9 Non-toxic Gift Ideas for the Trendy New Mom
Your best friend has her first baby on the way and it’s time to adorn her with gifts! You've decided to go off-registry to find something unique, but you slowly realize she’s the single hardest person to impress. She's always up on the latest trends and would never step foot inside Buy Buy Baby - unless she ran out of diapers before her Honest bundle arrived. She’s a regular Goop reader, follows her favorite indie brands on instagram and does her best to keep a non-toxic household. It’s a seemingly impossible task and you don’t have the time to research. No need to stress, we’ve got you covered!
Here are 9 non-toxic gift ideas your discerning friends will rave about:
Teethers: Loulou Lollipop
This Canadian based company makes products for mamas and their babies that are both functional and chic. The Trinity teething rings rattle when shaken and are handmade with food grade silicone and birch wood conditioned with organic oil and beeswax. The founding sisters made safety a priority and as a result their products are free of PVC, phthalates, BPAs, lead and cadmium. Also included in their lineup are teething necklaces, swaddle blankets and teething pacifier clips.
Rubber Toys: Oli & Carol
This Barcelona-based company specializes in designing rubber toys for modern parents and their kids. They are made of 100% pure rubber from Hevea trees with safe dyes making them sustainable, non-toxic and safe to chew on. The toys are made without the typical little holes present in most traditional rubber toys so that water does not accumulate, which allows bacteria and mold to grow inside. The designs are fun, whimsical and completely safe for your children – they’re free of PVC, BPA, phthalates and nitrosamines. They are multifunctional and often used as bath toys, teethers, decorative objects and more.
Swaddle Blanket: Modern Burlap
Modern Burlap specializes in monochromatic swaddle blankets, sheets, throws, quilts and other cloth baby accessories. Their swaddles are made with pre-washed GOTS certified organic cotton muslin fabrics making them sustainable and gentle on your baby’s skin. Most products have a modern and minimalist black and white aesthetic that is hard to find elsewhere.
Cooler Bag - SoYoung
This large linen cooler bag is used daily in my household. It’s a must-have whether it’s used to pack breast milk, food for day care or a picnic lunch on the weekend. SoYoung‘s bags are eco-friendly, machine washable (with an easy to clean removable insert) and are PVC, phthalate, BPA and lead free. Their designs are modern and minimalist in nature so you won’t mind taking it out when you're sans baby as well.
Hooded Bath Robe: MilkBarn
All baby households have a hooded towel, but do they have a hooded bath robe fit for a newborn?! These adorable robes are mini versions of the adult kind and boast unique and playful designs. Their towels are made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton terry and are intended for ages 0-9 months. Every mom will be swooning over these.
Wooden Letter Blocks: Maison Deux
Maison Deux was founded in 2016 and produces minimalist wooden blocks for those with a millennial mindset. The set includes a # and the letters A through Z for fun phrases like #momfail and #sundaysnuggles. The blocks are crafted from FSC-certified oak with round corners and child-friendly paint. This set is great for stacking with your child as well as decorating the nursery.
Activity Gym: Clover & Birch
This minimalist baby gym is an aesthetically pleasing alternative to the eyesores sold at Buy Buy Baby. Created with the finest local pine, each gym has been sanded smooth and features rounded edges. It is fully adjustable and has pine pieces hanging from 100% cotton rope. This modern toy is a stylish addition to any home.
Play Mat: Little Nomad
This is definitely a splurge, but if you’re contributing to a group gift or maybe just spoiling your best friend then this will surely be a showstopper. Little Nomad offers beautiful foam play mats that resemble an heirloom rug. They are timeless, beautiful and constructed with non-toxic EVA foam to ensure the safety of your children.
Baby Book: Artifact Uprising
If you haven’t heard of Artifact Uprising yet you can just thank me now. Their baby book labeled, “The Story of You” is designed with busy parents in mind and serves as a modern take on the classic baby book. Rather than remembering and recording specific dates and times for typical milestones – this book focuses on everyday meaningful moments. Also, they offer high-quality custom prints, albums and frames with a clean and modern look. With their help, everyday people like us can produce custom albums and prints that look as if they were purchased through a professional photographer. As if it doesn't get any better, they're committed to sustainability through sourcing raw materials made from recycled paper and reclaimed beetle pines.