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Natural Eco-Friendly Green Baby Registry Checklist

Natural, Eco-Friendly, Green Baby Registry Checklist

Natural, Eco-Friendly, Green Baby Registry Checklist

Looking for ways to give your baby a natural and environmentally friendly introduction into the world? This green baby registry checklist can help you find natural, eco-friendly and organic baby products to include on your baby shower registry. Or, if you are shopping for a baby shower gift, find the perfect natural or organic baby gift for your eco-conscious friend or relative.

 

Here are some points to consider when creating a green baby shower registry:

What does a baby actually need?

As a child, I loved caring for my baby dolls. I fed them bottles of magically disappearing milk, applied a cloud of baby powder while changing their diapers, and pushed them in a stroller around our yard. But now that it is time to prepare for my real baby, I do not plan to use bottles, baby powder, or even a stroller!

While extensively traveling during the past four years and seeing how other cultures care for their infants, I realized that many of the baby items we call essentials in the U.S. are not actually necessary. I can picture baby-themed wrapping paper, covered in “quintessential” baby products (baby carriages, bottles, pacifiers, diapers)– none of which are actually needed to raise a baby! Yes, even diapers are a luxurious extra. With their extensive populations, it’s a good thing that most parents in China and India do not rely on diapers. In China, babies and toddlers commonly wear bottomless pants, which allow them to go when they’ve gotta go. Attentive parents in India know when to hold their babies away from themselves, to allow for potty opportunities.

In the U.S. there is an adapted version of this practice called “natural infant hygiene” or “EC” for “elimination communication”. I like to call it “pee in the toilet”. For this method you still use diapers as back-up, but try to catch as much as you can in a potty. This is an eco-friendly alternative to complete diaper reliance, as far fewer disposable diapers or cloth diaper washes are needed.

A stroller is not crucial, either. While traveling throughout Sri Lanka I only saw one baby stroller, and that was at the airport. Parents simply carried their babies in their arms. In many Asian cultures, babies are carried in backpacks or worn in a sling. In addition to making it easier to navigate crowded places, baby-wearing facilitates attachment parenting techniques, breastfeeding and elimination communication.

Keeping Your Baby Registry Eco-Friendly

To keep your baby registry eco-friendly, reduce, reuse, and re-evaluate.

Reduce

When it came time for me to create a baby registry, I wanted to make it as eco-friendly as possible. I realized that just as important as the items I chose to include on my list were those I chose to exclude. I skipped any items not needed for my lifestyle and parenting philosophies. Most baby registry checklists are compiled by stores wishing to sell their products. No wonder you need 2-3 strollers and 10-12 bodysuits! A first step to greening your baby registry is to leave off items you are not likely to use on a regular basis.

Reuse

As a second step, you may be able to get many items second hand or slightly used from friends or relatives.

Re-Evaluate

Finally, when selecting the items to add to your registry, you can look for those products which are the most natural, organic and eco-friendly. To make this process easier, I compiled a list of items you may want to add to your registry, including specific recommended products. Some of these items I did not include on my personal registry, since I was able to get hand-me-downs from friends and family. And it is more than likely that you will want to add a few items you consider essential, since my parenting style is more minimalistic than most Westerners.

Where to Create a Green Baby Registry

Skip Babies “R” Us, which offers few natural or eco-friendly baby products. Giggle offers natural and organic options, but their selection is not that extensive. The best option I could find for creating an green baby registry is Amazon Baby Registry, which allows you to add items not only from Amazon, but from any website. I used the Universal Registry feature to add handmade items from Etsy, as a way to support small businesses and find unique items.

Green Baby Registry Checklist

Download Printable PDF: Green_Baby_Registry_Checklist_Natural_Beauty_Lifestyle

Disclosure: Most of the links to suggested products below are affiliate links. If you click on one of my affiliate links and make a purchase, there will be no extra charge to you, but I will receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting Natural Beauty Lifestyle.

