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Nursery Product Recommendations

MADE SAFE® Certified Products:

Bioserie for rattles, stackers and toys
Happsy for organic baby crib mattresses and protector pads
Lullaby Earth for baby mattress covers, toppers, and crib mattresses
MamaEarth for diaper cream
Natracare
for nursing and maternity pads
Naturepedic for baby bassinets & cradles, baby and kids mattresses, changing table pads, and bedding
Neal’s Yard Remedies for baby balm and powder
Pleni Naturals for baby balm

Recommended Products, not MADE SAFE Certified:

Aden + Anais for muslin baby products
Babo Botanicals for diaper cream
BAMBO Nature for disposable diapers
Blooms Baby’s biodegradable Sensitive Wipes made from sustainably derived plant cellulose
Earth Baby for clothing, skincare, baby food and other good stuff
Earth-Baby: diaper service that has cloth and compostable options
Honest Diapers for disposable diapers
Our Green House for changing pads and play mats

Tiny Tots: diaper service that has cloth and compostable options
Weleda for diaper cream


Tips:
  • Switch to 100% cotton or wool bedding which are inherently flame resistant.
  • Overlay an organic cotton or wool topper on a regular mattress to minimize exposure to flame retardants and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Avoid foam baby products where possible. Be aware of the products with a high likelihood of containing toxic chemicals in their fabric or foam. Think: furniture, nursery gliders and rockers, baby changing mats and more. The Green Science Policy Institute tested and found such chemicals in: nursing pillows, car seats, sleeping wedges, portable crib mattresses, baby carriers, strollers, and changing table pads.[1]  
  • Simplify the number of baby products in your home. Babies can be exposed to fire retardant chemicals in foam-based products such as bassinets, car seats, and nursery gliders. Testing has shown exposure levels were highest in households with more baby products.[2]
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting usually has a foam mat underneath filled with chemicals like flame retardants. Carpeting can also be coated for durability with chemicals which are considered harmful and off-gas considerably, especially when new.[3] Use only natural fiber rugs — soft ones made from 100% cotton or wool carpets are ideal; use them without padding, and make sure there is no synthetic plastic backing to the rug. Read the details of the item carefully and/or check in store before buying.
  • Switch away from baby wipes: Use soft cotton washcloths with warm water (and gentle soap when necessary) instead. If you must use them on occasion, choose wipes made from a fully compostable material (no plastic!) using mild ingredients and no fragrance.
  • Diapers: If you choose disposable diapers, look for chlorine-free, fragrance-free, and dye-free to avoid potential effects of dioxin. The Environmental Protection Agency has identified dioxins as a “likely human carcinogen.” [4]
  • Choose water-based paints and/or NO VOC paints for the walls of your home and especially the nursery.[5]
  • Limit renovation while pregnant or while the baby is young, unless you are not on the premises and there’s no risk of VOCs, solvents, excess dust, heavy metals or other possible exposures.
  • Buy sleepwear made from organic natural fiber cotton that meets flammability standards but doesn’t contain chemical flame retardants.[6]
  • Remember that thumbs are nature’s natural pacifier; if you use a pacifier make sure it’s 100% hospital-grade silicone.
  • When buying furniture, look for items made from real wood without glues, adhesives and veneers.
  • Many diaper creams contain titanium dioxide, which is toxic to aquatic life so it should be used sparingly.
  • Creams may be unnecessary if you change diapers often enough. If needed, try something like pure shea butter.
  • Use the Naturepedic baby changing pad to avoid flame retardant-filled foam pads. A folded cotton towel serves anywhere as an easy surface to change baby’s diapers.
  • If breastfeeding and your nipples get cracked and sore, avoid a lanolin-based cream which can carry heavy metals. Try some olive oil or another oil to keep nipples from chafing.

[1] Flame Retardants in Baby Products: What You Can Do
[2] Baby Products can expose infants to a toxic chemical, study finds
[3] Reactions to Carpet Emissions: A Case Series, Anderson, J.H. July 2009
[4] Learn about Dioxin, EPA
[5] Recommendations from Heather White, former Executive Director, Environmental Working Group
[6] Children’s Pajamas and Flame Retardants

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