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The Essential Non-Toxic Baby Registry List

Everything you'll actually use, all with safer materials and no harmful chemicals

First off, congratulations! Having a little one on the way is so exciting. If you're like us, one of the first questions you had once you found out you were expecting was "what do I need to get before the baby arrives?!" A quick google search can result in thousands of product recommendations, hours of stressful research, and an overwhelming sense of unpreparedness.

But shake off all those stressful feelings because we're here to help! We know everyone wants their babies to come home to a safe and healthy environment, so we created the ultimate checklist for non-toxic baby products. Our guide has everything you need- whether you're shopping for yourself, curating a baby registry, or buying items for a friend or family member.


Why Non Toxic?

So, what does "non toxic" mean and why is it important when it comes to products for your little one? We're glad you asked. New chemicals are constantly being created and added to consumer products. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals are not well studied and oftentimes have unintended health impacts like cancer, hormone disruption, and developmental issues. Even though you'd think there would be extra safety regulations in place for baby products, many of these items still contain ingredients and materials that can irritate and impact a baby's sensitive body. Chemicals that cause hormone disruption are also especially bad for babies, since the first few years of life are such a critical time for development.

During our research, we carefully looked at the ingredient or material list for each product. If we were ever unsure about a product or ingredient, we reached out to the manufacturers directly to ask questions. In order to make our registry, recommendations can't contain harmful chemicals that are common in many popular products. Chemicals and materials we avoid because of their known negative health impacts include chemical flame retardants, synthetic fragrances, PVC (phthalates), PFAS (like Teflon), pesticides, heavy metals (like lead), bisphenols like BPA, unnecessary plastic waste and microplastics.

Because Health's Non-Toxic Baby Registry Recommendations

We've divided our recommendations into 7 main categories: on the go, sleeping, diapering, feeding, bathing, playing, and wearing. Each item is carefully selected with function, reviews, and usability in mind as well. We know all these purchases can quickly add up so we included products in a range of price points, from inexpensive ($) to moderate ($) to splurge-worthy finds ($).

1. On the Go

Car seat

If there is only one thing you absolutely need before the baby comes, it's a car seat! Seriously they won't let you go home without one, so make sure to have one ready to go. We have a recommended list of all the infant and convertible car seats available without chemical flame retardants, but if you are looking for some quick recommendations, here are our picks.

$ $ Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 Infant Car Seat- This car seat features a self-wicking, wool-free fabric without flame retardant chemicals. We love how easy to carry this car seat is and the comfortable padding it provides for babies.

$ $ $ Uppababy Mesa in Henry and Jordan- The first car seat to pass federal safety standards without chemical flame retardants. The Henry and Jordan fabrics use the natural wicking properties of Merino wool to help regulate temperature. Bonus it's also naturally flame resistant!

$ $ $ Nuna Pipa Lite- Not only is this car seat free of flame retardants, but it is Greenguard Gold certified, meaning that it's tested for low VOC and chemical emissions. It is also the lightest infant car seat on the market and has tons of safety features.

$ $ $ Britax One4Life in Safewash fabrics- If you only want to buy one car seat EVER, from rear facing infant through big kid high back booster, then this is the one for you. The SafeWash fabric is flame retardant free and machine washable!

Stroller

Whether you're going for a leisurely walk with your little one or out running errands, a good stroller is key. We looked for strollers that are free of flame retardants, phthalates, and PFAS. Many strollers are coated in PFAS like chemicals (Teflon) for their stain resistant and easy to clean properties, but generally though time these coatings wear off. Plus the fabrics used in strollers are generally easy to clean even without the chemical treatment. So we really don't think PFAS chemicals are necessary or safe to have around babies.

$ $ $ Babyzen Yoyo2- A super compact, folding stroller that's really convenient for travel and everyday use. Free of flame retardants and PFAS.

$ $ $ Bumbleride Indie- An All terrain stroller that is a must if your walks take you on gravel or dirt paths. Bumbleride has the best environmental and health criteria of all stroller companies. Their strollers are free of PFAS chemicals, made with recycled plastics (even some ocean plastic!), and all fabrics are OEKO-TEX Standard 10 tested.

$ $ $ Bumbleride Era- A compact urban stroller from a company with impeccable environmental and health criteria. It has a reversible seat, which is great for infants, and a long seat, which is great for toddlers! Free of PFAS chemicals, made with recycled plastics (including some ocean plastic!), and all fabrics are OEKO-TEX Standard 10 tested.

$ $ $ $ Bugaboo Fox2- This stroller is a luxury pick but it's incredibly lightweight, adjustable, and super convenient. The standing one piece fold is definitely a hit with new parents. All fabrics are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 tested, and it's free of flame retardants and PFAS.

Wrap Style Carrier

A baby wrap is a nice snuggly way to wear your baby. We love using these wrap style carriers during the first couple of months when babies need to be held around the clock.

$ $ Baby K'tan- This wrap is made with GOTS certified organic cotton and doesn't require you to do the wrapping yourself. It comes in multiple sizes and can be used for a variety of carrying positions!

$ $ Solly Baby- A favorite for warm weather, this breathable one-size-fits-all wrap is made from 100% plant based Lenzing modal. Comes in so many cute colors and patterns.

