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Top 10 Best Restaurants In Fort Walton Beach

10 Places Locals Love To Eat At In Fort Walton Beach

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Are you visiting or moving to the Fort Walton Beach area and curious about the local dining establishments? You’ve come to the right place!

Fort Walton Beach is a melting pot of food establishments, and we are actually more than just Thai and seafood (they aren’t all created equal either, so I highly recommend reading the reviews before you waste your money).

If you live here long enough, you’ll learn that there are many other ethnic hidden gems that not too many visitors know about, and they’re definitely worth the money and experience.

A lot of online blogs will make it seem like the only good places to eat are located in Destin (our neighbor), but that’s not true. Fort Walton Beach has everything from fusion tacos to Hawaiian food, and there are restaurants and innovative food trucks here to satisfy any pallet.

With that said, I’ve put together a list of my favorite top ten Fort Walton Beach restaurants that I and other locals frequent on a regular basis—and they’re all small business gems.

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10 Best Places To Eat In Fort Walton Beach, FL

Stewby’s Seafood Shanty

Cuisine Style: Seafood

Website: https://stewbys.com

Location: 427 Racetrack Rd NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547, USA

Stewby’s Seafood Shanty is a small take out and drive thru seafood restaurant in Fort Walton Beach that offers the most affordable and delicious local seafood—and trust me, it’s money well spent!

Stewby’s was our first seafood experience when we first moved to the area, and we quickly learned that not only is their grilled Mahi Mahi to die for, but they have the best Coleslaw ever—it’s literally magical.

With that said, get their fish of the day combo plate and make sure to ask for coleslaw as one of the side options—it won’t disappoint. Then, come back and let me know in the comments if I was right.

Photo Credit: Instagram | Taqueria Mi Gente

Taqueria Mi Gente

Cuisine Style: Mexican

Website: https://bit.ly/3ftOTjj

Location: 699 Beal Parkway NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

There are a lot of Mexican restaurants in town, but none compare to Tacqueria Mi Gente, and that’s because their food is authentic street style (way different than your typical Mexican restaurant that gives you an upset stomach when you get home, if you know what I mean).

We frequent Taqueria Mi Gente at least once a month, and always get their tacos. The meat and other ingredients are displayed right in front of you behind a glass screen (kind of like Moe’s or Chipotle), and you even see the entire staff cooking—so they’re very transparent. On Sundays they even serve fresh Menudo or Pozole!

Dining inside can get kind of crowded and messy during lunch time, so I recommend going between 1pm-3pm. They also have a sister-store next door where you can do some grocery shopping for all of your latino recipes.

Photo Credit: Instagram | The Shack

The Shack

Cuisine Style: Seafood

Website: http://www.crabshackmarina.com

Location: 104 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

The Shack is a really neat place to eat at—and their seafood style is very similar to Stewby’s (mentioned above).

My family and I always love to dine outside under the sun umbrellas and admire the water. You get to watch people on boats or jet skis pass by—it’s pretty cool. It can, however, get a little windy, even in the summer, so if you can’t stand a little wind, you can always eat inside and still be able to check out the local bay).

They have a delicious fish of the day meal (which is typically Mahi Mahi), as well as some awesome shrimp tacos! They even have a little dock out on the water with a fish feeding station for kids to throw fish pellets into (you have to purchase them). You never see the fish eating the fish food, but I guess it makes the little ones excited just to throw something in the water.

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Holi Indian Cuisine

Cuisine Style: Indian Food

Website: https://holirestaurants.com

Location: 280 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

If you love Indian food, then look no further than Holi, Indian Cuisine—plus, they’re the only Indian food in town, and well worth the buy.

This local Indian gem has a ton of meals to choose from, but they are very pricey, so we frequent this establishment maybe once or twice a year to be honest. Don’t get me wrong, they are absolutely delicious, and well worth the buy, but because they don’t have much competition, they set their prices pretty high.

I wish that they had a buffet style establishment and charge by the pound like a lot of Indian places I’ve frequented when stationed in other states—but still, they get a thumbs up from us locals for flavor.

