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Diaper Bag, Deconstructed
You may think of your diaper bag primarily as a portable changing station, but organized parents know that it can be so much more. What don’t you want in your diaper bag? Phthalates, used to make plastic flexible (rubber duckies, pacifiers, and sippy cups) and stabilize fragrance (diapers, wipes, and diaper cream); BPAs, used to make plastic hard (baby bottles); and parabens, preservatives in lotions and shampoos. Why not take the chemicals out of the skin—and mouths—of babes and offer your baby safe alternatives instead?
Stay safe—and stylish—with a water-repellent diaper bag free of vinyl and phthalates. $150, fleurville.com
Synthetic fragrance (aka phthalates) doesn’t belong on baby’s skin. Instead, try Lavera Baby Neutral Diaper Cream with organic shea butter and soothing evening primrose oil. $15, 1.6 oz; lavera.com .
Each baby in disposables generates at least a ton of waste for the landfill, but cloth diapers lack convenience on the go. Make the perfect compromise with Gdiapers, flushable diapers made without chlorine, dyes, perfumes, or plastic. $27, starter kit; gdiapers.com
BPA-free bottles and sippy cups
Bypass dangerous plastics and let baby sip from Green-to-Grow bottles made of BPA- and phthalate-free polypropylene plastic ($9.95, 5 oz; greentogrow.com ). For toxin-free sippy cups, try Born Free ($10.59, 10 oz; newbornfree.com ).
Be prepared for blowouts with this hip, organic cotton onesie guaranteed to charm. $24; rock nrollbabies.com
Toss the Purell, which uses hormone-disrupting triclocarban and triclosan to do its dirty work, and reach for plant-based EO Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray instead. $2.69, 0.33 oz; eoproducts.com
Most conventional wipes come soaked with propylene glycol, a petrochemical used in antifreeze. But Seventh Generation wipes use only moisturizing glycerin and aloe to keep baby’s bum rash-free. $3; seventhgeneration.com
Fun, colorful bibs made with an eco-friendly coating (Oeko-Tex) resist water and soiling—critical when baby’s just learning to master the art of a spoon. $15; mimithesardine.com
Free of PVC (vinyl), phthalates, and BPA, Thinkbaby’s stylin’ stainless steel tableware (with snap-on covers) also avoids potentially hazardous melamine, a common resin used in toddler dishes. $42, 8-piece set; thinkbabybottles.com
Mommy’s Little Helper
Revive your flagging energy with Garden of Life Living Foods Bars, which contain live probiotics to give you (and your baby if you breast-feed) much-needed immune support. $3, 2.25 oz; gardenoflifeusa.com
All babies love to chew on their toys but most plastic toys contain phthalates, which are especially harmful when gummed. Look for phthalate-free on the package, or pick toys made from natural materials like Haba’s Flowery Ring Rattle, made of baby-friendly wood and fabric. $14; oompa.com
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