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!


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


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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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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Non-Toxic & Eco-Friendly Backpacks

The most sustainable backpacks for toddlers, preschoolers, grade schoolers, teens, and adults!

Updated for Fall 2021!

As soon as August rolls around, all we can think of backpacks! A new backpack is often the most exciting thing on the back to school shopping list, especially if the one from last year is torn to shreds or not big enough anymore. Many backpacks are made from harmful plastics like PVC, which contains phthalates, and many times they are treated with a PFAS (Teflon-like) finish. This is why we searched high and low for backpacks that are not only cute and functional, but are also good for the environment. Our backpack recommendations are all phthalate, PVC, and lead free. We also looked for backpacks that are made from recycled water bottles, GOTS certified organic cotton, or that feature a PFAS-free water repellent. We found backs in sizes that will work for toddler, kids, teenagers and adults. Many of these backpacks have different sizing options and all of them come in assorted colors and prints so there really is a backpack for everyone!

We list the dimensions or size in liters of each backpack below. As a reference, toddlers usually need a backpack of about 6 liters, preschoolers from 6-12 liters, elementary school kids from 12-18 liters, and teenagers/adults from 18 liters and above.

a) Apple Park Backpack- Toddler 10.75" x 12" x 5.5", Big Kid 14.5" x 12" x 7"

These cute backpacks are made from 100% recycled materials. Each animal backpack saves 27 plastic bottles from landfills. Also comes in an owl and fox styles, and big kid and toddler sizes.

b) Deuter Kikki Kid's Backpack- 8 liters

This is a really fun little kid backpack. It comes in three different colors and has a chest strap to help your little one carry their load. This backpack is PFAS free and manufactured according to the Blusign (R) standard, which ensures environmental health and safety in the manufacturing of textiles.

c) So Young Toddler Backpack (9.5"L X 5"W X 13"H) and Grade School Backpack (11"L X 5.5"W x 15.5"H)

So Young backpacks come in toddler and grade school sizes and all sorts of unique modern prints. They are constructed of linen and cotton and are free from harmful chemicals.

d) Terra Thread Organic Backpack (16"H x 12"W x 5"D) and Mini Backpack (13"H x 10.5"W x 4"D)

Terra Thread backpacks are made with a durable, thick GOTS certified organic cotton canvas. They are also carbon neutral, because the company purchases carbon offsets. Plus the backpacks are made in a Fair Trade certified factory and the company is a Certified B Corporation! Terra Thread backpacks comes in a mini and a standard size, so it works for kids (and adults!) of all sizes.

e) Fjallraven Re-Kanken (16L) and Re-Kanken Mini (7L)

A special edition of the trendy Kanken backpack from Fjallraven that is made entirely from polyester recycled from plastic bottles. The dye technology also reduces the amount of water, energy, and chemicals used. It comes in a mini and standard size in lots of bright color choices, so there is something for everyone. Fjallraven takes sustainability seriously and has an impressive Code of Conduct. They were also one of the first adopters of going PFAS free.

f) North Face Youth Recon Squash Backpack (17L) and the North Face Sprout Backpack (10L)

North Face has two excellent and well built kids backpacks that are made from 50% recycled polyester. The fabric is water repellent with a non-PFAS durable water repellent. With all the right pockets and comfortable supportive straps, including a chest clip, this backpack will last for many years.

g) LEGO Brick Backpack (18 L)

The perfect backpack for the Lego obsessed. There are two zippered front pockets, and the adjustable shoulder straps and sternum strap all help to make this backpack comfortable. It's also exciting that the fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles, which reduces energy use, water use, and air pollution

h) State Kane Kids Recycled Poly Canvas Backpack Original (14.95" H x 11.22" W x 4.72" D), Mini (12.60" H x 9.45" W x 3.54" D) and Large (17" H x 13" W x 7.5" D)

This backpack is thoughtfully designed and made from 90% recycled polyester. The main compartment has organizational zip pockets and the outside has two side water bottle pockets. The recycled fabric version also comes in several other prints and a mini version for the younger kids! There's even a large size for teenagers. State bags also gives to families in need for every backpack that is purchased.

i) Everlane Renew Backpack (18L or 27L)

This backpack is made from 100% recycled polyester and features a PFAS free water resistant finish. The dyes are also Bluesign (R) approved, which are safer for workers and for the environment. These backpacks feature a zippered laptop pocket and other slip and zippered pockets for organization. It's a comfy and classy backpack that is perfect for class, work, or travel.

j) Fluf B Pack (22L)

These Fluf backpacks are made from GOTS certified organic cotton with 100% recycled polyester felt padding. There is a sleeve for a laptop and a zipper front pouch. For every backpack sold, Fluf donates to support sending a girl to school in a developing country through Plan International.

k) Vera Bradley Reactive Grand Backpack (25 L)

A favorite brand of tweens and teenagers, Vera Bradley now makes backpacks from recycled plastic bottles. This backpack comes in a couple of trendy prints and colors and can hold all the school books kids will need.

l) Jansport Recycled SuperBreak Backpack (26 L)

A classic backpack, but now made with 100% recycled materials. Each backpack is made from the equivalent of 20 plastic bottles! This is a quality lightweight backpack that is great for school and more.

