FREE PREGNANCY CHALLENGE: say bye-bye to harsh chemicals & toxins.
Woah wait, are you here because you’re a first-time mom and totally frustrated with all the things your baby supposedly “needs”?
That’s marketing, friend. And overwhelmed and frazzled is exactly how I felt after I realized I was bringing a little bean into the world.
The fact is, I’m pretty simple and low-key with everything else, so why should this be any different?
If you’re anything like me, you’re in the right spot. I’m going to show you exactly what you need (and don’t need) for your little one.
Just like I showed you how to save money on maternity clothes here.
So here it is — the real baby registry must haves. Let’s get to it.
What Should I Put on My Baby Registry List?
Most registry checklists have 100+ items. What you truly need is much less. This minimalist baby registry list is under 65 items and includes the newborn stage and beyond.
No guessing games of good, better and best. The list below is minimal, non-toxic and organic where it matters most (like where your baby will sleep).
Reuse & Reduce
People come out of the woodwork when they hear you’re expecting. Graciously accept what they give or let you borrow. It can save you tons and keeps it green of course. But use your judgement: some things you’ll want to buy new for your baby — like a crib mattress.
Buying new? If you have the room, keep the original packaging. It’s awesome for re-selling or donating to help pay it forward.
Take It Personally
Look, I totally get it, we’re not all the same. You’ll have your personal preferences (e.g. cloth diapering). Use this list as a guide and then go with your (beautiful pregnant) gut.
When Should I Start My Baby Registry?
The typical start time for your registry is around 12 weeks of pregnancy, and it should be completed before your baby shower invitations go out (which is usually around 2-3 months before your baby arrives.)
That’s typical. I can tell you in no way was I starting my registry at 12 weeks. That’s too many weeks spent on thinking about and shopping for baby stuff!?
C’mon mamas, we’ve got better things to do with our time. We’re growing a baby! We need naps and healthy food and chats with friends.
When you have the Green Your Baby Registry Guide, there’s no time wasted. You create it in snap.
Where Should I Start My Baby Registry?
Amazon’s Baby Registry still wins at being the best. You can easily find a massive selection of organic and non-toxic baby items. And, you can add items from any online store.
Other Amazon Baby Registry perks:
- Get a 10% completion discount or 15% completion discount and 20% off diaper subscriptions for Amazon Prime/Family members (which includes a ton of other perks). Note this discount can only be used once and has a time frame: up to 60 days before or up to 60 days after your baby’s arrival date. The completion discount is only valid on selected items in the Baby, Beauty, Grocery, Drugstore, Toys, and Maternity Departments sold on Amazon.com. Even with disclaimers, it’s still a fantastic deal.
- Amazon supports a lot of small businesses by having their items available that typically wouldn’t be an option at big-box stores.
- Amazon carries a lot of organic and non-toxic options that big-box stores typically don’t carry.
- Returns are always easy with Amazon. They have a free 90-day return policy after your due date (Amazon credit).
- Group gifting is also an option for those big-ticket items.
- Emailing friends and family is a simple way to spread the word about your good news. The registry also includes a convenient “thank you list” feature that tracks gift purchases (needed for baby brain).
Is it Rude to Put Your Baby Registry on the Baby Shower Invite?
To put it bluntly, NO. The main purpose is to receive gifts for your baby! It’s also to prepare you best for baby, so that includes getting what you need and want vs. a bunch of random things.
Should I Put Diapers on My Registry?
If you’re cloth diapering, 100% absolutely yes. Even if you’re not, yes. It gives your friends and family some direction as to which kind you want (i.e. non-toxic).
Let’s Do This
All you need to do is check out the awesome natural baby stuff below, then get the Baby Registry guide here.
1. SLEEPING Baby Registry Items
Solid Wood Crib
Keep it simple with the IKEA Sniglar crib. It’s the best combination of affordable and non-toxic. Because it’s made of solid beech wood, it doesn’t have the concern of formaldehyde-filled MDF, particle boards or VOC off-gassing.
Bonus: it’s a convertible crib, so you can take off one side and use it as a toddler daybed. Conversion kit included (most other cribs require an additional purchase).
All of this makes it about the cheapest, most non-toxic crib on the market. Your baby won’t know the difference between this and a $500 crib.
And remember, when you go with the Amazon Registry, you can easily add this IKEA crib.
