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Green Baby Must-Haves

As my baby just past the 9 month mark, I've been thinking of the most important green baby items that have gotten me through the last 9 months.  I wanted to share them with you, and hopefully get some more input to help other moms of babies continue to live the green life.

  • Ergo OrganicFirst and foremost, I can't live without my Ergo organic carrier.  Seriously, this is probably the best baby product I bought -- hands down.  The organic variety is 100% organic, and it only runs a little more than the non-organic Ergo carriers.  It supports your back really well.  I can walk miles upon miles with 18 pounds of baby chub cargo without being in any pain.  I like that it's organic, because Isaac tends to chew on the straps, particularly when he teethes.  Plus, the cotton is super soft.  You can get plenty of use out of this carrier, because as your baby gets heavier, it converts to a backpack carrier.   Perfect for shopping, hiking, you name it.  I have absolutely no complaints about this thing!
  • HealthyTimes lotion was my go-to winter product.  Isaac's skin was super dry over the winter, and this lotion helped the dryness without leaving a residue.  I use it myself, too, because my hands get dry from washing my hands after diaper changes.  Great stuff; smells good, too.
  • Thank heavens for Hyland's Teething Tablets!  While they don't replace ibuprofen or acetaminophen for really bad teething pain, they do provide immediate relief.  They are homeopathic and the chamomile is calming.  In fact, even when Isaac isn't teething I've given him these when he's sick or fussy because the chamomile helps him chill out.   I find that Gentle Naturals Teething Drops are similarly effective.  
  • Speaking of teething, most of you are probably familiar with Sophie the Giraffe.  BPA-free, made of natural rubber and food paint, it is the best teether we have.  Isaac even plays with it when he's not teething, but when he is teething, you can't beat chewing of Sophie's horns and hooves.  It is expensive, but worth it because babies love this!  
  • Next, we love our food processor and I recommend anyone with a baby purchase one!  Making your own baby food is really easy and cheap, too.  We usually keep jarred baby food on hand, but homemade baby food is so simple and eco-friendly.
  • Last, but certainly not least:  BumGenius 3.0!  They're now discontinued, as the company has moved on to BumGenius 4.0, but I love these diapers.  If the 4.0 are an improvement, I bet they are near flawless.   Some people have differing opinions on cloth diapers and prefer other types but I am one-size faithful, and BumGenius faithful in particular.

I'd love to hear everyone else's green baby must-haves.  I might think of some other things later, but these were the most important items to me over the last 9 months.   I find that it can be overwhelming when figuring out what to buy and what to register for because there is so much STUFF associated with a baby.  Much of it you can do without, and for many things (like a swing, bouncy seat, etc) you can be green and buy them used.  Check out craigslist or your local consignment store.  


Nellie's to wash the

Nellie's to wash the diapers!

What do you use?

We are actually using Tide

We are actually using Tide right now, per the recommendation of the place where we bought the diapers, even though it's not green.  We like to make our own detergent, though!

I've never used Nellie's detergent, but we LOVE Nellie's dryer balls!  I'll have to try the detergent!  

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