Putting together a baby registry and shopping for your soon-to-be little one can feel so overwhelming, especially when you want baby items that are non-toxic and eco-friendly. Researching baby gear, checking up on whether baby products are sustainably-made, and then going through all the reviews to make sure they are high quality and meet expectations is a heck of a lot of work. I know because I just went through it with our first baby!
Let me say that all of these sustainable baby registry items we have researched and used extensively so you don't have to worry. My hope is this eco-friendly, minimalist, and non-toxic baby registry list will save you hours of time and many headaches.
Please note: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you end up clicking and purchasing an item. I worked hard to find my trusted favorites and I want to share them with you so you don't have to deal with all the crappy junk I had to go through. Nuff said
Some important sustainable baby registry advice:
If you can find the higher-priced non-toxic baby items secondhand - just go for it. My absolute favorite resources were Facebook Marketplace and Mercari for sourcing secondhand items that I figured were too expensive to put on my registry. You know your family and friends best when it comes to their gifting habits and their budgets. I found our Moxi Cosi 5 in 1 stroller, infant car seat, bassinet combo for $180 (retails $500) and our Maxi Cosi convertible 3 in 1 car seat for $90 (retails for $300). I also spent less than $100 in total on baby clothes for our baby’s entire first year of life at Once Upon A Child (like Goodwill, but baby stuff). Buying secondhand is one of the best ways to be eco-friendly as you prepare for your baby!
The Best Eco-Friendly Non-Toxic Feeding Options For Baby
Whether you plan to breastfeed or formula feed your baby, these non-toxic and sustainable baby items are a godsend. Finding mama-owned companies like Bamboobies and Earth Mama gave me such a sense of relief knowing many of these feeding products are made by mothers for mothers. Also discovering companies that go the extra mile and opt for OKEO-Tex and GOTS certification makes me rest easy knowing my baby won’t be exposed to flame retardants and other nasty chemicals. Happy shopping or baby registry-making!
Sustainable Diapering Options
It seems like there are always two [polarizing] camps when it comes to decisions you make around caring for your child and diapering is no different. Do you use cloth diapers or opt for disposable and compostable diapers? While I am not here to educate or persuade you one way or the other, please know that there’s no harm in making the decision that works best for you and your family. Cloth diapering requires a lot of extra work and while it is more expensive upfront - ultimately it does save you quite a bit of money. Compostable, non-toxic, and disposable diapers have come a long way and offer you so much in terms of convenience and saving time, but are more expensive when you look at your budget long-term.
We decided to do a combo of both cloth diapers and disposable diapers for our family. I highly recommend using disposable diapers so you don’t stain or ruin your cloth diapers the first few days as the baby passes their meconium, a sticky tar-like substance that is digested amniotic fluid from the womb. From there, we continued to use disposable diapers until the umbilical cord fell off because you need to keep the area dry by folding down the top of the diaper in the front (you cannot fold down cloth diapers). This is what works best for us and I encourage you to explore what would work best for you!
Disposable Non Toxic Compostable Diapers
The Best Eco-Friendly Cloth Diapering Options
The Best Eco-Friendly Non-Toxic Nursery Items
While this isn’t baby registry-related, I have to take a moment to talk nursery prep. When it comes to prepping and decorating your nursery, first and foremost choose a non-toxic paint. I went with ECOS Paints for our nursery and absolutely loved it. The paint is 100% safe to apply as a pregnant person - no VOCs whatsoever. The quality of ECOS paint is top-notch too (believe me when I say I have used some terrible non-toxic paints in my life). Its application is extremely similar to conventional paint and its durability is better in my opinion. I love that ECOS Paints offers color matching too, making it simple to pick out a swatch at your local paint store before ordering. I went with Benjamin Moore's Green Gables color (pictured above) and it turned out perfect!
Next up, we decided to forgo the crib and instead opt for a Moses basket bassinet. The baby slept in our room in his bassinet next to my side of the bed which made nighttime breastfeeding easier. Once he started rolling over, we transitioned to his pack and play and next we plan on switching to a floor bed in his own room at 6-9 months old.
I was inspired to forgo the crib after reading The Montessori Baby (which is a book I highly recommend to other parents looking for a minimalist approach to parenting). We saved ourselves about $800-$1000 by opting out of a crib (Green-Guard Gold Certified ones are expensive) and an organic crib mattress. I still include my recommendations for a crib and crib mattress below since I researched both thoroughly. After thinking through our lifestyle and values around parenting, this choice made the most sense for us, but again, do what’s best for you and your family!
Alright, on to my favorite sustainable non-toxic nursery items and decor…
Our favorite non-toxic sustainably made baby gear
Believe me when I say that baby gear in general is a rabbit hole of options. There is so much high-tech baby gear these days and the resounding feedback I hear from parents is: you don’t need it. The main bases to cover are a baby carrier, car seat, stroller, pack and play, and a play mat or infant lounger. That’s really it! I promise you this minimalist approach to baby gear will leave you feeling much less overwhelmed.
The best non-toxic baby toys + books + teethers
When it comes to playtime for your baby, there are tons of non-toxic options out there. It’s so important to research and find truly non-toxic and certified options since babies will inevitably put everything in their mouths!
The Best Options For Organic Non-Toxic Baby Clothes
I can’t say this enough: when it comes to baby stuff, if you can buy it secondhand then go for it. I purchased my baby’s entire wardrobe up to 12 months old for less than $100 between shopping at Goodwill, Once Upon a Child, and garage sales. We had a strict “no clothes please” policy with our baby registry and I highly recommend you do the same if you’d like to go the secondhand route.
Otherwise, there are tons of options out there for organic baby clothes but I personally find them wildly overpriced so you won’t see a lot of recommendations in this area. If I *had* to choose one store that I’ve gotten anything brand new from it would be the Monica + Andy Store for their very cute seasonal prints.
Organic or Non-Toxic Swaddles + Sleepsacks
Beyond feeding and diapering, your baby’s sleep is going to be front and center in your life once they make their arrival. There are tons of infant sleep options from weighted swaddles to sleepsacks. We started with SwaddleMe Organic’s velcro swaddles (so much easier than cloth swaddles!) and then transitioned to Halo Sleep Sacks once our baby could roll over. Once our little one hit his four-month sleep regression we opted for the weighted Dreamland Sleep Sacks to help calm his overactive startle reflex.
And last but not least - bath time options like Burt’s Bees Organic Baby Bathrobe are cozy and cute!
I hope this non-toxic eco-friendly baby registry ideas list has helped you navigate the crazy world of baby stuff! Any other suggestions? Leave a comment below.
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