Our focus was to minimize the introduction of too many chemicals to Baby Wu early on in his life. As such, we spent time researching non-toxic baby products. Here is the list we ended up buying, hopefully it helps simplify your shopping if you share a similar philosophy.
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- Travel: car seat, stroller
- Sleep: crib, mattress, sheets, swaddles
- Change: diapers, changing pad, wipes, cream, air purifier
- Feed: breast pump, bottles, formula, sterilizer, burp clothes, herbs
- Bath: bath wash, massage oil
- Lounge: play mat, carriers, bouncer, portable crib,
- Prenatal Resources: books, documentaries, vitamins
- Pregnancy Hospital Bag:
- Non-Toxic Baby Registry: travel, sleep, change, feed, bath
- Baby Medicine Cabinet:
- Postnatal Recovery:
Baby cannot come home without a car seat so buy ASAP.
Lightweight, stability leg, chemical-free flame retardant, GOTS certified organic fabric.
Lightweight, UPF 50+ canopy, OEKO-TEX certified free of harmful chemicals
non-nano Zinc Oxide
In the beginning, baby sleeps more than 80% of the day. As a result, it is important that the crib and mattress create a healthy sleep environment, free of VOCs and harsh chemicals.
With cribs, aim to avoid VOCs from formaldehyde adhesives, polyurethane finishes and manufactured woods such as particleboard or MDF. Another way to think about it is furniture should have no smell.
The best value non-toxic crib is surprisingly made by IKEA. In the original version of the product, the base used to be particleboard. A few years ago, IKEA replaced the particleboard base with solid wood slats. As of 2020, it is 100% solid hard wood (beech) with no finish.
Highlighted by the Washington Post in 2013, a 2003-2004 study by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that 97% of Americans had flame retardants in their blood. Just like with our adult mattress, we wanted to avoid polyurethane foam, flame retardant chemicals, PVC waterproof coverings, and phthlates plasticizers.
Latex Free Mattress
If a parent is allergic to latex, there is a 25-50% chance Baby will also have a latex allergy. As a precaution, we decided to go with a non-latex mattress by Naturepedic. If you can afford it, go with the 252 coil option for a more even weight distribution.
GOTS certified organic for no pesticides in the cotton growth, OEKO-TEX certified TPU moisture barrier for no harmful chemicals in production, GREENGUARD GOLD compliant for low VOC emissions, waterproof for those late night accidents.
Burt’s Bees has built an amazing brand focusing on the quality of ingredients used in its natural skincare lines, and this quality has carried over to its baby products. All of their linen items are GOTS certified and reasonably priced.
Despite the popularity with easy to use sleep sacks such as the Miracle Blanket, nothing beats a nice tight swaddle. Swaddle blankets are also super versatile for emergency burp clothes, changing pads, and extra warmth so definitely get some extras.
Natural White Noise Machine
For sensitive babies to help keep them sleeping in a quiet house.
In the early days, it is best to keep Baby in the same room with you whenever possible, to hear the microsounds. If not possible, Eufy is a great option to keep track that doesn’t require your phone.
Tummy Time Companion
We wanted Baby Wu to think of our dogs as his lifelong companions, so we got one closer to his size to keep him company.
Diapers are a tough category as not only are there big differences in the quality of materials used, but also vast differences in size and fit.
In this particular category, for the first month we went with exceptionally breathable diapers from Japan, excellent for babies with sensitive skin. They are soft, breathable, and have the pee indicator.
After the first month, we changed over to Moony diapers as they are much more absorbent while still very breathable. Moony’s emphasis is to reduce the amount of diaper contact points with the skin
Waterproof diaper changing pad. Whatever is cheap and waterproof.
Use a swaddle blanket for extra comfort and warmth.
Keeps dirty diapers and dirty smells in.
Avoid ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), phthalates, methylisothiazolinone (MIT), propylene glycol, butylcarbamate (IPBC), polyethylene glycols (PEGs), parabens, phenoxyethanol, triclosan, alcohol, fragrances, formaldehyde and unnecessary additives. Preferably look for an EWG Skin Deep Score of 1.
We went with the simple Water Wipes. 99.9% water with a dash of benzalkonium chloride for preservation on 20% viscose and 80% polyester sheet. Use within 30 days of opening.
A necessity in cold climates to make diaper changing a more pleasant experience for all.
We found that it is best to use dry tissue to clean a poopy diaper and using wet wipes to finish.