Soft Structured Baby Carrier

A soft-structured baby carrier has buckles and is a good choice for easy baby wearing. Soft structured carriers generally offer good support, so they can be especially useful when babies are bigger and heavier. Many also have an outward facing option for when your little one wants to see everything that's going on!

$ $ Babybjorn Baby Carrier Mini- This is a great compact carrier that allows your baby to face either in and out. All fabrics meet OEKO-TEX standard 100.

$ $ Beco Gemini Organic Baby Carrier- This is a sleek carrier that has great back support and is made with organic cotton.

$ $ $ Baby Bjorn Carrier One- This is a classic baby carrier that allows you to carry facing in, facing out, and on your back. It's more supportive than the Mini version, so you can carry your baby with more back support as they get bigger and heavier! All fabrics meet OEKO-TEX standard 100.


2. Sleeping

Crib

We made sure all of these cribs are Greenguard Gold certified, meaning they've been tested and meet stringent chemical and VOC emission standards with safe paints and finishes. You can be rest assured that they are safe for your baby while also having a nice modern aesthetic. Many of these convert to toddler beds, so they can be used for many years to come! If you're looking for even more options, check out our full roundup of non-toxic cribs.

$ Ikea Singular- Made of solid unfinished beech wood, this is a great budget alternative to cribs that are made with manufactured wood. We love the clean lines and classic look.

$ $ Babyletto Hudson Crib- A great crib that's a parent favorite for a reason. It converts into a toddler bed and has a nice modern look, and comes in 8 different colors

$ $ $ Oeuf Sparrow Crib- A stylish crib that will look great in any nursery. This crib is certified Greenguard Gold and has safe, non-toxic finishes.

$ $ $ $ Kalon Caravan Crib- This crib is crafted from solid maple and will add a touch of luxury to your nursery. Available unfinished or with a Greenguard certified finish.

Crib Mattress

With the amount of time babies spend sleeping, getting them a non-toxic, chemical free, safe mattress is definitely worth it. We have a full roundup of non-toxic, organic crib mattresses that are free of flame retardants and vinyl, and made with natural materials like cotton, wool, and latex foam.

$ Lullaby earth- A lightweight and breathable mattress that provides a safe sleeping space for your little one without polyurethane foam or harmful chemicals. Made Safe certified and Greenguard Gold certified.

$ $ Avocado- A great organic crib mattress that's Made Safe certified, Greenguard Gold certified, and uses materials like GOLS organic certified latex, and GOTS organic certified wool and cotton. We also love that Avocado is a Climate Neutral certified company!

$ $ $ Naturepedic- A favorite non-toxic crib mattress that is super breathable, firm, and comfortable. The mattress is Made Safe certified, Greenguard Gold certified, and made of GOTS certified cotton. They use a bioplastic made from non-GMO sugarcane to waterproof the top, so accidents are easy to take care of too!

Bassinets and Cosleepers

Since sleeping in the same room is officially recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for at least the first 6 months to reduce SIDS risk, it's almost essential to have a bassinet nowadays. Some of these picks are also easy to move around the house so that baby always has somewhere safe to sleep. We also have two bonus picks that double as travel cribs! Check out the entire non-toxic bassinets and cosleepers roundup or pick one of our favorites below.

$ $ Halo Bassinest with Breathable replacement mattress- A gliding bassinet that makes it super easy to get in and out of bed while also having your baby close to you. The Halo bassinets are free of flame retardants and the replacement mattress is Greenguard Gold certified.

$ $ $ Babybay Bedside Sleeper- Made from solid beechwood, this bedside sleeper attaches to your bed for co-sleeping or you can turn it into a portable bassinet on wheels.

$ $ $ Babyletto Origami Mini Crib- This Greenguard Gold certified option folds and has wheels, allowing for easy storage and movement around the house. You can also lower the mattress height as your little one grows and use it as a mini crib.

Bonus picks- Bassinets that are also travel cribs! The Lotus Bassinet is super portable and can convert into a travel crib and playard. It is Greenguard Gold certified and free of flame retardants. A favorite with families that are on the go. The Nuna Sena Aire is also a super nice travel crib that has a bassinet setting. Easy to fold and store and turns into a playard or travel crib as they get older.

Crib Sheets

There are so many patterns, colors, and brands of baby bedding. These are some of our favorite brands for organic crib sheets. For organic cotton, we recommend purchasing products that carry a GOTS label, a certified textile standard. This standard covers the whole cotton production process (growing, processing, dyeing) all the way until the product reaches the store for you to buy! You can read more about organic cotton and whether or not it's worth it in our deep dive on organic cotton.

$ Burt's Bees- 100% GOTS certified organic cotton at an amazing price that comes in many cute patterns and solid colors.

$ $ Crate and Barrel- Has an amazing array of cute crib bedding themes from outer space, to ocean creatures, and flowers. They have a ton of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton options.

$ $ $ Coyuchi- Super smooth and soft crib sheets that are Made Safe certified, Fair Trade, and 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.

Swaddles

A swaddle is a must have for the first portion of a baby's life. You can use a swaddle cloth, but many parents like to have an option that doesn't involve learning fancy folding techniques! Plus having to swaddle in the middle of the night can be a lot quicker with these types of swaddles. These are three of our favorites in organic cotton that will keep those arms swaddled tight and help babies sleep.