Rockin Tacos

Cuisine Style: Mexican/ Seafood Fusion

Website: https://www.rockintacos.com

Location: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

If you want a great beach view and plate full of delicious seafood tacos, then you have to try Rockin’ Tacos, located at the boardwalk in Fort Walton Beach.

This place makes Mexican-inspired favorites using locally sourced seafood and hand-crafted margaritas that are perfect for a hot summer day!

Whenever I take my kids to the local Gulfarium, we make sure to have lunch at this restaurant since it’s right next door. A word of advice—if you’re a local, I would avoid going there in the summer as it’s crowded with tourists and the staff seems really stressed (you probably won’t have the best experience). Go in the fall/winter when all the tourists are gone and the weather is perfect for dining outdoors.

Photo Credit: Instagram | Kinfolks BBQ

Kinfolks BBQ

Cuisine Style: BBQ

Website: https://www.bbqfwb.com

Location: 333 Racetrack Road NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Are you a BBQ enthusiast? Then I’ve got the perfect place for you! Kinfolks BBQ is a cozy smokehouse with a comfy vibe selling out barbecue by the pound, family meals & comfort sides.

Every time I drive past this place on my way to Walmart, I open my car windows just to get a whiff of the smoke coming out of their establishment!

Their meat is always cooked to tender perfection, and everything is super affordable, so don’t be shy when ordering sides! Oh and please try their pies!

YoYo’s Thai Food Truck

Cuisine Style: Thai

Website: https://bit.ly/3RuGQjo

Location: 1285 Eglin Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32579

Fort Walton Beach is crawling with Thai food establishments, and a lot of them are cringe—they aren’t very clean on the inside, and when you order to go, they stiff you on portion size while overcharging you.

I was so ecstatic when YoYo’s Thai food truck came to town because the Chef makes really fresh and tasty food, and the portion sizes are super generous with fair pricing.

I typically order either the Pad Thai or green curry with chicken, and I have a ton of food left over for the next day! You should also try their Bobas!

Photo Credit: Instagram | The Cowhead

The Cowhead

Cuisine Style: Fusion Burgers

Website: http://thecowhead.com

Location: 184 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

The Cowhead is a unique burger establishment here in town that makes mouth watering all-American burgers as well as fusion style burgers that consist of Asian inspired ingredients.

If you want to be adventurous, try their cheeseburger eggrolls, or Thai inspired burger! Neither will disappoint.

This place also serves breakfast, and you can pre-order online if you’re in a hurry. They’re located downtown near all of our unique small business establishments, so after dining, do some local store hopping!

Rick’s Crab Trap

Cuisine Style: Seafood

Website: https://rickscrabtrap.com

Location: 178 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach FL 32548

If you’re in the mood for some fresh crawfish, crab or gumbo, stop into Rick’s Crab Trap! It’s a funny looking building , but I promise, the seafood is great, and so is the atmosphere!

This places offers very generous portion sizes for affordable prices, and people love the attentive service. One of my favorite meals to order is the Po Boy—it’s absolutely delicious!

If you just moved to the area, give this place a try! It might become one of your favorite places to eat on the weekends!

Photo Credit: Facebook | Maui Bus Stop

Maui Bus Stop

Cuisine Style: Hawaiian

Website: https://mauibusstop.com

Location: 101 Perry Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

The Maui Bus Stop is a treasure! It’s the ultimate Hawaiian comfort food, and we are so lucky to have this gem in town!

The grilled meat and sauce they coat it with is absolutely fabulous, and the rice is always perfectly cooked.

Do yourself a favor and try their spam musubi (only $1.50!). You can also choose how many sides you want, which is really convenient. Everything tastes delicious, and if I could, I would eat there every day.

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Best Eco-Friendly Toys For Toddlers

20 Fun Eco-Friendly Toys Your Toddler Will Love This Christmas

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Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re shopping for eco-friendly toddler toys for your little one this year, then you’ve come to the right place!

Many children’s toys are made from plastic and contain hormone disrupting chemicals, so it’s no surprise that many people are opting for plastic-alternatives—especially since toddlers like to place toys into their mouth.

Plastic toys also have a short lifespan, they clutter your space, and they can’t be recycled—all the more reason to swap them for something sustainable!

Why Choose Eco-Friendly Toys Over Plastic?

