14 Moms Share The All-Natural Baby Products They Couldn't Live Without

Add these items to your registry or shopping list.

January 12, 2018
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To become a new mom is to find yourself at the center of a lucrative target demographic. Suddenly, every company under the sun wants to sell you a bewildering array of baby products and equipment…just when your budget is tighter than it’s been in years. (Got a new mom in your life? Here are 7 absolutely free ways to lend a hand.)

If you’re an all-natural type—or just a parent who’d prefer not to expose her baby to unnecessary or unvetted additives—the challenge of picking the right products intensifies. Some of the best advice comes from moms who’ve gone before you, and can help you sort out the life-savers from the money-wasters.

According to moms, these are the products that deserve a spot on your registry and shopping list.

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Coconut Oil—For Everything

By far the most popular recommendation was a product you probably already have in your pantry: coconut oil. Trendy in recent years, this product has been touted at the solution for everything from winter skin to dry hair to keratosis pilaris. (It also makes a nice cooking oil—but watch out for these 8 times when you should avoid using coconut oil.)

“Coconut oil is everything,” says Meredith, a marketing consultant. “Used so much of it when cloth diapering. Loved how it protected my chapped hands in winter, too.”

Julia, a yoga teacher, agrees: “Coconut oil is magic.” She says she uses it for anything skin-related, including butt paste.

Wait, coconut oil as butt paste?

“Yes, you can use it alone or make stronger for bad diaper rash,” says Kathy, a registered nurse. “Mix with bacitracin and Maalox. [Lots of] recipes online for magic butt paste. Don’t pay the price for fancy ones.”

Try it: Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil; $ 20.99; Jet.com

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Skin Care For Babies And Moms

Moms and babies have this in common: both need a lot of attention to skin care in the weeks following the birth. From diaper rash remedies to nipple creams, the moms I spoke with had plenty of recommendations for go-to products.

Leah, a consultant, recommends Sierra Sage Organics 100% All-Natural Baby Balm for Diaper Rash ($13.70; Amazon.com), and Marziah, an instructional designer and community manager, turned to Burt's Bees Baby Bee 100% Natural Diaper Rash Ointment ($7.64; Jet.com).

Related: 5 Good Reasons To Massage Your Baby—And How To Do It Safely

"I joke that California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash is Johnny’s spa product," says Jessica, a marketing editor who also recommends Bordeaux’s Butt Paste ($5; Jet.com). Meghan, a librarian, also uses California Baby body wash and bubble baths. "Now ask me how many baby products I couldn't live without—Mustela lotion, baby wipes, baby shampoo for my eyelids...the list goes on!”

Earth Mama products get a lot of praise from moms. Tana, an author, loves Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter ($12.99 for a two-pack; Amazon.com). "It's the best, and edible by all (no reason to wash sore nipples unless you absolutely need to). Also, Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil, on the belly several times a day," she says.

“Basically, every Earth Mama Angel Baby product—but especially the Calendula Butt Balm. The postpartum herbs are amazing in a sitz bath after childbirth, too,” says Nicole, an account executive.

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Old Stand-Bys

“I love cloth diapers and use them currently," says Nessa, a blogger. "They have come a long way from the image people have of rubber pants and safety pins. So much cuteness and only a couple of loads of laundry extra a week." (Not into cloth diapers? We've ranked the best eco-friendly options.)

Jessica also turns to classic remedies, including regular ol’ saline nasal spray and "Wellements Baby Organic Gripe Water for getting rid of hiccups instantly before a nap." She turns to Nellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener Laundry Detergent ($12.27; Jet.com) for removing all the stains.

Laura, a Realtor, also recommends gripe water. "Go get yourself a whole bunch right now.…Also prune juice (for mom).” (Here are 7 things you should never do when you're constipated.)

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The Best Product You Never Thought About

Some of the all-natural baby products are tools you already have around the house. For example: ice cube trays can help you keep your baby’s diet preservative-free while also saving you money.

Related: How To Make All Your Own Baby Food On A Budget

“I stocked up on BPA-free ice cube trays,” says Lynne, a doctor. “I'd cook up broccoli or squash or use our leftovers from whatever we had for dinner and either blend or mash them, then freeze them in ice cube trays, and when frozen put them in glass freezer containers. With three kids in three years, it saved a ton of money and I also knew exactly what they were getting in their baby food. It was so easy that by the time we had our fourth I never bought baby food except for when traveling.”

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General Buying Advice

“I found it was less about a particular product I couldn’t live without and more about staying vigilant about not using products with lots of BS in them,” says Teri, a senior digital marketing director. For that goal, going “natural” may not be enough. The Natural Resources Defense Council notes that “natural” and “green” are unregulated terms. A product bearing those labels might not contain entirely natural ingredients…or necessarily be healthier than other products without earth-friendly branding.

Related: 20 Things You Really Don't Need To Buy For A New Baby

Your best bet is to take recommendations and do your own research. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database offers hazard assessments for skincare and makeup, including products geared toward moms and babies. EWG also publishes consumer guides on topics ranging from skincare to sunscreens to cleaning products.