You probably know by now that I’m a little bit cooky, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I spent hours upon hours researching every single item on this list. We are still a few months away from meeting baby Bloom, so I can’t say anything about our experience with any of these products yet, but I’ve been getting lots of questions from friends wanting to know what I’ve registered for, so I wanted to share some of the main items on our list and why we picked them!
Some of the main things I was looking:
- avoid flame-retardants – commonly found in mattresses, strollers, carseasts, nursery gliders, etc (anything upholstered)
- as few items as possible from plastic and when it can’t be avoided preferably made in the USA, free from phthalates and BPA
- furniture made from pure wood, low-VOC paint
- GREENGUARD Gold certified products
- Crib – BabyLetto Scoot Crib – one of the best non-toxic furniture brands at a reasonable price point. It is made in Asia which I don’t love, I would prefer something made in the USA or Europe, but for the price it’s a win. GREENGUARD Gold Certified, made from pure New Zealand pine, lead and phthalate free, non-toxic finish. Converts to a toddler bed and day bed (conversion kit is included).
- Mattress – My Green Mattress – Emily Crib Mattress – GREENGUARD Gold Certified. GOTS Certified Organic cotton cover, with GOTS Certified Organic Coconut coir. Free of flame retardants – wool is a natural flame retardant so the mattress meets fire safety standards without any chemicals. Wool is also naturally resistant to mildew, mold, and dust mites. Made in the USA. They make adult mattresses too!
- Pack and Play / Bassinet – Nuna Sena Aire Mini – smaller size is great for travel and smaller spaces. The mattress can raise up to work as a “bassinet” we are going to use this for the first few months when baby B sleeps in our room with us before she goes to her crib. Saves from purchasing a bassinet that will be used for such a short time, because then it will serve as a travel crib and pack and play. Includes the GOTS Certified Organic cotton sheet.
- Monitor – Nanit Plus – everyone that we know that has this monitor is OBSESSED with it. This was the one thing Nick asked to be in charge of and he did a ton of research, I love when things match up because of course I had to do a little digging of my own and we both came up with this one as our top choice! Basically there isn’t anything this doesn’t do. It mounts on the wall high above the crib so you have a full view (hides the cords too), two way audio, sound sensors that give you updates and notifications, and is rated to have the best “night vision” to see the baby clearly even in the dark. Also provides data for all kinds of sleep stats that you can track and monitor if you’re into that. My favorite thing is that it does run through an app on your phone, but unlike other monitors it DOES run in the background, so you can hear the monitor even when you are doing other things on your phone, which was the big selling point for me. Like other monitors that use WIFI, I don’t love that there is constant radiation in the baby’s room, but Nanit says that their antenna directs the radiation AWAY from the baby. Unfortunately this is going to be a concern with any modern monitor. Have to make a sacrifice for this one unless you want to go old school monitor style.
- Glider – BabyLetto Kiwi Electonic Recliner and Swivel Glider + Gliding Ottoman – first of all this thing is INSANELY comfortable. We both were obsessed with it when we tried it out in the store. It reclines with the push of a button, and even has a place to plug in a USB cord. Sure to come in handy during long, sleepless nights! It comes with a lumbar support pillow and is really nice and modern looking, you could totally transition this to a family room once you don’t need it in the nursery anymore. Free of all chemical flame retardants.
On the Go
- Stroller – Nuna Demi Grow – so the first thing I researched when I found out I was pregnant was the stroller. I have probably watched 12+ hours of YouTube videos comparing and contrasting these things. I know I’m insane. I was 110% positive from the beginning that we would go with the UppaBaby Vista. I was annoyed because I really loved the sleek and luxe look of all the Nuna products, but I didn’t like the way the second seat attached to the stroller and takes the place of the basket. Well, I ran into my friend Stephanie and she has the Nuna stroller and I fell in LOVE. I see the UppaBaby everywhere but I had never seen the Nuna in person. It’s sleek, it’s sturdy, it’s just gorgeous, and the coolest thing ever (and a necessity in my opinion if you live in a hot climate) is that the seat fabric zips out to let the baby lie in a soft mesh seat allowing airflow. FLIPPING GENIUS! Keeps the baby cool and comfy during the hot summer months, and is perfect for after swimming or splash pad days when baby is a little damp, now you don’t have to worry about the seats getting soaked. Too many other great features to list, I might have to do a whole post on this when we get our stroller, but I actually totally changed my mind now and I’m convinced that where the seat attaches is actually a huge BENEFIT. Both seats on the Nuna are also identical and hold children up to 50 pounds which is a big plus as well. Giant dream drape canopy provides 50+ UPF. Fabric is free from flame retardants.
