Your Guide to Green Baby Products

September 27, 2018  •   7 min read

This post has been written by our guest contributor: Christabel Homewood


Since learning of the harmful effects of certain ingredients commonly found in cosmetic and household products back in a high school chemistry class I’ve been conscious of what goes in and on my body. During pregnancy I was particularly aware of this and it was important to me that we use green baby products for our daughter after birth as well. Here are some of my favourites:


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Green Skincare Products for Baby

“Recyclable packaging, works in cold water, unscented, breaks down milk/formula proteins easily”

“Easily recyclable or reusable packaging”


I attended a Waldorf school from the age of 18 months to 18 years and as children most of the toys we played with were made of natural materials such as wood, wool, cotton, beeswax, stone, glass, metal, etc. with an emphasis on different textures (not just plastic). At the time these sorts of toys weren’t very popular outside of the Waldorf environment but nowadays with the growing concern for sustainability (and a return to slow living, making more things in the home, supporting artisanal craftsmanship, and the success of platforms like Etsy) they are more common and readily available. Here are some of my favourite green baby products and brands:


Green Baby Toys and Food

“Made from recycled milk bottles and has minimal/mindful packaging.”

“Made from recycled milk bottles and has minimal/mindful packaging.”

“Organic, simple ingredients, no artificial flavours or added sugars.”

“Soft, natural nipples that are easy to latch onto and easy to clean bottles. Phillips also makes accessories so you can add handles and a sippy-cup spout so your bottle can grow with your baby.”

“No-slip, all-in-one mat, easy to wash”

“Far more absorbent than other big brands, no bleach, latex, parabens or perfumes, plant-based fibres, responsibly sourced cotton grown in the USA, sustainable sourced chlorine-free fluff pulp, reduced environmental footprint, produced with 100% renewable energy, no production waste ends up in landfills, 99.35% of all materials entering the manufacturing plant are reused, recycled, or recovered in the last year.”

“We’ve tried so many soothers and my daughter truly prefers the natural rubber and shape of these.”

“Biodegradable natural rubber. (I prefer the handle for the pacifier clip on the Hevea pacifiers to the Natursutten pacifiers but both are great)”

“The best teether we’ve tried by far. Easy to grasp and the spikes allow for an easy bite”

“Durable plastic toys that are recyclable and made from recycled milk bottles.”

“Play based learning, buy less and get WAY more, sustainably harvested wood, organic cotton, baby-safe plastics, recycled paper, and soy inks.”

“Eco fabric, naturally antibacterial, quick drying, machine washable!”

“Natural fibres and no batteries required.”

“For every doll sold, Cuddle + Kind gives 10 meals to children in need.”

“Customizable dolls with skin, hair and outfit options.”


I find that many ethical and/or sustainable baby clothing brands produce quite impractical designs (tricky to put on, delicate, require hand washing or dry cleaning, etc). When it comes to baby clothes my main concerns are fuss-free design (simple to get on and off), durability, and machine washable. Here are a few I love:

Sustainable Clothing Brands for Baby

“So soft, easy to care for, and just the right size for swaddling a newborn and later on as a snuggly stroller blanket.”

“absolutely stunning swaddle blankets and bibs available on Etsy – real keepsake/family heirloom quality.”

“So easy to dress newborns in these well-crafted and cozy pieces that wrap around baby rather than going on over the head.”

“Socks fall off little feet so these footed leggings keep baby toes toasty.”

“Huge selection of top rated sleepwear, ethical sourcing practices, works closely with the safe sleep charity the Lullaby Trust.”


Our little one is 6 months old now and has been interested in picture books since she was about a month old. Here are some of our favourite books (we haven’t gotten to the second half of the list yet):


Books for Baby


  1. Mrs. Peanuckle’s Alphabet Books by Mrs. Peanuckle
  2. My Soft-and-Cuddly Animals by Xavier Deneux
  3. Usborne Baby’s Very First Black And White Library
  4. Maud Lewis 1,2,3 by Shanda LaRamee-Jones
  5. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
  6. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
  7. I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman
  8. World Of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  9. The Complete Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem 
  10. The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
  11. Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  12. Winnie the Pooh Complete Collection by A.A. Milne
  13. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  14. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  15. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  16. The Boy in the Dress by David Williams
  17. Usborne Illustrated Stories From Around The World
  18. Usborne Illustrated Stories From Shakespeare
  19. Usborne Illustrated Stories From Dickens
  20. Usborne Illustrated Stories From The Greek Myths
  21. Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland and Rachel Williams


Some of my favourite stores and online resources
Tips from one new mom to another


During the first few weeks I preferred sleepers with zippers as opposed to poppers as they’re so much easier to undo for quick diaper changes during the night. I found myself fumbling to do up poppers properly without much light. Once our daughter no longer required diaper changes at night I switched to sleepers with poppers because you don’t have to undress/expose their upper half to cold air while changing diapers in the evening before bed or first thing in the morning. I feel like they keep our daughter warmer.


