Monday, September 1, 2014

12 Baby Shower Gift Ideas for Eco-friendly and Ethical Moms-to-Be

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For obvious reasons, I've become quite the connoisseur of organic cotton baby clothing and pretty much all things eco-baby as of late, so I thought it was high-time to share what I've found. This first set includes three of my favorite infant clothing companies (so far):
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Samplers are ideal for new Moms who have no way of knowing exactly which brands they prefer just yet. Honest Company Bath and Body Baby Bundle includes a sampling of everything she might need from diapering to bathtime. Other nice options include:

  • This "Baby Road Set" from Mayron's Goods has everything you might need for baby while on the road, and all of it is made from organic oils and ingredients.
  • Babyganics products: you can make your own "New Mom" gift collection by shopping separate items at Target or other drug stores. This brand is a big favorite among my Mom friends, and their ingredient lists are clean, clean, clean.

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Etsy is awash with adorable handknit and handmade wear for fall and winter babies, like this hand knit wool cardigan from Camp and Company, but there are so many more great gift options, like this hilarious knight hat from Thoughtful Stitches (only $23) or this Yoda hat by Nita Mae's Garden.  

The booties and hat are by Tane Organics and available from AHAlife. Each one is handknit from the baby booties, to the hat, to the onesie, though the baby booties are by far my favorite.

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Babyearth.com has an array of affordable, non-toxic, old-school wooden toys and other accessories like this pull-toy alligator or this more modern organic playmat.



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The Perfect Tote (aka diaper bag, aka baby everything bag)
I've never had a friend who is a Mom tell me I will need a diaper bag. Instead, they simply throw diapers and wipes in a ziplock and into their own bucket bags and purses. That said, everyone can use a good tote, and I feel like this Baggu collaboration with West Elm comes close to perfection.

With two ways to carry it, a monogram option, several colors, and a snap closure top that makes it easy to stuff full without worrying about spillage, I think it's well worth its $45 price tag. Add to that the fact that Baggu is a thoughtful company that makes its leather products in New York City and uses only eco-friendly materials like 100% recycled cotton canvas and durable (but recyclable) nylon to make its other bags ethically in China, and I'm sold. I just can't choose a color...apparently they come without the dip-dye as well for only $26.

Last but not least, they would make the perfect (eco-friendly) gift bag to hold other small shower gifts like toys, bottles, bath products. Something for baby, something for Mama.





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