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 find environmentally-friendly labelling on baby products confusing
89 per cent of the parents surveyed said it is important to buy products that are eco-friendly
85 per cent of parents want to do the best for their baby and the planet when choosing baby products
One in three 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."
The best eco-friendly baby products
So, we've done 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.
Sophie La Girafe Teether Rubber Toy
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 per cent natural rubber sourced from carefully managed farms in Malaysia, Sophie is fully biodegradable and a green alternative to plastic teethers. She's lightweight, easy for little hands to grasp, and so popular that her design has remained unchanged since 1961!
She was awarded Gold for Best Baby Toy Under 12 Months at the Motheru0026Baby Awards 2014 and 2016.
Mum Jenny said: "I would recommend this to a fellow mum because Sophie La Girafe is a very baby friendly and soft teething toy. Sophie is hand crafted making each Sophie unique. Sophie is make of a soft rubber making her very durable when the baby is chewing on her. She has lots of different angles and areas for the baby to chew on in the hope that each area will give some relief to a teething baby. Sophie is easy washed down to keep her fresh and clean. She also squeaks when squeezed. As a teething toy, Sophie is fashionable and an attractive toy to have. The packaging is lively and I think this would make a lovely gift to a new baby."
Cheeky Panda Biodegradable Baby Wipes
Made entirely from bamboo, these wipes are biodegradable, compostable, and naturally hypoallergenic. They're infused with 99 per cent water and 1 per cent 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.
Dad Matthew on Amazon said: "Been using Cheeky Panda's toilet paper and kitchen roll for a while and can say the baby wipes like them are quality products. Really good if you or the baby have sensitive skin as it's not packed and bleached with chemicals so reduces the irritation on skin.
Also nice knowing that the company believes in sustainability hence using bamboo instead of trees as well as all packaging being either recyclable or biodegradable. They also have a biodegradable plastic free range. They are committed to never testing on animals never have and most likely never will."
Bambo Nature 100% Biodegradable Wipes
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. Bambo Nature Wet Wipes are a must-have for everywhere you and your baby go. Their skin-friendly, moisturising cleaning wipes are made from soft, sustainable, materials and can be used on the entire body. They are dermatologically tested and contain no perfume or colour, and are a great alternative to water and soap.
These wipes were shortlisted at the Motheru0026Baby Awards 2021.
Mum tester Clotilde said: "My son has very sensitive skin so we tend to only use water with reusable wipes but when out and bout I find this is difficult and prefer to use wet wipes. However there are very few options that are suitable for sensitive skin but also eco friendly. It is great to have found biodegradable wipes that are both environmentally friendly and suitable for sensitive skin as my son did not react to them."
Klean Kanteen Eco Friendly Insulated Food Containers
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. The wide mouth is great for scooping, filling, and pouring, and the food contents will stay the right temperature for up to five hours.
Eco by Naty Natural Disposable Nappy Bags
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. By swapping to these, you'll be able to reduce your carbon footprint significantly. The bags come packaged in a roll inside of a cardboard box, so make sure to open the box along the perforation to ensure smooth handling of the bags.
One parent said: "Same feel and strength as the thin plastic nappy bags on the market, but these are biodegradable and no heavy smell. They do the job and are just great, affordable too."
Eco by Naty Nappies
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 Mu0026B Awards for Best Performance Disposable Nappy or Nappy Range.
Tested by mum Rebecca for the 2019 Mu0026B 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."
Nimble Starter Kit, Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
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.
TotsBots Bamboozle Stretch Reusable Nappies
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 Mu0026B Awards 2021 and 2019 for Best Reusable Nappy, with mums saying how easy they are to clean. This brilliant nappy system will last the night no problem - it's bombproof, super absorbent and gorgeously soft next to your baby's delicate skin. It is slim fitting and stretchy giving a fabulous fit every time with adjustable poppers to allow the nappy to grow with your baby.
Tested by mum Emma for the Mu0026B 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."
