Non-Toxic baby products I use and recommend: The truth is, much of what we place on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. It is no different than what we put all over our baby’s body.
In fact, babies and children have a higher susceptibility for increased absorption and sensitivity.
As per a recent study, it is critical that infant cleansers and moisturizers be well tolerated and not disrupt the outer layer of the skin. That is because skin-barrier function continues to develop through at least the first year of life.
In a study, they evaluated the tolerance of baby skin-care products with at least 95% naturally derived ingredients on infants and toddlers. They concluded that baby skin-care products were well tolerated by infants and toddlers when used alone or as part of a skin-care regimen.
As parents, we do our best to choose the safest products for our kids. But how do we know which products are safe? The surprising truth is that chemical ingredients in children’s products do not need to be tested for safety before being used. As a result, everyday products can contain chemicals linked with health effects like learning and behavioral problems, hormone disruption, and asthma.
Babies sleep a lot, so it’s important to make their sleep environment as toxin-free as possible. Conventional crib mattresses still often contain flame retardants and other chemicals that can harm your child. Organic crib mattresses will ensure that your baby is not breathing in toxic chemicals while sleeping.
Now that you know what can make a mattress toxic let me tell you about the materials and certifications that make up a non-toxic mattress. They include:
Most certifications are of SOME value, but they can be used sneakily by mattress manufacturers. Manufacturers may claim to have a certification that they don’t actually have. So you really need to ask to see the actually signed certification, keeping in mind that if it’s out of date, it’s worthless.
|Avocado Organic Crib Mattress||Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified, GOTS Certified, GOLS Certified, USDA Organic, Greenguard Gold Certified, MadeSafe-Approved||Shop|
|Brentwood Home Organic Crib Mattress||GOTS Certified, GOLS Certified, Greenguard Gold Certified||Shop|
|Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress||GOTS Certified, Greenguard Gold Certified, MadeSafe-Approved||Shop|
|Soaring Heart Organic Crib Mattress||100% Organic Latex, GOLS & GOTS Certified||Shop|
|Holy Lamb Organics Crib Mattress||Organic cotton, natural and organic wool, all-natural latex||Shop|
|My Green Mattress Organic Crib Mattress||All Handcraft in a family-owned factory that has earned the GOTS and GOLS Organic Factory Certification from Control Union.||Shop|
You should definitely protect your organic mattress, but not with a protector that contains vinyl. The safest alternatives are wool or polyethylene protectors.
All these organic mattress brands that I mentioned above usually have the safest alternatives with wool or polyethylene protectors instead of vinyl.
New clothing, linens, and towels often contain certain chemicals, like formaldehyde resin, that give a wrinkle-free look and reduce the chance of mildew developing during shipping. This chemical has been linked to skin allergies and even cancer. Make sure to wash everything, and keep in mind that even detergent marketed towards babies can contain harmful chemicals like phosphates, parabens, and fragrance. So make sure you purchase a non-toxic laundry detergent.
|Better Life Laundry Detergent||Plant-Based Cleaning Ingredients. Cruelty Free (never tested on animals).||Shop|
|Eco-Me Laundry Detergent||Eco-Friendly formula is made from plant extracts and natural botanicals||Shop|
|Grab Green Laundry Detergent||Naturally effective. No Harsh Chemicals.||Shop|
|Green Shield Laundry Detergent||Non-Toxic, Fragrance Free, Color Safe, Dye Free, Organic, Hypoallergenic, Chemical Free.||Shop|
|Molly's Suds Original Laundry Detergent||Formulated with only four earth-derived ingredients. Eco-Friendly.||Shop|
|Sonett Organic Laundry Liquid Detergent||Vegan. Non-GMO. Not tested on animals. No enzymes, petrochemical raw materials or nanotechnology.||Shop|
Especially when purchasing items that your baby will use daily and have close contact with, like pajamas, onesies, swaddles, blankets, baby carriers, and crib sheets.
|Organic Cotton Pebble Crib Mattress Covers||Organic Cotton, Organic Eucalyptus, Organic Cotton/Non-Toxic Poly Blend, Zinc, Easy-Close Nylon Zipper, Breathe-Thru Technology||Shop|
|Kushies Organic Jersey Crib Sheet||100% certified organic cotton jersey. Fully elasticized. Ethically made in Canada.||Shop|
|Snuggle Me Organic Infant Lounger||100% Organic Cotton. Sustainable & Ethically made. Made in USA||Shop|
|Organic Essential 7 Piece Baby Gift Set||GOTS Certified Organic. Non-Toxic Dyes + Inks. No Added Formaldehyde. Undetectable Levels of Heavy Metals. Pesticide + Herbicide Free.||Shop|
|Kyte BABY Bamboo Bundler Sleep Bag||Sleep bag is made of 97% bamboo rayon. The fabric is breathable and buttery soft to the touch.||Shop|
|Pehr Happy Days Organic Cotton Muslin Swaddle||GOTS Certified Organic. Non-Toxic Dyes + Inks. No Added Formaldehyde. No Flame Retardants. No Known Harmful Phthalates. Pesticide + Herbicide Free.||Shop|
|Nook Sleep Systems Niche Feeding Pillow||Organic Cotton, Organic Eucalyptus, Organic Cotton/Non-Toxic Poly Blend, Zinc, Easy-Close Nylon Zipper, 3D SafeSleep Technology.||Shop|
Harmful chemicals that are given off from items in your home accumulate in the form of dust. Once the baby arrives, it is so important to keep dust at a minimum. Also, make sure that when cleaning your home, that you use the most natural cleaning products available. I like a 50/50 vinegar/water mixture for all-purpose cleaning before and once the baby arrives. Don’t forget to open windows when you can to get the fresh air circulating through your home.
