BABY GEAR 101
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE PARENTHOOD EASIER, BREEZIER AND MORE FABULOUS
Impending parenthood is a nerve-racking time. Decisions—big ones, little ones, life-changing ones and even relatively insignificant ones (like what color to paint the nursery)—fill up your days and nights. Not sure where to start? Well, forget pink or blue—green is the way to go when it comes to getting ready for your little one. If you start from green, you can rest assured that your choices will be sound ones, which is why we asked Sue Brown and the staff of Satara Baby for some advice on her favorite organic baby gear options on the market today.
Sue, who’s been in the green game for eight years, having bought her first brick-and-mortar (then called Home Environment) in Madison, Wis., in 2002 with her partner Tyrone Bell, and her staff are on a mission to educate all people on the benefits of eco-friendly products and empower them to make the right choices for themselves and the planet.
Here, Sue and the Satara Baby family give you their tips for the easiest ways to make your days with baby safer (and more stylish), naturally.
Making your own organic baby food keeps your baby healthier.
Store-bought baby food often contains fillers, preservatives and added colors. It’s really easy to make your own fresh, organic food for your baby by steaming or pureeing fruits, vegetables and simple grains yourself. By buying local produce, you can even further reduce your carbon footprint. Great first foods are mashed avocado, banana, pureed oatmeal or sweet potato.
Swaddle with organic muslin cotton to avoid overheating your baby.
Swaddling can be a huge help to get your little one asleep in those early months, when many babies love the secure, womb-like feel of being swaddled. Organic muslin cotton swaddling blankets are popular around the world because they are so breathable and light. Warm but not too warm, they help to prevent overheating and SIDS. Later, these lovely blankets can be repurposed as a light summer sleeping blanket for your growing child.
Give cloth diapers a try. It’s never been easier than now with the new “hybrid” diapers.
You’ll save a LOT of money in the long run by buying a set of cloth diapers that will see you through from infancy to potty training. Hybrids, like Gro-Via and Flip, are an easy place to start because you can use them as half cloth/half disposable diapers. Instead of the regular cloth soaker pad, just lay a Gro-Via biodegradable soaker pad inside the diaper shell. Shells can be reused for two or three diaper changes, cutting down on overall cost. You can switch back and forth between cloth and biodegradable pads as you like, giving you a lot of flexibility and convenience.
Most parents need at least two baby carriers to accommodate outdoor/indoor use and different body sizes.
Since both mom and dad will be carrying the baby a lot, make sure that both will be very comfortable. Slings (such as the Baby K’tan and the New Native) are fabulous for wearing around the house and on errands, while wraps (such as the Moby) and carriers (such as the Ergo) will be comfortable even on long walks. All are ideal for keeping your baby happy and keeping your hands free! Also a fantastic way for lulling your baby to sleep.
Baby Shoes Tip:
Babies are best barefoot until they are crawling or walking.
Babies’ feet can be kept warm and cozy in booties and socks but should be allowed to grow unrestricted by shoes in those early months. When your baby starts to cruise, then it’s time to go shoe shopping! First shoes should be toxin-free, flexible in the sole and wide at the toe, allowing your baby’s feet maximum surface feel for stability. Allow about 1/4-inch wiggle room at the front of the shoe.
For more from Sue, go to www.satara-inc.com.
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