Crib Mattress with Organic Cover
Put your money where it matters most. You need to avoid polyurethane foam, fire retardants, formaldehyde and VOCs that are lurking in most conventional crib mattresses.
Take the sting out of buying a more expensive organic mattress by choosing the Sniglar crib (above).
Need an in-depth article about why you should spend a little more for a new organic one? Read more about crib mattresses here. Yup, include this in your baby registry.
Benefits of OrganicDream Crib 2-Stage Lightweight Mattress:
- 100% organic cotton breathable cover
- 2-stage design — firm support infant side (for safety) & slightly softer for toddler side
- Lightweight design for easy lifting & changing sheets
- Pure-Air™ Polymer Core made from baby safe, food grade polymer (responsibly sourced)
- GREENGUARD GOLD® Certified (strictest safety standards: free of toxic chemicals, VOCs, and phthalates)
- Free of flame retardants, latex, polyurethane foam, soy, Vinyl/PVC, and formaldehyde
- 100% organic non-toxic and water resistant surface
- Safe hypoallergenic design: breathable organic cotton naturally deters mold, dust, and allergen growth
- Machine-washable removable cover
- Standard Dimensions: 52″ x 28″ x 6″ in (note this will fit your IKEA Sniglar crib as well)
- Made in the U.S.A.
The OrganicDream Crib mattress is a perfect balance between safe and affordable. And it includes a 100% organic cotton cover which is wet resistant for up to 16 hours.
Organic Cotton Swaddle Blankets
Some babies love to be swaddled for sleeping; some don’t. Either way, these GOTS certified organic muslin cotton swaddle blankets will be sufficient for swaddling and/or daytime blanket use as they grow.
Swaddling may seem hard and you may be tempted to buy a baby blanket with velcro or something similar, but sleep sacks can get pretty pricey.
Just think about how they did it back in the day. And now we’ve got YouTube, woah. Find some inspiration here.
Non-Toxic Bassinet (& Travel Crib)
This is a little pricier, but hear us out:
Save money by combining your bassinet, play yard, and travel crib. Since your baby will spend many hours in this (especially at the beginning), we choose to put our money into one that is super non-toxic.
Remember this: your baby may use this as a play area up to age three. The Guava Lotus bassinet and crib combo is GreenGuard Gold Certified and free of flame retardants, PVC, lead, phthalates, formaldehyde and heavy metals. It also comes with the crib and bassinet mattress.
What’s included: a non-toxic travel crib, backpack, crib mattress, bed-level conversion bassinet (rocking or stationary), organic crib sheet, organic bassinet sheet, all for under $350. That’s a steal.
One more thought: do you NEED a bassinet? If you have a big enough bedroom, you can have baby sleep in her crib in your room for the first months, then move the crib into nursery. If that works for you, just get the Lotus travel crib for a bit less.
And remember, when you go with the Amazon Baby Registry, you can easily add this Lotus bassinet and crib.
Other Items Needed for Sleeping
- 100% GOTS Organic Crib Mattress Cover — the mattress I recommend includes a washable cover, but you’ll want one more for those late-night leaks.
- 100% GOTS Organic Cotton Crib Sheets — these affordable, organic crib sheets are so very soft. Have at least three on hand.
- Kushies Organic Fitted Bassinet Sheet — the Guava Lotus bassinet is a bit of an odd size, but I’ve found this Kushies organic bassinet fitted sheet as an inexpensive alternative to their brand. It’ll fit your Lotus bassinet. Get a few for the surprise midnight baby leaks.
- Portable Nightlight — money saver: Skip the multiple lamps and nightlights throughout the years. Get a portable one now for midnight happenings in your room, nursery and beyond.
- Blackout Curtains — don’t forget to put these on your baby registry checklist: baby must haves for nap times and early sunrises. Go with the Amazon Basics blackout curtains which will fit your budget and have the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification (ensuring high safety and environmental standards).
- Baby Monitor — can live without seeing your baby sleep? If so, go with this Audio Baby Monitor. It’ll have the least amount of EMFs (you’ll want to reduce EMF exposure after reading this). Is the video monitor is a must? Make sure it’s voice-activated, turn it off when not in use, and set the camera up as far away from the crib as possible (best option is to install as high as possible above crib). The CasaCam BM100 Video Baby Monitor is affordable, has voice-activation mode, and has easy set-up for wall mounting. Whether you go audio or video, both of these use FHSS (frequency-hopping spread spectrum) technology, which results in lower radiation emissions than other options.
