Top low-tox baby products

I am so thrilled every time I hear from a friend who wants to low-tox their home. Although we often decide we want an immediate change, please be mindful of wastage – if you can longer tolerate a product, can you pass it on to a family member or friend rather than throwing it out?

As a family with a 7 year old, 5 year old & 5 month old, I am conscious of not only what they eat, but what goes onto their skin & into their body by other means.

Low-tox baby wipes – Tooshies by Tom are my absolute favourite, with the added bonus of being compostable.

Low-tox baby moisturisers. I use a few different ones – as a side note, I embrace minimalism but a couple were given by friends as gifts so I also use these on myself:

  1. Wotnot baby lotion – contains no sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, caustics, glycols, artificial fragrances or preservatives.
  2. Thank-you baby lotion – contains no SLS, SLES or parabens. Contains avocado oil, rosehip oil, marshmallow & chamomile.
  3. Weleda calendula cream – even the smell makes me feel calm with light notes of lavender, but also a soft sweetness.

Talc-free mineral powder: Little Innoscents. I’ve been using this on my 5 mmonth old since the day she was born & she has never once had nappy rash.

Compostable bamboo toothbrushes. How many toothbrushes does your household throw out each year to contribute directly to landfill? You can buy these in brown paper packaging through Nourished Life.

Toothpaste: Little Innoscents Milky Whites organic toothpaste – I’ve added a photo comparing this toothpaste to a standard supermarket purchased Colgate kids toothpaste. Until recently, I had never read the ingredients of kids toothpaste – perhaps as I regarded it as an “essential” product & wasn’t aware of the alternatives.

Baby bottom cream: Bubba Organics – proudly contain no parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates (SLS), mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colours. It does contain delicious ingredients including aloe vera juice, olive fruit oil, shea butter , goat milk, lavender & rosemary.

Compostable nappy bags: Wotnot

A few other things to note – it can be a hard balance to choose something sustainable, ethical, local, environmentally friendly & low-tox. Have a logical think before you make your purchases – for example, my baby has been given all hand me down clothes. They are not all from the most ethical producers however I feel that as they have been purchased & already worn by at least 2 children, it would be more sustainable for her to wear them than to buy something new that she will only get a few wears out of before she grows into the next size.

Sustainable & ethical babies

Having just had my third baby & being much more low-tox, ethical, sustainable & generally more mindful of my contribution to the world, I’m doing things a bit differently this time.

I am not perfect & am not claiming to be, but I genuinely believe if we all take some micro-actions to better the planet, it can make a big impact.

Say yes to hand me downs & loans! There is a lot of crap that babies use in the first year or so that then becomes obsolete…..

We have been given a cot from a family friend. We gave this same family friend a car seat my boys had grown out of a few years ago, along with a lot of toys.

I had to buy 2 fitted cot sheets, so I opted for ones made from bamboo as a more sustainable, less sprayed material.

We are borrowing a baby capsule seat & bouncer from a friend, who already had both items on loan to other friends (yay to me being at least the 4th person to use!).

Baby Bjorn – my Godmother gave me the Baby Bjorn her daughter used & no longer required.

Clothes – 2 very generous Mums (thank-you again Vic & Sheree!) have literally given me over a garbage bag each worth of baby girl clothes & im using the blankets I already had for the boys. 

I have chosen to buy Tooshies by Tom nappies & wipes, which are a more sustainable option.

I bought a new pram as we live in an area where we do a lot by foot including walking my 2 sons to & from school every day. 

Baby products – I bought Little Innoscents 100% talc-free “mineral powder” & Wotnot baby lotion. I refuse to buy chemically laden brands like Johnson & Johnson. I wasn’t educated enough at the time my previous sons were born to do this. 

What are your sustainable choices?
Any brands to recommend?