Eco-friendly toddler toys are made of natural or organic material with non-toxic components and are safe to touch. They can also be easily recycled or composted.

Green toddler toys are also ethically and sustainably sourced, and do not leave a negative impact on our environment.

Wood, silicone, natural rubber and organic fabric are all great examples of what eco-friendly toddler toys can be made of—and they don’t require batteries.

With that said, below is our eco-friendly gift guide for sustainable, non-toxic and planet-friendly toddler toys (just in time for Christmas) that you and your child will love!

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The Best Natural Toddler Toys For Sustainable Fun

Cackoo

Handmade Wicker Doll Pram By Cackoo

This wicker doll pram by Cackoo is handmade from willow and water-based paint. It’s a charming eco-friendly gift for little ones who enjoy playing with dolls, and I love the boho style!

Apple Park Organic Cotton Dolls

If you’re shopping for a non-toxic doll with hypoallergenic fill, look no further than Apple Park organic cotton dolls! They come in all sorts of colors, and are available in both genders. These eco-friendly soft dolls are high quality, and make wonderful first dolls for toddlers!

Natural Wood Montessori Toddler Gym By Wood & Hearts

Don’t let cold winter weather stop you from having fun! This adorable Montessori indoor gym for toddlers is made from natural wood and can be arranged in many different ways! Your toddler will love receiving this as a gift!

Wooden Activity Table By Wonder & Wise

With its modern and minimalistic design, detachable legs and a convenient cotton storage bag attached to the bottom, this natural wood table with nontoxic paint will go well with any modern home, as well as allow for easy and compact storage when not in use.

Travel Activity Cube By BrainUp Toys

A travel activity cube is a great gift for toddlers who tend to travel a lot with their parents. This wooden busy cube by BrainUp Toys has various activities and will keep your little one busy in the car and during airplane travel.

Airplane Rocker And Ride-On By Wonder & Wise

This adorable airplane is a 2-in-1 rocker and ride-on that’s made from sturdy plywood, rubber and non-toxic paint. Because of its design, this beautiful and sustainable toy will last for many years to come!

Jumbo Stacking Train By Melissa And Doug

Stacking trains are classic toys that spark imagination and help little ones work on their motor skills, and we really love this charming wooden stacking train by Melissa And Doug!

Magnetic Wooden Vacuum By Fat Brain Toys

Kids love playing with toy vacuums, and this wooden one by Fat Brain Toys has a magnetic bottom that scoops up magnets—and it’s really cool! It’ll make your little one feel like they’re really cleaning!

Montessori Busy Board For Toddlers By DeMoca

This wooden Montessori busy board offers fun hands-on play for toddlers and can be used both in the home and during car or airplane travel. These boards are also great for sensory play and occupational therapy.

Wooden Ride On Deer By Le Toy Van

Made from sustainable material and nontoxic paint, this whimsical toddler ride-on toy by Le Toy Van is absolutely charming, safe, and tons of fun for little ones as young as one! I love that this particular push-toy is also gender neutral, making it a wonderful eco-friendly toy for little boys and girls!

Wooden Shape Sorter

If your little one loves playing with stacking toys and sorting shapes, then they’ll love this whimsical wooden Montessori set by Youuys. These blocks will teach your little one all about problem solving and geometric shape recognition. It’s also a sustainable toy that’s great for fine motor skill development!

Montessori Wooden Wobble Board By Nutty Toys

Wooden wobble boards are fun sustainable toddler toys and can be used for so much more than just wobbling. Kids can turn them upside down and use them as slides, they can lay on them and read, and then can turn them upside down and use them as a snack tray!

Toddler’s First Coloring Book Set By Honey Sticks

The Toddler’s First Coloring Book from Honeysticks is hand-made in New Zealand from 100% recycled paper and features 40 large pages with simple images to spark creativity and play. It also comes with a set of non-toxic beeswax crayons that are thick and easy to hold!

EcoTribe

Wooden Unicorn Swing By Eco Tribe

For little ones who love to swing, this eco-friendly wooden swing by EcoTribe makes the perfect sustainable gift! It’s made from natural birch wood and equipped with cotton rope. It can be hung in a doorway, porch, or on a tree branch when the weather is ideal!