- Sound Machine — sound machines with a white noise option are extremely helpful during the newborn and infant stage. And, you don’t need to spend a ton on one that looks like a stuffed animal. The Big Red Rooster Baby White Noise Machine has 3 lullabies and 3 soothing sounds (including white noise to help with sleep). It’s already a great price and bonus money saver: includes a battery option for on-the-go and a plug-in option for the nursery.
- Non-Toxic Pacifier — Ah the pacifier debate. I didn’t use them for either of my kids, and um, one still has his thumb in his mouth occasionally. So at least you can take a paci away. The trick is to do it at the right time. When they’re newborns, it can be a way to self-soothe before sleep. I’d be hesitant to use natural rubber because a latex allergy is a possibility. If you decide to get one? Go with a medical-grade silicone one.
- 100% GOTS Organic Onesies — Stock up on a few of these GOTS certified organic onesies for beyond sleep. Available in short or long-sleeve depending on the season. Your new baby will live in these baby clothes. Having a winter baby and live in a colder climate? Get these zipped-footed sleepers. Side note: pass on the baby shoes.
- Sustainably Sourced Cotton Laundry Hamper — to put all those adorable (but dirty) clothes.
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2. FEEDING Baby Registry Items
Non-Toxic High Chair
Most wooden high chairs are very nice but come with a hefty price tag of $200+. The IKEA Antilop high chair has everything you need and can’t be beaten for the price tag.
It’s made of the safe #5 plastic: thick hard polypropylene. Wash with warm soapy water.
Safe Dish Soap
Avoid dish soap that’s potentially harmful but still gets the job done. The ATTITUDE Non-Toxic Ecologo Certified Baby Dish Soap is free of fragrance, dyes and chlorine. It’s also EWG Verified, the highest ranking on EWG. (source)
GREENGUARD Gold Nursing Chair & Ottoman
If you can’t find a used nursing chair that meets your needs and don’t have a suitable chair already, go with a new one that has less-toxic fabric than the rest. The DaVinci Maya Swivel Glider and Ottoman is GREENGUARD Gold certified (meaning it won’t emit significant chemical compounds into the air).
It’s a great affordable choice between premium non-toxic chairs that’ll set you back $2000+, and really toxic crap.
Other Items Needed for Feeding
- Nursing Bras — New bras will set you back for sure. Since nursing bras won’t be used for too long, try heading to your local consignment store or checking eBay for gently-used bras that are reviewed as being the best, such as Bravado or U.S. made Majamas Organic bra. If you can, get professionally fitted around 8 months pregnant so you can easily order online.
- Nursing Pads — Washable, reusable nursing pads are the way to go. The Kindred Bravely organic bamboo nursing pads provide a nice contoured fit with three layers — a soft, organic bamboo; a middle absorbing microfiber layer; and a waterproof back layer. It’s the perfect combination and still very thin. The pads come in a 4-pair pack: get two packs for your pregnancy and nursing days.
- Nipple Cream — If you’re nursing for the first time, it takes a bit to adjust. Hang in there, mama. Help ease any discomfort you may have with Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter.
- Manual Breast Pump — Whether you’ll be returning to work or not, you’ll want to have a manual pump handy. Honestly, we’ve talked with several working moms who didn’t need an electric pump. They felt like they had much more control with the manual and were able to pump 16 oz. per day while away from baby. And with less parts, it’s easier to clean, carry and store. Bonus: no plug-in required. I didn’t believe it ’til I tried it and I preferred it much much more. The Evenflo Classic glass bottles fit perfectly. Also consider this Haakaa pump for collecting milk on the other side while you’re pumping or nursing. Want an electric one? You can typically get one for free through your insurance or Medicaid. Check here for Medela electric pumps (my preferred brand) for eligibility, or call your insurance company directly.
- Glass Baby Bottles — Non-toxic and inexpensive is certainly possible with the Evenflo Classic glass baby bottles. Evenflo is a trusted, affordable brand that’s been around for decades. Glass is a natural material (made from superheated sand, soda ash and limestone), so there’s no concern or worry about unknown chemicals when it comes to feeding time. I’ve heard many mamas say their babies won’t take certain nipples, and they end up buying multiple kinds with hefty price tags. My experience? Babies only know what you give them. They’re so adaptable and unless they have a medical condition, they’ll learn to take the bottle no matter the brand. Twelve 4 oz. bottles will be an adequate amount. Read more about glass baby bottles here.