Category

Item

Suggested Product

Bedding Bassinet or Co-sleeper Cariboo Folding Bassinet
(2) Fitted Organic Sheets Naturepedic Organic Cotton Bassinet Fitted Sheet ~OR~ Kushies Organic Jersey Bassinet Fitted Sheet
Cloth Diapering (6-12) Cloth Diaper Covers {On average, newborns use 8-12 diapers/ 24 hours.} gDiapers Newborn Bundle ~OR~ Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap
(24-36) Cloth Diaper Inserts ~OR~ Diaper Laundry Service Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds Diaper ~OR~ BabyKicks Joey-Bunz Premium
Diaper Fasteners {optional} Snappi Diaper Fasteners
Swim Diaper {optional} Bummis Swimmi Cloth Diapers
(40-60) Cloth Wipes OsoCozy Organic Flannel Baby Wipes
~OR~ BabyKicks Hemparoo Washies Baby Wipes
Natural Disposable Wipes Honest Wipes from: The Honest Company
Diaper Pail Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail
(2) Diaper Pail Liners Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner
(2) Wet Bags Planet Wise Wet/Dry Diaper Bag
Diaper Bag Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Diaper Bag
Laundry Soap Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Soap  Review
Changing Pad Naturepedic Organic Cotton Contoured Changing Pad
(2) Changing Pad Covers Naturepedic Organic Cotton Changing Pad Cover
Diaper Sprayer bumGenius Diaper Sprayer
Diaper Rash Cream Angel Baby Bottom Balm 60 ml. (2 oz.) from: Earth Mama Angel Baby LLC.
Natural Infant Hygiene / EC Book on Natural Infant Hygiene Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene ~OR~ Go Diaper Free: A Simplified Handbook for Elimination Communication
Cloth Fitted Diaper Kissaluvs Fitted Diaper
Prefold Diapers Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds Diaper
Diaper Belt {holds on prefold without a cover} EC Wear Diaper Belts from: EC Wear
Training Pants Ecapants Drop Flap Training Pants
Potty Bowl {for lap} Potty Bowl from: The EC Store
Potty BecoPotty ~OR~ BABYBJORN Smart Potty
Travel Potty 2-in-1 Potette Plus
Toilet Trainer Bumbo Toilet Trainer
Waterproof pad {fleece, hemp or wool} Sckoon Organic Merino Wool Bed Puddle Pad
~OR~ Naturepedic Waterproof Pad
Breastfeeding Nursing Pillow and Pillow Cover The Nesting Pillow
(8-12) Burp Cloths SwaddleDesigns Organic Cotton Baby Burpie Set
Nursing Cover Simple by Bebe Au Lait Organic Nursing Cover
Washable Nursing Pads Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads
Nipple Cream Natural Nipple Butter 60 ml. (2 oz.) from: Earth Mama Angel Baby LLC.
Warm/Cold Packs Booby Tubes®
from: Earth Mama Angel Baby LLC.
Bottle Feeding Glass Bottles Philips AVENT 4 Ounce Natural Glass Bottle
Natural Fiber Bottle Brush Bürstenhaus Redecker Bottle Brush
Breast Pump Philips Avent Manual Comfort Breast Pump ~OR~ Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump
Breast Milk Storage Bags Honeysuckle Biodegradable Breast Milk Storage Bags
Glass Bowl with Lid {for hand-expressed milk} Pyrex Glass Storage Container with Lid
Eating Solid Food (6-8) Bibs Mimi the Sardine Coated Organic Cotton Bib
Eco Friendly Plates, Utensils, and Cups Zoë b Organic Fantastic Anti-Plastic Dishes Set ~OR~ Spuds Open Plate, Spuds Utensil Set, and Spuds Open Cup
Wooden High Chair Keekaroo High Chair, Infant Insert and Tray Combo
Bathing & Grooming Bathtub Spababy Upright Baby Eco Bath Tub
(6-8) Washcloths Satsuma Designs Organic Wash Cloths ~OR~ Bamboo Baby Washcloths
(2) Hooded Bath Towels Funkoos Organic Hooded Towel
Bath Robe {optional} Funkoos Organic Bathrobe
Shampoo/ Body Wash Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash 160 ml. (5.3 oz.) from: Earth Mama Angel Baby LLC.
Baby Oil Angel Baby Oil 120 ml. (4 oz.) from: Earth Mama Angel Baby LLC.
Hair Brush Fuchs Baby Natural Bristle Wood Hairbrush
Nail Clippers & Emery Boards Safety 1st Complete Nail Care Set
Nail Brush Sugarbooger Maple Baby Nail Brush
Thermometer Baby Thermometer
Toothbrush Baby Toothbrush
Baby Wearing Wrap/Sling Baby K’tan Organic Baby Carrier
Soft Structured Carrier ERGObaby Organic Baby Carrier
Car Seat Infant Car Seat
Infant Head Support
Clothing (2-4) Receiving Blankets Under The Nile Organic Swaddle Blankets ~OR~ Woombie Organic Airwrap Blankets
(2) Swaddle Blankets Summer Infant SwaddleMe Organic Cotton
(2) Sleep Sacks Swaddledesigns Zzzipme Sack Eco Fleece
(2-6) Sleep Gowns Funkoos Organic Sleep Gown
(6-8) Baby Tee Shirts {good for EC} ~OR~ Bodysuits/ Onesies Under The Nile Organic Tee Shirt ~OR~ Organic Onesies
(1-2) Sweaters Joobles Organic Baby Cardigan ~OR~ Babysoy Reversible Hoodie
(2-4 pairs) Leg Warmers or Thigh High Socks {good for EC} Organic Cotton Baby Leg Warmers ~OR~ Rock-a-Thigh Baby Socks
(4-6) Pants BabySoy Pants ~OR~ Under the Nile Organic Cotton Footed Pant
(4-8 pairs) Socks Kee-Ka Organic Sock Set
(2-4) Caps Kee-Ka Organic Cap Set
~OR~ BabySoy Hat
Sun Hat Flap Happy Baby UPF 50+ Floppy Hat
Hamper or Laundry Bag Honey-Can-Do Cotton Laundry Bag
Toys Natural Teething Toy Maple Teethers ~OR~ Hevea Panda Teether
Wooden Rattle Wooden Bead Rattle
Wooden Toys Plan Toys Wooden Toys
Organic Cotton Toys Under the Nile Toy
Biodegradable Toys Zoë b Organic Biodegradable Beach Toys
Natural Bath Toys Hevea Natural Rubber Bath Toys
Decor Wall Decals Nursery Wall Decal
Lamp Natural Light LED Desk Lamp