Body wash, diaper ointment, moisturizer, diaper wipes – one would assume that all of these products would be safe and chemical-free. However, that is not the case. Look up all baby products on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database to ensure they are safe for your baby. Choose products that are fragrance-free (NOT the same thing as ‘unscented’), paraben, phthalate, and SLS-free too.
Did you know that diaper companies aren’t required to list what’s in their product on the packaging?
Truth is, there are potentially harmful chemicals that are known to be present in some disposable diapers, including chlorine, dyes, fragrances, phthalates, and more
Here is what you should avoid when buying diaper for your baby:
Needless to say, Pampers and Huggies don’t make the cut, so based on the above criteria; here are the top diaper recommendations for disposable diapers:
|Bambo Nature Eco-Friendly Diapers||Eco-friendly, absorbent and feature a non-woven back sheet to protect the skin.||Shop|
|Responsibly Sourced Bamboo Baby Diapers||Eco-friendly, No Chlorine, Latex, Alcohol, Perfumes, PVC, Lotions, TBT or Phthalates||Shop|
|Nest Baby Diapers for Sensitive Skin||Plant-based diapers for the eco-minded generation, Nest Baby Diapers are made with hand-selected sustainable materials.||Shop|
|Naty by Nature Babycare Eco-Friendly Premium Disposable Diapers||Free from chlorine, latex, TBT, dioxins, phthalates, VOCs, dyes and perfume.||Shop|
|Babyganics Ultra Absorbent Diapers||Formulated without: chlorine, latex, petroleum based lotions or fragrances||Shop|
|Seventh Generation Baby Diapers for Sensitive Skin||Hypoallergenic, free from lotions and fragrances, and the core of our diaper is free from chlorine bleaching||Shop|
|Babo Botanicals 3-in-1 Sensitive Baby Wipes||100% Natural & Biodegradable cloth fiber. No Harsh Chemicals or Irritants.||Shop|
|Honest Baby Plant-Based Wipes||Plant-Based. Pure and Gentle.||Shop|
|Organic Baby Wipes By MADE OF||Free of alcohol and other skin irritants. Free of microbes, heavy metals, parabens, and more.||Shop|
|WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Diaper Wipes||Simply two ingredients, their fragrance baby wipes contains 99.9% water with just a drop of fruit extract.||Shop|
|Everyone for Everybody 3-in-1 Kids Soap||Non GMO Verified, Gluten Free, Recyclable, Cruelty Free, No Synthetic Fragrance and B Certified.||Shop|
|Pipette New Formula Baby Shampoo||Free of synthetic fragrances, cruelty-free, and EWG Verified.||Shop|
|Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Newborn Foam Wash||Contains a soothing, moisturizing blend of shea and coco butter. Perfect for sensitive newborn skin.||Shop|
|Carina Organics Baby Shampoo and Body Wash||Synthetic Free. Tear Free. Hypoallergenic Cruelty Free. Vegan 100% Biodegradable.||Shop|
|Lafe's Natural Body Care||Non GMO, no formaldehyde, no propylene glycol, no phthalates, no triclosans, sodium laurel sulfate free||Shop|
|California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash||Made for babies with dry, sensitive skin, or allergies our 2-in-1 baby wash and shampoo cleans hair, face, body or sensitive areas.||Shop|
|Calming Lavender Body Wash and Shampoo||EMAB makes scented and unscented certified organic baby shampoo/body wash from natural castile soap.||Shop|
|MADE OF Organic Baby Lotion and Shampoo||Made’s Of’s Baby Shampoo & Body Wash is free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.||Shop|
|Hypoallergenic Volume Rich Shampoo||ilicone Free, Toxic Free, Paraben Free, Formaldehyde Free.||Shop|
|Babo Botanicals Oatmilk Calendula Soothing Diaper Cream||This popular diaper cream relies on beeswax, watercress, and vitamin E to soothe sore bums and create a moisture barrier.||Shop|
|Weleda Lotion and Cream||Gentle calendula extract is found in both products and soothes baby skin without any synthetic preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, etc.||Shop|
|Maty’s All-Natural Ointment||For little ones who are prone to eczema, chapped lips, rashes. Maty’s helps soothe skin with coconut and jojoba oil.||Shop|
|Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm||100% organic calendula diaper cream. Rated ONE on the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, the lowest hazard rating a product can achieve.||Shop|
|California Baby Diaper Cream||This water free formula contains zinc oxide and lanolin which helps repair the moisture barrier.||Shop|
|California Baby Calendula Organic Extract||Calendula is great for soothing sensitive skin and well for babies who are prone to Eczema. Lightly scented with essential oils.||Shop|