$ Halo Swaddle Organic Cotton- This 3-way adjustable swaddle will keep your newborn secure and comfortable. Plus there are tons of cute designs to choose from!

$ SwaddleMe Original Organic Swaddle- Soft organic cotton swaddles that are machine washable. The velcro makes swaddling super quick!

$ $ Happiest Baby Sleepea Organic Cotton- Inner arm bands and leg flaps keep baby extra secure at night, while a mesh panel helps prevent overheating. The best choice for real escape artists.

Sleep Sacks

Once your kid grows out of a swaddle, they will sleep in a sleep sack, which is a lot safer and cozier than loose blankets. Here are our favorite cotton and wool sleep sacks, with options that will work in any climate.

$ Halo Sleepsack Organic Cotton- This sleep sack has plenty of room for babies to kick in their sleep and will keep your baby warm and secure!

$ Burt's Bee Organic Cotton Sleep sack- So many fun designs to choose from with these organic sleep sacks. Made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, these sleep sacks come in light and medium weight.

$ $ Castleware Sleeper Bag Organic Cotton- GOTS certified organic cotton means that baby will be comfortable and safe all night long. Comes in long sleeve and sleeveless versions.

$ $ $ Woolino Sleep sack- This cozy sleep sack is made from merino wool, which naturally regulates body temperature! This super durable and well-made sleep sack can be handed down to siblings or others.

Portable Crib

A portable crib is a must have for traveling or for storing at a caregivers place. Essential features of a travel crib include being lightweight, easy to set up and break down, easy to carry and transport, and free of flame retardants, vinyl, and other harmful chemicals. We have a full roundup of non-toxic portable cribs, but here are our top picks.

$ Joovy Room2- This roomy crib has 10 square feet of space, making it great for one busy baby or even twins!

$ $ Lotus Travel Crib- An airport-friendly storage backpack and lightweight design makes this crib the perfect companion for frequent travellers.

$ $ $ Babybjorn Travel Crib- A lightweight and easy to set up crib made from OEKO-TEX fabric.


3. Diapering

Diapers

Changing diapers is just a part of life with a baby. If cloth diapers work for your family, more power to you! But for many of us, disposable diapers are a more realistic option. When it comes to disposable diapers, we know that all parents want the best for their baby, especially since it's in direct contact with their skin 24/7. We evaluated all the environmental and health claims from diaper companies and looked at whether they were free of harmful and irritation ingredients. You can check out the entire diaper roundup, but these are our favorite options.

$ Earth and Eden- An affordable diaper option that is free from lotions, parabens, latex, fragrance, and chlorine bleaching.

$ Earth's Best- Another affordable diaper option that is dye free, fragrance free, and chlorine

$ $ Honest Company- Leak protection, cloud-like comfort, and superior prints make these diapers a winner.

$ $ Pampers Pure- Fragrance-free diapers without chlorine bleaching. A highly reviewed, dependable option.

$ $ $ Bambo Nature- These diapers are the first to be certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, which makes them great for the environment and your little one.

$ $ $ Eco by Naty- Eco friendly diapers that reduce diaper rash and keep your baby nice and dry! These diapers are also certified OEKO-TEK 100.

Wipes

Having a wipe that can take care of messy blow outs and also be gentle enough to use on messy faces is a must have for parenting. Since wipes are wet but don't get rinsed off, you want a wipe without a harsh preservative or any unnecessary or irritating ingredients. That's why we researched and rounded up our favorite non-toxic baby wipes. Here are our top picks!

$ Up and Up fragrance free baby wipes- This affordable baby wipe is fragrance free and has simple ingredients. It contains Sodium Benzoate as a preservative (important to keep the wipe germ free) that is safer than parabens and less irritating than phenoxyethanol.

$ $ Seventh Generation free and clear wipes- This is a parent staple for a reason. Soft and thick with gentle ingredients. Also paraben free, and phenoxyethanol free.

$ $ $ ECO by Naty Babycare sensitive wipes- These wipes are truly compostable! The ingredients are simple and they are also paraben and phenoxyethanol free as well.

Diaper Cream

When your little one is in a diaper, diaper cream is a must. Wearing a diaper all day every day can irritate sensitive bottoms, which really hurts and can leave baby sad and fussy. We definitely don't want that! These diaper creams will help treat diaper rash and even prevent it before it starts.

$ Honest Company Diaper Rash Cream- A very popular option that contains zinc oxide and is super affordable.

$ $ Earthmama Organic Diaper Balm- Made with organic beeswax, shea butter and olive oil, many parents consider this a must have.

$ $ $ MotherLove Diaper Balm- A miracle worker that is safe and gentle enough to use preventatively, in addition to soothing existing irritation. Simple ingredients of olive oil, beeswax and a blend of soothing herbs.

Diaper Changing Pad

Most diaper changing pads are made from polyurethane foam, which can contain flame retardants. Moreover, many changing pads have a vinyl cover to make them waterproof. Waterproof is great, except that vinyl contains hormone disrupting phthalate chemicals. Here are three options that are both vinyl and polyurethane foam free.

$ Babyletto Contour Changing Pad- A truly great changing pad at an affordable price. Greenguard gold certified changing pad with a PVC-free waterproof cover. Polyester filling instead of polyurethane foam, and free of flame retardants.

