familyThere are millions of new mama, baby and toddler products on the market today -- this means more choices than ever before! But it also means you have to put a whole lot of effort into discovering the very best ones. We thought we'd lend a hand by showcasing some of the coolest natural items we've encountered this year. Enjoy!

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Birth Affirmations by Susan Singer

We were recently introduced to a delightful little book, Birth Affirmations, by Susan Singer. We've long known at Mothering that affirmations can be a very powerful tool for mothers. Like mini meditations, affirmations can be chanted quietly to oneself whenever you feel doubtful or worried. Singer has created a particularly impactful book by recognizing the importance of encouraging women to trust their instincts before, during and after birth. Her words of wisdom are not advice, but rather simple reminders of what we already know. As an experienced artist, Singer accompanies the affirmations with beautifully detailed illustrations that she creates herself. This book is the perfect gift for any mama who is about to embark on the journey of motherhood. Read our article about this book here. It includes 10 of our favorite affirmations and some of Singer's drawings. $12.95 on BirthAffirmationsBook.com

 

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Bamboo Mod'Swad

If you plan to swaddle, this vintage inspired zip up swaddler from Woombie is sure to keep your little one safe and cozy day or night. Made from a buttery soft organic bamboo/spandex the Mod'Swad is lightweight and stretchy enough to allow for some movement, assuring baby isn't too tightly bundled while still being secure. Available in four attractive colors and two stretchy sizes. Woombie also offers other natural swaddlers on their website. $34 from Woombie.com

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Cutie Bees

Cutie Bees adorable baby clothes are constructed from 100% organic cotton and are made without the use of phthalates, formaldehyde or fire retardants. The company even goes so far as to use non-toxic water-based dyes and eco-packaging. This means you can feel great about dressing your baby up in one their brightly colored and beautifully designed outfits. Cutie Bees pants and onesies fit true to size and are sure to make any new mom happy! Various prices on CutieBees.com

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Pacific Baby Star Shaped Bowl and Cup Set

Looking for plastic-free, easy to clean dishes for baby? This fun, natural bowl and cup set are perfect for baby's first meal and are a hit with toddlers too! The unique star shape of the bowl and the small easy to grasp cup are made from bamboo flour and are biodegradable. Plus, they're easy to care for. This set is dishwasher safe and withstands the rough treatment you can expect from toddlers and babies. More styles on their website or find this set for $10.99 on Amazon.

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Molly's Suds Cloth Diaper Laundry Powder

Looking for a cloth diaper specific laundry detergent? With just four earth-derived, certified vegan, non GMO ingredients Molly's Suds is just the ticket. It's natural and safe enough for little bums, while being tough on 'cloth diaper stink.' And while it is made for cloth diapers, we also found it worked wonders on baby clothes and blankets. Everything comes out soft, clean and scent-free, perfect for families with sensitive skin and noses. $14.99 on MollysSuds.com

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Zoocchini's Organic Training Pants

You love cloth diapers so don't miss out on cloth training pants! Made from super comfy 100% organic cotton these colorful trainers are great for kids 2+ who are learning to use the potty. The extra thick layer is sure to absorb any accidents a little person might have, making clean up considerably easier while still providing a 'big kid' alternative to everyday diapers. The unique animal designs make these a lot of fun for everyone. Several styles and sizes available on Zoocchini.com, 3 for $31.99.

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Wristy Buddy

What a smart idea! Designed by a mom, the Wristy Buddy is a handy little teether that can be worn right on babies wrist. It is ideal for infants who have started to teeth but do not yet have the skill needed to hang on to a toy, or for all those times you want to avoid baby dropping their teether on the dirty floor (wait, that's all of the time!). The Wristy Buddy features a teething ring that is phthalate, lead and BPA free and comes in a variety of super cute and absorbent animal designs. $15 at WristyBuddy.com.

