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Non-toxic and eco-friendly baby products.

My favorite eco-friendly baby items

April 25, 2012 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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I wanted to write, my first post in quite a while, about a topic that has pretty much consumed my days for the last 11 months - baby products! I recently had my first baby in the spring, and while taking a break from posting on Ecomodish, I have been spending loads of time finding non-toxic and eco-friendly baby gear for my son. So I've compiled a list of baby products that I own and use, to share with you...

Meal Time

Eco-friendly Baby Meal Time

I researched baby products for months before my son was born focusing on non-toxic and eco-friendly options, including baby furniture and other products that could be re-used or converted into something new as he grew. The OXO Tot Sprout Chair is a great example of a baby necessity that can convert to extend its use. Its made for children ages six months to 5 years, converting to a youth chair by removing the crotch post, tray and harness (an extra cushion comes with the chair for the youth setup). Its also super customize-able to the size/age of your baby - the seat can be adjusted in height and depth, the tray can be secured at different depths and the footrest's height can be adjusted as well. It also has some other great features for the busy, clean-freak parent (like myself). The tray is easily removed and secured with one hand, sits flat when placed on a table or counter, will hold about 7 oz. of spilled liquid and wipes down easily (it also easily fits under the kitchen faucet for big messes). The seat cushions are BPA-free, phthalate-free, and PVC-free and can be easily removed (they attach with velcro) and wiped down and are pretty stain resistant - we got ours in a fun lime green color. The base appears to be solid wood and the footprint of the chair, including the tray, is pretty compact which was also a necessity in our tiny dining room. Overall, we really liked our OXO Tot Sprout Chair, it was easy to use and clean and the modern design fit in well with our dining room decor.

Storage

Eco-friendly Nursery Storage

Diapering

Eco-friendly Diapers & Diapering Products
  • Earth's Best Diapers - When we started looking into diaper options we really wanted to choose the best product for our son and the planet, which naturally led us to cloth diapers. But after going over and over it, we finally decided that cloth diapering was not the best option for us. I felt really guilty for a while, but decided that I just had to be ok with our decision and move on. So after researching dozens of brands we chose Earth's Best because of the materials used in the creation of the diapers and the great reviews on performance and lack of diaper rashes, and we were not disappointed. We used these diapers from the day our son was born and never had diaper rash or a problem with leaks. They are chlorine free, latex free, dye free, fragrance free and made with renewable, natural absorbent materials such as corn and wheat (although they do have some petroleum based materials, they are much less than leading brands). We also occasionally used Honest Diapers, and they are comparable to the Earth's Best but come in fun prints!
  • Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes - We have also used these wipes since our son was born and have been pretty happy with our choice. Bum Boosa wipes are made of bamboo instead of tree pulp, have a pretty clean, short ingredient list and a pleasant smell. Some downsides are that they are difficult to remove from the package and they are on the thin side so you need to use more than a thicker wipe, but they clean really well. We bought an OXO wipe dispenser (see below) which solved the dispensing problem at home. We tried Seventh Generation wipes and occasionally use Honest Company wipes and neither seem to clean all the poop residue quite as well.
  • OXO Tot PerfectPull(TM) Wipes Dispenser - This works great for keeping wipes wet and actually dispensing one wipe at a time. It has a little window in the front to see when the wipes are getting low, a silicone gasket that keeps them moist, gripping feet so it doesn't slide, and it pops open by pushing down on the top - so its easy to use with one hand. I've also read reviews of it working well with cloth wipes as well. And you can re-purpose it to hold other types of wipes, cloths or even tissues later on.
  • Buti-pods Wipes Case Refillable Zippered Slim Travel Wipes Holder - I bought this when I wanted to switch from carrying a diaper bag everywhere to just keeping a diaper and some wipes in my purse and didn't want to buy travel wipe packs. It doesn't hold a ton of wipes, but it is super slim and keeps wipes moist for months - I went to get one to wipe a cute little face after playing in the sandbox recently (after not using them for a couple months) and they were still wet! It works great for wipes or tissues and its easy to fill up with existing stock - no more travel size packages needed here.
  • Motherlove Diaper Rash & Thrush Relief - This stuff works like magic! We used a few different creams and salves in the beginning but never felt like any of them helped too much. My son never had any major rashes, just some redness when his poop diaper didn't get changed right away. I was using the Motherlove nipple cream at the time (which I also love), and when I went to buy more I saw the diaper rash relief, so I decided to try it out. It comes in a tiny container, so I was a little hesitant, but I'm so glad I tried it. You only need a tiny bit so it actually lasts quite a while, it spreads on very easily, AND most redness/rashes disappear by the next diaper change. I highly recommend it.
  • Naturepedic Organic Cotton Contoured Changing Pad - We wanted to make sure that the air quality in our son's nursery and anything that he would be coming in contact with would be safe, so when looking for a changing table pad we wanted one that wasn't made of vinyl. This Naturepedic one is great, we've been using it for 4 years and it still looks brand new. It is covered in an organic cotton cover with a clear 100% polyethylene food grade waterproof coating, so its super easy to clean just in case there are any accidents. We bought an Argington Wood Changing Tray to place it in on top of a regular dresser, and it fit perfect. I also like the contoured shape because it offers a little padding under the head for toddlers.
  • Snoozy Organic Flannel Waterproof Multi Use Pad - We used these as travel diaper changing pads (and during potty training), and they were great. We also use them under bed sheets for extra protection when our son is sick. The top is organic cotton flannel with a polyester fill and the underside is a lead and phthalate-free waterproof polyurethane protective layer. It is also rated to provide protection from allergen molecules of less than 10 micron.
  • Naty Biodegradable Disposal Bags for Diapers - These bags are biodegradable and compostable, and are made from GMO-free corn-based film. These are perfect for when you are out and about or even visiting family or friend's houses as they are really great at masking the dirty diaper smell. They could also be used as doggie clean-up bags or even for a small countertop compost bin (although I haven't tried that).

Bed Time