For the inevitable diaper rash, caused by pee or poo touching Baby skin for too long.
We tried a bunch, and settled with the tried and true CeraVe.
Medical Grade Air Purifier (Alternative)
0.003 micron hospital grade air filtration to filter viruses.
If possible, breastfed babies will typically get a better nutrition profile than formula fed. If you think about it, the fact that the current understanding of nutrition changes every year highlights the continued lack of understanding and likely lack of discovery of many key nutrients that will be added in future formula as science progresses.
Hospital Grade Breast Pump (Rental)
If you are serious about breast-feeding, the goal is to get your milk production up as fast as possible. Rent a hospital grade pump to accelerate this. Most hospitals have it available for new mothers and can be rented on a weekly or monthly basis, often cheaper than online prices. The Medela Symphony has a special program to mimic the newborn sucking pattern to help stimulate breast milk production.
Be proactive and use early.
Glass Baby Bottle
Unsurprisingly, the best baby bottles are made in Japan. Borosilicate glass bottles for non-porous temperature shock, silicone nipples for sterility, time calibrated flow speed sizing. Super slow flow nipples are important to teach Baby to still work for the milk. Pigeon owns Lansinoh and uses the Lansinoh brand in the US for their bottles and nipples.
- SS (Babies 0+ Months): ~10m for 50ml
- S (1 Month Old Baby +): ~10 min for 100ml
- M (3 Months Old Baby +): ~10 min for 150ml
- L (6 Months Old Baby +): ~10 min for 200ml
- LL (9 Months Old Baby +): ~5 min for 200ml
Plastic Baby Bottle
If you are ok with plastic, Pigeon owns Lansinoh.
A non-steam based bottle warmer. Works well with borosilicate glass bottles from freezer to mouth.
Something to get in all those hard to reach places.
Free of harsh chemicals including SLS, SLES, parabens, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, formaldehyde, antibacterial agents, fragrances.
Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer
Large capacity, steam based sterilizer with short and long drying cycles.
Hardwood frame, GREENGUARD GOLD Certified.
Rather than an ottoman for the glider, use a step stool to elevate one leg to put Baby in a more comfortable feeding position. We bought 3 because they are so useful.
GOTS certified organic.
Comfortable for feeding during recovery.
To make sure baby is eating enough to grow.
While breast feeding is usually the best option, the most important thing in the first week is a full baby. Research indicates that malnourishment as a baby can cause permanent developmental problems. If mother’s milk is slow to come in, supplement. It’s pretty obvious Baby isn’t getting enough nutrients if you can’t get Baby to stop crying. In the early days, Baby doesn’t cry without a reason, so pay attention.
Ready to Feed Formula – Europe Import (Pre 1M)
In the first month, it is highly recommended to use ready to feed formula. Not only is it convenient, but it is also much more sterile.
HiPP uses lactose instead of maltodextrin, but uses palm oil.
Ready to Feed Formula – US (Alternative)
If you can’t find European formula or if Baby doesn’t digest it well, try American formula. Every Baby digests differently, so experiment until you have good poop.
Similac Pro Advance does not use palm oil.
Toddler Formula (Post 1Y)
Once Baby passes 1 year.
Infant Milk Thermostat
Water always has the potential for bacteria, especially for sensitive little ones like Baby.
A staple in Asia to maintain infant food sterility, infant “milk thermostats” will bring water to a full boil for sterility before cooling it back down to the optimal formula feeding temperature of 45 degrees celsius. Adjust the temperature based on Baby preferences.
Probiotics and Vitamin D
To help that digestion mature.
Weighted Straw Cup
Collapsible with stretchable newborn sling.
Aloe leaf juice base with oatmilk and calendula oil. EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1.
GOTS certified organic.
Baby Massage Oil
Cold-pressed, cosmetic-grade camellia oleifera oil, ideal for post bath baby massage. Organic and kosher certified.
Baby Nail Scissors
Easier than nail clippers
While you would expect Baby to always sleep in the crib, it is exceptionally convenient to have a portable bed so he can sleep in whichever room you are in. Baby Wu loved his DockATot.
Free of BPA, EVA, formaldehyde, phthalates and lead (Tested to European Toy Standards EN71).
This play mat is made of food-grade, low-density polyethylene foam. OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified free of harsh chemicals. Perfect for tummy time exercises and crawling practice.
Structured Baby Carrier
A wonderful structured carrier.
The baby gate, re-invented.
Portable travel crib and play pen, perfect for around the house or visiting friends.