This list contains non-toxic-ISH baby items. I realize not everything on here is the perfect option for non-toxic living. It's more a mesh of my trying to be non-toxic yet also practical, keeping accessibility and affordability in mind! Just a little disclaimer. With my first baby I was OBSESSIVE about everything being the absolute purest, but I loosened up along the way ;)
Where To Register
ONLINE Amazon or BabyList Both these sites give you flexibility to register for items from many different places! This is great if you're into non-toxic options because many popular stores have a limited selection of truly organic baby items although mainstream availability is increasing all the time. Be forewarned that MOST people procrastinate and will need a reminder that your registry is based online- they'll need to PLAN AHEAD with ordering. What tends to happen is that people resort to gifting you things you didn't register for that they can find locally because they don't plan ahead for shipping times and such.
STORES Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, or Target Sometimes an "old school" registry at a brick and mortar store works better for those who don't like or understand online shopping... or the general population who doesn't plan ahead.
CRIB (1) Ikea Sniglar The Sniglar is one of the only mainstream cribs I've found that's solid, unfinished wood... no plywood, particle board, medium density fiberboard (MDF), hardboard, veneers, laminate or other man-made products that are notorious for off-gassing harmful VOCs due to the glue used in the manufacturing process. Plus, it's not metal. Metal beds are adorable but non-metal beds are (apparently) better for limiting EMF exposure. The Ikea Sniglar also converts to a toddler bed. Additionally, there's a popular DIY tutorial that shares how to safely turn this crib into a co-sleeper, which makes it an even more versatile option. It does contain some nylon in the base, which is a synthetic material, but sometimes you've got to compromise a little if you don't want to spend a month's worth of time and money looking for the absolute least toxic crib on earth. You can find 100% solid wood cribs elsewhere but be prepared to spend a lot more money.
CRIB MATTRESS (1) Lullaby Earth Healthy Support Crib Mattress or OMI Organic Latex Crib Mattress A non-toxic mattress is definitely worth investing in. Children spend so much time sleeping, and the links between the toxins in conventional crib mattresses and SIDS and general health concerns are convincing. The Lullaby Earth option is a lightweight, budget-friendly mattress made in the USA (Naturepedic owns Lullaby Earth). It does contain synthetic materials (like plastic) but it does not contain vinyl/pvc, polyurethane foam, or flame retardant chemicals or barriers (read more here). The OMI mattress, my personal favorite, is more expensive but almost entirely avoids synthetic materials, instead using latex and organic cotton and wool. OMI makes and sources most of their materials in the USA and meets flammability standards using wool (read more here). Neither mattresses contain metal coils if EMF exposure is a concern.
CRIB MATTRESS PROTECTOR (2) I'm A Little Teapot Organic Cotton Crib Mattress Protector or Wool Pad A mattress protector is not optional, trust me! Especially while potty training. Or when you go to wake your baby up and realize he got a stomach bug and vomited like 10x during the night. The first one I have listed is inexpensive but contains polyurethane as a waterproofing layer, but it does not contain toxic vinyl which makes it a much more non-toxic-ish option. Wool "puddle pads" are a more organic way to protect a mattress. Wool is naturally moisture and odor resistant, although more expensive and a bit harder to care for since you generally cannot machine-wash it and expect it to turn out well (when you can it's been pre-treated with harsher chemicals).
CRIB SHEETS (2) Margaux and May or Land of Nod Organic crib sheets are affordable and you should not skimp on having them! They sit right against your baby. There are TONS of organic options out there- check Aden + Anais, Land of Nod, Pottery Barn, Amazon, Hanna Andersson, Burt's Bees... the options are endless.
TRAVEL CRIB (1) Nuna Sena Aire or Lotus Bassinet We didn't get a travel crib until my son was a toddler but now that that we have one, I love the convenience of it, especially when traveling or visiting during nap time. The Nuna Sena Aire has a higher mattress level for younger babies, so it also works as a co-sleeper of sorts when baby is young, and the mattress is NOT made from polyurethane foam and it is not treated with flame retardants! The Lotus Bassinet is a great compact option for younger babies and can be converted into a toddler travel crib with the purchase of a special kit. The mattress is polyurethane foam but not treated with flame retardants.