|Maty’s Chest Rub||Use this soothing rub on baby’s chest, neck or feet for a good night’s sleep when they need a little extra comfort.||Shop|
|Pipette Baby Balm||Plant-derived, extra moisturizing, rich and nourishing for baby’s skin. Contains vitamin E and jojoba.||Shop|
|Natural Baby Calendula Body Cream by Attitude||Their natural baby body cream is paraben-free, silicone-free, PEG-free, formaldehyde-free, and free of synthetic fragrances or perfumes.||Shop|
|MADE OF Organic Diaper Rash Cream||Made Of’s Organic Diaper Rash Cream uses non-nano zinc oxide to create a protective moisture barrier, and organic soothers like avocado and argan oils to heal irritated skin.||Shop|
|Green Goo Baby Balm||Sierra Sage Baby Balm is free of lanolin and all ingredients are organic (including olive oil, calendula, beeswax, and chamomile).||Shop|
|Badger Zinc Oxide Diaper Cream||Badger makes a great zinc everyday diaper cream for preventing diaper rash before it begins, or treating it once it’s started.||Shop|
|Baby Mantra Calming Lotion||Made from the best non-toxic, natural and organic ingredients designed for daily treatment of common baby skin-care issues, including rashes and eczema.||Shop|
|Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment||Preservative and fragrance free, specifically to suit the sensitive skin of babies.||Shop|
|Babybum Sunscreen||This popular diaper cream relies on beeswax, watercress, and vitamin E to soothe sore bums and create a moisture barrier.||Shop|
|Supergoop||Super clean and non-toxic for all ages.||Shop|
|Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen Lotion||Made with non-nano zinc, this broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen is wonderful for the most sensitive skin.||Shop|
|Suntegrity Unscented Natural Mineral Sunscreen||Great for babies and adults alike, this is a 20% non-nano zinc formula is packed with antioxidants and offers broad-spectrum protection of SPF 30.||Shop|
|Babyganics Sunscreen Lotion 50 SPF||It has really good reviews by parents who have used it. This sunscreen contains no PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances or nano-particles.||Shop|
Paint should be VOC-free, wall decals vinyl-free, rugs without stain treatments or adhesives. If possible, wooden furniture should be made of real wood and not wood composite since this will off-gas formaldehyde (at the very least, let it air out well before baby’s arrival).
|Building Green||An Online retailer with several clean paint brands (and sustainable flooring and other non-toxic home building materials)||Shop|
|Claire Paint||Zero VOC paint and colorants,no hazardous air pollutants (HAPs),and no chemicals that have been deemed a concern by EPA.||Shop|
|Milk Paint||Zero VOC, non-toxic,made from 100% organic material.||Shop|
|Bio Shield||The BioShield collection of paints, stains, thinners and waxes is made primarily from naturally-derived raw materials including citrus peel extracts, essential oils, seeds oils, tree resins, inert mineral fillers, tree and bee waxes, lead-free dryers and natural pigments.||Shop|
|Sherwin Williams||Greenguard Gold Certified. Zero VOCs.||Shop|
|Benjamin Moore||Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly. Zero VOCs, Zero emissions.||Shop|
|Ecos Paints||Zero VOCs.||Shop|
|Behr||Greenguard Gold Certified.||Shop|
|Earth Pigments||The Earth Pigments Company is unique in that they sell non-toxic pigment powders and materials for all artistry and home needs.||Shop|
For babies, both toys and bottles will probably end up in the same place: inside their mouths. Stay away from plastic which can potentially leach unsafe chemicals. Even if you plan on breastfeeding exclusively, it’s always a good idea to have baby bottles on hand. Opt for glass and silicone baby bottles and silicone, wood, natural rubber, or organic cloths toys.
The tricky thing about chemicals in toys is that you can’t tell just by looking at them whether they contain toxic chemicals or not. Luckily there is a handy website called ToySafety.org that can help guide you when choosing toys. Additionally, Check for Recalls regularly on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.
|Holle, Organic Goat Milk Infant Formula||EU Organic, Gluten-Free||Shop|
|Lebenswert, Organic Formula||EU Organic, Gluten-Free||Shop|
|Louloka Organic Baby Formula||No GMOs or added sweeteners, colors, or preservatives. No palm oil – substituted with coconut oil for better fat and calcium absorption.||Shop|
|HiPP, Organic Combiotik Formula||EU Organic, Gluten-Free||Shop|
|Klaire Labs, Ther-Biotic Infant Probiotic Powder||Gluten-free, Wheat-free, Dairy/Casein-free, Egg-free, Peanut/Nut-free, Soy-free, Fish/Shellfish-free.||Shop|