Baby Showers And Adding A “Green” Touch

Two weeks ago, The Green Mommy was invited to a friend’s baby shower. She was so pleased to see plenty of BPA-free items on the registry (the selection has grown so much in just the past 3 years!). It got her thinking, though. How can someone add a little “green” to the gift list when it isn’t asked for? Sometimes people are open to guests using their discretion and sometimes they want exactly what they’ve requested. After all, the mom-to-be probably put a lot of effort into choosing exactly what she thinks she and her family will need. You also don’t want to buy something that may end up sitting on a shelf and not being used.

So here are some suggestions for adding a little “green” to the next shower you attend that will likely be appreciated:

  • A non-chemical bath/hair soap  or diaper cream – California Baby and Earth Mama, Angel Baby products can be easily found at many health food stores.
  • Diapers – Cloth diapers aren’t something you would want to  purchase for someone without knowing first if they’re open to using them. But most everyone will need at least one package of disposables, even if they will try cloth. So, buy a package from Seventh Generation or Earth’s Best (both chlorine-free and can be found at many popular chain baby stores).
  • Wipes – Seventh Generation and Tushies makes chlorine-free, unscented wipes that can be found at chain baby stores and health food stores.
  • Clothes – Babies go through tons of them. Buy some nice organic ones. Believe me, these will always be appreciated no matter how “green” or not the new mom is.
  • Crib sheets – they’ll most likely be on the list so give a few organic ones (these, too, can be found at many chain baby stores).
  • Burp cloths – these are often requested so just buy the organic ones.
  • Teethers and toys – there’s a lot to be said about a gentle toy without flashing lights and whistles. Why not a wood rattle or teether made by hand? Try this, this, this, or this.
  • Travel changing pad – Organic, made by hand, and adorable!
  • Books – Go to a used book store and look for one on making your own baby food. Or get “Itsabelly’s Guide To Going Green With Baby”. It can be found at Amazon and other stores.
  • Wrapping gifts – Instead of using traditional paper, use a reuseable bag. Believe me, diaper bags just aren’t enough sometimes!
  • In your note to the mom-to-be, jot down these two web sites that continue to be a great resource to me: www.thesoftlandingbaby.com and www.safemama.com.

You never know – these small changes could turn the new mom into a “Green Mama” in no time!



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2 thoughts on “Baby Showers And Adding A “Green” Touch

  1. I gave my brother and SIL a receiving blanket made from organic cotton. It was so soft! They loved it. It’s possible to reach for an organic or otherwise green option in basic gifts such as toys, clothing, and bedding. This family also loves to shop thrift and second hand. I bought the baby a wooden toy horse, unpainted, from a thrift store – for less than a dollar. I cleaned it well and re-sanded it, and it became a favorite at Christmas — that is, when she wasn’t playing drums on my new hot water bath canner. Oh, babies!

  2. For my brother-in-law and his wife, I made baby changing kits with Seventh Generation diapers and wipes, organic cotton onesies, a solid wood rattle and an Under the Nile organic cotton toy, and California Baby diaper cream. I put it all in organic cotton drawstring bags which I monogrammed with the new baby’s initials!

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