TRAVEL CRIB MATTRESS PROTECTOR (1-2) American Baby Company Organic Waterproof Quilted Travel Crib Mattress Pad Cover This fits perfectly on the Nuna Sena mattress. It does have polyester in it but if it's for a travel crib that won't be getting as much use, you might not need to be as concerned with having a safer wool puddle pad.
TRAVEL CRIB SHEETS (1-2) American Baby Company Interlock Fitted Travel Crib Sheet Inexpensive, soft, and gets the job done! Or check out the sheets the company that makes your travel crib sells... organic is becoming more readily available all the time.
SWADDLERS (2) The Miracle Blanket Have two so don't find yourself in a pinch should one be in the wash! I prefer this brand because there's no Velcro which doesn't wash well or last long and makes the swaddler less customizable. I wish it was organic!
WEARABLE BLANKETS (2) Halo Organic Wearable Blanket or Woolino If you plan to swaddle at birth, you could register for sleep sacks in sizes that will fit starting at three months, when babies generally start rolling and swaddling their arms is no longer a good idea. Little Spruce Organics carries so many truly non-toxic things for babies and kids! I LOVE the Woolino 4 Season Basic Baby Sleep Bags!
FAN (1) Hunter Metal Table Fan For white noise and the health benefit of air circulation while your baby sleeps!
LIGHT BLANKETS (2-4) Little Unicorn THESE ARE SO CUTE!!! They are also very multifunctional. Use for a nursing cover or something light to cover baby in the car. There are so many options out there for adorable and organic swaddle blankets these days! Note that babies shouldn't have loose blankets around them while sleeping until they're over a year of age.
On The Go
CAR SEAT (1) UPPAbaby Mesa in Henry or Britax B-Safe 35 or Nuna Pipa or Clek Foonf/Fllo with Infant Thingy These are my top options! So the UPPAbaby Mesa in Henry is the very first car seat on the market that doesn't contain ANY flame retardants!!! The cover is made of wool so it meets the required flammability standards without the use of flame retardant chemicals since wool is by nature flame resistant. UPPAbaby got very smart when they decided to fulfill the calling for a truly non-toxic car seat! Britax and Nuna avoid the use of the more toxic flame retardants and their seats are easy to install and use. The Clek Foonf and Fllo are convertible car seats that can be used from birth with the Clek Infant Thingy (yes that's the actual name of the product, haha). Remember that a car seat is only safe if it's being used correctly. READ THE MANUAL and then get your installation checked by a CPST to make sure it's perfectly safe for your little bundle! If you'll need to use your infant seat without the base (taxi rides) I recommend something that allows for a European-style baseless installation (like the Pipa). The convenience of an infant seat is worth it for some. With my first child I loved having one, but with my second child I preferred a convertible seat. Here's a great post about which convertible car seats fit newborns well!
BABY CARRIER (1) Tula Baby Carrier or Beco Gemini or Solly Baby I recommend a carrier that allows babies to sit like they're in a seat, not supported by a "v" shaped crotch, which is thought to contribute to hip dysplasia in babies. The options above are great for keeping baby's hips healthy. The Beco Gemini is a soft structured carrier that doesn't need any additional inserts to be used with a newborn and can be worn a variety of different ways. I own one and love it. The Solly Baby is a completely different kind of carrier that is very popular, especially for newborns. And owning a Tula automatically makes you cooler. Just saying ;) Some other excellent options are Ergobaby, Boba, Lenny Lamb... to name just a few! The world of babywearing is vast. Soft structured carriers are my personal favorite! In my opinion and experience, a great baby carrier for babywearing is a better investment than a great stroller. Sometimes you'll need both, but if you can afford to splurge on one... go for the baby carrier!!! I use my baby carrier 50 times for every 1 time I use my stroller.