Walk-Along-Puppy Wooden Pull Toy

This award winning pull toy is made from natural wood and non-toxic paint. This eco-friendly toy helps toddlers develop hand-eye coordination, promotes dexterity, and manipulation—and best of all, it promotes imaginative play!

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle By BigShu

These adorable jigsaw puzzles by BigShu make a wonderful eco-friendly gift for a toddler! They’re bright, colorful and encourage problem solving as well as motor skill development.

Silicone Shape Learning Toy By MamiMami Home

Your little one can work on shape recognition with this adorable shape learning toy made from edible grade silicone. You can also choose from alphabet letters, numbers, or all 3!

Wooden Sensory Bin Set

This sensory bin set is made from natural wood and makes a great gift for toddlers. It comes with a bin that mom or dad can fill up with sand, rice or macaroni, and allows their allow one to explore with all of the neat accessories.

Wooden Race Track By Wonder And Wise

This fun wooden fast track by Wonder And Wise is made from ply wood and nontoxic paint. Your toddlers will have a blast watching their little wooden cars race down the ramps!

Wooden Activity Walker By Tender Leaf

Inspired by weather, this adorable wooden activity walker by Tender Leaf will keep your toddler entertained long after their first steps!

Best Non-Toxic Beds For Toddlers And Kids

A Guide To Organic And Eco-Friendly Beds For Toddlers And Kids

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If your little one is starting to climb out of their crib, and you’re worried about their safety, it might be time to transition them to a toddler bed!

With that said, most toddlers are ready to transition to a toddler bed between the ages of 18 months and 3.5 years of age.

This may seem a bit early for most parents, but most toddler beds offer safety and security that puts many parents at ease.

With features like a low to the ground design, and guard rails to prevent falls, it makes sense that most toddler beds are actually a safer choice than cribs when it comes to active toddlers.

Why Should You Buy A Non-Toxic Toddler Bed?

Many people aren’t aware that mainstream furniture actually contain chemicals like formaldehyde, phthalates, heavy metals, and other carcinogens that can harm the central nervous system and cause long-term problems.

That’s why it’s so important to purchase a non-toxic toddler bed that is free from harmful chemicals, and will instead contribute to cleaner indoor air, creating a healthier space for your child (especially since they’ll be spending a large majority of their time in their room).

What Should You Look For In A Non-Toxic Toddler Bed?

Non-toxic toddler beds should be constructed from sustainably sourced wood—such as New Zealand Pine Wood—a fast growing pine known as the “super soft wood” of the 21st century, or birch, which can be sourced locally and has a very low carbon offset.

They should also be made using glue, paint and finish that are strictly non-toxic. Not only is this important for healthy air quality in the room, it’s also important because your little one will be making contact with the headboard and guard rails.

With that said, we encourage parents to purchase toddler beds that are GREENGUARD Gold certified, which means that they passed the most stringent emission standards and have been tested for over 10,000 volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).

If you’re looking for top notch recommendations, below are several non-toxic toddler beds for every budget that are not only Greenguard Gold Certified, but are also very stylish, and contain other important key features like guard rails, and a low to the ground design.

Best Non-Toxic Toddler Beds For Healthy Sleep

Brand | Delta Children

✅ Greenguard Gold Certified

The mint-colored Logan Wood toddler bed by Delta Children is a stylish and safe toddler bed that’s low to the ground, and sustainably built from New Zealand pinewood. You have the option of purchasing just the frame, or with a Delta Children organic mattress.

Brand | Stork Craft

✅ Greenguard Gold Certified

The Stork Craft Slumber toddler bed contains a modern design, and is made from a blend of New Zealand Pinewood and engineered wood. It comes with guard rails which provide safety and security, and can fit a standard crib mattress.

Brand | Dream On Me

✅ Greenguard Gold Certified

The Dream On Me toddler day bed is made from sustainable pinewood, and contains a removable guard rail as well as roomy storage drawer underneath. It’s available in several non-toxic finishes, and makes the perfect transition bed for your little one!

