If you're looking for environmentally friendly baby products, from eco-friendly nappies to sustainably sourced clothes, we've chosen some of the best.
With all the nappies, wipes and clothes you can get through in a lifetime, having a baby can take its toll on the planet. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Luckily, there are plenty of options for parents wanting to be a bit more eco-conscious.
However, knowing which products to buy can be a bit of a minefield, as shown by a recent survey conducted by Atomik and Water Wipes, which found that whilst parents are trying to be more conscious of the planet their children will inherit, this is causing increasing confusion:
- Three quarters of parents (75%) find environmentally friendly labelling on baby products confusing
- Nearly all parents surveyed (89%) said it is important to buy products that are eco-friendly
- 85% of parents want to do the best for their baby and the planet when choosing baby products
- One in three (32%) parents said they sometimes felt judged by other parents, as on occasions they bought baby products that were not eco conscious.
Millie Mackintosh, new mum and former Made In Chelsea star says, 'I often get confused by eco-terminology when choosing baby care products for Sienna. We are all under so much pressure as parents every minute of every day to make the right decisions for our children, and trying to think about how to protect the planet they will inherit is something we know we should do but in reality can be forgotten.'
So, we've doen the legwork for you and found some of the best eco-friendly baby products on the market - from reusable or biodegradable eco friendly nappies and super soft washable wipes, to sustainably sourced clothes made from organic cotton and non-plastic toys...bringing up your baby the environmentally friendly way might not be all that difficult after all.
The best eco-friendly baby products
These eco nappies were the Gold winners in the 2020 M&B Awards for Best Performance Disposable Nappy or Nappy Range. Soft on babies' bottoms thanks to being made from natural bamboo, these nappies are designed to reduce the risk of your little one getting nappy rash. Mama Bamboo is the first UK company to sell nappies and wipes made from organically and sustainably grown bamboo, and the only firm in the world whose nappies include fully compostable linings and packaging - so they score highly for their green credentials.
Tested by mum Sarah for the M&B Awards 2020: "The Bamaboo nappies are beautifully soft compared to other biodegradable nappies that I have tried. I really wasn’t expecting them to be so nice but they are made from bamboo and so are also naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial. We had an improvement in her nappy rash whilst wearing them. Disposing of them is easy too and I was gutted when they ran out."
Read our full review of Mama Bamboo nappies here.
Made from 100% renewable plant based fibers WaterWipes are now 100% biodegradable, 100% plastic free & compostable wipes. They are the world’s purest baby wipes made with only two ingredients: 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract.
These reusable nappies from Bambino Mio come in a variety of designs and are fully adjustable, meaning your baby can wear them all the way up until they're potty trained. Single nappies are available, but this set of six will work extra hard and ensure your little one is super stylish.
Tested by mum Sue Hirst for the M&B Awards 2018; she says: "Using the Miosolo all-in-one reusable nappy was easy and a joy! Taking off a non-reusable nappy and throwing it in a bin is obviously more convenient than removing a reusable one and having to carry it about until you get home and wash - but the feeling of knowing you are helping to save the planet for the little one who wears it is amazing - and that makes me walk with a spring in my step!"
These reusable nappies have won various awards over the years in the M&B Awards - check out our full review of Bambino Mio Miosolo here.
Sophie is one of the most popular baby toys on the market and the good news is that it’s also one of the most environmentally friendly baby eco products. Made from 100% natural rubber sourced from carefully managed farms in Malaysia, Sophie is fully biodegradable and a green alternative to plastic teethers.
Of course, the most obvious way to protect the planet when you have a baby is to opt for reusable nappies. TotsBots won the Gold Award in the M&B Awards 2019 for Best Reusable Nappy, with mums saying how easy they are to clean.
Tested by mum Emma for the M&B Awards 2019: "I would recommend these and have actually offered them to my pregnant sister for after we’ve used them! I was a bit nervous about trying them, especially since my little one is a bit older and wriggler now. We found them easy to use once we got in a routine with washing. I love the look of them and that they are kinder to the environment."
