We eat organic food; we exercise regularly; and we use chemical-laden cleaning supplies. Wha, wha, what?!? It saddens me how many families with newborns still use things like fabric softener (rated by some environmental agencies as *the* most toxic household item) and DEET bug spray. Luckily, there are some alternatives that keep the household safe for baby and family…

Tushies Wipes Refills, Unscented Natural Formula with Aloe, 80 Wipe Refill Packs (Pack of 12)
Baby wipes

We use Tushies Baby Wipes and love them!  These are the only disposable wipes made with non-bleached woodpulp blended with natural cotton.

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Tushies Wipes Refills, Unscented Natural Formula with Aloe, 80 Wipe Refill Packs (Pack of 12)
PRIMO EuroBath
Baby bathtub

I was hesitant on whether I needed this, but found it invaluable!

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PRIMO EuroBath
Kiss My Face olive oil soap
Baby soap and shampoo

Babies need less soap than you'd think, and same goes for shampoo.Honestly, I just use our regular old Kiss My Face olive oil soap. Avoid soaping baby from head to toe, as this can dry out skin and wash away good bacteria.

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Kiss My Face olive oil soap
Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Cream
Baby lotion & oil

For daily use, I loved Tropical Traditions body lotion in Baby Fresh scent. Plain old coconut oil is another fine option.

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Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Cream
Q Tips Cotton Swabs 500 CT
Q-Tips

I use these to pick low-hanging boogers out of baby’s nose. Probably not “doctor approved,” but they work like a charm and feel less intrusive than nose syringes.

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Q Tips Cotton Swabs 500 CT
Little Noses Stuffy Nose Kit, Nasal Aspirator Plus Saline Spray drops-1 Kit
Nose Syringe

A good instrument for when baby is really stuffed up. Poor dear! I like this combo set with saline spray.

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Little Noses Stuffy Nose Kit, Nasal Aspirator Plus Saline Spray drops-1 Kit
Revlon Classic Nail Clip - 1 ea
Nail clippers

I found that regular nail clippers work better than baby-safe ones. In fact, the only time our son bled was when we used the baby safe ones!

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Revlon Classic Nail Clip - 1 ea
Braun Thermoscan Ear
Digital thermometer

Important to have on hand.

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Braun Thermoscan Ear
Benadryl Childrens Allergy Relief Elixir, Cherry Flavored - 8 Oz
Baby Benadryl

While it ain’t natural, it is a good emergency product in case baby has a raging fever or bad allergic reaction.

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Benadryl Childrens Allergy Relief Elixir, Cherry Flavored - 8 Oz
Badger Baby Sunscreen SPF 30 Certified Natural
Baby sunscreen

Most sunscreens are filled with toxic chemicals. Badger’s sunscreen is pretty clean, and it seems effective.

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Badger Baby Sunscreen SPF 30 Certified Natural
The First Years American Red Cross Comfort Care Comb And Brush
Baby comb

Hopefully, your baby has some hairs to comb! Combing is also good for a scalp massage and helps to dislodge cradle cap.

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The First Years American Red Cross Comfort Care Comb And Brush
Vicks Warm Mist Huminidifier with Auto Shut-Off
Hot water humidifier

Use a hot variety as the cold water humidifiers can increase airborne bacteria which ain’t good for babies.

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Vicks Warm Mist Huminidifier with Auto Shut-Off
Tadpoles Towel With Hood, 35x35in, Green, 1 ea
2 Baby Towels

Don’t bother with baby robes. Two nice towels are all you’ll need.

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Tadpoles Towel With Hood, 35x35in, Green, 1 ea
Spasilk 10 pack Soft Terry Washcloth
10 Washcloths

Ten washcloths should handle various clean up needs. (These washcloths make great diaper wipes if you want to go super green.)

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Spasilk 10 pack Soft Terry Washcloth
Baby Bath Natural Sea Sponge
Natural Sponge

Great, natural way to wash and exfoliate baby’s skin.

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Baby Bath Natural Sea Sponge

At long last, it’s time to nurture yourself a bit. For our last stop, we’ll share some registry ideas just for mama. You deserve it!

P.S. Wondering where to register for your baby shower?

This is the big question. Do you register for your baby at Target? Walmart? Local boutiques?

I'm kind of an Amazon junkie. (Once you experience traditional store visits with a toddler, you'll see why :) ) And Amazon has a great baby registry service. They even let you add products from other websites. You can check out Amazon's baby registry right here.

The best reason to register with Amazon is that most people already have an account, which makes it easy on your friends and family.

And no matter where you register, I wish you a fantastic pregnancy, a really fun baby shower, and a smooth, natural, healthy delivery!