- Bottle Lids — You’ll want some solid bottle lids for freezing your glass bottles — it’s more air-tight than leaving the nipples/covers on. And because milk expands when freezing, make sure to leave some room at the top of bottle. These fit a lot of standard-size bottles.
- Cooler Bag for Baby Bottles — This cooler bag will discreetly fit your manual pump and 4 small (4 oz.) glass bottles. If you’re a working mama, you’ll need two of these: one for you to store your pump and bottles at work, and one for your baby at daycare. Get the larger cooler bag here for four 4 oz. bottles and manual pump; get the smaller bag here for daycare.
- Bottle Brush Cleaner — Go with the OXO Tot bottle brush cleaner. A little pricier than others, but having a stand and nipple cleaner is worth the extra money. The space-saving stand allows the bristles to properly air dry. Fantastic design, and it holds up really well through tons of bottle washes. You won’t need to buy two.
- Bottle Drying Rack — This countertop drying rack is free of BPAs, phthalates and PVC. It’s fantastic for all bottle and pump parts. You’ll also find yourself using it later on for toddler and kid dishes. Dishwasher-friendly but also its three-part design makes it super easy to clean.
- Breastmilk Storage (and food!) — Although the Evenflo glass bottles are great for freezing milk, you may find you want a few more containers if you want to stock up. Get these durable borosilicate leak-proof glass containers in bulk for storing milk and beyond: they’re also perfect for your organic baby food, snacks and travel as they grow.
- Reusable Baby Bottle Labels — Labeling baby bottles is imperative if you’ll be freezing, storing in fridge or if your babe is headed to daycare. I know they’re cute but skip the personalized ones: you won’t be able to reuse or donate in the future. Whether you’re dating your milk or labeling for daycare, you’ll want plenty of these. They’re affordable because they’re not marketed specifically for baby bottles. And they’ll last for years. Tip: writing on and erasing the labels at room temperature will work best.
- Bowls and Spoons — You may be thinking you’re far off from your baby eating a meal, but life happens fast and you’ll be glad to have these suction cup silicone bowls and spoons. 100% FDA approved silicone, highest food safety standards (LFGB) and free of BPAs, lead, phthalates and latex. Tip: Want a few more spoons? Skip the over-priced baby ones and grab a set of stainless steel espresso spoons (included in pre-filled registry).
- Vitamix Blender (aka Baby Food Maker) — Say goodbye to the silly “baby food maker” that’s only good for a year or two. Buy yourself an awesome blender that’s perfect for the whole family and will last. From baby food to nut butters to frozen desserts: this blender does it all. Save even more with a certified refurbished Vitamix, backed by a 3-year full warranty.
- Glass Sippy Cup — Glass? For a baby or toddler? It may sound crazy, but the truth is — even plastic BPA alternative plastics (also called “BPA-free”) are cause for concern. The safe non-toxic Green Sprouts Glass Sip and Straw is the only sippy cup you’ll need. The liquid comes in contact with glass and silicone only. It can transition from sippy to straw — all included. The glass is protected from breaking without having to buy a separate cover. Read more about glass sippy cups here.
- Food for Mama — You may have heard to stock up on freezer meals and rely on family and friends for meals, which is all true. In addition, it’s key to have a few quick, healthy go-to snacks (especially at 3 a.m. after a baby wake-up). If you’re a nursing mom, breastfeeding burns a lot of calories and it’s essential to replenish with nutritious foods. While these shouldn’t replace your whole foods all the time, having a stash of protein-packed, high fiber, low sugar bars such as the Raw RevGlo bars will seriously save you if the fridge is bare.
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3. DIAPERING Baby Registry Items
Natural Baby Wipes
In general, the goal is to not use too many wipes — best for the planet and your pocket. It’s easy to have some reusable wipes and DIY spray nearby when you’re at home. And if you’re cloth diapering, just throw them in the wash together.
I love these Charlie Banana Organic Reusable Baby Wipes. Then, use your own spray of water with a little olive oil and natural soap, or get the Noleo Organic 3-in-1 Diaper Lotion (has the best rating on EWG).
