Even before they can talk, babies know how to play. Sure, they will play with whatever is in front of them, but having their own toys is way more fun, and saves things like your watch from being covered in slobber. Here are some of the highest rated, healthiest toys out there, but be sure to check out our roundup of toy brands, too. If you're looking for something for someone a bit older, here are our picks for best non-toxic toys for toddlers.
All well-reviewed and safe for your newborn to sleep in all night (or day) long
*whispers* The baby's asleep! *silent celebrating* And, while the baby is snoozing away, you can actually eat some food and shower. While getting the baby to sleep can be a bit of a headache, figuring out where you will be gently laying them down in the first few months once they are asleep shouldn't be. So, we did all of the hair pulling research to narrow it down to a selection of 8 non-toxic bassinets and cosleepers that parents and experts agree are great options. Without further ado, here are the top picks.
No need to worry about flame retardants or other scary chemicals here
Whether it's your first weekend away from home as a family or you just want them to be able to play near you in the kitchen while you are cooking, you can breathe easy knowing your little one is safe in one of these non-toxic travel cribs and playards. We made sure they were all free from unsafe chemicals and that they were well reviewed in the parent community.
Your children deserve a crib that is both cute and healthy. While we can't promise they won't learn how to climb out of these ones, we can promise that they aren't covered in chemicals or releasing large amounts of potentially dangerous gasses into your baby's room while they nap. All of our picks are GREENGUARD Gold certified, except for our budget solid-wood pick from Ikea. While you are looking for a safe crib, you might also want to peruse our roundup of safe crib mattresses, to double down on the safest of safe sleeping places for your kiddos.
Babies like to stay in motion. Whether it's a ride in the car, you rocking them to sleep, or just calmly bouncing while they lounge and take in the sights, still is no good. So, we researched what was out there, put together a list of no's, and found the products that are well reviewed and free from our "no-list" of toxic materials. Take a look and pick the one you think your kiddo will like the best.
With the amount of time babies spend sleeping, getting them a non-toxic, chemical free, safe mattress is worth the extra cost. After doing quite a bit of research, we have found 7 splurge worthy baby crib mattresses that are sure to help your baby's sleep be as clean as possible (at least from the chemical perspective - we make no promises about the diapers). To learn why choosing a mattress free of added chemicals is so important for your little one, check out article all about choosing the right baby mattress matters.
Why a non-toxic crib mattress is really worth it
Setting up your nursery is one of the most fun (and adorable!) parts of nesting. It means you have the opportunity to design a whole room of tiny baby items that will be full of baby's firsts. While that's exciting, we also know filling a nursery with everything a baby needs can be tough on the budget. And on top of that, if you're trying to go non-toxic and eco-friendly, it isn't always easy on your wallet. So, if you are going to prioritize one thing to spend a little extra on that will dramatically reduce the amount of chemicals around your newborn, make it the crib mattress. We looked at the research and found that getting a non-toxic, crib mattress is definitely worth it.
Totally doable, even if you're sleep deprived
First of all, congratulations! You're probably more in love than you've ever been and also more sleep deprived than you've ever been. Don't worry. You got this. And we're here to help you.
You already know this, cause you're a parent, but research confirms that babies grow super fast and are sensitive to things in their environment. Because of that, there are some decisions that impact them more than they do us full size humans. So, we've narrowed it down to the 3 easiest changes you can make that will help you create a non-toxic environment and keep your baby safe during this special time. We promise that even on only 2-3 hours of uninterrupted sleep, they are all totally doable and have been shown to positively impact the health of your growing baby.