STROLLER (1) Baby Jogger City Select As far as I know, Baby Jogger does not treat any part of their strollers with flame retardants. I highly recommend a stroller that can be used as a single initially and a double if/when you have more kids! The one downside is that the City Select is fairly heavy and large; it would be hard to use somewhere (like a train) where you would need to fold it up and carry it. Something compact might be a better option for some families. And if you're feeling fancy the UPPAbaby Vista is GORGEOUS and grows with your family!
STROLLER ACCESSORIES Car Seat Adapter or Bassinet Not all stroller seats can accommodate a newborn, so you might need a car seat adapter or bassinet. I urge you not to use the car seat more than you need since it doesn't position a baby's body optionally. It's essential for safety in the car but out and about... opt for babywearing when possible.
DIAPER BAG (1) Backpack Diaper Bag My mom friends and I always laugh at the fact that it took us so long to realize a backpack diaper bag is the way to go. Until we figure out how to grow extra limbs, it's practically a necessity. Perhaps not the cutest option but shoulder straps are always slipping off my shoulder and when my patience is already wearing thin, annoying things like that can be the last straw. Backpack diaper bags are like mini vans. Perhaps an inevitable part of motherhood, perhaps not nearly as awful as we thought when we were cool and childless. Make sure "fake" leather does not contain PVC and certifications that other harmful chemicals aren't going to be rubbing off are a nice bonus. A fancy brand to check out is Fawn Designs!
SHOPPING CART COVER (1) Milk Snob When my son got old enough to sit in a cart and began sucking on the handle, I promptly ordered something to go between him and the cart! This product is very versatile.
BURP CLOTHS (3-5) Organic Burp Cloths These come in handy for the breast milk leaks that inevitably happen during feedings. Any organic prefold diaper will also do!
MILK SAVER (1) Milkies Milk Saver I loved this product! It helped me save every drop of liquid gold.
BREAST PADS (at least a few sets) Bamboobies Disposable Nursing Pads, Bamboobies Reusable Nursing Pads or LanaCare Wool Nursing Pads I had a hard time finding a breast pad I liked. Some organic cotton ones were literally useless... I might as well not have had any on! I found Bamboobies worked really well for me although they aren't the least toxic option since bamboo rayon has a questionable manufacturing process, and the pads also contain polyester as well as a TUP waterproofing layer. The wool ones would be a more natural choice for sure but I have not tried them!
BREAST PUMP (1) Medela Pump In Style I tried the Ameda Purely Yours and Medela Pump In Style. Medela was definitely the winner! It had better suction. Just be very careful not to let milk back up into the tubes and down into the motor because there's no way to clean the motor and gross things can happen! Think mold... and grosser things. Non-toxic pumps are a difficult thing because the market is small and if you need to pump, it must work well or you could sacrifice your milk supply. So my advice is to pump only when you need to if you're going for non-toxic! OH, and make sure you check to find out if your insurance will cover the cost of your breast pump before you buy one. Most of the time, it will be covered. The process for obtaining it will vary by insurance company. Finally, there are some new pumps on the market that I haven't had experience with yet- Spectrum is one name that comes to mind. I've heard really good things though!
HANDS-FREE PUMPING BRA (1) PumpEase Organic Hands-Free Pumping Bra Yes, you will want one of these if you have to pump with any regularity.
BREAST MILK STORAGE BAGS (50-100) Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bags or Kiinde Twist Pouches Both plastic, I know, but both work great and I've read plastic is actually the best medium for storing breastmilk. Try to feed at the breast when possible to avoid the plastic!
COOLER BAG (1) PackIt Freezable Baby Bottle Bag For keeping breast milk cool or frozen during transportation. This bag is free of lead, PVC, phthalates, and BPA.
NIPPLE CREAM (1) The Honest Co. Nipple Balm I only needed this for the first few weeks!