$ $ Olli Ella Changing Basket- A beautiful simple changing basket made of seagrass. Throw in a cotton liner or a blanket for a super cozy spot to change diapers.

$ $ $ Naturepedic Changing Pad- The only organic cotton changing pad that is free of polyurethane foam and that is Greenguard certified. The cover is waterproof due to a food-grade bioplastic coating.

Diaper Pail

Many diaper pails rely on scented liners and scented pucks to help contain odors. Unfortunately, synthetic fragrances are a source of phthalates and VOCs and are unnecessary exposure for developing lungs. These are two steel diaper pails that you can use with a fragrance free bag of your choice.

$ Amazon Basics Stainless Steel- A stainless steel garbage can with a soft close lid that will double as a diaper pail. A great value.

$ $ Simple Human 30L Step Trash Can- A stainless steel garbage can that works really well as a diaper pail. As a bonus you can use this as a normal garage can after you potty train (good luck with that!). For odor control, use baking soda freezer packs at the bottom of the pail.

$ $ $ Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail- a sleek steel pail that is easy to use and keeps odors contained. You can use your own trash bags with this pail, so no need for proprietary liners, which helps keep costs down over time. For odor control, use baking soda freezer packs at the bottom of the pail.

4. Feeding

Baby Bottles

It's always good to have a baby bottle on hand even if you plan on breastfeeding. A lot of baby bottles you see on the market are made from plastic but unfortunately, plastic baby bottles leach chemicals into milk. Just because a bottle says that it is BPA free, does not mean it's free from endocrine disrupting chemicals- many BPA substitutes have been shown to have similar negative health impacts. Because of this, we suggest using glass or stainless steel bottles as these materials don't leach any chemicals into the milk. So choose one from our roundup of the best non-toxic baby bottles, or try several! Three choices that we particularly recommend are:

$ Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Narrow Glass Baby Bottle- This classic baby bottle is now available in glass! The vent helps with spitting up and burping and the nipple is easy to take for a lot of babies.

$ $ Philips AVENT Natural Glass Bottle- This wide nipple glass bottle is a favorite for babies and parents. The glass is thick and well made, which means it's protected from a drop (or throw!).

$ $ $ Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Bottle- This stainless steel bottle grows with your baby. You can buy a sippy cup or straw top that will make sure you get years of use out of this product. We love the idea of less waste and non-toxic!

Pacifier

A pacifier is a life saver for some babies. It's only natural that you want a pacifier made from safe materials because it's something that's in a baby's mouth all the time! Our pacifier picks are made of a single piece of silicone or natural rubber, which means there are no crevices for dirt and mold to hide and they're really easy to clean.

$ Phillips Avent Soothie- A standard pacifier for a reason. 100% silicone that is made from one piece.

$ Nuk Comfy Orthodontic Pacifier- 100% soft silicone in the classic Nuk shape that some babies just have to have.

$ $ $ Natursutten Natural Rubber Pacifier- This pacifier is made of natural rubber, which is softer than silicone and allergen-free.

High Chair

When your little one is ready for solids, you'll definitely be needing a high chair. It's worth registering for it now if you can, because those first few months will fly by. Before you know it, your baby will be ready to eat! These high chairs are safe and made to last, with no harmful chemicals like phthalates or BPA.

$ $ Stokke Clikk High Chair- This is a great looking high chair that is phthalate free, ergonomically designed, and has solid wood legs. You can use it with or without the included tray.

$ $ Keekaro Height Right High Chair - An adjustable wooden high chair that babies, toddlers, and kids can sit in. Safe and sturdy and easy to clean.

$ $ $ Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair- This is the original Scandanavian adjustable chair that provides an ergonomic eating position from baby through big kid. You can adjust the height and depth of the seat and the footrest, and the solid wood means it's sturdy enough to last a lifetime.

Dishes and Utensils

Mealtime should be fun! And the first couple of months of proper meals are all about introducing babies to new tastes and textures. While it may be tempting to buy plastic or melamine plates and utensils, plastic additives (like BPA and phthalates) and melamine have been shown to leach into foods, so it's better to steer clear. Good thing there are so many great alternatives that are durable, cute, and easy to clean! You'll be enjoying mealtime before you know it.

Olababy Training Spoon- A great first spoon that's made from silicone and has a unique shape that encourages babies to learn the basics of feeding themselves. It's also shorter than a lot of baby spoons, which makes it easier for them to get food into their mouths!

Avanchy Bamboo Baby Bowl and Spoon- A natural bamboo bowl that sits on top of a suction silicone ring. Parents love this bowl for hassle-free feeding. The silicone ring detaches, making it easy to clean. The bamboo bowl also makes a good snack bowl without the silicone ring when baby outgrows it!

Ezpz mat- A placemat and bowl or divided plate in one! The great design makes mealtime fun for kids and is easy to use and clean for parents.

Bibs

We love bibs! Whether you have a newborn who's constantly spitting up or a baby who's learning to feed themselves, a bib is a crucial part of minimizing mess and maximizing sanity. But did you know that some bibs contain PFAS chemicals (Teflon like chemicals)? PFAS, sometimes known as forever chemicals, shouldn't be anywhere near a baby and they also aren't great for the environment. So instead, we recommend using either a thick cotton bibs or a silicone bib for those kids starting to eat.