But disposable wipes are great to have on hand for daycare use, travel, and maybe even a blowout-poop-where-you-need-so-many-wipes-you-run-out-of-reusable (been there done that). WaterWipes are free of fragrance and alcohol. They contain 99.9% water and a drop of grapefruit seed extract.
Note the wipes do include benzalkonium chloride, which has brought up some concern in the natural mama club. The company’s response: “Trace amounts of benzalkonium chloride are a byproduct of the grapefruit seed extraction process…The level of benzalkonium chloride that exists in WaterWipes is extremely small (amounts at or below 0.002%) and has no impact on safety of the product. US/European standards tell us that 0.1% or higher must be declared.” I’m ok with this response and feel it’s probably a lot less than what’s put in alternative options. WaterWipes scores a 1 on EWG.
Tip 1: Because these wipes aren’t high in preservatives, use within 30 days of opening and don’t store in high heat.
Tip 2: Throw these in the wash with your cloth diapers, then reuse them for a disposable cleaning wipe. See my pile? Awesome (and apparently I’m not cleaning enough).
Baby-Safe Laundry Detergent
You need a non-toxic laundry detergent. Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder is made without harsh chemicals and carcinogens, but still tough on dirt AND works for cloth diapers.
Skip the laundry detergent that’s marketed for babies and use this for your entire family. Read more about safe laundry detergent here.
Non-Toxic Changing Pad
Save serious money by taking the changing table off your baby registry checklist. Instead, use a simple changing pad on your dresser. Bonus: it’s portable when you need it.
But, do you spring for the $100 organic changing pad? I didn’t and here’s why: your baby won’t be on it for that long. It’s not like a crib mattress. I felt comfortable enough putting a few washable covers over it.
The Sealy changing pad is an affordable choice for a GREENGUARD Gold certified and CertiPUR-US certified safe foam pad. I covered it with changing pad liners and an organic changing pad cover found below.
Other Items Needed for Diapering
- Organic Cloth Diapers — The epitome of saving green and being green is choosing cloth diapers. With the plethora of options out there, we’ve taken the guesswork out and highly recommend stocking up on the GroVia All in One (AIO) Organic Cloth Diaper. They’re so very easy to use with no extra parts (i.e. no stuffing), and the one-size feature (10-35+ lbs) will last through almost the entire diaper stage. Get at least 18 diapers and plan on doing a load of laundry every other day. See here for tips on washing cloth diapers. Don’t have sticker shock and do the math: buying these now could save you thousands of dollars in disposable diaper costs.
- Non-Latex Gloves — Whether you choose to cloth diaper or not (no judgment here), you’ll want a pair of these latex-free gloves to minimize the yuck factor (think: blowouts and vomit).
- Overnight Inserts — Add extra leak protection at night. Hemp is super absorbable without the bulk. Get a 4-pack of these Thirsties Hemp Inserts (size small).
- Flushable Diaper Liners — It’s great to have these GroVia flushable diaper liners on hand for travel (think: easily flushing your baby’s poop down a hotel toilet).
- Diaper Cream — Although diaper rashes are a lot less common with cloth diapers, they do happen occasionally. Clear them up quickly with Boudreaux’s all natural butt paste. This cream is cloth-diaper friendly, but to avoid staining, use an insert between the diaper and cream.
- Coconut Oil — Keep this near your diaper changing area and every so often apply a thin layer to your baby’s diaper area. Coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-viral, antibacterial and cloth-diaper friendly. Nutiva organic unrefined coconut oil is fair-trade. Tip: apply to very dry skin so it doesn’t trap any moisture in, which can cause rashes. See here for more zero-diaper-rash tricks.
- Diaper Sprayer — Life in the cloth diaper lane is a whole lot easier with one of these. It’s not as bad as it seems. Just keep in mind you’re saving some serious money while helping the planet. The Bumworks diaper sprayer kit comes with everything you need to hook up to your toilet.
- Cloth Diaper Wet Bag — You’ll need a few of these: for the bedroom, the bathroom, travel, and if needed, daycare. Just throw them in the wash with your diapers and you won’t need to deal with scrubbing out a diaper pail. These wet diaper bags are an affordable option that come with a snappable hook — ideal for hanging on the doorknob. You’ll find plenty of uses for them once the cloth diaper stage has ended.
