To shower or not to shower?
And not in the sense of whether or not I should bathe myself under a spray of warm water. While it’s difficult to remember to do that when you aren’t sweating six days a week under hot stage lights and the temperatures have finally dropped below 80, I am in fact, taking daily showers like a normal human being. I’m still not regularly washing my hair though so don’t even ask.
To baby shower or not to baby shower? That is the question.
I’m still not sure on the rules when it comes to showering for children other than your first born. I think I read something about a “sprinkle” and then another thing saying showers for second and third and etc. children are considered tacky and then yet another thing saying rules about baby showers are about as passé as telling a woman she can’t wear white after Labor Day.
At that point I threw up my hands and decided to do as I usually do and make my own rules. Moratoriums be damned, I’m celebrating all of my children. Plus how fun is it to create registries? It’s like going through the Sears toy catalog at Christmas time but for grown ups. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you're too young for me bro. Also, I needed a place to keep track of all the products I’ve been researching because leaving 85940 tabs open on your computer isn’t all that practical.
Researching baby products, who knew. If the me that was pregnant with Rinn could only see me now, she wouldn’t believe it or even begin to understand my fascination with finding safer, more natural alternatives to just about everything. Pregnant-with-Rinn me was too distraught over not being able to eat soft cheese and crying because she couldn’t drink Sugarfree Red Bull’s. As it turns out you CAN eat soft cheese as long as it’s pasteurized, which 90% of the cheese in America is which she would’ve known if she would have done some damn research. Perhaps that’s why I’m getting a second chance at this pregnancy thing, you know so I can read a baby book or two while enjoying a greek salad and some goat cheese balls.
When I told Travis I had finally sat down to make a registry he was super excited, excited enough to go out and get a new tattoo featuring our unborn child’s name. Honestly, I’d probably do the same if needles didn’t totally skeeve me out since I was pregnant the first time. Instead I binge watch Game of Thrones while eating saltine crackers in bed. Anyway, he was rambling on about tattoo fonts and I was excitedly telling him that I found an eco-conscious diaper backpack that is made using recycled plastic.
“Why don’t we just use an old grocery bag then?”
He thinks he’s funny.
Don’t worry though, I’ll have the last laugh when he sees that I have saved the environment AND our children from toxic chemicals. I really have to give myself a superhero name at this point.
Like most things I do in life, I might’ve gotten a little carried away with that “add to registry” button. This isn’t surprising since one of my favorite hobbies is online shopping but never actually buying anything. I have carts all over the interweb filled with hopes, dreams and wishful thinking. My baby registry is no different; except this cart of hopes, dreams and wishes is also eco-conscious, nontoxic, organic or some combination of the above. If you’re into that sort of thing I have pulled out a few of my favorite and overall necessary baby products.
Rest assured I’ve done the leg work; referencing no less than 18 other mom blogs, articles from parents.com, babylist.com, and thegoodtrade.com (which is an EXCELLENT resource on how to live a more intentional and sustainable life by the way) and most importantly, my own experience. I’ve only had one baby thus far but I like to think I learned a few lessons along the way.
This is the diaper bag I was raving about earlier. With Rinn I repurposed a large carryall tote as a diaper bag and while I felt pretty chic, I was absolutely miserable schlepping around that stupid oversized bag on my shoulder everywhere. That stupid thing wouldn’t even fit in the basket beneath my stroller. This time around I wanted a backpack (check) that would easily attach to a stroller (check) with separate compartments and a handful of included accessories (check and check.) All of this crafted by a company who uses recycled, untreated and environmentally friendly materials while accepting full responsibility for how their products are produced, using only unparalleled working conditions and only cooperating with companies who adhere to strict safety regulations and fair labor practices. Can I get an Amen?
I bought Rinn’s first outfit literally hours after I found out I was having a boy, A beautiful cream colored cable knit romper with a shawl collar and the tiniest brown boots I’ve ever seen. He would wear that romper leaving the hospital and never again. Most rompers have a crotch full of tiny snaps that, more often than not, you fail to line up correctly and this task only gets more difficult as your baby becomes more active. Those tiny snaps are tolerable when it’s daylight and you don’t have much else on your agenda for the day, those tiny snaps are hell in the middle of the night when you’re trying to change a wet diaper in record time because sleep is the most precious of all natural resources. Well this cable knit boobie trap had crotch full of shirt buttons, like tiny little buttons that have to be woven into tiny little holes. What kind of fresh parental hell is that? You have to wonder if the designers at babyGap even have children. I should’ve filed a civil suit for emotional damages. That’s when I discovered what smart moms call the “zipper romper.” Talk about quick and painless, I could’ve handled twins if I had handfuls of rompers with a zipper. There I go getting ahead of myself again. Anyway, how cute are these rompers by Parade Organics? Simple, incredibly soft and wonderfully made with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton in Fair Trade facilities. If you happen upon my registry, I may or may not have added one in every color, in every size. Also, Rinn never wore those boots. Babies don’t need shoes, duh. Save your money and your sanity and buy more of these zipper rompers.
The price tag might make you gag a little but if you can get over the sticker shock I’m here to tell you that this is one of the best and more reasonably priced jogging strollers on the market. Air filled tires, all wheel suspension and a handbreak makes for a comfortably smooth ride for your precious cargo and you only need one freehand for it’s Quick Fold Technology. Which is super convenient since you’ll probably have your precious baby in the other. Seriously, why every stroller can’t be operated without putting down your precious babe is beyond me. If you want to spend a little less you can order it in orange or green but if you plan on going the distance with your tot in tow this is the rig. A BabyJogger was my biggest investment after I had Rinn and it was worth every damn dime. If this is the only thing I get off my registry I won’t complain, especially since my first kept me motivated enough to lose almost 100 pounds. True Story.