NURSING PILLOW (1) San Diego Baby Eco Nursing Pillow I didn't love the Boppy and didn't want to use a toxic My Brest Friend. This one provides the benefits of the My Brest Friend design without the toxic factor! I used it a lot during the newborn days and slowly transitioned to being able to nurse without it, or using a bed pillow instead.
NIGHT LIGHT (1) Low-Blue Nightlight Night feedings can be difficult on so many levels! For me personally being woken several times a night, trying to fall back asleep after being awoken, and general lack of sleep is a huge struggle with a new baby. There are some really compelling arguments that postpartum depression in new moms is linked to disrupted melatonin levels, and using a light bulb that does not emit "blue light" for night wakings is a GREAT idea! Make sure you turn it off before you go back to sleep since it's best to sleep in the complete darkness. If you wake up and look at your phone or watch TV (which I strongly advise against doing) this lightbulb will be worthless because you're exposing yourself to other sources of blue light, so try these sunglasses instead.
BOTTLES (2-4) Avent Natural Glass Bottles or Como Tomo One tip I have is not to register for a huge pack of bottles in case your baby doesn't like them. Breastfed babies are notorious for being very picky about bottles! It's safer to try one or two of a few different brands so you don't end up with twenty bottles your baby hates. We only ever needed the smaller 4 ounce size. We just upgraded the nipples to faster flows and our son grew! But he was breastfed and never needed to drink a huge amount when he was away from me, and I know a baby being fed formula would have different bottle needs. Try to opt for glass or stainless steel baby bottles over plastic and even silicone!
BIBS (5-10) Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs Try these bibs and you'll want to throw all your other ones away! They're amazing. When your baby starts drooling or eating food, you'll be glad you have a lot of bibs on hand. If you'd prefer wipeable, I like these BabyBjorn Soft Bibs!
BABY FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS (4-12) Wean Green Cubes These have a super strong seal and I love that they're not all plastic.
BABY SPOONS (3-5) Stainless steel or silver are great options to avoid plastic!
HIGH CHAIR (1) Oxo Tot Seedling High Chair or Baby Bjorn High Chair If you can find a wooden high chair, perhaps an antique, you'd be golden! I've heard good things about the 4moms High Chair. For me, ease of cleaning is my biggest thing and how smoothly the tray comes on and off. I use the Baby Bjorn because it has no padded parts and is easily wiped off, and the tray folds down and stays attached to the high chair (there's a removable portion for easy cleanup). But it's not for bigger kids! It's a tiny little thing.
TODDLER CUPS (2) Thermos FOOGO Phases Stainless Steel Straw Bottle A healthier alternative to plastic and valved sippy cups which both pose separate issues! The straw is still plastic but these are good for on the go. Use a plain glass or stainless steel cup at home! You definitely need to run them through the dishwasher often to get them clean and keep them from smelling.
DIAPERS The Honest Company or Smart Bottoms 3.1 Blueberry Organic One Size Simplex AIO Cloth Diapers are super similar to the Smart Bottoms 3.1 option. For newborns, the Blueberry Newborn Simplex AIOs with Organic Cotton are my favorite! Many of my friends use bumGenius Freetimes and absolutely love them. I use Honest disposable diapers because they're less toxic than mainstream disposable diapers, they work great, they're adorable, and the bundle package with delivery to your doorstep is a decent deal, nevermind insanely convenient. If you REALLY want to go non-toxic, try organic and wool. This Lovey Bums option looks amazing!
DIAPER CREAM The Honest Co. There are sooo many good and non-toxic diaper creams out there! This one is more of a classic with the zinc oxide and it's become our favorite over the years.
DIAPER PAIL Diaper Dekor Plus or Monkey Foot Designs XXL Wet Bag To be honest, we have used a small plastic tub/trash can as our diaper pail for cloth diapers for 3 years and it's worked perfectly! Cheap and simple.
WET BAG Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag Great for storing messy clothes in the diaper bag even if you don't cloth diaper!
Health and Safety
BABY BATHTUB Precious Whale of a Tub I think baby bathtubs are worth the investment especially when you don't have a full-size bathtub! The sink never worked well for us.