- GOTS Organic Cloth Diaper Inserts — You’ll want these OsoCozy unbleached prefolds for everything but the butt. Why you’ll love them: Ditch the burp cloth — they’re typically overpriced and non-absorbent. Use these instead. Perfect for putting underneath your baby while changing a diaper (read more about diaper changing here). Super absorbent: Keep a few in your diaper bag for on-the-go spills or runny noses. Did I mention they’re super absorbent? It gives you endless uses with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. They make awesome rags — from dusting to washing and drying the car. This is a great recycling lesson and they’ll have supplies for chores already (score for mom).
- GOTS Organic Changing Pad Cover — Although the changing pad is waterproof, it’s nice to have a cover to easily remove and wash. Go with this affordable 3-pack of GOTS organic changing pad covers. Tip: always put a new diaper underneath before changing the old diaper to prevent potential pee/poo on pad.
- Changing Pad Liners — These are great to put over/under your changing pad cover or for travel. These changing pad liners are made with a non-toxic TPU, vinyl-free breathable waterproof layer and conveniently come in a 3-pack.
- Non-Toxic Newborn Diapers — Newborn cloth diapers aren’t used for very long and therefore aren’t a great investment. It’s easiest to start out with disposables until your baby is ready for the bundle of cloth diapers previously mentioned (typically around 10 lbs.). Get the Andy Pandy bamboo diapers. They’re 100% free of chlorine, phthalates, latex, PVC, TBT, alcohol, and preservatives. They have a “no leak guarantee.” And, Andy Pandy is a partner and supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Not into cloth diapers? No judgement! — Andy Pandy’s a great brand from newborn to using-the-potty stage. Check out the non-toxic diaper guide here for more options.
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4. BATHING Baby Registry Items
Non-Toxic Baby Bathtub
There isn’t a need for an infant-specific tub for a baby bath when you can have this non-toxic convertible one that will last through toddlerhood. The Primo Euro-Bath baby tub is an affordable, made-in-U.S.A. option that’s free of BPAs, PVCs, phthalates and lead.
Babies are pretty clean and don’t need much soap. In fact, too much soap will strip your baby’s natural oils and will dry out the skin. The all-natural Earth Mama Angel Baby Wash is my favorite for both skin and hair. And don’t have sticker stock: the 34 oz. foaming wash lasted over a year for me!
Why you’ll love: made without synthetic fragrances, triclosan, phthalates, parabens, harsh sulfates, petrochemicals, petroleum or petroleum byproducts. And the buy in bulk option = less waste of packaging.
Note: this is not a “no-tear” formula (those are typically made with the bad stuff). Use the self-foaming bottle so the wash stays just where you want it, and use extra care around the eyes.
Other Items Needed for Bathing
- Organic Bamboo Baby/Toddler Towel — Save money by passing on the small thin infant towels that don’t absorb and don’t last. This organic bamboo bath towel is super soft, eco-friendly and large enough (35″ x 35″) to be used at least a few years or more. And it still has the hood for cute photo opps with your happiest baby.
- Organic Washcloths — Although marketed as wipes, you’ll love to keep the Charlie Banana organic cotton soft washcloth within arm’s reach to clean your baby’s skin. It comes as a handy 10-pack and a percentage of the sale is donated to Operation Smile.
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5. TRAVELING Baby Registry Items
Non-Toxic Convertible Car Seat
Save serious cash and waste by skipping the infant car seat and going straight to a convertible. Better yet, the Britax One4Life ClickTight All-in-One Car Seat goes from 5 lb. to 120 lb., has a steel frame and is safe to use for 10 years. It also has a fantastic maximum rear-facing weight of 50 lbs. (rear-facing is 5x safer, so the longer your baby can sit rear-facing, the better). I personally didn’t miss the infant car seat.
Make sure you get the Otto SafeWash fabric, which is a great choice for a non-toxic car seat without flame retardants. It’s removable and safe for up to 30 washes (you’ll need it).
City Mini GT Stroller
Although the City Mini is a little pricier, it will last throughout your baby years and has excellent resale value.
Here’s what’s great about this baby gear:
- Easily reclines for an infant (no infant carrier needed)
- All-terrain wheels
- A legit, large sun canopy
- Light-weight and easy-to-fold
- Super easy to push and turn, even on grass
You don’t need the latest and greatest with a stroller. Save a ton and get a used older model locally or online: it’s still awesome (just be sure to check for recalls).
