Preparing for a New Baby

The arrival of a new baby is a time for celebration, but the mountains of advice that accompany the event can create confusion amidst your joy. Here are some of our favorite simple tips that cover the very basic basics!

Baby Basics Checklist

Everything you need, without questionable ingredients to keep you up at night.

Nesting Necessities

Method Baby Laundry Detergent, Sweet Pea

Power through laundry with a gentle formula

Whole Foods Market™ All Purpose Cleaner Citrus

Keep surfaces squeaky clean

365 Everyday Value® Baby Laundry Detergent With Stain-Fighting Enzymes

A fragrance free formula for the whole family

365 Everyday Value® Fruit & Vegetable Wash Natural Lemon Scent

Rinse off dirt with our nontoxic and biodegradable formula

Diaper Bag Essentials

365 Everyday Value® Wipes

Cleanse and soothe with aloe vera and vitamin E

365 Everyday Value® Diapers

Convenience without chlorine, latex or artificial scent

Bath and Body

Peter Rabbit Baby Garden Fresh Shampoo and Wash

Gentle organic botanicals for the bath

 

Every Day Shea Conditioner and DeTangler for Babies & Up

Tame tangles with fair trade shea butter

Weleda Calendula Baby Lotion

Soothe cranky skin with calendula

Badger Sunscreen Baby SPF 30+

Broad spectrum protection without chemical sunscreens

Bottles

Life Factory Glass Baby Bottle

A durable bottle without BPA or phthalates

   

Breastfeeding and Supplements

Nurture the body that nourishes the baby with a well-balanced diet and well-chosen supplements.

  • Prenatal multivitamins (even after delivery) provide folic acid and other essential nutrients.

  • Calcium helps rebuild maternal bone mass, which may diminish during pregnancy and nursing. (Source: NIH)

For more resources on breastfeeding, consult the American Academy of Pediatrics.

DHA in Every Way

Breast milk can be a naturally rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential fatty acid that supports baby’s developing brain and eyes.

Aromatherapy Tips

essential oils

Create comforting rituals with 100% pure essential oils.

  • For soothing massage, select plant-based carrier oils such as sweet almond or jojoba.

  • Dissolve a few drops of essential oil in unscented oil or lotion. Do not apply essential oils directly to baby’s skin.

  • Choose gentle essential oils such as rose and geranium.

  • For a relaxing bath, add 2 drops rose essential oil and 1 drop Roman chamomile essential oil.