the green your baby registry guide

Minimalist Baby Registry

Keep it simple, natural and under budget.

Babies Suck

(…on you, a lot.) Our list doesn’t. Welcome to your one-stop shop for unsolicited advice on what you need for your registry. No guessing games of good, better and best. It’s minimal, non-toxic and organic where it matters most (like where your baby will sleep).

Most registry checklists have 100+ items. Ours is under 65 and includes the newborn stage and beyond.

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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

We get it — you'll have your personal preferences (e.g. cloth diapering). Use this list as a guide and then go with your (beautiful pregnant) gut.

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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.

Organic Crib Mattress

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).

Read more about affordable organic crib mattresses here.

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 blanket with velcro or something similar, but they 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.

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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 beat 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 Ecover Zero Unscented Dish Soap is biodegradable and free of fragrance, dyes and chlorine. It scores an "A" on Environmental Working Group. (source)

Use it for everything — from your glass baby bottles to your dirtiest pans.

GreenGuard 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 Glider and Ottoman is Greenguard Gold certified.

It’s a great affordable choice between premium non-toxic chairs that'll set you back $2000+, and really toxic crap.

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Natural Baby Wipes

Even if you’re committed to using washable, reusable wipes, disposable wipes are great to have for daycare use or travel.

WaterWipes are free of fragrance and alcohol. They contain 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract.

Tip: because these wipes aren't high in preservatives, use within 30 days of opening and don't store in high heat.

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.

Read more about safe laundry detergent here.

Non-Toxic Changing Pad

Save money by passing on the changing table and instead using a simple changing pad on your dresser. And, it's portable when you need it.

The made-in-U.S.A. Colgate changing pad is the choice for a GREENGUARD Gold certified and CertiPUR-US certified safe foam pad.


Non-Toxic Convertible Car Seat

Save money and waste by skipping the infant 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).

Make sure you get the Otto SafeWash fabric, which is free of flame retardants. It's removable and safe for up to 30 washes (you'll need it).

City Mini GT Stroller

Although the Baby Jogger City Mini GT stroller is a little pricier, it will last throughout your baby years and has excellent resale value.

Our favorite features: easily reclines for an infant, has all-terrain wheels, a large sun canopy, light-weight and easy-fold. It's also super easy to push, even on grass.

You don't need the latest and greatest. Save a ton and get an older model: it's still awesome.

It's 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.

Choose the Soulsten diaper 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).

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