Written by Stacey Kelleher. Reviewed by Sean Busch.
The arrival of an infant is an incredibly exciting time. However, if the parents-to-be are designing a "green" nursery, finding the perfect natural baby gift can feel a little daunting.
From cloth diapers to silicone bibs, we reveal some of the best baby gifts that any household would benefit from (as well as upcoming baby eco trends).
10 of the Best Eco Friendly Baby Products
There’s no way around it: Preparing for a newborn takes an awful lot of time, commitment, and money. Purchasing well-made gifts for future parents ensures a much longer lifespan.
1. Natural Baby Care Products
Puracy developed its entire product line to be used safely around growing families. That's why everything is formulated under the guidance of PhD chemists, pediatricians, and dermatologists.
Fill a basket or diaper bag with products that new parents can depend on to nourish and protect sensitive skin:
Pro Tip: When life’s little messes happen, travel-sized hand sanitizer is a great addition to any diaper bag.
2. Cloth Diapers
During their first year, babies can go through 3,000 diaper changes – and disposable diapers contain a lot of potential toxins and take hundreds of years to decompose.
There’s a huge demand for cloth diapers. And for parents looking to limit their carbon footprint, they can also make excellent eco baby gifts!
Note: While it's absolutely possible to give cleaned and washed cloth diapers, we recommend asking parents first!
Just like diapers, parents can never have enough baby clothes. In a single day, multiple wardrobe changes are needed. Hand-me-downs make for great, eco-friendly baby gifts for plenty of reasons: Clothing gets more use, it reduces consumption, and it saves money.
Pro Tip: Before passing on gently-used kids clothing, wash them in a natural Free and Clear Laundry Detergent.
4. Swaddling Blankets
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that, “When done correctly, swaddling can be an effective technique to help calm infants and promote sleep.” And new parents need all the sleep they can get!
Because newborns spend a good deal of time wrapped up, it’s best to choose soft, breathable fabrics. We love the neutral patterns of these soft, organic cotton blankets.
5. Baby Food Maker
Making your own baby food is the best, most affordable way to ensure that your baby is getting the good stuff (without additives and preservatives). Even though baby food doesn’t start making an appearance until the 6-month mark, any parent will tell you that time flies by fast.
This 4-in-1 Baby Food Maker can go from quick purées to steamed veggies in seconds. We also appreciate how it's BPA-, lead-, and phthalate-free. These are key elements in baby eco trends – and for great reason!
6. Bibs & Placemats
Before you know it, babies are sitting up, grabbing food with both hands (and making a big mess). Bibs and placemats make a big difference in fighting stains.
From sippy cups to placemats to incredibly soft bibs, we love Austin Baby Collection’s food-safe silicone feeding products. These are also seriously resilient phthalate-, BPA-, and PVC-free products!
7. Babysitting Services
If you’re up for diaper duty, parents in need of a date night (or even bath time) will almost certainly appreciate a few hours off. Even better: If you have a trusted sitter, offer to “lend” them for a certain amount of time. Not only is this a thoughtful present, but your sitter also comes pre-vetted by your family.
8. Eco-Friendly Toys
For the first few years of life, children often learn about their world by “mouthing” objects. That can cause parents a bit of anxiety – especially with concerns about choking and the risk of ingesting dangerous substances. Non-toxic baby toys can help alleviate parental worry while providing hours of enjoyment.
Smooth for little teethers and coated with organic jojoba oil, this handmade wood rattle is an excellent holistic baby gift. WubbaNubs are super-cute pacifiers that are made from BPA-free, phthalate-free, medical-grade silicone.
9. Spa Day
A trip to the spa makes for an amazing green baby gift – before the birth! Laura Choate, Ed.D. says that self-care at every stage of parenting is important to reduce stress, maintain an identity outside of parenting, and model good personal habits to children. Plus, a massage helps with pregnancy (and post-natal) aches and pains.
10. House Cleaning Services
Life with a newborn doesn’t leave much free time (or energy) to clean your house. Any parent would surely appreciate the gift of house cleaning services. If you’re researching local cleaning services, be sure to ask if they use non-toxic products that are safe for babies, pets, and the environment. You can also ask if they’re willing to use the products stocked at the gift recipient's home.
Whether they're removing stains from onesies or spraying down diaper mats, our carefully-curated Home Cleaning Box offers safe, effective products for everything that life throws at parents (sometimes literally).
New Baby Trends
There’s no denying that new baby trends revolve around gender neutral colors, sustainability, and high-quality products.
Gender-neutral names, decor, and clothing are on the rise. Searches for unisex nurseries alone went up by a whopping 527% over the past few years. Baby products are no longer relegated to “dolls and pink colors” for girls and “trucks and blue colors” for boys. Instead, the cutest baby gifts ever are available in a wide array of neutral colors and themes.
From diapers to furniture to toys, nearly every inch of the nursery can be “greener” with sustainable, non-toxic materials.
Parents shouldn’t feel pressured to ensure that every single item their baby comes in contact with is eco-friendly. But a switch to natural baby care products can dramatically reduce exposure to undesirable chemicals and ingredients.
Keeping It Real
The idea of “perfect parenting” is starting to fade away in favor of real stories from the trenches. TTC, expectant, and new parents are more able to find support for fertility, postpartum adjustment, parenting burnout, and nursing. Parenting is becoming more about finding joy and support in the day-to-day.
For the Best Eco Baby Gifts, Choose Puracy
Whatever the occasion, Puracy personal care and home products make great gifts for everyone on your list. Our plant-based, natural products are free of caustics, perfumes, phthalates, parabens, allergens, dyes – and much more! You can count on naturally-sourced ingredients that pass the Puracy purity test.