Brand | Graco

✅ Greenguard Gold Certified

The Graco Bailey toddler bed is made from a combination of pine and engineered wood, and includes two guard rails on each side for safety and security. This eco-friendly toddler bed is available in several colors, and fits a standard crib-size mattress—facilitating an easy transition from crib to big kid bed!

Brand | Oeuf

✅ Greenguard Gold Certified

The Sparrow twin bed by Oeuf is sustainably produced in Europe in a FSC certified facility, and constructed from a combination of solid birch and Baltic birch plywood along with a water-based and non-toxic finish. It also has a unique yet minimalist design that parents adore.

Brand | Ti Amo

✅ Greenguard Gold Certified

The Ti Amo Teepee Bed & Trundle contains a minimalist yet dreamy design that brings all the joys of camping under the stars, without the inconvenience of mud, bad weather or wild animal encounters. It is made from solid wood, and contains a comfy pull-out trundle that’s conveniently stowed beneath!

Brand | Davinci

✅ Greenguard Gold Certified

Charming and classic, the Jenny Lind Twin Bed by Davinci is made from sustainable New Zealand pinewood, and its vintage inspired design is perfect for families who prefer classic and contemporary style furniture. This bed contains a non-toxic finish, and fits a standard twin size mattress.

Brand | Kalon

✅ Greenguard Gold Certified

The Caravan Divan twin bed by Kalon is made by European woodworkers from 100% sustainably harvested European Ash. This eco-friendly bed can double as a day bed, couch, or be used for lounging, seating or for sleeping.

Brand | Delta Children

✅ Greenguard Gold Certified

The Delta Children Paw Patrol toddler bed contains a low to the ground design and high sides that serve as guard rails. We think it’s great that it adds a sense of adventure into your child’s bedroom while contributing to clean and healthy air quality!

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Top 10 Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Ideas For 2022

10 Sustainable Gift Ideas For The Eco Conscious Father Figure In Your Life

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What do you get a dad for Father’s Day who has everything, and says that he wants “nothing”? Well, at Eco Mom Diaries, we have a few great Father’s Day gift suggestions that dad didn’t know he needed.

Whether he’s an eco-warrior, or you just want to get dad something sustainable and environmentally friendly this Father’s Day, out gift suggestions are a fantastic way to celebrate dad on his special day while being kind to the planet.

With that said, check out our top 10 eco-friendly Father’s Day gift ideas to help you find that perfect gift that will keep giving long after the holiday has ended!

10 Ethical And Sustainable Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Dad!

ZGrills Wood Pellet Grill

If your dad is a backyard warrior and loves to grill, then consider an eco-friendly grill that uses wood pellets as an alternative to coal and gas—like the ZGrill! Wood pellets are a renewable energy source, making the ZGrill a top environmentally friendly grill choice for Father’s Day.

GreenWorks Cordless String Trimmer And Leaf Blower Combo

If dad loves doing some yard maintenance, then he’ll love these eco-friendly lawn tools that require no gas! The GreenWorks leaf blower and string trimmer are virtually maintenance free, with no gas, no oil, and no emissions. They start instantly, are quiet, and deliver the power you need—making this combo set a truly eco-friendly Father’s Day gift!

Ancheer 350W Electric Mountain Bike

With gas prices going up, dad might need an alternative to get around town. He might also be an avid outdoorsman, but weary to ride a bike due to health issues like arthritis—that’s why an e-bike is perfect. Though you might need a few siblings to pitch in, the Ancheer 350W electric mountain bike is a great beginner e-bike, and is a practical yet fun gift for dad that he will enjoy using for years to come!

Hai Smart Luxury Shower Head

This Father’s Day, help dad save on his water and energy bill with the Hai smart luxury shower head! With Hai, your dad can transform his bathroom into a smart, sustainable, in-home spa! This eco-friendly hand-held shower head features multiple spray settings, customizable LED indicators, and built-in Bluetooth technology that helps you track water usage. It’s also renter friendly, and makes an awesome sustainable Father’s Day gift!

BrüMate NOS’R Insulated Whiskey Glass

If dad enjoys a glass of whisky, he’s going to be impressed with the BrüMate stainless steel insulted whiskey glass. It has a sleek tulip shape which locks in flavor and highlights the complexities of fine whiskey, and keeps your drink 20x colder than other containers.