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Rockin' Green Classic Rock Laundry Detergent

Made in the USA, Rockin' Green Classic Rock Detergent contains no dyes, phosphates or parabens, and is 100% vegan. This eco-friendly soap is never tested on animals and comes in recyclable packaging. Each bag lasts for up to 90 loads and works very well even on heavily soiled garments, making it a great choice for cloth diapers. Several varieties available in addition to the classic blend. $17.95 on RockinGreenSoap.com

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Lulujo Bamboo Muslin Swaddles and Organic Cotton Facecloths

Lulujo's Bamboo Muslin Swaddles are silky smooth and are adorned with vivid brightly colored prints. Their lightweight design and generous size makes them an excellent eco-option for swaddling, tossing over a stroller, as a portable changing pad or for bedtime cuddles. The Organic Cotton Facecloths are soft and absorbent and are perfect for a gentle bath, washing baby down after a meal or for a quick face wash on the go. They would also make an extra luxurious addition to any cloth wipe stash. Swaddles are $18.99 and Facecloths are $9.99 for four at Lulujo.com.

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Beautiful Earth Baby Box

The Beautiful Earth Baby Box is filled with lovely all natural baby bath products at an awesome price. This set includes Hair & Body Wash, Baby Lotion, a Baby Bar, Baby Bath & Massage Oil, Barrier Cream and Breathe Easy Chest Rub packaged in a handy easy to store box. With everything you need to keep baby clean and moisturized this baby box would be an outstanding gift for any expectant parent (including yourself!). $30 at BeautifulEarthUSA.com

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Babyganics

Babyganics offers a wide variety of natural, safe baby care products. Here are a few of our favorites.

- 3x Laundry Detergent

This natural laundry detergent is heavy duty and definitely gets the work done! Made with plant-based ingredients and scented with naturally derived oils, there is no need to worry about exposing your little pumpkins to any unnecessary chemicals. Never tested on animals and cloth diaper safe. $21.16, see it on Babyganics.com

- Foaming Hand Soap

Kids love this natural, plant-based hand soap in its fun foaming dispenser. Everyone's hands come out clean and soft thanks to the moisturizing formula. Available in a pleasant chamomile verbena or unscented. $9.84, see it on Babyganics.com

- Moisturizing Daily Lotion

Gentle enough for the whole family, this plant-based lotion leaves baby's skin soft with its all natural NeoNourish seed oil blend. Available with or without SPF 15 -- scented or unscented this versatile lotion is sure to come in handy. $12.72, see it on Babyganics.com

- Diaper Rash Cream

Cloth diaper safe and made with Babyganics all natural NeoNourish seed oil blend and zinc oxide. Babyganics Diaper Rash Cream is an effective and safe alternative to mainstream rash creams. $13.03, see it on Babyganics.com

- Gel Teething Pods

Made with clove oil and stevia extract, this gel is designed to offer your baby some relief from the discomfort of teething without potentially harmful benzocaine. Individual 'doses' come in super convenient pods. $11.78 for 10 pods, see them on Babyganics.com

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Sophi by Piggy Paint

Sophi is a line of non-toxic, water-based nail polish developed for adults who are concerned about the health risks or standard nail polish -- this makes Sophi perfect for pregnant mamas! Sophi nail polishes come in 12 natural, sophisticated colors and are extremely durable. Wear it to the park, to work or on that rare night out. $7.99 on PiggyPaint.com

Although the following product isn't 'natural' we thought it was pretty inspired, so we wanted to bring it to your attention.

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ComfortCam


The ComfortCam is an innovative, wireless baby monitor that allows you to view your little one from anywhere in the world on your phone or tablet. Made to be super easy to set up and operate, the ComfortCam has two way audio, remote pan, tilt and zoom capabilities and night vision. Wow! Whether you work out of the home, travel, want to keep grandma in on the action, or just need to keep an eye on baby or toddler in another room, this baby monitor is the perfect solution. $149.00, read more on ComfortCam.

About Mothering Reviews

Mothering editors and writers offer honest, unbiased reviews of products we like in an effort to help you make informed choices about the products you choose to buy for your family. Although we do receive payment and/or free products in exchange for publishing such reviews, our opinions are always our own. We select products very carefully, and never share items we wouldn't consider buying for our own families.

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