Nursery Essentials That Do More
It can be oh-so-tempting to buy all the things when you’re preparing to welcome a new baby! Choosing instead to invest in good quality, eco-conscious nursery essentials that will not only last, but can be used for multiple purposes or stages is a great way to limit the overwhelming mountain of clutter that seems to go hand-in-hand with baby’s arrival. Embrace the power of less!
Cloth diapers have come a long way, baby! AMP’s One Size Duo Pocket Diaper is a perfect marriage between the all-in-twos and the pocket diaper, but in one size! Yup. One. Size! A series of snaps ensures that buying only one set will fill the bill for your growing baby from birth to potty training. Made in Canada. Visit ampdiapers.com.
Echoview Fiber Mill
Inspired by the designer’s own fave childhood coverlet, this heirloom-quality blanket is made on-site at Echoview Fiber Mill from California-grown, 100% organic Supima cotton using a solar-powered knitting machine! Perfect for long naps, car rides, and strolls through the neighbourhood. Visit echoviewnc.com.
Practice the art of capsule wardrobe, baby style, with L’ovedbaby’s certified organic separates. Available in a wide array of mix-and-match possibilities, pair a kimono bodysuit with leggings and layer on a hoodie or cute cap to finish the adorable look! No AZO dyes and the snaps and trims are PVC and nickel-free. NB-24 months. Visit lovedbaby.com.
Helena Baby Carriers
Can’t decide between a woven or buckle wrap? Choose both with Helina’s Meh Dai carrier! Designed and made in Toronto, from GOTS certified organic cotton, low impact dyes, and certiPUR foam (in the strap padding), the carrier is designed to wear baby on front or back. It’s machine washable and generously built for maximum adjustability. Plus it’s pretty darn cute! For babies 8-35 lbs. Visit helinababy.ca
Baby bath products that are safe enough to eat! Shoosha Baby’s Sensitive Skin Organic Baby Wash & Shampoo contains just seven ingredients (!) while Organic Face & Body Lotion is USDA food grade organic lotion that’s alcohol-free! Perfect for super sensitive and eczema-prone skin, the ultra-creamy formulation goes on like a dream without leaving a greasy residue. Both options are available in lavender-vanilla and unscented. Visit shooshatrue.com.
Anyone who’s already raised a wee one will tell you this: a swaddle can do pretty much anything! A blanket, playmat, sunshade, diaper changing mat, nursing cover, burp cloth (and of course, for actual swaddling!), the list goes on! 100% organic muslin with gorgeous graphics, Lewis also has a fab line of organic baby jammies and bedding. Visit lewisishome.com.
Find peace of mind with Bioserie Toys. Their whole line of eco-conscious toys is made from a proprietary blend of plant-based materials, and are certified to be free from harmful chemicals and neurotoxins. Sturdy construction means they can be passed down to the next baby! Find the whole line at Canadian retailers like Snugglebugz! Visit bioserie.com.
TWELVElittle’s Companion Backpack is big enough to tote all those baby necessities but cool enough to take anywhere! Pockets galore both inside and out means you’ll never forget a single thing, and the interior is coated with PVC-free water-resistant lining. Plus, once your baby days are behind you, ditch the included changing pad and you’ve got yourself a hip backpack! Free from PVC, BPA, and phthalates. Visit twelvelittle.com.
Sometimes you don’t want things to last longer — like those one-time-use disposables that don’t biodegrade. On-the-go clean-ups can be stress-free with compostable Natracare Baby Wipes. 100% organic cotton and infused with organic essential oils, these wipes are up to the challenge of everything that exits your baby! Natracare wipes are free from SLS, parabens, and other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives.Visit natracare.com.