Toddler Style: Back to School on a Budget
When it comes to buying toddler clothes for back to…
Since organic often carries a high price tag, Gugu Guru gets a lot of inquiries from our registrants about eco-friendly products for parents on a tighter budget. We always say that one simple step you can take toward being better to our planet is just buying less for baby and therefore leaving a smaller footprint.
Recently, Amber and Kimmie from Your Milk Shoppe who are also a part of the team of Gugu Concierge baby registry experts comprised a list of their top tips and recommendations for budget eco-friendly products and today we’re sharing this very helpful list with you:
Stroller/Carseat Combo: For active parents on the move, we recommend the Britax B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System. You can find this combo for $349.00 which is a steal! Britax is committed to not using toxic flame retardants in any of their products. The B-Agile stroller is super lightweight, folds down very easily (also with one hand), and features a large canopy for sun protection (so it’s good for a lot of outdoor use) and a generous storage basket. Please note, it doesn’t give you the option to rear-face your child (unless using the car seat), so your baby will always have to face forward when using the stroller seat. The B-Agile is compatible with the Britax B-Safe car seats (and you can save nicely by buying the two together as a travel system set), as well as Chicco, Peg Perego, and some Graco Snugride car seats using an adapter.
Carriers: As a first step to identifying the best product for you personally, try locating a Babywearing International chapter to attend a meeting to try wraps. Our top recommendations for organic on a budget would be the Ergo 360 Organic, Tula Free to Grow, or Baby K’Tan Organic wrap (note: you have to choose a size for the K’Tan.)
Organic Crib Mattress: We recommend the Naturepedic Organic Cotton Classic 2-stage crib mattress ($299). This mattress is slightly more expensive than your standard mattress, but worth the investment as it grows with the child and can be used for every crib sleeper in your family to come. Baby will (eventually!) sleep 12-15 hours a day in his/her crib; making sure the sleeping environment is safe and healthy is one of the most important aspects of a nursery. There is a firm side for infant, and a softer side for toddler comfort.
Diaper Pail: The Ubbi Diaper Pail ($69) not only keeps in the lovely diaper smell, but also saves you money as you only use standard 13-gallon trash bags as a liner… no brand specific bags needed here. This eco-friendly pail is made of steel and comes in several different colors to perfectly match your babe’s nursery.
Bathtub: BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free, the Puj Tub ($45) fits right into the sink. Great for travel as it folds flat and can fit in your suitcase!
Swaddle blankets: Aden + Anais 100% Organic Cotton Muslin blankets ($54.99 for a 3 pack.) These blankets will be EVERYTHING to you from birth and beyond. The perfect swaddling blanket, you can also use as a breastfeeding cover or a light layer during walks. You will use these well into toddlerhood and beyond. Highly recommend these blankets as a must-have on every registry!
Play yard/portable crib: The Guava Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard ($189) portable crib and playard combo has breathable mesh sides that unzip for even more fun for your kiddo as s/he gets older. It is non-toxic and is free of PVC, lead, and flame retardants, and is certified to the GreenGuard Gold standard. (The only travel crib in the world to have received this certification!)
Eco-friendly & premium disposable diapers: Honest Company Diaper Subscription ($79.99 per month + free shipping and option to auto ship and make changes to monthly order.) This hypoallergenic diaper is made with sustainable material that is super-absorbent, the core is made of fluff pulp harvested from sustainably managed forests. We find this a well thought out diaper that prevents most leakage and blowouts. Honest diapers are made without chlorine or bleach processing, without latex, synthetic fragrances or lotions. Not to mention, the prints are to die for!