Babies, Families

Eco Friendly Baby Products

eco friendly baby products

eco friendly baby products

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My littlest girl turned 18 months old at the start of this month.  I was sat picnicking on a beach on the west coast of Scotland with my kids when I realised the littlest was 18 months to the day.  My cheeky, rough and tumble, fearless girl that loves everyone and everything: but most of all her big sister.

It only feels like a few months ago that I wrote this post and then this post (and now after looking at that photo I’m trying hard to not feel broody, even though I definitely don’t want more than two kids!).  Anyway, I am going somewhere with this post – it isn’t here for the purposes of me getting all sentimental!  Believe it or not I wanted to talk about my favourite eco friendly baby products.

I wrote about my eco friendly baby essentials about half way through that pregnancy, so 18 months in of life with baby number two I thought it was high time to update my list.   I’ve included some of my favourites from before; some products I’ve discovered over the last 18 months; and some I forgot to add first time around but now that we’re in the thick of baby and toddlerhood they are right at the front of my mind!

Here are my favourite eco friendly baby products:

green baby products

We have been using this Boori convertible cot from around the four months mark, and I love it.   Once my daughter is beyond the cot stage (I’m trying not to think too much about that to be honest!) the cot turns into an infant bed, and once she grows out of that it then turns into a two seater sofa AND can also be converted to a double bed.  Say what?!  I reviewed it in more detail last year, if you want to read more.

Self feeding is a fun but messy stage.  My daughter will not entertain spoon feeding, even for the messiest of foods, like soup.  I bought this bamboo suction bowl and spoon for her first birthday and it seems to help the situation a little.  There is still mess but at least the bowl can’t be thrown off the table!

Natural Rubber Dummy – neither of my girls liked dummies.  If your baby is a little more amenable to these things, then I have heard all good things about these natural rubber dummies.

I have only just discovered the Pura infant bottle.  Unluckily for me, neither of my kids would take a bottle (and yes, I know what you’re thinking – no bottles and no dummies?  My girls sure do keep me on my toes, that is for sure!), so it wouldn’t have been that handy to us in the early days, but if you plan on bottle feeding, or if you’re a lot luckier than me and your baby will take a bottle, then this might be something to consider.  It starts off life as a baby bottle and you can convert it to a sippy cup, sports bottle or even snack pot as your child grows.  Clever.

As I might have mentioned, oh, maybe a million times before, Bumgenius washable nappies are my favourite of the eco friendly baby products.  I will extol the virtues of them to anyone who will listen.  If you only make one eco friendly baby purchase then I would encourage you to give washable nappies a go.  And by way of advice, I find that Tots Bots nappy liners fit Bumgenius nappies perfectly and flush right down your loo.  I bulk buy these bad boys.

environmentally friendly baby products

Cheeky Wipes – I didn’t know about these washable wipes first time around so I picked up a box when I was pregnant.  I’ve enjoyed using them.  Maybe I’m doing it wrong and keeping them too moist, but I find keeping a dry wipe to hand to dry baby’s bottom after wiping with a wet wipe is best at avoiding nappy rash.  Otherwise they get two thumbs up from me!

Green People Sun Screen – I like to always have a tube of sun screen in in my bag.  Always.  You never know when the sun is going to come out in Scotland (some time this month would be nice, please).  Green People’s Factor 30 lotion is suitable for the most sensitive of baby skins, and I often find myself pinching some for me!

Stainless steel snack pots – at the risk of sounding too virtuous I’m the first to admit I often fall down at the snacking front, and have to resort to a bag of crips, or prepackaged snacks.  It happens.  On the days I’m a little more prepared, when perhaps my mornings have been a little less of a frantic rush to leave the house on time, I’ll put together some snacks to eat on the go or to avoid public transport meltdowns.  Chopped fresh fruit, bread sticks, popcorn, and dried fruit are all firm favourites.  Because if there is one thing I know when it comes to kids is that snacks = sanity.  Truth.

Refillable Snack Pouch

 – this is the best refillable snack pouch I’ve found.  It doesn’t squirt food out as soon as your child gives it a squeeze, unlike other pouches I’ve tried, and opens for easy cleaning.  I can’t find it available in the UK other than on Amazon.

I like to keep a tube of Green People Soothing Baby Salve to hand for nappy rash, skin irritations, dry skin and any eczema patches.  This stuff works great.  A little goes a really long way.

Other top eco friendly baby products advice if you’re expecting – see what you can score secondhand.  Most baby gear is barely used, so ask friends and family with older kids if they have anything they’re not using any more.  I’d also always suggest trying Freecycle, Gumtree, eBay and charity shops for preloved bargains.  So much of our baby gear has been secondhand, from our pram to clothes, to play equipment and it’s always the eco friendliest and cheapest way of sourcing the things you need.

Do you have any eco friendly baby products you would recommend?  I am all ears!

Babies, Families

On Forever Furniture

boori cot

boori cot

We’ve always found choosing kids furniture a tricky path to navigate.  On one hand we want/need practical furniture that will suit our needs right now, and on the other hand we want to choose furniture that will serve us for many years to come.

For my eldest we went for a standard cot – not a cot bed – just a cot.  It was fine but after one and a half years, when the little monkey found she could climb out of it in one silent maneuver, we had no further use for it.  The cot was swiftly dismantled, popped on Gumtree, and a big girl single bed procured, which she still sleeps in to this day.

Now my littlest is rapidly out growing her Moses basket and we have had to start thinking about her sleeping situation.  With rather serendipitous timing the lovely people at Boori got in touch asking me if I’d like to try out one of their cots.

We opted for the Lucia Convertible Plus Cot Bed.  Not only does the cot turn into a toddler bed, as the name implies,  but once your child has grown out of the toddler bed it also turns into a sofa AND a full sized double bed.  I kid you not.

Here it is as a rather beautiful cot:

boori lucia cot

And with a few turns of an allan key here it is as a sofa:

cot turns into sofa

boori lucia cot bed review

I was expecting it to be a small kids sofa.  No, it’s a full sized sofa that comfortably sits two adults.

The kit to also turn it into a double bed is sold separately,  but it’s good to know that if you did want a matching bed and sofa in your room then that option is available.

Our plan for when our littlest is out of her cot bed (which will actually be quite some time, as my 4.5 year old can comfortably sleep on it – trust me, she’s had a go!) is to use the sofa in the girl’s bedroom.  As it’s a good size, then if they have a friend round to stay it could double up as a bed in that instance.

I think Boori are on to a winner with their range of convertible furniture – it’s really refreshing to see companies really thinking about the longevity of their products.

Another big thumbs up for Boori is that all of their products are Greenguard certified – meaning that their products have very low chemical emissions.  Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be emitted from paint, from furnishings, building materials and so forth.  If you or your family members have respiratory problems or allergies then it makes particular sense to reduce your/their exposure to VOCs through the choices you make for your home – such as choosing low VOC paints, furniture and flooring.

In short we love the cot, and love that it’s going to be part of our lives for a long time to come, with isn’t something you can often say about an item of furniture as transient as a cot.

Boori generously provided my littlest with a cot for the purposes of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.