Finding the right products for you and your newborn baby can be tough.
With so many cute, creative and popular items on the market, it’s hard to know what you’ll need, and what you can live without.
If you’re looking for a few great recommendations, you’ve come to the right place!
The following products are completely unsponsored, and are recommended purely based on our experiences with them.
1.Glass Baby Bottles from Life Factory
$45.99 for a three pack of 9 oz. bottles (shown in picture)
$26.99 for a two pack of 4 oz. bottles
Where to buy:
Why we love them:
Plastic packaging is everywhere nowadays, and if you do the research, you’ll be terrified to learn that plastic is pretty terrible for you. Certain types are known to cause major health issues, while others are technically “safe” but still not so great.
While it’s almost impossible to eliminate plastic altogether, it doesn’t hurt to cut out as much plastic as possible from your food and beverage packing, prep and storage.
Glass is not only a healthier alternative, it’s longer lasting and more environmentally friendly.
These specific bottles from Life Factory are made of thermal shock-resitant borosilicate glass, and come with a medical-grade silicone sleeve to help with grip and preventing damage. You don’t even have to take the sleeve off in order to wash or sterilize these bottles. They are also compatible with most major breast pumps.
The cap, ring and stopper are polypropylene (PP#5) plastic, and are BPA/BPS-free and phthalate-free (toxic chemicals that are linked to hormone disruption and cancer).
Life Factory also sells attachments that you can use to turn your bottles into sippy cups when baby gets older.
2. Tubby Todd Bath Co. – All Over Ointment, Hair & Body Wash, Everyday Lotion
Get a bundle of all three products for $40
Shop the bundle here.
Where to buy:
Why we love them:
In an era where personal-care items (toiletries) are becoming more and more toxic (just do a quick Google search on “toxic chemicals in personal care products” and you’ll cringe) it’s not uncommon for major companies to conceal their ingredient lists simply by claiming “proprietary information.”
In short, these companies (makers of most big brand products) get away with not disclosing their ingredients to consumers because they claim it could cause a rival company to steal their secret formula.
But the downside for you as the consumer is that you have no idea what kind of harsh, toxic chemicals are included in the product you’re using daily, or even multiple times per day.
Here’s a little experiment for you: next time you’re in Target (don’t pretend like you don’t go there all the time), go down the laundry detergent aisle and pick up a big brand name.
Look for an ingredient list.
Did you find one?
If so, you might see that some ingredients are simply labeled as “fragrance” – that’s another name for phthalates, which are linked to hormone disruption and developmental problems in children.
Even some products that are labeled as “phthalate-free” on the package, are actually sneaking those chemicals in anyways, and disguising it in the ingredient list by calling it “fragrance.”
Long story short, I like a company that is upfront and honest about what’s in their products. After all, I’m putting this on my body, and my child’s body! I should know what’s in it.
Tubby Todd Bath Co. has an entire section on their website that discloses every single ingredient they use in every single product they make. Their ingredients are all natural, non-toxic, gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, BPA-free and contain no artificial fragrances or colors.
Not to mention, the products REALLY WORK!
My newborn daughter had horrible eczema on her legs and face, almost immediately after birth. Her pediatrician recommended unscented lotion, so of course, we bought the traditional go-to: Johnson & Johnson.
Her eczema got much worse.
Back to the pediatrician again, only to now be advised that we should also use Vaseline, after applying the lotion.
Her eczema got even worse.
My online research led me to determine that both the lotion and the petroleum jelly we were using were simply making matters worse. Both contain chemicals linked to health issues, and, most lotions contain a petroleum-derived ingredient (petrolatum, mineral oil, etc.) which can be counterproductive for dry skin. Petroleum jelly is purely made of the aforementioned ingredient.
Basically, petroleum-derived ingredients are occlusive – they form a barrier on your skin that traps in moisture. But, that also prevents any moisture from getting in, and any bacteria/dirt from getting out; it’s almost like wrapping your skin in plastic wrap.
So we ordered from Tubby Todd and figured we’d just see what happened.
Three days after using the All Over Ointment a few times per day (after a bath and when changing her diaper) her eczema was gone. No redness. No dry flakes. No patches of irritated skin. Nothing.
And that was after we’d used traditional big brand name lotion and petroleum jelly, several times a day, every day, for more than two weeks.
Plus, the Tubby Todd products smell awesome, and work great for adults too!
3. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes
Varies depending on source and quantity
Where to buy:
Most grocery stores
Why we love it:
Amongst all the “natural” competitors out there, these seem like the best fit for us.
They are free from harsh chemicals like parabens, phenoxyethanol and synthetic fragrances (those pesky phthalates). Sidenote: the last ingredient is sodium benzoate, which, in certain instances/mixed with certain chemicals, can be harmful.
And since they are hypoallergenic, they are great for sensitive skin.
The wipe itself is quite thick, so it does a great job cleaning up big messes.
4. Happy Baby Stage 1 Organic Formula
Where to buy:
Why we love it:
Our daughter’s pediatrician said that “all formulas are pretty much the same,” and we wholeheartedly believed that.
But then we started researching the ingredients in the ready-to-feed formula we had used for the first two months of her life. I won’t name names, but it’s one of the most popular brands, and it came pediatrician recommended.
Sidenote: our daughter has been exclusively formula-fed since birth. I take a medication that is not safe for breastfeeding.
We weren’t too happy about the fact that vegetable oil was very high on the ingredient list – the fourth ingredient in the ready-to-feed formula is a mixture of vegetable oils: “PALM OLEIN, SOY, COCONUT, AND HIGH OLEIC SUNFLOWER OILS.” It’s the third ingredient in the powder formula.
The inclusion of these kinds of oils in high quantities is not necessarily beneficial, and can actually be harmful.
The reason is that certain vegetable oils are very high in omega-6, an essential fatty acid that the body does not produce. We all need some omega-6 in our diet, but too much is not good. Coconut and olive oils are great, healthy sources of omega-6, but the rest of them are not.
Scientists have hypothesized that too much omega-6, relative to omega-3, may contribute to chronic inflammation, and may put you at an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
The Happy Baby Organics formula also contains the same kinds of vegetable oils, and lists them in the same order, as ingredients three through six (it’s not a mixture, like the other formula we used at first).
Through our research, we found that it’s pretty impossible to find formulas without those vegetable oils high on the list, unless you import formula from Europe.
So we accepted defeat with that, and moved on to other important factors.
Perhaps most importantly (in our book, at least) was finding an organic, non-GMO formula that lists lactose as the first ingredient. Lactose is what is naturally-occurring in breast milk, and it’s what our bodies were designed to ingest – it’s a carbohydrate that provides energy.
This formula checks that box. The other formula did not – in either the powdered or ready-to-feed capacity.
The second ingredient in the Happy Baby formula is organic nonfat milk, which again, is important to us.
Formulas use a combination of lactose and cow’s milk to try and mimic human milk. They then mix in other ingredients to make it easily digestible for baby’s developing system, and fortify it with certain nutrients and minerals that are found in human milk.
There is also a whole host of information regarding the use of high-fructose corn syrup, and corn syrup, both of which are very common in baby formula throughout the U.S. I won’t dive too much into that because it’s pretty confusing and I’d simply be copying and pasting from another source. Here is a great blog post that helps explain baby formula ingredients in depth.
The Happy Baby formula does not use any high-fructose corn syrup, or added sugars. It also includes prebiotics, which are found in breast milk and help aid in baby’s immunity and digestion.
In short, our daughter loves the taste of this formula, she digests it quite easily, and she’s continued to thrive and steadily gain weight.
What are your favorite non-toxic baby products? I’d love to hear your recommendations!