Bambino Mio Miosolo All-in-One Reusable Nappy
This eco nappy won Gold in the 2020 Best Reusable Nappy category in the Mu0026B Awards and was shortlisted in the 2021 Best Reusable Nappy category in the Mu0026B Awards.
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. The cute Bambino Mio Miosolo nappy fits well, sits comfortably and dries quickly after washing. The pull-out tab system makes removing the core from inside the nappy super simple. The nappy itself is not the most absorbent but Bambino Mio has tried to solve the problem with an added booster pad.
Mum tester Lisa said: "The slim design of the nappy means it's extremely comfortable and easy to use with no bulk under clothes. The shape of the nappy meant it was as easy to use as a disposable. There are no pins and no plastic pants that are normally associated with reusable nappies! We loved the pretty patterns and different colours. A fantastic upgrade to a traditional nappy!"
Kit u0026 Kin Reusable Cloth Nappy
Our second feature from earth-friendly Kit u0026 Kin, this reusable, award-winning cloth nappy has been made from sustainable and plant-based materials, and will keep your baby's bottom dry and comfy for up to 12-hours. Made using ECONYL® regenerated nylon, 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. The three designs available are also super cute.
Kit u0026 Kin Eco Nappies
These nappies have also been shortlisted in the 2019 and 2021 Motheru0026Baby Awards.
Kit u0026 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 per cent sustainable materials, and the factory is carbon neutral. They're hypoallergenic, with a flash dry layer to keep babies' bottoms dry. We also love that every nappy gives back through the Kit u0026 Kin Foundation, helping to protect acres of precious rainforest and support the communities living in these areas with educational scholarships and healthcare clinics.
Mum Amy said: "I would recommend this product as I love the design of each nappy, its cute little faces on the bottom. They are easy to use and are comfortable and soft for my baby. These nappies are better for the environment so are great for those who don’t like using disposable nappies but aren’t keen on reusable, like myself. They are very well priced for what they are and match others in the market."
Mama Bamboo Bamaboo Eco-Friendly Natural Bamboo Nappies
These eco nappies were the Gold winners in the 2020 Mu0026B 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 Mu0026B 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."
WaterWipes Baby Wipes
Made from 100 per cent renewable plant based fibres, WaterWipes are now 100 per cent biodegradable, 100 per cent plastic free and are compostable wipes. They are the world’s purest baby wipes made with only two ingredients: 99.9 per cent water and a drop of fruit extract. They were shortlisted for Baby Wipes at the Motheru0026Baby Awards 2020 and are naturally kind to baby's face, hands, and bottom.
Mum tester Amy said: "I love that these wipes are chemical and odour free. It was a nice step on from cotton wool in cooled boiled water for newborns and I didn’t have to worry about was in the wipes and being left on my new baby’s skin. They felt very clean and natural and good quality, some wipes are very thin or small and come apart but this felt strong and reliable. The packaging also feels high quality and sturdy."
Bambo Nature Eco Friendly Premium Nappies
These nappies won Bronze for the Best Performance Disposable Nappy or Nappy Range at the Motheru0026Baby Awards 2021.
Free of harmful chemicals and all known allergens, Bamboo Nature Eco Nappies have a unique three-layer design and super-absorbent core. Your baby's sensitive skin will stay dry and comfortable thanks to the fully breathable backsheet. The flexible waistband and latex-free leg cuffs help the nappy to stay in place whilst letting your child move freely. We love the convenient wetness indicator that changes colour to let you know when a change is needed, and that these nappies have been dermatologically tested and approved by a number of eco and care councils.
Mum tester Kelly said: "It does the job that it is intended to do very well so you feel confident that your baby is protected from any disasters. My baby is on the move now and has proved to be a comfortable fit with zero leaks. It has also proved to work 12 hours overnight. It also fills me with confidence that this nappy is designed to minimize the risk of a rash."
Modibodi Reusable Nappy 4 Pack
Modibodi aren't just there for us as the UK's number one leak-proof underwear brand, they're there for your baby too.
Modibodi have now launched a baby range of sustainable and reusable baby products which include reusable nappies and bamboo nappy liners. Adapting to every growing baby, their nappies has been developed with a one size fits most design for baby’s between 5kg and 18kg.