Download Printable PDF: Green_Baby_Registry_Checklist_Natural_Beauty_Lifestyle

What natural baby products do you recommend to include on a baby registry?

About the Author:

Heidi Avelino is constantly searching for ways to live a natural and eco-friendly lifestyle. From switching to safe natural beauty products to adopting natural parenting methods. Follow along for the latest on natural products, DIY recipes, eating greener, and natural parenting. Aloha!

4 Comments on "Natural Eco-Friendly Green Baby Registry Checklist"

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  1. David says:

    Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for this great list. Love the work you put into it. Would you be open to another recommended book for Elimination Communication? Also at Amazon? Go Diaper Free: A Simplified Handbook for Elimination Communication. This book has been purchased by parents all around the world and was written by Andrea Olson.

    Thanks again!
    David

    • Heidi Avelino says:

      Hi David,
      Thanks for the suggestion. I have not yet read “Go Diaper Free: A Simplified Handbook for Elimination Communication”. I will add it to my reading list. Once I’ve read it I will consider writing a review or adding it to the baby registry checklist. Thanks for stopping by Natural Beauty Lifestyle!

      • David says:

        Hi Heidi,

        Great. Please contact me at my email address provided and I would be happy to get you a copy of the book at no cost for your reading and review.

        Thanks so much for the consideration.

        Regards,
        David

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