$ Green Sprouts Stay-dry Bibs- These bibs are an affordable option with an absorbent cotton top and a polyurethane waterproof lining to keep your little one dry and clean. No Teflon needed.

$ $ Burt's Bees Baby Bibs- These organic cotton bibs have a knit terry backing to keep baby dry and clean. The unique shoulder style neckline means that there are no buttons or velcro to mess with (or fall apart). Plus it adds protection from spills and stains to a larger area.

$ $ $ Mushie Silicone Bib- These silicone bibs are great at protecting outfits during mealtimes and the pocket is great for catching all the food that would otherwise drop onto the floor. It's easy to clean and comes in so many cute colors and patterns!

Sippy Cup or Straw Water Bottle

It may seem like you're jumping the gun by adding a sippy cup or water bottle to your registry (is it too early to say "where has my baby gone"?), but babies actually start drinking water at 6 months. Ditch the plastic and check out these safer stainless steel and silicone options! We have an entire roundup of non toxic sippy cups and straw water bottles, but here are our favorites for babies just learning to drink.

$ $ Munchkin Miracle Stainless Steel 360 sippy cup or Cool cat stainless steel straw water bottle- These popular products by Munchkin now come in stainless steel! With a convenient no spill top or a cute straw top, these are both great options for learning how to drink water.

$ $ Ezpz training cup- This is a small silicone training cup that parents really love. It's a great way to get babies to learn how to drink from a real cup. It's only 2 oz, so even if they spill it's not a big deal.

$ $ $ Pura kiki sippy cup or straw water bottle- This stainless steel bottle grows with your baby. If you're using it as a baby bottle, all you need to do is buy the sippy cup or the straw top. We love the idea of less waste and non-toxic!


5. Playing

Bouncer or Swing

Having a safe spot to put your little one when you need a break from holding them is a lifesaver! That's why bouncers and swings are so popular with new parents. Unfortunately, many of the bouncers available not only overstimulate babies, but can also contain harmful chemicals like flame retardants. Here is our roundup of all the bouncers and swings without toxic chemicals. Our two favorite options are below:

$ $ $ BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance- This is a beloved bouncer by many new parents. Your baby's own movements cause this bouncer to gently move. The soft fabric supports baby's head and there are three reclining positions. It also folds flat, making it easy to store or bring for traveling.

$ $ $ 4moms mamaRoo 4- This bouncer and swing moves up and down and side to side in 5 different motions. It also comes with 4 different white noise options. Many parents swear this machine is a life saver!

Play Gym or Play Mat

Foam play mats are usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyurethane, or EVA. Unfortunately there are health issues with all three materials. While EVA is definitely a better option than PVC and is typically advertised as a healthier choice, it often tests positive for formamide, another toxic chemical. Even products that claim "formamide free" can have trace levels. That's why we recommend turning any quilt you already have into a DIY play area or one of these non-toxic options.

$ $ Wee Gallery Safari Play mat- This play mat has visually stimulating graphics that babies love and is made from organic cotton muslin and Oeko-tex polyester padding.

$ $ $ Lovevery- This play gym is much more than a play gym. It has sensory based learning activities included for every stage of development through the first year. From tummy time to sitting up play time, this will be fun and entertaining for your little one.

$ $ $ Toki mats- Most play mats are made with a petroleum based synthetic foam. Not this one! The Toki play mat is made from organic latex with a removable cotton cover and comes in adorable printed fabrics. This mat is perfect for tummy time and can be used as the floor of a play house when your little one grows up!

$ $ $ $ Lorena Canal round rugs- These are actually washable rugs, but we think they are great playmats too. They are made from cotton and don't have a synthetic backing or any harmful dyes. This rug is a great choice for any nursery or play area and will last for years.

Teether

Babies will put anything and everything in their mouths, which is why you should always have a non-toxic teether on standby! We love these teethers because they're made from safe materials like wood, stainless steel, and natural rubber.

$ Maple Teether- This teether is cut from a single piece of smooth maple hardwood and is incredibly durable.

$ $ Oli and Carol- These fun produce-shaped teethers (we're partial to the kale) are made from natural rubber and are designed without holes, which means bacteria and mold won't get trapped inside.

$ $ $ Kleyanimals Toy Keys- Babies love chewing on keys, so why not get them their own special set? These keys are made from stainless steel and won't expose your baby to harmful metal like lead that could be in your real house and car keys.


6. Bathing

Bath tub

You may be surprised to see plastic tubs on our list, but we think plastic is worth it here since it can save water, prevent accidents, and well made ones can be passed to another family. There are bath tubs made with safer plastics, such as polypropylene, and made without harmful additives like phthalates and BPA. Here are some that we suggest.

$ Boon Naked Collapsible Bathtub- A favorite for parents with small bathrooms, this tub collapses and has the support for infants and toddlers. This tub is made from polypropylene and is BPA and phthalate free.

$ $ Primo Eurobath- This polypropylene bath has supportive positions from newborn to toddlerhood and is a favorite with parents. It is one of the largest baby bathtubs so it will definitely last for a long time.

$ $ $ BEABA by Shnuggle Baby Bath Tub- This is a cozy compact bathtub that holds your baby securely in place. It doesn't require a lot of water and drains quickly.

