Babies bring such joy to everyone around them. I know sleepless nights and teething might not seem joyful when you’re going through it, but how can you not smile when looking at a little one’s face? It’s nice to celebrate new babies with a gift, so here are a few suggestions that are good for babies, their parents and tread lightly on Mother Earth as well.
Babee Crafts offers the cutest bibs, onesies, and hoodies for babies and toddlers, most of which are handmade from 100% organic cotton and shipped using eco-friendly and recycled packaging materials. The Bun in the Oven gift sets, cloth diaper wreathes, and nursing bracelets are unique and creative baby shower gifts. If you have a Philly connection, you’ll love the toddler tees with the Philadelphia skyline, bibs with the iconic LOVE design, and onesies that say “I (image of pretzel) Philly.”
My daughter loved being swaddled, and what better way to do it than in an adorable organic cotton baby blanket from Bankie Baby. They have the cutest animal designs — I think the penguins are my favorite — and offer free personalization.
For feeding baby, breast is best, but sometimes you need a bottle. These stainless steel bottles from OrganicKids come in several sizes, including a 9 oz thermal bottle that will keep liquids warm or cool. As baby grows, switch to the sippy spout and add a pair of handles, and you can use the bottle as a sippy cup. They’re BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free and would make a great gift for grandparents, too! Available at ecomom.com.
Fair Indigo offers a wide-range of organic baby gifts making it hard to choose just one, but I am partial to the fair trade organic stuffed animals. Think of how much “love” a favorite stuffed animal can get? They go everywhere baby goes!! Shouldn’t it be extra-safe for baby? I think Icy the Penguin’s my favorite. I must be in a penguin mood today. I can envision a whole penguin-themed gift set coming together!
My kids spent hours playing with their baby gym, so I loved stumbling across this fair-trade, hand-knit, non-toxic baby gym from finnandemma.com. It’s made from birch wood stained with non-toxic materials, and the hanging toys are hand-knit from organic cotton. The toys come off and can be played with in the car, stroller, or high-chair.
Finally, to help new parents navigate all the choices when deciding what’s safe and what isn’t, give them a copy of “Spit that Out” by Paige Wolf, and they’ll be able to make reasonable and responsible green decisions before they lose their minds.
We have some great choices for wrapping these baby gifts. If you want to use organic cotton, there’s Organic Jungle available in Standard and Large. Our brand-new Monkeys print is available in Standard, Medium & Large, and don’t forget good old Ladybugs.
All of these gift suggestions can be found on the VZWraps Pinterest page, and I’m always adding new gift ideas as I find them. Be sure to follow VZWraps on Facebook for more gift ideas and special offers.