CHAMP Compact Portable Tech Charger

Using high density batteries, with fewer cells and materials, this ultra compact charger is capable of an 80% charge in 30 minutes and holds three days worth of power.  Dad will also love that it’s encased in 72.5% post-consumer plastic! It’s the perfect eco-friendly Father’s Day gift for the dad who’s phone battery life is always low when he’s out and about!

NorthFace Eco Trail Sleeping Bag

If dad loves to camp, and he’s been in need of a new sleeping bag, then check out the North Face Eco Trail. Both the outer shell, and the insulation consist of recycled material that will keep dad nice and warm throughout the night!

Terra Thread FairTrade Certified Gym Bag

If dad is in need of a gym/travel bag, then the ethically and sustainably made Terra Thread duffel bag is the perfect Father’s Day gift. It’s made from durable organic cotton canvas, and has plenty of space for dad’s personal belongings.

UpRoot Clean Reusable Lint Remover Set


For the dad who’s constantly cleaning pet hair off his clothing, car seats, and couch cushions, the UpRoot Clean is an awesome alternative to single use lint rollers (see my in-depth review here). It’s one of the best eco-friendly products of the year, and the set makes an awesome sustainable gift for Father’s Day!

Big Boy Bamboo T-Shirts

For the dad who needs a few new t-shirts in his closet, consider opting for ultra soft, sustainable and hypoallergenic tees made from organic bamboo viscoseBig Boy Bamboo is your one stop eco-friendly shop for men’s organic bamboo t-shirts at affordable prices, and carries an impressive size range for regular as well as big and tall men (small to size 8XL). These t-shirts make excellent sustainable gifts for Father’s Day, and every new customer gets 10% off of their first order!

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5 Best Natural Rubber Pacifiers For Newborns

The Best Non-Toxic Pacifiers To Safely Help Soothe Baby

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Choosing a pacifier for your baby can be quite confusing—there are just so many out there.

And even if you think you’ve purchased “the one”, your new baby will most likely hate it. It happens, and it’s ok. There will be a lot of trial and error in your motherhood journey.

That’s why I encourage all new moms to introduce a natural rubber pacifier to their babies in lieu of silicone. And there are many reasons for this that just make sense—especially if you are breastfeeding. Let’s look at some below.

How Are Natural Rubber Pacifiers Different From Silicone

Unlike silicone pacifiers, natural rubber pacifiers mimic the shape and softness of a mother’s breast. This flexible and stretchy material creates an easy back-and-forth transition for a breastfed baby.

Natural rubber pacifiers are also eco-friendly, sustainable and biodegradable. They are made with minimal ingredients, and do not require a plastic frame with handle).

With that said, the manufacturing process leaves out parabans, phthalates, BPA, and other unhealthy additives.

How To Sterilize A Natural Rubber Pacifier

Natural rubber pacifiers need to be sterilized like any other pacifier. However, because they are made from natural material, it is best to boil them just once (before initial use) to prevent damage from the high heat.

Future sterilization requires that you put the pacifiers in a bowl, and simply pour boiling water over them. This scalding method is a gentle yet thorough way to kill germs and bacteria without damaging your natural rubber pacifiers.

  • Put the pacifiers in a clean bowl
  • Pour them with boiling water
  • Let the pacifiers soak for approx. 5 min.
  • Pick them up and let them dry

How Often Should I Replace A Natural Rubber Pacifier?

Since natural rubber pacifiers don’t last as long as their silicone competitor, you will need to change your baby’s pacifier every 4-8 weeks.

The nipples of natural rubber pacifiers will eventually expand, change shape and even turn gooey, so it’s very important to have another one on hand, and switch it out as soon as you see this type of wear.

But giving your baby a pacifier that’s safe for both them and the planet is well worth a few new swaps!

With that said, below are 5 most trusted natural rubber pacifier brands that moms and babies love!

The 5 Best Natural Rubber Pacifiers To Help Soothe Your Baby

Brand | BibsUSA

The BIBS natural rubber baby pacifier mimics both the shape and softness of a mothers’ breast. Their classic appearance captures a look that’s both timeless and elegant.  All BIBS pacifiers are made in Denmark from 100% natural latex and are lead and pthalate free.