Baby shampoo

While we don't advocate for using baby shampoo or soap every day, we definitely recommend having a gentle and non-irritating shampoo or soap without harsh preservatives or synthetic fragrances. Enjoy bath time knowing that you are using a safe and non-toxic baby shampoo and soap. We found the best non-toxic baby shampoo options that are widely available, loved by parents and babies alike, and do their job without any harsh chemicals or exorbitant prices. We've personally tested these on our kids and especially love these three.

$ Honest baby Shampoo and Body Wash- An affordable baby shampoo and soap that is tear-free and gentle. We recommend the fragrance free version, especially for babies under 6 months.

$ $ Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby 2-in-1 Shampoo and Wash- A perfect all purpose soap that is really gentle. Especially great for any babies with eczema or rashes.

$ $ $ Earth Mama Sweet Orange Castile Baby Wash- A great all purpose castile soap with a foaming pump. Cleans without drying or irritation.


7. Clothing

Is there anything cuter than baby clothing? We get emotional just thinking about those impossibly small booties and animal-themed hats. But looks aren't the only important thing when picking out clothing for your little ones- fabric and manufacturing practices play a big role in keeping them protected from harmful chemicals. When choosing new clothing, look for natural fibers like cotton and linen. If you have the budget for organic cotton, we prefer cotton that has been certified organic and carries a GOTS label, a certified textile standard. This standard covers the whole cotton production process (growing, processing, dyeing) all the way until the product reaches the store for you to buy! Our favorite clothing brands come in a variety of price points and style options.

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If you're a workout aficionado with lots of athletic clothes, or if you just have a neglected pile of dirty clothes in the corner of your room, this stain and odor remover is perfect for you. It gets rid of those tough, lingering odors safely and naturally without the use of harsh chemicals.

Everspring Dryer Balls

Dryer sheets can be full of harsh chemicals, which is why we love wool dryer balls instead! These dryer balls will keep your clothes static free!

Grove Co. Multi-Purpose Cleaner Concentrates

Even a dorm room needs some TLC every now and then! Clean hard surfaces with this multi-surface cleaner from Grove Co. This streak-free cleaner will effectively remove dirt, grime, and residue leftover from that late night study session or post-finals party.

Lysol Power and Free Multi-Purpose Citrus Sparkle Cleaner Spray

Sometimes you needed a heavy-duty cleaner. We get it. That's why this Lysol hydrogen peroxide all-purpose cleaner is perfect for life's bigger messes. This product has an EPS design for environmental certified disinfectant, which means it was reviewed for both human health and environmental health, so you don't have to compromise on safety.

Ello Meal Prep Food Storage Container Set

That dorm room mini fridge was basically invented for leftovers. Keep your food fresh in these Ello food storage containers. Since they're made from glass instead of plastic, you can use them in the microwave without having to worry about harmful chemicals leeching into your food. Bonus: they're dishwasher safe!

Brita 20oz Premium Double-Wall Stainless Steel Insulated Filtered Water Bottle

Students do a lot of walking while on campus, so make sure to stay hydrated with a reusable water bottle! This insulated Brita stainless steel bottle will keep your water cool even on the hottest days. Bonus: It has a built in filter to keep your water pure and delicious.

Bodum Goose Neck 27oz Electric Water Kettle

You don't need a kitchen to enjoy a kettle! This compact glass kettle is perfect for dorm snacks like hot chocolate, tea, or coffee.

Klean Kanteen 12oz TKWide Insulated Stainless Steel with Café Cap

This stainless steel travel mug by Klean Kanteen is the perfect mug to toss in your backpack while you're on the go! It's spill and leak proof lid means you can enjoy your beverage on the go in any situation!

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap

Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap is a multi-use concentrate. Great as a body wash or even a shampoo or detergent. Its highly concentrated and made with great ingredients to ensure you get a bang for your buck and peace of mind.

Schmidt's Charcoal + Magnesium Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant Stick

Aluminium-free deodorant is where its at! Stay fresh and free of unnecessary harmful chemicals.

Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream

Keep that skin moisturized and toxic-free with this rich cream. Perfect for dry weather.

Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Storage Snack Bag

Great for taking a snack to lecture or for a weekend adventure, these Stasher snack bags are the answer to a useful plastic bags without all the waste and plastic made from harmful materials.

Seventh Generation Dish Liquid Soap

This dish soap will cut through grease and leave your dishes shiny and spotless without all the unnecessary harmful chemicals.

Life

Everything You Need to Know About Artificial Turf

And why natural grass is a safer, eco-friendly, and healthier alternative

Have you ever been at your kid's soccer game and wondered if artificial turf is safe for them to play, snack, and lie on? What about those small black bits of infill that end up in every nook and cranny of your home or car?

Turns out that scientists are studying these same questions and artificial turf poses a number of health and environmental concerns. These include toxic chemicals in the artificial turf infill, artificial grass blades, and shock pad, as well as health concerns due to excessive heat. Environmental impacts of artificial turf include chemical runoff, microplastic pollution, and habitat loss. Is there a good alternative to artificial turf? Yes - just regular natural grass! Studies have shown that natural grass maintained with organic or sustainable practices provides a safer, practical, and affordable alternative for playing fields.

