Ask any parent and they’ll tell you: you can never be too prepared when it comes time to bring your baby home. From clothes to accessories to bath products, there’s always something new parents find themselves in need of when they first bring a baby into their lives. The good news? While late-night Amazon Prime orders and 24-hour pharmacy runs may still be a rite of passage for many parents, there are plenty of great eco-friendly gifts friends and family members can give expectant moms that will help with those unexpected bumps in the road. Better yet, choosing these eco-friendly gifts for expectant moms over traditional products will mean you’re making the planet a safer, more sustainable place in the process.
BreathableBaby Deluxe Breathable Mesh Crib Liner
Cribs are undeniably the safest places for little ones to sleep, but they also present a very real danger to babies, who can easily get their legs and arms stuck between a crib’s slats, potentially injuring themselves along the way. Fortunately, the BreathableBaby Deluxe Breathable Mesh Crib Liner reduce the likelihood of slat entrapments and climb outs. Thanks to its unique polyester mesh, which is both free of harmful chemicals and 25 times more permeable than a traditional crib bumper a leading pediatric pulmonologist concluded that mesh crib liners do not restrict infant breathing inflows and would be unlikely to increase suffocation risk for infants. Not only does it keep babies safe from getting their limbs trapped in their cribs but a 2015 Journal of Pediatrics article called for the regulation of traditional crib bumpers and differentiated those products with mesh crib liners. The BreathableBaby Deluxe liner allows the baby to breathe easily and keep all its little limbs inside the crib when he moves. Highly recommended.
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap
Your baby’s first bath is an adorable, often photo-op-worthy, milestone that many parents remember for years to come. However, so many of the bath time products aimed at new parents are loaded with things that are not only harmful for the planet, but can also be harmful for a new baby’s sensitive skin. If you’re looking for a great, eco-friendly gift for a new parent, this Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap more than fits the bill. In addition to being unscented, this gentle soap is made with olive, hemp, jojoba, palm kernel, and coconut oil, the combination of which will help keep baby’s skin moisturized and healthy after every bath.
Calmies Natural Teether
Teething is an undeniably difficult phase to cope with for parents, who will do virtually anything to help their little ones deal with what can seem like unbearable pain. Fortunately, for those who want to give a new parent an eco-friendly, highly useful gift, this Calmies Natural Teether is ideal. Made from 100% natural rubber with no BPA, phthalates, parabens, or PVC, this combo teether-and-toy is safe for baby to chew on and can even help children develop their fine motor skills, as well.
Greentom 3-in-1 Stroller
Strollers are generally one of the most expensive purchases new parents make, and can seem like a waste, considering the short amount of time they’re often used for, and how many years their non-recyclable parts end up sitting in landfills afterwards. If you want to give the new parents in your life a gift they’ll treasure for years to come—and one that benefits the environment, as well—try this Greentom 3-in-1 stroller on for size. Weighing just 15 pounds, with a frame made from recycled plastic and an interior organic mattress, this stroller will have your little one riding in comfort and eco-friendly safety. Better yet, its 2.2-gallon storage basket means there’s plenty of room to take all of their gear around with you, too.
Help set up a home playroom
Want to give your friends the ultimate eco-friendly gift? Help contribute to a playroom for their home. While some buildings, like 180 East 88th Street, list playrooms among their plush amenities, those in less-luxe digs may need a little help to get the perfect play space started. A set of unpainted wooden blocks, a wooden stacking toy, some board books, and some sustainably-crafted dolls are all great additions to any playroom. Even if your friends don’t have the space for a full playroom, a wooden play yard can help create a safe, walled-off space that little ones can enjoy in any room of the house.
Preparing for a new baby is an undeniably nerve-racking experience, but getting the right gear beforehand can make all the difference when it comes time to bring your little one home. These thoughtful gifts will make even nervous first-time moms feel well-prepared to bring their bundles of joy home.
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