Eco-Friendly Infant Gifts
Going to a baby shower and stumped about what to buy? Give gifts both mom and baby can feel good about. Green baby gifts are good for the environment, safe for baby, and now easy to find in stores. Parents have enough to worry about than whether toys contain lead paint. Not only will you be giving baby a quality present, you’ll be giving mom peace of mind. Here are some guidelines to follow when looking for the perfect green baby gift.
Once relegated to specialty online stores, organic baby items are now making waves. Organic baby clothes and skin care products can even be found in big name retail stores. The organic trend is no mystery – not only are organic fabrics good for the environment, they’re soothing to a baby’s sensitive skin. Organic pajamas, swaddling blankets, bibs, and stuffed animals are made from natural fibers whose plants weren’t sprayed with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers – unlike their conventional counterparts. Besides cotton and hemp, a new fabric to try is bamboo, which is hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial, and can prevent skin irritations. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, making it a highly sustainable choice.
Teething time is no fun. When those pearly whites start poking through a baby’s mouth, parents scramble for a remedy – any remedy. Instead of buying teething gel containing artificial food coloring, consider purchasing a baby necklace made from Baltic amber – a natural pain reliever. Baltic amber necklaces release healing oils that are absorbed into the skin, providing natural teething relief – just make sure parents know the necklaces are meant to be worn, not chewed. Also look into homeopathic remedies for colic, teething, gas and earaches.
Look for wooden toys made out of natural, sustainable wood and non-toxic paints – as well as made in the U.S. – or European countries, since many have strict safety standards. Wooden toys eliminate waste since they’re fully recyclable and more durable than plastic. Best of all, parents won’t have to worry if their baby’s toys contain lead paint.
Every baby needs diapers. If you know the parents are receptive to cloth diapers, order them a cloth diaper trial pack or purchase a cloth diapering service for a few months. Cloth diapers are easy to use – the hardest part is deciding which ones to buy. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed – let the parents decide which style is right. Sampler packs take the guesswork out of cloth diapering and can be bought from specialty online stores. You can even order cloth diapers arranged as a diaper cake.
BPA-Free Bottles and Sippy Cups
Bisphenol A (BPA) has been getting a lot of heat. Claimed to increase the risk of certain cancers, BPA is found in some bottles, sippy cups, and pacifiers. If the parents are in the market for bottles and pacifiers, make sure to purchase ones marked as BPA-free. These can be found in big name retail stores or online.
Your eco-friendly infant gifts will allow mom, baby, and the environment to breathe a collective sigh of relief. Free from toxins and oh-so-cute, natural baby products are the wave of the future.