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Roundups

Non-Toxic School Lunch Packing Essentials

Get ready for school with these eco-friendly options

Packing lunches for school is a lot of work! We know from firsthand experience how hard it can be to pack something nutritious that your kids will actually eat. Plus if you're trying to reduce the amount of food packaging or plastic waste in your kid's lunch, it can just seem overwhelming. To make things easier, we rounded up our favorite non-toxic school lunch packing essentials. We included stainless steel lunchboxes, a hot food container, snack containers and bags, reusable food wrap, and a couple of cute and functional lunch bags. All of these items are free of lead, phthalates (commonly found in vinyl), BPA, and PFAS (Teflon-like chemicals). Check out these lunch packing essentials and get inspired to pack the best lunches ever.

a) Lunchbots Large Stainless Steel Lunch Container

Lunchbots is a great stainless steel bento container that will last for years. This one has 5 compartments for every type of lunch and snack combo you can come up with. You can get dip condiment containers that are leak proof that neatly fit inside. Lunchbots also has smaller containers for snacks that you should check out as well.

b) Planetbox Lunchbox

This stainless steel lunch box is easy for kids to open with a simple latch. The lunchbox comes with containers for wet foods and dips and you can buy extra dividers. The different compartments make it easy to pack a variety of foods. We love how it comes with magnets on the cover so that kids can customize the look. Planetbox also has an insulated carry bag, just make sure to pick one of the patterns that is made without a PFAS durable water repellent. Planetbox also has a smaller sized box for snacks or for little ones.

c) Bentgo Kids Stainless Steel

Bentgo is a favorite bento container that now comes in stainless steel! The silicone lining on the lid makes it leak resistant as and the latches make the container easy to open. It comes with 3 compartments and an extra silicone container.

d) Thermos Stainless Steel Insulated Food Jar

This container keeps food hot for 5 hours and is perfect for days when soup or mac n cheese are on the menu. The handle make it convenient to carry and helps kids open the top.

e) Stasher bags

Stasher bags are so popular for a reason! Say goodbye to single use plastic bags and say hello to a reusable food packing essential that comes in lots of fun colors. We particularly love the sandwich and snack sizes and use them daily.

f) Zip Top Snack Containers

These Zip Top container are as convenient to use as they are cute! We love how they sit flat and are easy to open for small hands. They are perfect for some sliced fruit or any loose snack.

g) Ukonserve Round Nesting Trio Stainless Steel Containers

These snack containers come with see through lids so that kids know what's inside. The are great for snacks, or use all three to pack a bento style lunch. They also nest for easy storage.

h) If you care Sandwich Bags

Sometimes you need a disposable sandwich or snack bag. No judgement! These If You Care unbleached sandwich bags are made of greaseproof, nonstick paper which is biodegradable, compostable, and microwave safe. Perfect for a cookie, sandwich, or other dry snack.

i) Bee's Wrap Reusable Food Wrap

Replace plastic wrap with this sustainable alternative. Bee's Wrap is made from GOTS Certified organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. We love wrapping up snacks, sandwiches, and cut up fruits and veggies in these.

j) Fluf Lunch Bag

This organic cotton canvas lunch bag is fully machine washable! The interior is lined with a food safe water resistant lining (free of PFAS, phthalates, and other harmful chemicals) and has a pocket for a ice pack. The bag comes in so many cute prints and has a very durable canvas handle.

k) Fjallraven Kanken Mini Cooler

This well insulated lunch bag is made of durable, waxed fabric that is PFAS free! Bonus that the the fabric is made from recycled plastic. It comes in lots of cute colors and is sure to be a favorite for kids of all ages.

l) Petit Collage

A roomy insulated lunch box that is easy to wipe clean thanks to a biodegradable laminate made from sugar cane. It comes in several cute patterns and comes with a handle or a strap.

m) Ukonserve insulated lunch bag

This lunch bag is made from recycled plastic bottles and is free of PFAS, phthalates, and other toxic chemicals. It holds ups well to daily use and is roomy enough to pack a lunch plus snacks.

Family

The 3 Easiest Things You Can Do for a Non-Toxic Pregnancy

Some no brainer, healthier swaps for you and baby

First off, congrats! Feeling overwhelmed? Excited but nervous? Well, fear not! You have plenty of time to set up your nursery, nest a bit, and even think of some names. But right now, it's time to take care of yourself. At this point, that is the best way to take care of your baby.

We've narrowed it down to the 3 easiest changes you can make that will help you have a non-toxic pregnancy. We promise, they are relatively no brainer swaps that have been shown to impact the health of your growing baby. If you start now, these are all things you will want to do once the baby is born, so you'll have created some healthy habits.

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Roundups

Non-Toxic Paints for Your Nursery or Kids' Rooms

Baby safe and kid safe paints that are zero VOC and APE free

Painting and decorating a nursery is one of the best parts of waiting for a little one. Or adding a splash of color when making the transition from nursery to little kid room is also super fun. Whether you're painting just one accent wall, the entire room, or an unfinished pieces of furniture in just the perfect shade, it's important to pick a paint that not only looks good, but is baby and kid safe. Paint fumes and chemical additives can linger and baby's systems are especially vulnerable and sensitive. Luckily, there are safer paints on the market so that you can feel good about using them so close to where your little ones will sleep.

