I was inspired to write this post when I came across a product that I had searched what felt like the entire internet for, casually made its way to me via an ad, several years later. I put in WORK to find the safest available products for my little one. It was not easy. Now, with information being shared so readily, companies are realizing people really don't prefer chemicals and toxins all over their babies and the gear and toys that they use ::lightbulb::. Here are some of our extensively curated favorites for the infant stage and a prayer that your research is much easier because there is more available!
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The fit of this brand is so cozy and wonderful. I prefer the snaps be this way because it is easy to change baby and it looks way more comfortable that the zippers, which all tend to pucker.
So soft and durable!
By far, the softest swaddles we found. They also make a great towel. And they come in lots of beautiful solid colors in addition to pretty patterns!
We have used this since our first baby’s first bath. It is amazing on sensitive skin types and does an amazing job as an adult shampoo too.
This is a newer brand and we love it. The diapers fit baby so great and do not have a bunch of extra bulk.
This brand out performed any other in longest time it was able to be worn. The way they are cut allows them to wear it for many months. They are very high quality as well.
Such a great mattress brand!
This was one of the best things a fellow parent recommended. The manual versions are my great to have on hand and in the diaper bag, but this one is amazing at home!
This is amazing. Light weight and easy to assemble too!
This is also amazing. And not electronic! (Do your homework on that).
There are so many amazing resources now as well for help with learning how to shop and not be green-washed. Two of my absolute favorites are Nontoxic Munchkin and Sprout San Francisco.
I don’t have a ton of toys visible in the living room.
I definitely prefer calm, organized spaces.
Thankfully, most of the more sustainable and safe toy brands fit with that preference in regard to color scheme and design. There is a little corner by the widow that we devote to two large toys in the living room. It’s a corner that is offset from the couch, so it was really a convenient space.
Next, I discovered that legos are best stored in an ottoman with a lid. Reason 1, they cannot be dumped all over the floor (it’s a heavy ottoman). Reason 2, they are hidden unless being enjoyed. Win, win!
I have also decided to give one of my lower kitchen cabinets to the kids for neat, covered book storage.
The other space is next to the couch, where I have a large bin that matches my decor. In it are a few things that do not fit in the other 3 areas, such as vehicles, a blanket, toy camera, etc.
Have you found any clever ways to store your kids toys in a shared environment? Comment below! :)
Open-ended playtime and the safe toys that facilitate that are such a joy to have around. The only noises they produce are generated from the child’s imagination.
We were clued in to this method of entertaining littles really early on, so we never bought the electronic toys that make such a racket (though they have their place on occasion). This has both saved some money as well as sanity.
We have also noted that these open-ended toys are of interest for much longer than the age bracket lists. Some of our favorites are from Hape (“ha-pay”), PlanToys, Green Toys, and Lego Duplo. We always opt for brands with excellent safety standards to be non toxic (yes, that is unfortunately something one needs to intentionally look for in a toy brand).
Rather than iPad apps, we opt for Super Simple Learning on YouTube. The content often fuels the open ended play narrative. Most of their content (especially all things Caitie’s Classroom), has a low-key vibe and is uber educational; all while being delightful and engaging.
Things are a bit different now in the world. Incorporating more of this kind of playtime and content can freshen up imagination as well as a routine!
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