Wraparound newborn clothing is so much easier than pullover pieces in those first few weeks.


Ensure you don’t lose favourite toys (teether, rattle, cuddly toy, etc.) when out and about by looping a pacifier clip through or around a part of it and clip the toy to your baby’s clothes or seatbelt.


Taking a shower with your newborn can be so much easier than trying to bathe them until they have proper head and neck control. It’s lovely skin-on-skin bonding time as well. My husband would hold our daughter while I lathered her up and then I’d rinse her off and pass her back out to him. She loved the snuggle time and the water massaging her back.


Music can work like magic to get your little one to sleep (but of course there are always those times when absolutely nothing works). My parents used to play me A Child’s Gift of Lullabies and The Rock-a-Bye Collection by Tanya Goodman and now I’m listening to them with my baby. Babies love her soothing voice but the lyrics are guaranteed to make mamas and papas tear up. These are really special and inspired songs.


Gently sweeping a clean tissue or square of silky fabric in a downward motion over your baby’s eyes can encourage them to close those peepers. It doesn’t always work but sometimes it’s just the thing our daughter needs to drift off peacefully (often in a matter of seconds).


Muslin squares/burp clothes are an absolute essential at home and in the diaper bag. Marks & Spencer makes wonderful ones. I opted for the colourful ones (as opposed to white) as stains are less visible. However, you could buy the white ones and dye them on your own. is an awesome resource for natural dyes.


Don’t soak or wash stained clothing in hot water. Hot water sets the stains. Soak stained items in cold water with a bit of Seventh Generation Free and Clear Laundry Detergent (which contains the necessary detergents to break down milk, formula, and spit proteins) and Nellie’s Oxygen Brightener. Works like a charm.


If you like to have gendered coloured items for you baby and plan to have more than one kid it can make saving things for hand-me-downs a bit tricky. You can opt to buy certain things in gender neutral colours though to save having to purchase the same items in different colours again next time around. Fewer repeat purchases can mean less waste. I tried to be mindful of this when selecting things like burp cloths, bibs, dishes and utensils, bottles, a stroller (fabric colours), some clothes, and most toys. 

Helpful resources for parents
MotherRisk Helplines based out of the world renowned Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Got questions about what medications you can take while pregnant, what foods you can or can’t have, what cleaning products to avoid? Give the incredible people at MotherRisk a call or check out their website. 
BabyCentre is an incredible resource that offers country and region specific info on contraception, pregnancy, and early childcare. Their websites, books, and apps take cultural differences and preferences into consideration. Unlike some other resources BabyCentre doesn’t use scare tactics or deliberately anxiety inducing language. I found the app invaluable while pregnant. 
The Wonder Weeks book or app/audio book is really great! Simple and really helps to make sense of your baby’s regressions and leaps. I like the app because, to be honest, I just don’t have the time to read as many books as I’d like at the moment. 
One book I absolutely LOVE is Understanding Your Baby by Ayelet Marinovich. This book is thoughtfully written for new parents who want a simple guide to understanding your baby’s development and ideas for how to play with your baby throughout the first year. New parents are so often bombarded with conflicting advice and it’s hard to know what to accept and what to ignore. Reading 1-3 pages of this book per week will give you ample info and inspiration for spending meaningful time with your little one. All you need to participate in the activities in this book are your own body, your voice, and common household items.   
Natural Health after Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness by Aviva Jill Romm. I was given this book by a friend when I was really struggling with my mental health at about 3 months postpartum. She told me she’d read it at 8 months postpartum and wished she’d read it while pregnant. I too wish I’d known of this incredible book while pregnant. If there were just one book I could recommend to expecting parents and their support network this would be it. It contains such valuable information about what to expect in the first few days, weeks, and months postpartum and how to support physical and mental wellness during what can be a really challenging time. If you find yourself struggling emotionally/mentally or physically postpartum reading this book will help you feel far less alone. Supermom is an unrealistic and unfair “ideal”!

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About the Author

Christabel Homewood is a new mom living in Toronto. She’s eager to have open and honest conversations with parents about the realities of pregnancy and postpartum life.

She is also interested in personal and intuitive development. She is passionate about helping people embrace sensitivity, cultivate their ability to be self-aware and self-reflective, foster consciousness, and gain confidence in their abilities by guiding them as they explore their inner world. Heart intelligence is our superpower and this work empowers us to recognize our purpose, see the possibilities/choices available to us, and act/respond from a more grounded place.


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