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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.


Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer

Tough on germs, without unnecessary yucky chemicals

Updated for Fall 2021!

Between COVID-19, flu season, or changing a poopy diaper on the go, hand sanitizer can be a life saver. But a lot of commercial hand sanitizers can contain fragrances and some pretty gross chemicals. To make sure you're getting the best possible product, we reviewed a ton of options and made sure they're easy to find at stores. There are options for gels, sprays, and wipes and lots of yummy smells like lavender or coconut and lemon, or just simply fragrance free if you want something simple. Try out several and stash them in places where you might need them, like the car, a favorite purse, backpack, or laptop bag. All of our non-toxic hand sanitizer recommendations are safer for you but super tough on germs!

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4 Recipes for Batch Summer Drinks that You Can Spike AND that are Kid-Friendly

Ditch single use plastic and canned drinks at your next party

Summer is basically one big outdoor party. Anyone else wishing it will never end? With all of the heat, it's important to have icy beverages that everyone can enjoy. While it's easy to just load up with flats of canned cocktails or plastic bottles of flavored sparkling water, making a big batch of easy, tasty drinks is more budget friendly and planet friendly! Here are 4 of our favorite drink recipes meant for big containers, so you can quickly prepare them in advance and just set up a glass beverage dispenser as people start to arrive. Kids will love these fruity drinks and so will adults, especially if you add a splash of alcohol into your cup (we won't tell!). Plus you'll be skipping out on single use plastic bottles and BPA-lined aluminum cans. Try out one of these recipes at your next summer BBQ or event!

Spiked Lemonade

-1 gallon of water

-3 cups lemon juice

-3.5 cups white sugar

-Fruit like peach, blueberries, blackberries, mint, etc

-4 cups vodka or 1 shot per glass if adding vodka after pouring


  1. Stir the sugar into the water until it's completely dissolved.
  2. Mix in the lemon juice, fruit, and optional vodka. Serve over ice.

Fruit Punch

-8 cups ginger ale

-4 cups orange juice

-4 cups pineapple juice

-sliced fruit like orange

-Optional: 2 cups rum


  1. Combine all ingredients and serve over ice

Watermelon Refresher

-8 cups seedless watermelon, cubed

-2 cups water

-2 cups ginger ale

-2 cups lime juice

-4 cups gin or vodka or 1 shot per glass if adding after pouring


  1. Blend watermelon in a blender until pulverized. If you want a completely smooth consistency without pulp, strain the blended watermelon through a sieve.
  2. Combine all ingredients, including pulverized watermelon, and serve over ice.

Hibiscus Watermelon Cooler

8 cups water

8 hibiscus tea bags

8 cups watermelon juice (puree watermelon in blender)

½ cup honey

1 cup lime juice

4 cups tequila or 1 shot per glass if adding after pouring


  1. Add the teabags to the water and let steep for 5-10 minutes
  2. Remove the teabags and add the rest of the ingredients
  3. Serve over ice

Summer BBQ Essentials

Don't break out the grill without these non-toxic finds!

Summer isn't complete without at least one BBQ! They're the ultimate excuse to get together with friends, enjoy the nice weather, and cook delicious food (even if you're doing meat-free Monday). If you're new to the BBQ scene, then you might not realize that an outdoor get-together can require some specialized gear. Standard BBQ gear can be made from harmful materials like melamine, plastic, and PFAS, which is why we wanted to find alternative products that were safer for our health. Our summer BBQ essentials roundup has everything you need and more to throw the best party ever! And don't forget to check out our tips for a non-toxic BBQ!

Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold

Stainless Steel Grill Basket

Glass Beverage Dispenser

Cast Iron Griddle Pan

Carbon Steel Grill Frying Pan

Moscow Mule Mugs

Enamelware with seafood pattern

Grill tools

Stainless steel Citrus Press Juicer


Canned Coffee is Convenient, But What About BPA?

Why they should be a treat instead of part of your daily routine

Now that we're all working from home, it's easy to get bored of our everyday homemade coffee routine. Sometimes we just want something different to wake us up in the morning or even a quick pick me up in the afternoon! That's where canned coffee comes into play. It's quick, convenient, and comes in a ton of flavors. But that convenience might come at a cost; there's been concerns surrounding the use of BPA in the lining of canned products. So, does canned coffee pose a risk to health? We looked at the research to find out.