TEETHING RELIEF Chamomile Tincture or Amber Teething Necklace
INFANT ACETAMINOPHEN Little Fevers by Little Remedies For emergencies. I buy this brand because it has less "junk" in it.
SALINE SPRAY Simply Saline Baby This brand has a gentle spray and pure ingredients.
MOISTURIZER The Honest Co. Healing Balm This moisturizer rubs on easily and works wonders!
SOAP Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash This isn't tear-free because it has no anesthetizing ingredients, so you've got to be careful around baby's eyes. The ingredients are about as simple as they come! If you feel better using something tear-free, try something made by a more natural company, like The Honest Co.
THERMOMETER ErgaLogik Digital Thermometer I used to have a "no touch" forehead thermometer but I never thought it was very consistent or accurate and I am super skeptical about wireless/radiation type things, especially around kids! I prefer taking underarm readings but I always add 1 degree to account for it being auxiliary.
HAIR BRUSH Bürstenhaus Redecker Baby Hair Brush with Goat Hair Bristles The natural bristles on this brush are great for gently smoothing away cradle cap, which my kids both got at some point. Or an old toothbrush works!
NASAL ASPIRATOR Bloom Baby Throw away the bulbs you get at the hospital! They're impossible to clean.
COTTON SWABS Johnson's Safety Swabs Did you know ears are actually self-cleaning and that earwax exists for a reason? "The best way to clean your ears is to take a tissue and drape it over your finger, and anywhere you can reach with your finger, it’s safe to go (source)." These safety swabs are good for swabbing around the outside of the ear opening but won't fit far into the ear canal, protecting your baby!
PACIFIERS Natursutten Natural Rubber Pacifier, Orthodontic My son is hooked on these pacifiers. Some babies don't like pacifiers or won't take to certain kinds, so I wouldn't stock up just in case!
STAIN REMOVER DIY Blue Dawn, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. Not kidding! And I promise it works way better than any stain remover you can buy. Baby poop stains don't stand a chance against Blue Dawn. Helpful hint! If you get breastfed baby poop on something, wash as usual then before putting in the dryer, set in the sun or even just outside in the daylight and the stain will disappear! It's MAGIC. When I'm out and about, I carry this amazzzzing and so not non-toxic Resolve stick. Treat now, wash later... my life motto these days.
I'm a bit of a clothing snob in the sense that I like buying baby clothes myself. If you're like me, register for some basic pieces that will fit and match together easily when baby arrives and then have fun choosing new outfits as your baby grows. I also like having newborn sizes... those itty bitty days are short lived but having some tiny clothes to fit their tiny bodies is so precious!
ONESIES Hanna Andersson or H&M Organic baby basics are worth the investment. They sit right next to baby's body! Hanna Andersson brand clothes are durable and many of them are organic, plus the company has an unbeatable return policy... you can return anything for any reason at any time! Wait for a sale, then buy a few staples.
LEGGINGS Hanna Andersson I think leggings are so comfy for younger babies! I've found these organic ones fit well over cloth diapers.
HATS Nature Baby The Nature Baby knotted hats run very small, so the 0-6 month size is suited for a newborn, and they're organic.
SOCKS OR BOOTIES Zutano Baby Fleece Booties These Zutano booties are worth every penny, especially for the newborn days when everything falls off those tiny feet! They fit like a glove and I get so many compliments when my son wears them. They aren't organic, sadly. Hannah Anderson "Best Ever First Socks" socks actually STAY ON pudgy baby feet! And if you need something adorable... check out Freshly Picked.
TEETHING TOYS Banana Brush Honestly my kids turn everything that's not a toy into a toy and cling to the most random, plain things instead of using all the cute things they have! Go figure.
BOOKS A friend and English teacher once told me... READ TO YOUR KIDS EVERY DAY! :)
MUSIC Music Together Family Favorites This collection of music is approved by music teachers and experts as well as toddlers and their families!