- Car Seat – Nuna Pipa Lite LX – easily compatible with our stroller with the ring, you just sit it right on top, so easy. I think it is rated as the lightest car seat on the market under 6 pounds and includes the dream drape for privacy in public. Great safety ratings, the base is one of the only ones to have a leg that extends to the floor, which helps absorb shock during a collision. Fabric meets fire safety standards without the use of chemical flame retardants.
- Note.. this version is not suited for use WITHOUT the base. The original Nuna Pipa is, it also includes the dream drape but is a few pounds heavier. We deliberated on this a bit, but the customer service rep at the store showed us how insecure the carseat is without the base and it freaked us out enough to never want to use it that way. They say it actually takes less time to move the base to another vehicle than to try and install the car seat without the base. If you live in a city and uber or use other public transportation a lot, you might want to consider the other option that can be used without the base. We just can’t imagine being in such a situation where that would be necessary based on our lifestyle and where we live.
- Diaper Pail – Dekor Plus Hands-Free Diaper Pail – step to open for hands-free, the plus size is recommended for cloth diapering to allow diapers enough room to pass through the opening. We also registered for the standard size for times when we use disposables. Door at the bottom makes it easy to remove the full bag.
- Cloth Diapers – Alvababy Thirsties Kanga Care BumGenius We plan to try a few brands and see which ones fit and work the best for us. We think the pocket style is our favorite as it allows for a custom level of absorbency (you can add extra pads for overnight etc), and they dry much faster than all-in-ones. I also just like being able to see each piece separately and knowing that it’s all clean and dry in there.
- Disposable Diapers – Bambo Nature Eco-Frienly Diapers – these are my choice for when we need disposables – travel, going out of the house, etc. We plan to do 90% cloth and disposables for when we aren’t at home. I’m not going to call out any brands, but just beware that greenwashing it real and there are LOTS of diaper brands out there claiming to be “natural” and “non-toxic” that really are not. For more information and to see how other brands stack up check out this website. A few brands were recommended to me but this one is the one that I liked most after research – 9/10 for health score and a 7/10 for comfort. These categories were the top two most important to me – clean and comfortable for the baby. Seventh Generation Free & Clear had the next top health score. I REALLY wanted to love Parasol but they scored low for eco-friendly, absorption and leakage, and 6/10 for health.
- Disposable Wipes – Water Wipes – i LOVE these. Ha, yes I have been using them for a long time pre-baby. I keep them in my gym bag and use them to wipe my face and hands when sweaty, to remove makeup, wipe down my car, etc. These small packs are perfect to keep in a diaper bag (and gym bag lol). They contain 99.9% purified water with a drop of grapefruit seed extract, they also have a new variety out that I haven’t tried. I also love and will use Young Living’s Seedlings Baby Wipes. Check out this website for more info on safe baby wipes.
- Reusable Wipes – Grovia Reusable Wipes – since we plan to cloth diaper we will also use reusable wipes at home. If you are cloth diapering there is really no extra work involved because you just wash them with the diapers. I will make a solution with some gentle essential oils, but many just use water. These are not organic but are big fan favorites so I thought I would give them a try. Also plan to try Charlie Banana Organic Cotton Wipes and compare how I like them. These are made with organic cotton but have mixed reviews, many say they are too thin and stick together, but others don’t seem to notice a problem.
- Changing Pad – Keekaroo Peanut – my sister is a pediatric nurse practitioner and when I found out I was pregnant this was the very first thing she told me I HAD to have. I have a lot of friends that rave about this too. In contrast to traditional fabric changing pads that can absorb liquids and leaks and require constant washing and changing, the Keekaroo is impenetrable to fluid, just wipe down to clean. You know I whig about about plastic, but this is an area I’m willing to compromise, it is made in the USA and is free from BPA, latex and phthalates.
- Diaper Bag – Mina Baie Stevie Backpack – literally the most beautiful diaper bag I’ve ever seen. I’m in love, I would carry this even if I didn’t have a child, because that’s how much it doesn’t look like a diaper bag. Made with vegan leather, but they have other styles that are real leather. I already want the cross-body and fanny pack just because they are adorable. You can order it with matching hooks to attach to your stroller, and it also comes with a portable changing pad. Tons of pockets and all the normal things you would want in a diaper bag. Two of my favorite features are the built in laptop sleeve, and the luggage sleeve, so you can slip it over the handle of your carry on.
- Diaper Rash Cream – Young Living’s Tender Tush Diaper Rash Cream – with cloth diapering there are certain ingredients in common diaper creams that you have to avoid – petroleum is a big one because it can cause the fabric to repel liquid vs absorb it. Young Living’s diaper cream is petroleum free (which is something you should look into avoiding even if you aren’t cloth diapering) is free of synthetic perfumes, harsh chemicals and artificial coloring. I have actually been using this throughout pregnancy to prevent stretch marks and it smells like a dream!