Read our full review of TotsBots here.
These food containers are doubly good for the environment. Not only do they stop you wasting food, but they’re also made of stainless steel and recycled cardboard to boost your green credentials.
If you're going to use disposable nappies, the most environmentally friendly option is from Naty. Made from biodegradable, natural materials, they use wood pulp responsibly harvested from Scandinavian forests as the main super absorbent core. Plus, there are no nasty chemicals or perfumes to irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. They are also vegan and fsc certified.
Eco by Naty Nappies were Shortlisted in the 2019 M&B Awards for Best Performance Disposable Nappy or Nappy Range.
Tested by mum Rebecca for the 2019 M&B Awards: "This brand has a simple design which reflects the vision of the brand perfectly. The nappies come in both traditional tab style nappies and pull-on pants from size 3 upwards which is great. Due to the material used the nappies were a little bulkier than normal but this can be forgiven since they are much better for the environment. The nappy is super soft and seemed to fit my son well and certainly managed to contain its contents."
Read our full review of Eco by Naty Nappies here.
Kit & Kin - co-founded by Spice Girl Emma Bunton - aims to create products that are as gentle on the environment as they are on our babies. These eco nappies feature a top layer, outer lining, leg cuffs and packaging all made from 100% sustainable materials, and the factory is carbon neutral. They're hypoallergenic, with a flash dry layer to keep babies' bottoms dry.
What they say: "Our improved specification makes us the most accredited eco nappy on the market. We are very proud of our accreditations, which include Dermatest, Allergy Certified, FSC and Carbon Neutral Plant."
Made entirely from bamboo, these wipes are biodegradable, compostable, and naturally hypoallergenic. They're infused with 99% water and 1% aloe vera and fruit extract, so they're soft and sensitive for little bottoms and faces. They break down in three to five weeks, and the packaging is made from recycled plastic too.
It’s quite frightening how many wipes we get through wiping bottoms, faces and hands, so do something good for the planet and invest in wipes that are biodegradable. Beaming Baby’s wipes are made from organic plant ingredients and are free from parabens, alcohol and chlorine so they’re better for your baby too
These disposable nappy bags are just as effective as their plastic counterparts but, because they’re made from natural cornstarch, they’re also fully compostable.
These child friendly cleaning products are a must to have in your home! Each product is plant-based, from the bleach-free antibacterial cleaner to the allergen-free fragranced baby detergent. They're tough on stains, gentle on babies and leave no chemical nasties when cleaning up, making them great for the enviroment.
Kit & Kin, the earth-friendly brand co-founded by Spice Girl Emma Bunton, has a reusable cloth nappy for you to use on your little one. Made using ECONYL® regenerated nylon is a world first for this product category, it promises to be one of the most sustainable and innovative options on the market, helping to clean up oceans and landfills around the world.
Keeping it natural
When it comes to baby skin, nearly all parents surveyed (92%) believe that minimal ingredients are important in baby care products – and nearly half of parents ranked being suitable for sensitive skin (49%) and not having unnecessary chemicals (46%) as some of the top aspects they expect from a baby care product. The research also found that over 90% of parents across the UK believe it’s important that baby wipes are environmentally friendly. Which is understandable, as parents go through on average two packs of wipes a week.
Dr Sara Kayat, TV doctor on ITV’s This Morning said, ‘’As a GP and new mum during lockdown, I know first-hand the struggles all parents face. When trying to do the best for your baby and the planet I know parents don’t want to compromise on their baby’s skin care.
Since there are so many phases surrounding eco-friendly products, and many baby products describe themselves as ‘eco-friendly’, so it can be hard to know what it all really means and how to differentiate between them, this eco-jargon dictionary for parents should help you make sense of the words and phrases you may read on baby product packaging.
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