Rinn always had sunglasses. I watched an episode of Ellen once that preached about the importance of children wearing eyewear to protect them from harmful UV rays and the potential dangers that accompany those UV rays. This baby will have sunglasses too but this baby will also have earmuffs. I think this is self-explanatory. Hi, have we met? Can I tell you what we do for a living? These earmuffs were made with a low profile and no protruding parts so they meet multiple global safety standards while muffling sounds akin to Elvis concerts and chainsaws. Not that Travis sounds like a chainsaw, I didn’t mean it like that. Moving on. They come in tons of colors and patterns but ‘grey doodle’ suits a babe who is going to be partying like a rockstar at live concerts from birth. Party on Wayne.
Okay so I haven’t personally used this product and to be honest, I never really used any baby carrier. I had a great stroller remember. And Rinn was a chill little dude who didn’t really need to be carried around all the time. I know, I know, I’m truly blessed. But in case babe #2 isn’t quite so accommodating I’ve added this sling to my registry. It was originally suggested to me by a mom friend after I posted on Facebook looking for everyone’s “can’t live without” baby items and it’s made from 100% Belgian linen using low-impact dyes that are planet friendly and sensitive enough for baby’s skin so I was super interested! Then I read that each sling is handmade by professional seamstress moms from the comfort of their own home! Like, what a wonderful mission and can I order one in every color? I’m not a hugger but if I ever med WildBird’s found Tayler Golden, she’s definitely being wrapped in a warm embrace.
We are all familiar with Burt’s Bees for their unparalleled lip balm. Forget black, it should be once you go Burt’s you never go back. I started using their ‘Milk & Honey Body Lotion’ in my search for more natural personal care products and can’t say enough good things. Ingredients rooted in nature, responsible sourcing and recyclable packaging, pretty much checks everything on my list; also, it’s available at Walmart, Target and almost every local drugstore. Half of the struggle in finding safe personal care products is that most of it is only available at specialty stores or online, and then you end up paying shipping and waiting at the mailbox. If you have a baby at home there’s really no time or money for that nonsense so it was important that I find a safe baby brand that's easily accessible.
Now that I carried on about not wanting to order baby products I’ll regularly be using, let me retract that statement and say how excited I am to order this product. Have you figured out that I’m kind of like the English language yet? An exception to every rule. Designed by a holistic esthetician, Skincando is a line of artisanal products that use full-spectrum organic and unique superfood ingredients. Green mom bloggers all over the internet are raving about the Combat Ready Baby Balm, a certified organic cure-all for diaper rash, bug bites, eczema, dry skin, chapped cheeks, you name it. The original recipe, it’s predecessor, Skincando Combat Ready Balm, is used by US Soldiers in war zones as a multi-tasking salve and is available to purchase as a kit to be sent to soldiers serving abroad through Operation Sand Flea. Don’t you just love companies that care?
8. Green Toys
Did you really think I was going to make this list all work and no play? Please. I have purchased dozens of Green Toys for Rinn over the years. A submarine, a sea plane, a tug boat, you name it. They are made from 100% recycled milk jugs, unquestionably safe and are the most resilient toys I have ever bought.
Unlike that damn Iron Man action figure whose hands, feet and head need to be glued on about every 4-5 days. I’ve been lucky enough to find them at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx for unbeatable prices but they are always available on Amazon for a steal. Side note: the submarine is both a great tub toy and excellent tool to gently rinse your baby during bath time.
I was stupid picky about Rinn’s crib, and by picky I meant it had to be black. Not espresso, not deep gray, not charcoal or whatever shade of black Pantone can conjure, but black. Eight years ago a black crib was about as easy to find as it was to buy the Tickle Me Elmo in 1997. It had to be ordered and even then I returned the first one because it wasn’t really black. Pregnancy does strange things to people. This time my selection process was a little different. Is it screened for over 10,000 chemicals known to pollute indoor air? Is it made with sustainable and renewable wood? Is it finished with a non-toxic multi-step painting and staining process that is lead and phthalate safe? Does it meet CPSC safety standard? Babyletto checks all of those boxes. And wouldn’t you know it, the Hudson 3-in-1comes in black. Real black. And white, and gray, and espresso so you have colors to pick from while protecting your child from harmful chemicals.
10. Usborne Books
I’ve ordered four books for Rinn from this company and I wish I would’ve ordered all my children’s books from this company. A division of Educational Development Corporation, Usborne sells a new generation of books that are exciting, engaging and educational. The classics are cool too, who didn’t buy a copy of Goodnight Moon for their babies? But why wouldn’t you also want interactive titles like Slide ‘n See Under the Sea or whole box sets for only $8? No I didn't stutter, you heard me, box sets for only $8! Reading to your baby has a plethora of benefits like exposing them to a multitude of sounds and rhythms which prepares them for reading on their own, becoming familiar with the sound of your own voice and increased brain power! Studies have shown that newborns who were read to have larger vocabularies and more advanced mathematical skills. Maybe that’s why Rinn thinks he knows everything.
Well that’s it. My ten favorites from my baby wishlist.
I assume you will also need things like diapers and wipes and pacifiers and bibs so if you want to see all the eco-conscious, natural, and organic products that I selected for this babe you can check out my FULL REGISTRY on Amazon.
Also, if you're wondering why I only registered with Amazon that's easy. You can find almost anything on Amazon, and ship it for FREE, and if you can't, you can install the Amazon Assistant on your web browser which will allow you to add everything and anything to your registry from everywhere and anywhere. Which means I could easily add tickets to see Darius Rucker at next year's Carolina Country Fest to my registry. What? You've never heard of a push present?
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