The City Mini GT is free of flame retardants, PVC, BPA, latex, Teflon, phthalates, AZO dyes and Scotchguard.
Soulsten Diaper Bag Backpack
Since your baby won’t be nestled up to the diaper bag, an organic one isn’t worth the cost.
Skip the typical diaper bag and get yourself a backpack. Because the weight is distributed better, backpacks are so much better for your body.
It’s made with a waterproof oxford canvas fabric with 15 compartments (yup, you’ll need them all).
Other Items Needed for Traveling
- Organic Infant Head Support — You’ll want the Organic DorDor & GorGor Infant Head Support for the stroller. The organic cotton is GOTS certified, easily washable and has an adjustable height for your growing baby.
- Organic Beco Gemini Baby Carrier — Purchase just one carrier to fit all of your needs. The Beco Gemini baby carrier has a front, back and hip-carry option and works for 7-35 lbs.
- Portable Rocker — The Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Portable Rocker is an affordable solution that will last from infancy up to 40 lbs. It’s super easy to move through the house so you can keep an eye on them, and (possibly) still get some chores done. It’s an all-around great baby item to have. The rocker is free of flame retardants, phthalates, latex, lead and BPA. Note: the rocker can be unsafe when baby is sleeping. General rule: babies are safest when sleeping on a flat surface and not inclined in any way.
- Travel Wipes Case — Get an easy-open wipe container when you’re out and about. The Skip Hop Grab and Go wipes case is a great solution and comes with a convenient silicone strap. The case holds up to 25 wipes and is free of PVC and phthalates.
- Travel Placemat — A good placemat can be very helpful when your baby is ready to sit up and eat, but not quite ready to keep a plate or bowl on the table. These placemats have a built-in loop closure that makes it easy and convenient to fold up and stick into your diaper bag. As your baby grows, the mat can still be used as a fun dining experience for them. Easy-wipe silicone gets most of the mess off, then can be thoroughly washed when you get home. It’s made of non-slip, food-grade silicone and free of BPA, PVC, lead, latex, and phthalates.
- Travel Hook-on Chair — While not absolutely necessary, this travel chair that clips to most tables makes dining out a bit easier and a bit more fun. It’s also great to have while on vacation, visiting family and friends, and even if you’re thinking of skipping the traditional high chair in your home. The Inglesia Fast Chair is free of flame retardants, PVC, BPA, phthalates and lead.
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6. HEALTH & SAFETY Baby Registry Items
- Rectal Thermometer — While not the most fun, the rectal thermometer has been clinically proven to be the most accurate for infants up to three months. Choose the Vicks Pediatric Baby Rectal Thermometer. It reads in 10 seconds and is designed with a short probe for safe measurements.
- Baby Nail File — Skip the baby nail clippers (and the dreaded bloody finger clip) by choosing a nail file. The Baby Blue Giraffe nail file is made from genuine Czech glass and is able to quickly and gently file your infant’s nails safely and effectively.
- Teething Rings — Say goodbye to toxic soft plastic and stick these in your freezer instead. These medical-grade silicone teething rings are free of BPA, PVC, phthalates and nitrosamine.
- Dye-Free Fever Reducer — A fever is a natural healthy response to infection or illness so if it’s not too high, it’s best to wait it out and comfort your baby without medication. In rare cases, infant Motrin ibuprofen can be used over 6 months of age. It could be an essential baby product to have on hand. Always check with your pediatrician first.
- Baby Saline Spray — Snots happen when you’re a baby so choose a gentle, natural solution. The made-in-U.S.A. Boogie Mist saline spray is non-medicated, hypoallergenic and free of preservatives.
- Plug Protectors — You’ll need these plug protectors so your crawling baby can’t stick something into an outlet (like their tiny finger).
That’s all for now, hope this helps! Get the entire natural baby registry guide here.
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About the Author
Jen Brady — Chief Green Mama
Mom of two. Wife of one. Holistic nutritional consultant. Amateur biohacker. Guide of the Green Yourself Pregnancy Challenge. Author of the Green Your Baby Registry Guide.
I'm wild about pregnancy and babies (in a sane way) and I need to steer you away from harsh chemicals and hormone disruptors. Stick with me to keep it lean and green.