Designed for multi-tasking modern parents, each nappy can be simply thrown in the wash, meaning no soaking, no special detergents, no scrubbing and no stains all whilst being free from harmful chemicals and Oeko-Tex 100 Class-1 certified – the highest safety standard. Each four pack of reusable nappies comes in unique, modern and stylish designs, provides 12 hours' overnight protection, and they can hold up to one litre of leaks!
Charlie Banana 10 Organic Cotton Wipes
Shortlisted for the Baby Wipes category at the 2021 Motheru0026Baby Awards, these single sided wipes are ideal for every moment of the day, especially to clean baby's bottom. The wipes consist of one layer of soft, 100 per cent organically-grown cotton yarn and they are strong enough to handle the most dirty of diapers without harming or irritating your little one. Wet them with a little warm water and your baby will enjoy changing time every time.
Mum tester Jennie said: "These are brilliant for us as my little boy suffers from eczema on his face. It means I can give his face a good clean with any irritating chemicals. The quality of the cotton is lovely. They are a good size and I feel like we are using less product so we also have less waste. I encourage my older child to use them as well as it’s a product I trust would not damage or irritate her skin. They are great for the whole family."
Bambino Mio Baby Washing Powder
Free from nasties such as dyes, enzymes, optical brighteners, and perfumes, this 100 per cent gentle and natural washing powder is designed to be kinder to your baby's delicate skin as well as the environment. It's biodegradable, helping to preserve our planet, and made from plant and mineral based ingredients. It's suitable for all skin types and can used on everything from reusable nappies, to bedding and more.
One dad said: "I have been using this on my little ones reusable nappies and am very impressed, so far not a single stain on any of our nappies! The inserts of the nappy are soft and she has no sore bottom anymore! There is no scent at all so bare that in mind if you prefer a scented washing powder. I will be re ordering when I have run out!"
The Little Green Sheep Group Wooden Baby Play Gym u0026 Charms Set
This baby play gym was shortlisted at the Motheru0026Baby 2021 Awards for the Baby Toy Category.
For over 12 years, The Little Green Sheep has been creating natural and organic baby products and have applied the same expertise to this minimalist yet beautifully crafted Baby Gym. Made from hand-oiled Beech wood, the frame is lightweight yet durable, and perfect for your little one to explore in the home or on the go. Complete with four detachable charms, they're free from any nasty chemicals, lovingly made using organic cotton, and finished simply with a natural beeswax.
Mum tester Emine said: "It is very good for young babies. Very simple and nice colours charms. So baby can see the charms easily. My baby tried to hold the charms. It is made of wooden so the healthiest option for babies and organic cotton made hanging toys. The frame is enough wide to lay down baby under it. Even when baby try to roll side it helps."
Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair
This highchair is the epitemy of sustainability - it's made from wood responsibly sourced, it's manufactured as close to the source site to reduce emissions, and it's intended to have longevity and grow with your baby from newborn all the way up to adult! This strong, durable, and long-lasting piece of furniture has been designed with adaptable parts to transform it from a seat for newborns, to tots, to adults weighing up to 136kgs. You can choose to have it made in Beech or Oak with a load of colour variations, and we just love the Scandinavian minimalist design. It comes with the basics, so make sure to add the Newborn and/or Baby Set to your order for optimal use and flexibility.
Janod Pure Shape Sorter
If you're looking for eco-friendly playthings, a great place to begin is with classic, traditional wooden toys. This sweet Shape Sorter puts a modern twist on a classic nursery toy. Your little one will enjoy trying to fit the six animal shapes into the holes on the wooden tipi, with beautifully painted illustrations in soft colours that they'll love. Suitable from 18 months, this toy is made of plywood and Chinese cherry, with water-based paint that you can easily wipe clean of any messes.
Reviewers said: "Enchanting quality product" and "Lovely toy for my granddaughter".