- Detergent – this is one of the biggest areas for hidden toxins. Greenwashing is crazy, even the detergents that are formulated for babies contain tons of harsh chemicals. Do some research on this. EWG.org, and Think Dirty are two great sources, along with this website. With cloth diapering there are special requirements for detergent. We use Young Living’s Thieves Laundry Soap and I will continue to use that for all of our laundry. Also we do not use dryer sheets, they contain tons of chemicals and fragrance and are not good for your clothes. We use wool dryer balls with essential oils, cheaper and eco-friendly!
- Play Gym – Lovevery Play Gym – this thing is amazing. It is the top rated play gym on almost every “best play gym” articles I have read (even not non-toxic ones). What is so cool about it is that there are different stations that correspond to different developmental stages and even contains cards that you switch out as baby gets older. It even comes with a little canopy to make it into a “fort” when the child is older. It is also machine washable! The wood is sustainable and has a non-toxic finish, cards are printed with soy ink, cotton teethers are 100% organic cotton, plastic and silicone components are BPA and phthalate free.
- Swing – 4moms MamaRoo4 – this thing is like the Tesla of swings ha! Tons of different natural motions like car ride, or “kangaroo.” I am positive that I read somewhere that the fabric does not contain flame retardants, but I can’t find that now, so I can’t confirm.
- Baby Lounger – Snuggle Me Organic – basically an organic version of the Dock-A-Tot. I read a lot of comparisons to this and the Dock-A-Tot, I decided on this one because I like the components better as well as the shape. The Snuggle Me has a center sling-like “hammock” that “hugs” the baby in more, that being said it’s a bit smaller and the baby may outgrow it sooner. Cover is made with organic cotton and the fill is hypoallergenic polyester made in the USA (note polyster cannot be organic as it is a synthetic material). The Snuggle Me Organic Wool has a certified organic wool filling, but is NOT machine washable, which is why I did not go with this version.
- Bottles – glass all the way. Phillips Avent Dr. Brown’s Lifefactory I am going to try these 3 and see which once baby Bloom prefers. I strongly dislike plastic when it is coming into contact with food, ESPECIALLY when it is heated. The glass bottles have silicone sleeve protectors that help protect the glass. Eventually when she is old enough to be holding a bottle on her own and we are on the go I may have to get some plastic as we know babies love to throw bottles, but I’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, for now sticking to glass.
- High Chair – Stokke Tripp Trapp – (note this listing does not include the tray or cushion – sold separately). This high chair is the coolest, it can be used from birth (with the infant set sole separately), through adulthood. I really didn’t want a plastic highchair and this one fits the bill as it’s made from wood with a non-toxic finish. We plan to do baby led weaning and a lot of times babies end up eating right off the high chair tray, so I wanted something that I was sure was non-toxic plastic. I love that you don’t even have to use the tray and the chair slides right up to the table, so the child can eat right with you at the table from an early age. The chair is really ergonomic, the footrest is adjustable to grow with the child, which is really important for them when eating to be able to put their feet on a flat surface, a lot of highchairs don’t have a footrest and this is really important when learning to chew (think about how annoying it is when your feet are dangling from a bar stool with no foot rest). I also love how nice it looks and it’s relatively compact, it’s very sturdy and the child can’t tip it!
- Breastfeeding Pillow – Moonwomb – first of all these pillows are gorgeous. Second, this thing is going to be up close and personal with you and baby, so it was important to me to find something organic. Many pillows claim to be organic but if you read further it is only the cover that is organic not the entire filling. The Sustainable Baby Co pillows are made in the USA, are eco-friendly, vegan, and compostable. No materials are treated with pesticides, chemicals, or flame retardants. I love the transparency with this company, the literally list out EVERY detail. The cover is 100% Certified Organic cotton canvas, zipper is lead free, and the filling is 100% Certified Organic buckwheat hulls – which you can add or remove to achieve your desired firmness. I LOVE supporting small businesses and this one gets 5 stars.
- Bath Tub – PRIMO Eurobath – another area that I had to compromise on plastic. This bathtub is made in the USA and is BPA, phthalate and lead free. What’s really cool about this tub is that it has two seating positions for baby – 0-6 months is a reclined position, and then an upright position for when baby can sit unassisted from 6-24 months. I looked into the fabric options as al alternative to plastic, but we live in Houston and indoor humidity is REAL, I would never feel comfortable using that knowing that mold and mildew could be building up inside.
- Bath Products – Young Living Seedlings Line – only company that I truly trust 100% when it comes to personal care products. If you chose to research this on your own, I recommend EWG.org (environmental working group), and the Think Dirty App. Please beware of labels that claim “natural, non-toxic, etc” this is called “greenwashing” because use of these terms is not regulated. Check individual ingredients or run it through one of these databases.
Lots of other little things, but I will do some follow up posts as we go about how things are working out for us. This website was a huge help in finding great products to look into!
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