The Problem With BPA in Cans

BPA, or bisphenol A, is a synthetic chemical that acts like estrogen in our bodies and it has been known to screw with important hormones like testosterone and thyroid hormones. Some of the common health problems associated with BPA include breast cancer, reduced sperm production, obesity, reproductive issues, disruption of brain development and function, and damaging effects to the liver (1). To make matters worse, there is more and more scientific evidence that even very low doses of BPA exposure can be harmful, especially for pregnant women and babies. Low doses of BPA exposure have been tied to abnormal liver function, chronic inflammation of the prostate, cysts on the thyroid and pituitary gland, and many more serious health effects during the early stages of life (5).

Even though BPA is definitely not a chemical we want to be exposed to, it's found basically everywhere, including our food. One common place to find BPA is the internal lining of canned foods or beverages. BPA can help prevent corrosion between the metal and the food or drink inside a can, but over time (or if stored under the wrong conditions like high temperatures), it can start to leach out and get into the food or drink (2). Even cans that say BPA free can have nasty BPA alternatives that have been shown to have similar hormone disrupting effects (7).

Studies have shown that canned soft drinks, beers, and energy drinks all had small traces of BPA in them. Beer was found with the highest concentration of BPA, followed by energy drinks. Soft drinks were found to have the lowest concentration of BPA. In order to find out where BPA in these drinks was coming from, researchers compared the canned drinks to the same drinks packaged in glass bottles. They found very little to no traces of BPA in the glass bottled drinks, which means that the source of BPA in the canned drinks was definitely coming from the cans themselves (2,3,4).

Even if there are only small traces of leachable BPA, it can still be harmful if we are consuming canned products on a regular basis.

Is Canned Coffee Safe?

With the recent increase in popularity of cold brew and other canned coffee drinks, there have not been extensive studies on BPA levels in canned coffee. However, one study of canned coffee drinks in Asia, where they have been popular for longer, did find that BPA was leaching into the coffee from the can. Interestingly, they also found that the more caffeine was in the coffee, the more BPA leached from the can into the drink. Meaning the more caffeine, the more BPA! (4,6) Now before you think you can get away with only drinking decaf canned coffee, keep in mind that caffeine only increases the leaching from the can, but it can still happen without it (6).

Even though the levels of BPA found in canned coffee were relatively small, because BPA is all around us in so many common products, we should try to limit our exposure as much as we can. This means that it's probably okay to drink a canned coffee every once in a while, but best practice is to not drink them every day. But if you're in the middle of a road trip and are desperate for some energy, don't get too stressed about grabbing a canned coffee!

Canned Coffee Alternatives

If you're starting to get worried about what coffee to buy when you're out and about or when you want something more than just plain coffee, don't stress! We thought of some easy and fun alternatives for your canned coffee fix that might make you forget all about it!

  1. Swap out the canned coffee for coffee in a glass bottle or tetrapaks whenever possible.
  2. Find some fun new ways to make coffee at home like using a Chemex or a nice French press!
  3. Go get a coffee at your local coffee shop. Support small businesses if you can!
  4. If you like canned coffee because of the flavors, try making your own caramel or mocha sauce at home. It's pretty easy and it saves money! For something icy and refreshing, we are partial to muddling some fresh mint with some cold brew.


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Cao, X.-L., Corriveau, J., & Popovic, S. (2010). Sources of Low Concentrations of Bisphenol A in Canned Beverage Products. Journal of Food Protection, 73(8), 1548–1551. (2)

Determination of BPA, BPB, BPF, BADGE and BFDGE in canned energy drinks by molecularly imprinted polymer cleaning up and UPLC with fluorescence detection. (2017). Food Chemistry, 220, 406–412. (3)

Kang, J.-H., & Kondo, F. (2002). Bisphenol A migration from cans containing coffee and caffeine. Food Additives and Contaminants, 19(9), 886–890. (4)

Prins, G. S., Patisaul, H. B., Belcher, S. M., & Vandenberg, L. N. (2019). CLARITY-BPA academic laboratory studies identify consistent low-dose Bisphenol A effects on multiple organ systems. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, 125(S3), 14–31. (5)

Kang, J.-H., & Kondo, F. (2002). Bisphenol A migration from cans containing coffee and caffeine. Food Additives and Contaminants, 19(9), 886–890. (6)

Pelch, K., Wignall, J. A., Goldstone, A. E., Ross, P. K., Blain, R. B., Shapiro, A. J., Holmgren, S. D., Hsieh, J.-H., Svoboda, D., Auerbach, S. S., Parham, F. M., Masten, S. A., Walker, V., Rooney, A., & Thayer, K. A. (2019). A scoping review of the health and toxicological activity of bisphenol A (BPA) structural analogues and functional alternatives. Toxicology, 424, 152235. (7)

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