbaby Mesa car seats!
Nuna Pipa car seat
Clek brand car seats also claim to have flame retardant-free models
CARRIER FOR BABY:
Storm Nalakai Eco-Friendly Baby Goods
BunchaFarmers All Natural 100% Biodegradable Environmentally Friendly Stain Remover Stick
CLOTHES FOR BABIES:
Babysoy Organic Cotton Solid Socks - Dragonfly, 0-6 Months
Burt’s bees baby organic clothes & products
Because we’re really
Owlivia Organic Cotton Baby Zip Front Sleep ‘ N Play Footed Sleeper Long Sleeve Mushroom
DIAPERS FOR BABIES:
One of the best gifts we received was that of a cloth diaper service for the first few months of the baby’s life. We opted for their cheaper pre-fold cloth diapers & are loving them thus far!
DIAPER UPDATE | 5 WEEKS IN TO CLOTH DIAPERING:
Our cloth diaper laundering service gift was enough for the first couple of months. SO GRATEFUL FOR THESE COUPLE OF MONTHS OF THIS SERVICE! Since we knew this, & since we can't afford to continue with the service - despite loving
it - & since we are certainly going to continue with the cloth diapering route on our own, we decided to try out some of the different cloth diapering systems out there. Holy moly there are so many different types of cloth diapers! After a crazy amount of deep research, my partner decided to try the "All-In-Two Cloth Diapers". After some initial testing, she likes them. She likes the fact that after washing, when folding laundry, you simply snap in the washable inserts into the re-usable diaper covers. In most cases, be they wet diapers or smaller
poo diapers, these washable inserts do the job. Also, if only the washable insert is soiled it can simply be unsnapped & put in the smell-proof diaper pale, then the diaper cover can be reused with another clean snap-in washable insert. This avoids having to overly-wash the diaper covers and wear out parts like the elastic leg gussets that help protect the baby's surroundings from poo "blow-outs". It also means that one is only dealing with a couple of buttons, meaning it is much quicker to get on baby. This is especially important in the middle of the night when folding "pre-"fold diapers on a squirming kid while half-asleep is not the easiest task on the homestead! The insert buttons ensure that the insert does not move around in the diaper.
As for me, I personally don't mind folding the pre-folds. I have seen them empirically work to catch 98-100% of the poo during a big blow out. The inserts, on the other hand, are much thinner & cover much less of the buttocks than the pre-folds, so they cannot handle big blow outs. Plus, the pre-folds cost literally four times less than the All-In-Two inserts. All that said, I personally prefer the pre-folds and I change 3 out of every 4 diapers. By the way, that's an agreed upon arrangement as breast-feeding takes much longer than diaper changes. It's only fair that I change more diapers.
We ordered the OsoCosy unbleached organic prefold cloth diapers
and are very happy so far with the product. The OsoCosy are softer than the prefolds our diaper laundering service provided.
So, we have decided to compromise on cloth diapering types. When we end our diaper laundering service, we will order 25% All-In-Two's for use when my partner changes night-time diapers, or when we are out of the house & need a quick solution. The other 75% will be the unbleached organic pre-folds which I will mostly be putting on our baby. Both All-In-Two and "regular" diaper covers work over pre-folds. Since the diaper covers hardly ever seem to get soiled it appears we only need about 7-ish covers to get us to laundry day.
we have yet to try out
will no longer be trying out any of the following cloth diapers but this is what we came up with from our research before we were gifted the cloth diaper laundering service, before we did too much research on different cloth diaper styles, & before we had any experience; buyer beware...
DIAPERS MADE OF CLOTH FOR BABIES:
Momgaroo 24 Organic Cloth Diapers One Size fits from newborn to toddler
Momgaroo 3 pack Organic Cloth Diapers Pocket One Size fits from newborn to 3 yrs old
Reborn Doll Collectors Organic Side Snap All in One Cloth Diaper You Choose Solid Colors AIO
ORGANIC Cotton Newborn Cloth Diaper with umbilical cord snap.
Set of 2x 100% Organic Terry Baby Diapers - Washable, Reusable and Eco-Friendly
Newborn AI2 Cloth Diaper Organic Cotton Ladybugs Made to Order All in Two PUL
Organic Side Snap All in One Cloth Diaper Later Gator AIO PUL Sized Made to Order
Organic Side Snap All in One Cloth Diaper Camo Moose AIO PUL Sized Made to Order
Floral Mauve Stripe Hybrid Fitted Cloth Diapers Organic Zorb Bamboo One Size fits 8-40lbs FDR Fold Down Rise Handmade
Organic Bamboo One Size All in One Cloth Diaper Bramble Rose Fox 8-40 lbs.
DIAPER INSERTS FOR BABIES:
MamaBear Organic Bamboo Charcoal Fleece Reusable Cloth Wipes - Set of 10
50 pack GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Cloth Wipes Little Wipes 8x8 1-Ply.....Your Choice of Edging Color
6 Organic bamboo cotton fleece cloth diaper inserts, super soft, super absorbent
12 x 4 Hemp Organic Cotton Cloth Diaper Liners Fleece Doublers Soakers Inserts 2-ply **Flat Shipping Rate for Any Set Size
10 PACK Bamboo Charcoal Insert, Bamboo Charcoal, Bamboo, Cloth Diaper Insert, Bamboo Organic Insert, Cloth Nappy Insert, 10 Pack Inserts
12 Organic hemp fleece wipes - cloth diapers - organic cotton washcloths: Rainbow
Set of 3 organic bamboo insert for cloth diapers, organic bamboo soaker for cloth diapers, thirsty bamboo inserts, organic soakers, boosters
DIAPERS | "BIODEGRADABLE" DIAPERS:
We also did some deep research on "compostable / biodegradable" diapers. The blog post Safe Disposable Diaper Guide by Maia James
was the best resource we found on this subject. We haven't tried any of these out yet as we are cloth diapering for the time being.