Brand | Natursutten

Made from pure, all-natural latex rubber from the Hevea Brasiliense tree, Natursutten natural rubber pacifiers are softer than silicone and are extremely hygienic because they are molded in one piece. By gently touching baby’s nose, Natursutten pacifiers are designed to closely simulate breastfeeding, which provides a more familiar soothing experience for your baby.

Brand | Hevea

Hevea organic pacifiers are made from 100% natural rubber from HEVEA trees, and feature a silky smooth touch that is gentle on baby’s face and teeth. These eco-friendly pacifiers are completely plant-based and biodegradable at the end of their life, and feature safe, FDA Approved color pigments—it’s actually one of the only colored natural rubber pacifiers on the market!

Brand | Frigg

FRIGG natural rubber pacifiers are designed and manufactured in Denmark, and each one contains a whimsical design that moms love. The outward curve keeps the pacifier off of baby’s delicate skin, while other features like air holes and a security handle ensure that your little one stays safe.

Brand | EcoPiggy

EcoPiggy natural pacifiers are sustainably made from 100% natural rubber, and designed in one single-piece. This nontoxic pacifier contains no choking hazards and is BPA, phthalate, PVC, and paraben-free. Plus, they’re hand-inspected and packaged in the USA!

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Best Cloth Diapers Of 2022

A Guide To Eco-Friendly Cloth Diaper Brands For Babies

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Aside from being totally adorable and wallet friendly, cloth diapers can be very intimidating for many curious parents who are considering switching over from disposables.

After all, there are about 8 different cloth diaper styles on the market right now (possibly more), and each design has a different fit. So how do you know which cloth diaper will work best for your baby?

First, let’s go over all the different styles that are available to you.

What Are The Different Styles Of Cloth Diapers?

Flat Diapers

Flat diapers predate all diapers. They are a single layer of cloth (typically cotton or bamboo), and they need to be folded into multiple layers for absorbency. They are economical, but the downside to flat diapers is that they can leak without a cover, and they require safety pins to secure them in place.

Pre-Fold Diapers

Prefold diapers are rectangular pieces of cloth with multiple layers of fabric for absorption, and can be used inside pocket diapers or reusable covers. Prefolds are economical, versatile, flexible and easy to wash. However, they can be bulky, inconvenient, and must be upgraded in size as baby grows.

Fitted Cloth Diapers

Fitted cloth diapers resemble a disposable diaper in that they have an hourglass shape, leg elastics to keep messes contained, and they are easy to fasten. The downside to fitted cloth diapers is that they are not waterproof, and you need to purchase covers; they are also more expensive than prefold diapers.

Pocket Diapers

Pocket diapers are cloth diapers that contain a waterproof cover and inner pocket that can be stuffed with absorbency layers—like prefolds or inserts. They can grow with your baby and come in really cute designs. The downside to pocket diapers is that they can leak, they tend to be bulky, and stuffing/removing inserts can be inconvenient.

All-In-One Diapers (AIO)

All-In-One diapers have a simple design with a trim fit that prevents leaks, and they are made with several absorbency layers along with a waterproof outer shell. They are considered the most convenient reusable diapers for daycares, and can be used throughout the potty training stage as well. The downside to All-In-One diapers is that they are expensive and take longer to dry.

All-In-2 Diapers (AI2)

All-In-2 cloth diapers are very similar to pocket diapers. They contain a waterproof outer shell, but the inserts snap inside of the diaper instead of getting placed inside of a pocket. Parents love these reusable diapers because most of the time (unless there’s a blow out, you only need to swap out the insert.

Hybrid Cloth Diapers

Hybrids are a cross between disposable and cloth diapers. They have a flexible design, a waterproof shell, and can use any absorbency layer (cloth or disposable). These cloth diapers are also cost-effective, daycare friendly, and travel-friendly. The downside to hybrid cloth diapers is that some designs can leak, and beginners might find them a bit complicating.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers Save Money

Cloth diapers are reusable, which means that while you may fork up a descent amount of money in the beginning, you’ll actually end up saving money in the long run. Depending on the brand, the average household spends between $600-$900 a year on disposable diapers—and you’ll keep spending this amount yearly until they are potty trained.

