There are more green baby products available now than ever before. That's good news, since parents, environmentalists, and pediatric organizations have ever-growing concerns about the harmful chemicals, additives, and toxins present in many baby products. If you're an eco-conscious parent, you may feel like every product you buy for your baby needs to be green, but that's not always the case—and not always realistic.
For many baby products, the difference between organic and conventional doesn’t necessarily change the item's quality, says Emily Murray, mother of two and owner of Modern Natural Baby, a natural baby store in Ferndale, Michigan. And where there's no health or quality impact for baby, parents can let personal choice guide their purchase decisions. When it comes to choosing organic, green, and natural products, “parents seem mostly concerned about items related to eating/chewing and sleeping," says Murray. “We recommend parents buy the items that they feel comfortable with.” (Here are 20 things you really don't need to buy for a new baby.)
Find out which green products are must-buys, and which ones you can live without. (Whether you're starting your first garden or switching to organic, Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening has all the answers and advice you need—get your copy today!)