Welcome back to another session of pure unsolicited baby advice from Jen, chief green mama. Put on your stretchiest preg pants and settle in.
Here’s a little secret: the baby industry is loaded with fluff baby stuff. I’d like to let you know really what not to put on baby registry.
Side tangent: Have you even started your baby registry? Don’t wait until your first contraction yikes. Set up your Amazon baby registry now.
First, When & Where Should I Start My Baby Registry?
Time passes quickly when you’re reading about the amazing growth that’s happening prenatal. (But not so quickly when you’re vomiting.)
The typical start time for your registry is around 12 weeks of pregnancy. I go into more detail about this here: when should you start a baby registry.
And where? Can’t say no to the Amazon registry here. They’re only getting better. Here are some perks:
- Easily find a massive selection of organic and non-toxic baby items.
- You can add items from any online store.
- Get a 10% completion discount; 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.
- Returns are always easy with Amazon. They have a free 90-day return policy for baby registry 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).
There are so, so many things out there marketed for babies, and new “must-haves” seem to pop up every day. A big part of being green is keeping it simple. Here’s what you really don’t need and why.
What Not to Put on Baby Registry:
1. Bottle Sterilizer
While it’s important to sterilize your glass baby bottles before your first use, there isn’t a need after the initial cleanse. The American Academy of Family Physicians states “…you can wash the bottles in hot, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. This alone should kill most germs.” Bam, done.
We kick it back to the old days with a pan and some sizzlin’ hot water:
2. Bottle Warmer
Nah, don’t need it. You can serve room temp or even cold (handy when baby’s wailing.)
If they prefer warm: Take a pan with water, heat stovetop until water is warm (not boiling), turn off and place bottle in there for a bit. Always test and make sure it’s lukewarm, not hot.
3. Lots of Formula
We know you’ve heard it time and time again, but breast truly is best. And formula can get ridiculously expensive. If it’s an option for you, be determined to nurse.
The first few weeks are far from easy and the solution to dry, cracked nipples is to, well, nurse more. Unless you have a medical condition, you can continue to nurse, and there’s plenty of support to help you along the way, such as La Leche League, KellyMom, or working directly with a lactation consultant.
The next best thing to nursing is using donated milk. Last option is to go with an organic formula.
Notice I said “lots of formula”… I still think you should have a little available in your home for emergencies:
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4. Bibs, Socks & Shoes
For some reason, people love to buy bibs and socks. You’ll get some at your baby shower without even asking for them. And shoes? Forget about ’em.
5. Baby Food Maker
The blenders/food processors marketed for babies are overpriced and don’t have much of a purpose beyond the baby mash stage. And they have so many parts to clean… that if not done properly, can cause mold – gross. Either:
1. Cook and mash your own food.
2. Use a blender or food processor you already own.
3. Get a Vitamix that’ll last years (think smoothies, nut butters and sorbet for your babies-turned-kids).
4. Have an endless budget (sweet can we be friends)? Check out the best organic baby food delivery options here.
6. Wipe Warmer
Say what? Seriously, room temperature wipes are fine, but you can also warm your wipes for free. Take the wipe and roll it between your clean hands for a few seconds. Shape your hands into a ball and blow your warm breath into it a few times. And voila – a warm wipe.
In addition, some wipe warmers create an environment for bacteria to grow. This could lead to diaper rash. Gross. Leave the wipe warmer off your baby registry.
7. Crib Bumpers
How are these still on the market? The American Academy of Pediatrics states for SIDS prevention — no bumpers or blankets should be used in the crib.
How else can you keep your baby safe? Here’s a great article on baby-proofing your home.
8. Crib Set
Sure, these are adorable, but my oh my they’re expensive. And, since you’re not supposed to have anything in the crib, what’s the point?
9. Baby Laundry Detergent
The second ingredient found in a popular laundry detergent marketed for babies is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS). It may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which is a toxic chemical and is listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a probable human carcinogen. source
Skip all that. You need a safe laundry detergent for your entire family.
For Cryin’ Out Loud, What SHOULD I Put On My Baby Registry?
Peace love & baby kicks.
Care to share?
“Creating my natural baby registry will be fun & stress-free.”
— said no mama, ever.
Let’s get real.
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.