DIAPERS | WIPES FOR BABY BOTTOM:
We haven't bought anything like these wipes yet. Instead, we took some old bed sheets - the same ones my partner gave birth on actually - & cut them up into rectangular baby wipes using fabric scissors. We then made our own baby wipe solution
& I'm happy to report that this strategy is working amazingly well.
Cloth wipes - Organic Cotton Flannel - Set of 12 - Perfect for Baby or Family
Washable Organic Bamboo Wipes and Bag
Flannel Baby Wipes Organic - Diaper Wipes - Washable Cloth Wipes - Gifts For Babies - Cloth Baby Wipes - Family Wipes
Organic Cotton and Bamboo Velour OBV Little Wipes 8x8 1-Ply for Baby, Wash Cloth
DIAPERS | WIPE SOLUTION FOR BABY BOTTOM:
We ended up following this TheDIYMommy.com blog post
in order to make our own baby bottom wipe solution and we love it!
Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm
For me, this has been the most useful thing for our newborn thus far. Very easy for them to relax in & be easily transported around.
Suggle Me Organic Infant Lounger
MATTRESSES FOR BABIES:
Naturepedic certified organic baby crib mattresses
Nipple cream by Mother Love
. Another source: Nipple cream by Mother Love at Radiant Belly
My partner says she absolutely loves these. We wash them in our sink for re-use.
Organic Washable Breast Pads Reusable Nursing Pads for Breastfeeding with Carry Bag
Colour Pop Silicone & Wood Pacifier Clip - Golden Glow
PERINEAL ICE & HEAT PACKS:
Gentlepack Reusable Perineal Ice & Heat Packs with Washable Sleeves for Postpartum & Pregnancy
Organic Bamboo Hooded Bath Towel for Infants and Toddlers 600GSM | Soft, Absorbent, Hypoallergenic | 35in x 35 in
100% Organic Cotton Terry Baby Hooded Bath Towel & Washcloth Set, Receiving / Swaddling Blanket, Double Layer, Hypoallergenic, Super Soft
Organic Bamboo Terry Hooded Baby Towel, Medium Large size 30x30" (76x76cm) Swaddling Bath Wrap, Your choice of thread color
Organic Cotton Hooded Towel for Babies and Toddlers by natemia
WEBSITES | BIBLOGRAPHY | RESOURCES:
Clean Collective, The
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“Located in beautiful Downtown, San Luis Obispo, EcoBambino’s brick-colored storefront stands out on historic Monterey Street. The 2,500 square-foot space with its squeaky hardwood floor, is filled with natural and eco-friendly products for children.
At EcoBambino, we strive to enrich children’s lives with products that support healthy growth, and inspire thinking, learning, and creativity. We believe in creating a healthy environment for children, while also working to preserve our planet.
The products we carry in our store have been carefully selected using a list of criteria. We examine brands from many angles in hopes of selecting a well-rounded assortment of products to fit into a range of product categories such as Baby Gear, Feeding Supplies, Clothing, Bedding, Toys, Diapering, Furniture, and more. To give you an idea of what we mean, here are some possible questions we ask about a product and its manufacturer before bringing it into our store.
Product: Is it made from natural and renewable materials? Where is it made? Is it free from known harmful chemicals and exceed safety standards? Is it innovative and educational? Does it have longevity (grow with the family?) Is it made in an environmentally safe and responsible way?
Manufacturer: What certifications do they have? How socially responsible are they? Do they work to preserve our planet through financial contribution or other sustainable practices? Do they give back to community organizations?
We care about the products filling our shelves, but we also care deeply about the families who visit our store. We value our customers and want to give them a positive, memorable shopping experience, whether through our website or in person.”
Eco Girl Shop
“Eco Girl Shop is a female-owned low-waste company specializing in carefully selected earth-conscious products. Whether you are looking for something plastic-free, packaging-free, cruelty-free, or organic, you’re sure to find something special. We believe that simple, conscious living helps to create a happy life and an awesome future for everyone. Thank you for choosing to be more eco-friendly!”
Gimme The Good Stuff
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Safe Baby Healthy Child
“Our renowned group of holistic health experts, chosen for their pediatric experience, knowledge and integrity, offer in-depth insights and trusted solutions to parents and parents-to-be who are committed to helping their child thrive in mind, body, spirit and soul. “There are solutions that all parents can apply to correct, enhance and protect their child’s health, starting with pre-conception preparation and throughout childhood. The stunning increase in primary childhood disorders during recent years must galvanize all parents into action.” -Safe Baby Healthy Child’s Dr. Murray Clarke.
“The Tot makes it simple to discover safe, quality products for families at every life stage. We create the best content and hand-pick products that pass our high safety standards and are designed to last. We will always be transparent in where our products are sourced and the materials that are used. We don’t compromise and neither should you. Introducing The Tot Test: Not all products are made equal. Materials and chemical ingredients are mostly untested, largely unregulated and labels can be misleading. Companies continue to mass produce using harmful materials that are cheaper to source and more readily available. These carry a toxic burden that will wreak havoc on our bodies. Children are particularly susceptible. This is why we created The Tot Test.”
And thanks to our permie friend who made us this baby blanket!
PS- We left out any links to Amazon.com for the following reasons.