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#1 of 7 Old 11-29-2007, 08:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Please help me, ladies, before the families kill me! I have not even come close to finishing my baby registry (using Myregistry.com because you can include stuff from any store). I only have a few items on it: some organic or natural cotton onesies, a trial cloth diapering kit, one ring sling (although I have a hotsling and DH has a Maya ring sling already -I just think we'll need lots of slings), and an organic swaddler. I need a carseat, bouncy thing (I think!), Some kind of playpen/sleeping thing for the office, pump, bottles, God knows what else I need! I really am not prepared at all for this baby. I have a nursery set, but I doubt I'll even use it so those items kinda seem useless now.

Please give me lots of ideas on good, USA made (preferably), organic, natural type products for my baby.

THANKS!!!
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Can I ask where you found...."some organic or natural cotton onesies"? I too am waiting to find out what I'm having and have been looking for natural cotton onsies or something of that nature. Other than that I am excited to see what other mom come up with here, this is going to be a fun thread!

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This site is great!

Opinionated Mama to dd 2/23/03, ds 3/20/05 hbac, dd 1/23/08 2hbac, and baby #4 due in June 2010!
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Yep, Tiny Birds (linked above) has a great selection of organic stuff. We got our crib and playpen mattress and wool puddle pads through Jenny at TB. We would have gotten our organic sheets there, but I made my own for a bit less.

If you go with a bouncy seat, Svan makes a wood one that has a natural finish on it. Don't know of any with organic cotton fabric, but you can always lay a babycare lambskin between it and baby. I love to put baby on wool whenever he/she isn't in contact with me. Bowron makes a lovely one that is naturally tanned.
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I have been struggling with this too, and working hard to get a 'reasonable' but natural registry list. babiesrus.com and target.com actually have a fair amount of organic stuff - mostly it's not in the stores, but can be ordered online.

This page has a lot of good articles:
http://www.grist.org/feature/2007/09/17/parenting/
I found this one on avoiding plastic useful:
http://www.grist.org/feature/2007/09/20/non-plastic/
I found a bunch of the items they suggested through Amazon. There are lots of smaller retailers that sell organic/natural items as well, see e.g. http://shop.nurturecenter.com/
I went with glass bottles for storing milk - there's also a debate on latex vs silicone nipples for the bottles. I can't remember the details, but I think silicone are better(?).

This site has reviews of off-gassing and other toxics from car seats:
http://www.healthycar.org/home.php
We cross-compared this list with the Consumer Reports safety ratings to pick a seat that fared well in both toxics and safety.

Haba and Under the Nile make organic or 'natural' toys - you can get their stuff through Amazon or other sites.

The Environmental Working Group has a database of cosmetics and rates products as far as their 'toxicity' etc:
http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/bro...incat=babycare

I am struggling with playpen/pack&plays because the mattresses are synthetic and therefore treated with fire retardants. The actual chemicals they use are usually not disclosed (i.e. really hard to find out what they are), but there's evidence that they are endocrine disruptors etc. I opted not to register for a playpen right now (also avoiding the Boppy pillow things for the same foam/synthetic reasons), though I did get a Graco bouncy seat. Mixed feelings about that because the cushions again certainly have bad stuff in them. I also am debating what to do with a co-sleeper given to us by a friend - they sell an organic mattress for the co-sleeper to replace the synthetic/chemically-treated one, but I can't decide if it's worth it.
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I have been struggling with this too, and working hard to get a 'reasonable' but natural registry list. babiesrus.com and target.com actually have a fair amount of organic stuff - mostly it's not in the stores, but can be ordered online.

This page has a lot of good articles:
http://www.grist.org/feature/2007/09/17/parenting/
I found this one on avoiding plastic useful:
http://www.grist.org/feature/2007/09/20/non-plastic/
I found a bunch of the items they suggested through Amazon. There are lots of smaller retailers that sell organic/natural items as well, see e.g. http://shop.nurturecenter.com/
I went with glass bottles for storing milk - there's also a debate on latex vs silicone nipples for the bottles. I can't remember the details, but I think silicone are better(?).

This site has reviews of off-gassing and other toxics from car seats:
http://www.healthycar.org/home.php
We cross-compared this list with the Consumer Reports safety ratings to pick a seat that fared well in both toxics and safety.

Haba and Under the Nile make organic or 'natural' toys - you can get their stuff through Amazon or other sites.

The Environmental Working Group has a database of cosmetics and rates products as far as their 'toxicity' etc:
http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/bro...incat=babycare

I am struggling with playpen/pack&plays because the mattresses are synthetic and therefore treated with fire retardants. The actual chemicals they use are usually not disclosed (i.e. really hard to find out what they are), but there's evidence that they are endocrine disruptors etc. I opted not to register for a playpen right now (also avoiding the Boppy pillow things for the same foam/synthetic reasons), though I did get a Graco bouncy seat. Mixed feelings about that because the cushions again certainly have bad stuff in them. I also am debating what to do with a co-sleeper given to us by a friend - they sell an organic mattress for the co-sleeper to replace the synthetic/chemically-treated one, but I can't decide if it's worth it.
If you want a playpen, and dont care about having a mattress inside.. you could go with something like a wooden playard.. Basically like a big fence with no bottom.. Ive seen wooden ones somewhere online (maybe onestepahead?). They are more expensive but dont have the chemicals that the mattresses in the Gracos and stuff have
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Thanks for all the help, ladies! Kati, the link to car seat information helped me decide on a Graco carseat, plus Graco is made in the USA. I was also able to find a decent selection of organic baby products from mattresses to clothing to stuffed animals and bedding at Target, Babies R Us, and Walmart (all online). This is great because most people I know feel comfortable shopping at those stores. We ended up going with an organic mattress from Babies R Us since it was the lowest price @ $200. We did register for a Svan bouncer, Jen, plus I registered for a Bjorn. I settled on a Graco pack n' play, but I'm not thrilled with that decision and am looking for these wood play yards Tiffany mentioned (not at One Step Ahead).

We also ended up choosing the Mod Baby nursery furniture from Walmart. It is made of renewable New Zealand Pine and although it is manufactured in Malaysia, at least it's not China.
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