When most parents hear “Organic”, they often think eco-friendly and see Dollar Signs… but choosing everything Organic is not the only way to have an eco-friendly nursery. The best way to truly “go green” is to simply do more with less. Choosing quality products that will last, and that are multi-purpose, will lessen your overall footprint and decrease the sheer amount of “stuff” you have to deal with in your home. Knowing the materials your products are made from is an important secondary step. One of our top priorities as Baby Planners is to pair new parents with the items that make the most sense for their lifestyle. Finding items you’ll love that can grow with your family is always our number one goal!
We LOVE working with Gugu Guru every chance we get… the ladies of this amazing brand share in these similar philosophies. We recently worked on a client registry together and these were some of our top eco- and budget- friendly picks for a travel-loving, small town mama-to-be!
Stroller/Carseat Combo: Britax B-Agile or Britax B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System.
You can find this combo for roughly $375-400, which is a steal! This stroller is super lightweight, folds down very easily (also with one hand), and features a large canopy for sun protection (so it’s good for a lot of outdoor use) and a generous storage basket. Please note, it doesn’t give you the option to rear-face your child (unless using the car seat), so your baby will always have to face forward when using the stroller seat. The B-Agile is compatible with the Britax B-Safe car seats (and you can save nicely by buying the two together as a travel system set), as well as Chicco, Peg Perego, and some Graco Snugride car seats using an adapter.
Organic Crib Mattress: Naturepedic Lightweight Organic Cotton Classic 2-stage crib mattress. $289.
This mattress is slightly more expensive than your standard mattress, but worth the investment as it grows with the child and can be used for every crib sleeper in your family to come. Baby will (eventually!) sleep 12-15 hours a day in his/her crib; making sure the sleeping environment is safe and healthy is one of the most important aspects of a nursery. There is a firm side for infant, and a softer side for toddler comfort. At only 10-12 lbs, this makes crib sheet changes quick and easy for mom and dad, too!
Diaper Pail: Ubbi Diaper Pail. $69.
This diaper pail not only keeps in the lovely diaper smell, but also saves you money as you only use standard 13-gallon trash bags as a liner… no brand specific bags needed here. This eco-friendly pail is made of steel and comes in several different colors to perfectly match your babe’s nursery.
Bathtub: Puj Tub. $45.
BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free, the flaps of this foam tub fold to fit right into the sink. Great for travel as it lays flat and can fit in your suitcase, or hang flat to dry.
Swaddle blankets: Aden + Anais 100% Organic Cotton Muslin blankets. 2-packs start at $28.50.
These blankets will be EVERYTHING to you from birth and beyond. The perfect swaddling blanket, you can also use as a breastfeeding cover or a light layer during walks. You will use these well into toddlerhood and beyond. Highly recommend this as a must-have on every registry!
Play yard/portable crib: Guava Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard. $189.
This portable crib and playard combo has breathable mesh sides that unzip for even more fun for your kiddo as he/she gets older. It is non-toxic and is free of PVC, lead, and flame retardants, and is certified to the GreenGuard Gold standard. (The only travel crib in the world to have received this certification!)
Disposable diapers: Honest Company
Starting at $79.99 per month + free shipping and option to auto ship and make changes to monthly order, you can get an extra 50% off of your first order. Hypoallergenic diaper with sustainable material that is super-absorbent, the core is made of fluff pulp harvested from sustainably managed forests. Well thought out diaper that prevents most leakage and blowouts. Diapers are made without chlorine or bleach processing, without latex, synthetic fragrances or lotions. Not to mention, the prints are to die for!
Carriers: Our best recommendation for choosing a carrier is to join a Babywearing International group and attend a meeting if there is one in your area. The variety of wraps they have in their library is impressive and you will have a chance to try on styles to determine your favorite. Some even have the choice of renting before you buy, and you can get safe babywearing tips and adjustments once you have baby in tow. Some of our favorite carrers: Ergo 360, Tula Free to Grow, Solly Wrap, and Baby K’Tan Organic wrap. (Note: the K’Tan comes in different sizes.)