Posted: Jun 16, 2013 9:00 PM
 
Looking for eco-friendly baby gear for your bundle of joy? Our baby gear guy Jamie Grayson rounded up some of his favorites to share with you.

Recently I had the privilege of taking part in a webinar for Healthy Child, Healthy World about how to set up an eco-friendly nursery and choosing products that are more green. There were quite a few people in attendance, and I had around 10 minutes to rattle off a lot of information. Needless to say, I've received several emails requesting a list of the brands I discussed during the session. So, I thought I'd just give you a few categories of products and a few of my favorite eco-friendly brands. Join me below, won't you?

Car seats

Much fuss has been made lately over the use of brominated flame retardants in juvenile products. While I do agree we need to eliminate these, I think we also need to place order-of-importance in terms of products we go crazy about. Your child should really only be in a car seat for a couple hours a day, whereas they're on their mattress for (hopefully) much longer. Orbit Baby and Clek already have green car seats without these flame retardants, and Diono and Peg Perego also score very well. Britax and Graco have committed to removing them completely in the coming years. For more information on flame retardants in car seats, I highly recommend reading this article by The Car Seat Lady.

Baby carriers

There are a plethora (insert Three Amigos joke here) of baby carriers with organic options on the market. Boba, Ergo, Baby Bjorn and Lillebaby are just a few. Beco also has more eco-friendly carriers and the foam in their new Soleil carrier is free of flame retardants.

Strollers

You really don't have a lot of options here, but if you're really trying to go green, check out Orbit Baby or Bumbleride, which has a line of strollers with a bamboo fabric blend (we will address bamboo soon).

Bouncers/swings

Again, there are not a ton of options here. However, Baby Bjorn, Nuna and Bloom all make more eco-friendly options for your little nugget to rest in.

Until next time...

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