Best Practices While Painting

First things first- how to paint. Who paints a room and how the room is painted is super important in protecting your health. If you're currently pregnant, ask your partner or a friend to do the painting for you. You definitely don't need to be exposed to paint fumes while you're still growing a little person. You're doing enough as is! Also make sure there are no toddlers around while painting. Although having a little helper would be really cute, toddlers are in a critical developmental period and are especially susceptible to the negative effects of paint fumes. Plus you probably don't want anything with wet paint on it to become a messy toy!

It's also critical to ventilate as much as you can while painting. Have all windows and doors open and a fan running if possible. Even a box fan in the corner will help! When you're not using the paint (whether it's a small break or overnight), keep the lid sealed securely on the container. This will prevent emissions from escaping while the paint isn't in use.

What to Look for in a Safe Paint

Now that you know how to paint, which paint should you use? There are a ton of paints on the market right now that all boast different features. Who knew there were so many different paint finishes?! But here's what you really need to be on the lookout for:

  1. Zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs are toxic gasses that are released from solids or liquids. Basically they are released when paint dries. You know, the weird new paint smell? Well VOCs can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat but repeated and long term exposure can cause cancer and damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system (1). Also, the pigments added to paints can have VOCs, particularly darker pigments, so be on the lookout for paint with zero VOC colorants.
  2. Look for APE- free paints. Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) are a group of chemicals that are suspected endocrine disruptors (a.k.a these little guys mess up how hormones should normally work in the body) (2). You don't want those around babies or children or when you're breastfeeding. APE-free paint can be found easily, so just ask or look on the label.
  3. Avoid paints that are advertised as antimicrobial. Many paints contain a preservative to keep the paint fresh during storage, but paints that are advertised as antimicrobial may have other additives that are really just not necessary and there are no standards for efficacy (like does it actually kill harmful germs? And for how long?) It might sound good, but in reality they are also harmful to humans and don't do much (3).

Our Baby Safe and Kid Safe Paint Recommendations

Our recommendations will take the guesswork out of choosing a non-toxic paint brand, although you'll still have to pick the color! These paints are all zero VOCs and are free of APEs. In addition to the standard latex paints, we also included 2 options for milk paint, which are made from milk proteins and pigments. Milk paints are a bit more work to use, but are easy to use once you get the hang of it and you can create antique or smooth finishes. They are also great for painting furniture and decorations. No matter which paint brand you pick, you can feel safe about using them.

a) AFM Safecoat Zero VOC- This paint was designed specifically for those with allergies, asthma, and chemical sensitive. It comes in flat, pearl, eggshell, and semi-gloss finishes. Zero VOC, zero VOC colorants, APE free, and contains no mildewcides and fungicides. All ingredients are disclosed and the paint is SCS certified for indoor advantage gold.

b) Benjamin Moore Eco Spec- Benjamin Moore recently stopped making their Natura paint, but their Eco Spec paint is very similar and available nationally. Zero VOC, zero VOC colorants, and APE free. It is Green Seal 11 certified. It does contain isothiazolinone compounds to inhibit the growth of mold or mildew on the surface of the paint film.

c) Clare Paint- This paint come in specific designer curated colors, which can really help if you can't pick a color! Zero VOC, zero VOC colorants, and the eggshell and semi-gloss paints are APE free. It is also Greenguard Gold certified. It does contain a mildewcide to inhibit the growth of mildew.

d) Lullaby paints or ECOS paints- ECOS paint, which also makes their Lullaby paint line is a great zero VOC paint, with zero VOC colorants, APE free, and contains no algicides, mildewcides, and rust inhibitors. They have a color catalogue or you they can color match any national brand. They have both a Declare label and a Health Product Declaration in which they disclose all ingredients. Declare labels are issued to products disclosing ingredient inventory, sourcing and end of life options. Health Product Declarations are third party verified and include the health impact of all product ingredients.

e) Sherwin Williams Harmony- A zero VOC paint, zero VOC colorant paint that is available nationally. The primer and flat finishes are APE free. The paints are also Greenguard Gold certified. It does contain anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface.

f) Real Milk Paint- A natural paint option where the main ingredient is casein (milk protein). It comes as a powder that you mix it with water. The ingredients are casein (milk protein), calcium lime, natural pigment colors, and an edible plant based filler

g) Old Fashioned Milk Paint Farmhouse Finishes Safe Paint- This line of milk paint is formulated especially for painting walls. It comes as a powder that you mix with water. The ingredients are casein(milk protein), calcium hydroxide, chalk, clay, natural pigments, natural salts, and crystalline silica.

Updated for 2022!

Your little one deserves a crib that is both good looking and healthy. While we can't promise they will sleep through the night, we can promise that these cribs aren't covered in harsh chemicals or releasing large amounts of potentially dangerous fumes into your baby's room. We all want a nursery that will be a nurturing and loving place so that our babies can grow up strong and healthy. So we did our research and found all the highest rated cribs and then limited our picks to cribs that are GREENGUARD Gold certified, meaning they have been tested and meet stringent chemical and VOC emissions standards. That means your baby can sleep without fumes damaging their fragile lungs or irritating their eyes. And when your little one starts chewing on the rails, you can be rest assured that these paints and finishes are safe. We also included a non-toxic budget crib, which is a solid-wood choice 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.

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