BABY MEMORY BOOK Lucy Darling This is essential! You'll be glad you have a place to keep track of milestones and moments. Having one forces me to take the time to fill out a few lines each month!
OUTLET COVERS Munchkin Plug Covers
PACIFIER CLIP Leather Pacifier Clip You'll be thankful when you're not the one on your hands and knees in the parking lot looking for a lost pacifier under your car!
LAUNDRY DETERGENT Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus Consider doing all your laundry in something fragrance free or at least not fragranced artificially. This is the most effective "natural" detergent I've tried so far!
HUMIDIFIER Sunbeam Cool Mist Humidifier It took me SO LONG to find a humidifier that doesn't emit light! It's super important for us all to sleep in the pitch black and most humidifiers emit a glow so bright it's like sleeping with the light on. Even a tiny light to indicate that the unit is on can be destructive to a good night's sleep- your body can sense the light even when your eyes are closed and your melatonin levels are thrown off. ANYWAY, this humidifier is simple and has a filter that needs changing once a month, which I'm not used to, but I'll deal with almost anything to sleep in total darkness! Aim to keep humidity levels at 40-50%. I use this to track the humidity in our home.)
Play Mat (This Nook one is useful before baby can roll or crawl away. It washes so nicely and is so soft! It's not the absolute most "natural" option and a blanket would likely suffice buuuut I own one and like it too much not to include it!)
Baby Monitor (Please consider a safer option like the Belly Armor SmartNOVA to limit baby's EMF exposure!)
Nursing Cover (Or just use a blanket to drape... or just do your thing without a cover! Baby's gotta eat!)
Blackout Curtains (We all need to be sleeping in the PITCH BLACK, people!)
Diaper Clutch/Portable Changing Station
Air Purifier (Get one with a HEPA filter!)
Jogging Stroller (This is a great item to buy used! Check your local Craigslist.)
Convertible Car Seat (Instead of an infant carrier to save money. Just make sure it will fit a newborn properly!)
Baby Gate (We didn't use one with our first baby, but we moved and now have stairs so we like to keep them closed off with our second crawling baby!)
Changing Table (In my opinion this is one thing we never bought and never needed! I change my baby wherever I happen to be in the house. It's easier that way especially when you have multiple kids you can't leave unsupervised when baby needs changing!)
Changing Pad (Plus any protectors or covers you might need. The one I linked to doesn't need anything extra!)
Co-Sleeper (Plus any sheets or mattress protectors you might need!)
Bassinet/Cradle/Moses Basket (Plus any sheets or mattress protectors you might need!)
Training Potty Chair or Seat
Additional Infant Seat Bases (Helpful if you'll be using multiple cars super often.)
Car Seat Cover (Please forgo the Bundleme, it's not safe! Or just use a blanket to cover baby once he's been strapped in to save resources!)
Aftermarket Car Seat Accessories (Extra head and body support, "cute" strap covers, any bundler that goes behind baby's back... no, no, no! You should not add or take away anything from your car seat unless the manufacturer of your seat gives explicit permission to do so. Anyone who knows car seat safety will be super proud when they see you using your infant seat correctly, without unsafe aftermarket products.)
Baby-Specific Baby Food Makers (Why can't normal cookware and blenders work?! This is just my minimalist side coming out.)
Baby Floor Seats (These teach babies incorrect postural alignment. They are generally used to "help" (aka force) babies to sit up before they're ready. One example is the Bumbo... sorry to single you out, Bumbo!)
Baby Nail Clippers (In my experience the adult ones work wayyy better.)
A Million Baby Toys (Enjoy the simplicity while you can. The toybox will soon overfloweth!)
Saucers, Jumpers, and Walkers (Use sparingly! These crotch-supported seats teach babies to use their muscles in an unnatural way and can actually delay them developmentally. If you choose to buy one, try to prioritize tummy and floor time!)
Crib Bumpers (Hopefully it's becoming common knowledge that crib bumpers pose a safety hazard for babies, even the breathable mesh kind. It's illegal to even sell crib bumpers in Chicago and Maryland!)