The baby products industry is a multi-million dollar market, with baby items such as clothes, toys and accessories being mass produced year round. When gifting a new mum essential items for her baby and for herself, it can be difficult to do so in an earth conscious way. That’s why we have put together a list of perfect, sustainable gift ideas for future mums to be.
1. Pre-loved Gifts for the baby
Why not gift the mum to be some recycled clothes, shoes or baby books. Let’s be honest, babies grow so quickly these items are barely used before the baby grows out of them. What a great way to incorporate sustainable gifts! Little Circle Collective (find them here) have a wide range of pre-loved items for sale. They even have pre-made beautiful gift boxes for mums to be, wrapped in gorgeous recycled cloth (as pictured above), 1st birthday and 2nd birthday gifts at a very reasonable price. We have no excuse not to be eco-friendly and sustainable with our gift buying!
2. Reusable Nappies
Reusable cloth nappies are a fantastic gift idea for a new baby. Nappies are a costly expense when raising a newborn so not only do these reduce waste but also the cost in a young families budget. Cloth nappies are also more gentle on babies skin, with the cotton allowing the skin to breathe, reducing the risk of irritation and rashes.
3. Post-Partum Clothing
Comfort is of the utmost importance during the post-partum process for a new Mum. Breathability and flexibility are helpful when spending time tending to a new bub. Maya Mariea Fashion produce gorgeous, sustainable clothing that flows effortlessly, making it easy to wear when looking after a newborn.
Not only are their clothes beautiful and practical, they are also eco friendly. Recycled saris are used to create handmade, crease proof items that are the perfect gift for a new mum. Find Maya Mariea Fashion here.
4. Eco-Friendly Skincare Products
It is important to look after a baby’s skin as a newborn. Prone to rashes and irritation, treating their skin with the correct care can make all the difference in a baby’s wellbeing. Gifting a new mum natural skin care products can relieve the stresses of trying to find the right skincare for their baby. Look for natural and organic skincare products, these products are free from any harsh or harmful chemicals. If you want to be even more eco-conscious, buy products with only plastic free packaging.
5. Castile Soap
There are many products new parents will need, baby soap being one of them. Castile soap is one of the most thorough cleansing products whilst also staying gentle on the skin. Castile soap is made out of a range of natural oils such as olive, coconut, hemp and jojoba; as well as other natural ingredients that include glycerin and citric acid. The combination of these ingredients creates the perfect blend of natural elements that gently cleanses and nourishes the skin, This is the perfect item to gift new parents, with baby soaps and shampoos often being left as an after thought.
6. Reusable Wet Bags
Wet bags are a holy grail for a new parent. Dirty nappies, wet clothing, left over food, all of it can be chucked into a wet bag, safe and sound. Purchasing a reusable wet bag for new parents will be a gift that they use over and over again and helps them cut costs and maintain a sustainable lifestyle when raising their baby.
7. Natural Fibre Baby Blanket
A natural fibre baby blanket is the perfect eco friendly baby gift for a new parent. Baby blankets made from natural fibres such as organic cotton, bamboo, or hemp are perfect, more sustainable blanket option. These materials are softer, safer, and more eco conscious compared to synthetic materials and are more gentle on the baby’s skin.
8. Indoor Plants
Indoor plants are a great way to liven up a space and enhance the air quality in a home. Plants can help create a calming and relaxing environment for the mum-to-be, perfect for mums that are spending a lot of their time at home with their newborn. When purchasing indoor plants for someone, please keep in mind to choose varieties that are safe for pets and babies, as well as a low maintenance option to reduce the workload on the new parents.
9. Organic Herbal Teas
Treat the mum-to-be with a selection of teas, which are free from artificial colours, flavours and pesticides. Also look for tea blends that promote relaxation, well-being, sleep and support breastfeeding, these additions will help a new mum adjust to life with a newborn, especially in the early months where there is a lack of sleep and me time.
10. Reusable Breast Pads
Reusable breast pads are an amazing gift for a new mum. Breastfeeding is difficult and these are a gift that many would often not think to purchase. Look for options that are water resistant, leak proof and made from recycled materials.
We hope these ideas can help you purchase the right gifts and the new parents to be able to ease into parental life as easily as possible. Until next time,
Conscious Events Direct xx