I’ve gotten a lot of requests for a post on our baby registry! I felt really pressed for time the past couple of months, so I honestly relied a lot on the website Gentle Nursery for reviews and recommendations for products that are nontoxic. I would have loved to put a billion hours of research into finding nontoxic items for our registry, but Yasmine, the blogger behind the website, basically already did that! And she has two boys of her own, so I trust her reviews. She honestly made it so easy to look at each category and decide what we wanted to add to our own registry. Our friends with children were also a huge help – especially my friend Sara that put together a “must have” list for us of all the items she used (and didn’t use) for her six month old. This isn’t *everything* our list, but is a really good start!
Since we heard meal time can get pretty messy and that babies’ food makes contact with the surface of the high-chair, we wanted to add a nontoxic high chair on our baby registry! (Yes, we know that the baby won’t need this until a while, but we wanted to be prepared, haha.) The Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair is made from solid beechwood and water-based paint, and is manufactured in Europe and free of BPA and phthalates. After reading a bunch of reviews, it seems like a great choice – I also really love that this product can transition through childhood and beyond, and won’t be obsolete in 6 months or less!
You already knooooow how I feel about plastic in the kitchen! We ditched pretty much every single plastic item in our kitchen before we even got pregnant… so searching for glass baby bottles just made sense to us. Philips Avent bottles come with a breast-shaped nipple that is also designed to prevent babies from swallowing air to reduce colic and gas. We also want to get a silicone sleeve to make it a little easier to hold. (P.S. I plan to breastfeed, but we will still need bottles occasionally!)
We added these BPA-free silicone bibs to our registry for mealtime. They’re easy to clean, come in a bunch of pretty colors and have amazing reviews on Amazon.
We added this on to our registry after one of my best friends told me it was “essential!” Apparently you can spend a lot of time cleaning and sterilizing bottles by hand, but having a steam sterilizer really makes a huge difference. We liked the Wabi Baby one because it has a pretty big basket inside and you can comfortably fit a lot of items inside (like bottles and pumping parts). Plus it dries everything for you, so you don’t have to leave items out on a drying rack on your counter.
Babybjorn baby bouncer in pink
We have a few friends that swear by this BABYBJORN baby bouncer! My friend owns some fancy bouncers, but her baby still prefers this BABYBJORN one. With the BABYBJORN, your baby’s own movements keep them happily bouncing (so you don’t really have to push the seat to bounce your baby, unless you want to). It has four different positions and can be used from birth to age two, making it very versatile. The fabric used is Oexo-Tek certified, meaning it’s free from harmful substances.
We wanted a white noise machine to play at night because it emulates the sounds of the womb and helps babies sleep (and can also mask background noises like the sound of washing dishes, etc!). The Marpac white machine is known for being the best white noise machine – it’s even the official sound machine of the National Sleep Foundation. What sets it apart from others is that it has an actual fan inside, making it a true white noise machine, as opposed to other devices that simply playing a recording of white noise.
We added this pacifier to the list because it’s made of 100% medical-grade silicone and free of phthalates. And it matches this cute pacifier clip! If you’re going to get the pacifier, just be sure to pay attention to the stages – Stage 1 is for babies without teeth and Stage 2 is for babies with teeth. (Also, we heard that we may have to test out a bunch of pacifiers because babies can be picky, haha! We also added this one.)
You may have seen Sophie the Giraffe before… all of my friends’ babies have one, and the toy has more than 8,000 five-star reviews on Amazon!!! It’s made from natural rubber and is completely safe for babies. Harvested from the hevea tree, natural rubber is a great choice for teething toys because of its flexible and chewy texture and natural antibacterial properties.
This diaper balm is an herbal salve that reduces diaper rash and redness. It’s 100% organic and contains no artificial dyes or fragrances, petroleum products, mineral oil, Vitamin E, phthalates, or parabens. It’s packed with healing and soothing ingredients like calendula and lavender, and can even be used on eczema, bug bites and scrapes.
One thing I did do my own research on was diapers! Conventional disposable diapers aren’t a good option for babies. A 1999 study published in the Archives of Environmental Health found that mice exposed to VOC chemicals emitted by conventional diapers had asthma-like reactions. Other chemicals commonly found in conventional diapers include chlorine, tributyltin, fragrances, dyes and plastic. There is something that makes me really nervous about having all those chemicals close to a baby’s genitals for 24 hours a day! We decided to add Andy Pandy Bamboo Diapers to our registry and fingers crossed that they’re a good fit for our baby. Andy Pandy diapers are chlorine-free, biodegradable and eco-friendly. They contain no phthalates, BPA, PVC, alcohol, TBT or preservatives. They’re made with bamboo fibers and are naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial (making them a great choice for babies with sensitive skin, too).
There are a bunch of toxic chemicals that come in conventional baby wipes. Water Wipes are the best wipes I could find on the market because of their minimal ingredients – they even have EWG’s best rating of 1. The one downside is that because they don’t contain any preservatives, you have to use them quickly (within a month or so).
We knew we wanted a wooden play gym for the baby, and this one is absolutely darling! It’s made of unfinished beech and free of chemicals, and encourages early motor skills while giving babies something to look at, hold and manipulate. I also like how this one had a lot of neutral and natural colors, so it would coordinate with any nursery’s color scheme!
We decided against the Snoo and added the Halo Bassinet to our registry, instead. There were a few reasons for this, that I don’t really feel like getting into, haha! I have a few friends that swear by the Halo. We will keep it right beside our bed for the first several months! Here are some of the things we really liked about the Halo: it has breathable mesh sides, is BPA-free, and has a base that can be tucked under your bed to allow mamas to easily get the baby without getting completely out of bed (this will help a lot during midnight feedings!). The downside is that the Halo bassinet does contain polyester and polyurethane foam, though they claim that there are no flame retardants used in any of their products. They do make an organic bassinet mattress, which we also added to our registry!
My friend said the Ubi diaper pail was a MUST because it locks in all of the diaper odors. In addition to my friend raving about it, it also has amazing reviews on Amazon! We almost went with the light pink color, but decided on the grey instead so that we can hopefully use it for multiple babies.
I can’t wait for bath time with baby! This bath tub is free of BPA, lead and phthalates. It can be used from birth to 24 months and has two bathing positions designed to keep babies from slipping into the bath water. It’s pretty big, so I think we will have to put this into our actual bath tub to use it! It also looks like we will have to add some sort of towel or pad to make it softer for baby, since it looks like a hard material.
If there’s anything I missed or anything you SWORE by for your baby, please let us all know in the comments!!!