Green Toys Recycled-Plastic Tea Set
This 17-piece eco-friendly child's tea set will be perfect for your little one to invite all their friends and teddies to for a picnic, and you can be safe in the knowledge that it's BPA free, Phthalates free, and meets FDA specs for food contact. Made from recycled milk bottles, the set includes a teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug, and four cups, saucers, and spoons.
Suitable for children aged 2 and over.
Mum Sarah said: "My toddler loves this tea set. It''s a great size and mix of colours and the tea pot and sugar pot lids fit on well. We have had it since 18m and it's still being enjoyed over a year later. Many tea parties have been enjoyed in that time! We also had it outside in the summer for water play. Unfortunately we have lost a spoon (got a feeling it was 'posted' in the bin when we first had it!), but this hasn't had an impact on the enjoyment."
Small Organic Cotton Elephant Soft Toy
These sweet little elephant soft toys are made from sustainably sourced cotton, and are suitable for little ones from birth. Ethically sourced, they're stuffed with recycled polyester and comes perfectly sized for little hands to grasp hold of. You can choose between the yellow and teal colourways, and we love the Scandi style that makes it cute and modern. This'll make a great baby shower gift too for eco-conscious parents.
Mums have said: "Very sweet little elephant, perfect for my little neice and her jungle room" and "Cute little toy elephant which is an easy toy for a baby who can sit up to play with. It is colourful to attract a babies attention and feels really nice to hold."
Zuperzozial Tasty Treats Dawn Bowls
This set of 6 bowls comes in super cute colours including olive green, sandy grey, salmon, burnt burgundy, off white, and pastel blue. The biodegradable tableware is made from natural bamboo with corn powder to bind it together - ethically produced and a great pick for eco-conscious parents. They're fab for durability, dishwasher safe, and suitable for hot and cold foods.
Bamboo Bamboo Baby Stay Put Suction Bowl and Matching Spoon Set
This set was the Bronze Winner for Best Weaning Product at the 2019 Motheru0026Baby Awards.
This is a natural bamboo bowl made with food-grade silicone to protect your child from BPA, phthalates, and other toxins. The cool-touch bamboo deters burns to baby's delicate fingers if they reach out for it during feeding and the removable suction bottom lets you transition bowls to regular use when your child outgrows them. The set comes in six cheery unisex colours to suit any child.
Our mum tester Nicola said: "I absolutely love this bowl and spoon set. Not only is it beautiful, but it is practical and lovely to use. The suction disc on the bottom of this bowl is excellent. No matter how hard my daughter pulls at it, she has never once managed to pull it off the highchair. This set feels really well made and I love the fact that it is environmentally friendly. The spoon is a lovely size too - not too long like other weaning spoons. My daughter likes to hold it and has greater success with feeding than other spoons we have tried."
Nuby Rice Husk Eco Two-Handled Cup
Parenting is hard enough without the extra eco-guilt, so Nuby have introduced a new, environmentally friendly weaning range that is 100 per cent biodegradable and compostable. Suitable for 4 month+, this plant-based sippy cup is microwave and dishwasher safe, BPA and toxin free. And there's a whole range if you're looking for your tot's crockery to match. Nuby take rice husk, a natural by-product of rice farming, and squash it together with some starch to form super durable, non-toxic tableware, cutlery and tumblers for your little ones.
Mum Jess said: "Wow, I am so happy with this product. 100% environmentally friendly, dishwasher u0026 microwave safe, biodegradable. A top quality product for a really affordable price. My little one LOVES the frog design. Perfect size - love how the plate has 3 big portions! Really easy to clean u0026 doesn't leave red food stains! I was so surprised with how hard wearing the set is and how smooth the rice husk is. I've already recommended to all my mamma friends. An amazing product for little ones and for the earth we are leaving for them one day! Thank you Nuby!"
Keeping it natural
When it comes to baby skin, nearly all parents surveyed (92 per cent) believe that minimal ingredients are important in baby care products – and nearly half of parents ranked being suitable for sensitive skin, and not having unnecessary chemicals as some of the top aspects they expect from a baby care product. The research also found that over 90 per cent 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 skincare."
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.