So if you’re buying premium disposable diapers and your little one is a stubborn potty trainer like mine were, you’ll waste thousands of dollars on single-use diapers throughout the years that you’re just going to throw out. Investing in a $300 cloth diaper stash sounds a lot better, doesn’t it?

Cloth Diapers Are Non-Toxic

Cloth diapers are hypoallergenic and don’t cause skin issues such as chemical burns, rashes or dermatitis. A majority of disposable diapers are packed full of toxic chemicals (including fragrance) that are actually harmful to your baby and their sensitive skin. Cloth diapers are breathable and lined with gentle and non-toxic fabric such as cotton, hemp, and bamboo.

Cloth Diapers Are Zero Waste

While they do use up much more water due to laundering, cloth diapers are zero-waste because they do not need to be discarded like disposable diapers, and can be reused for many years if cared for properly.

How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Need?

The amount of cloth diapers that you will need depends on the age of your baby and how often you plan on doing laundry.

Many cloth diaper brands recommend about 24-26 diapers for a newborn, 20-22 diapers for a baby who is 3-12 months, 16-18 diapers for a 12-24 month old, and 12-14 for an older toddler who is potty training. This is based on an “every other day” laundry routine.

But, because of the overwhelming number of diaper changes in the newborn stage, many parents postpone switching over to cloth diapers until their baby is around 4-6 months old—and that’s understandable.

Do Daycare Centers Allow Cloth Diapers?

When it comes to cloth diapers and childcare facilities, each daycare center is different. Most daycare centers in the United States allow cloth diapers, and there aren’t any state or federal rules that prohibit daycares from allowing cloth diapers.

When it comes to diaper style, if your little one is attending daycare and the facility does indeed allow cloth diapers, then the all-in-one style is the easiest reusable style for daycare workers to manage (they won’t need to struggle with inserts and diaper changes will be quick and easy).

What Type Of Cloth Diaper Is Best Overall?

Cloth diapers are like infant formula—not all brands will work for your baby and you’ll most likely need to try a few different styles before you find one that works best.

I will recommend, however, that it’s best to choose brands that strive to make their cloth diapers as non-toxic, eco-friendly and hypoallergenic as possible—because babies have sensitive skin.

Cost-Effective & Eco-Friendly Reusable Diaper Brands

GroVia

Size Range | 6-35 Pounds

YouTube: Grovia

The GroVia cloth diaper brand offers almost every type of cloth diaper imaginable. From prefolds to the all-in-one design and everything in between (including cloth trainers for toddlers who are starting potty training). GroVia also strives to be as eco-friendly as possible—lining their diapers and trainers with absorbable layers made of hemp, bamboo and organic cotton.

Charlie Banana

Size Range | 6-35 Pounds

Charlie Banana is a 2-in-1 reusable fleece cloth diapering system that grows with your baby. In other words, it’s a one size diaper with adjustable sizing straps and snug fit straps. Inserts can be placed inside or over the pocket, and the brand offers inserts made of fleece, cotton, bamboo and disposable. Charlie Banana is Climate Neutral and a member of 1% for the Planet.

Lil Helper

Lil Helper

Size Range | 6-35 Pounds

YouTube: LilHelper

The Lil Helper cloth diapers are perhaps the best for beginners. While most cloth diaper companies upsell their inserts, you’ll be ecstatic to know that Lil Helper includes inserts with every diaper, and they’re absorbent straight out of the box. These diapers contain 2 guide snaps for a good fit, a stain-free diaper cover lining, and dark colored anti-microbial inserts that snap right in. Lastly, the Lil Helper cloth diapers contain a PUL belly band to prevent wicking, which is perfect for belly sleepers.

AlvaBaby

Size Range | 6-33 Pounds

The AlvaBaby brand is a nice budget-friendly alternative to most other cloth diaper brands, and there are a ton of fabric designs to choose from. The “one-size”pocket diapers come with (2) 3-layer microfiber inserts that draw moisture away from baby’s skin, and the adjustable snaps allow the diapers to grow with your baby.

Thirsties

Thirsties

Size Range | 8-40 Pounds

The Thirsties [one size] All-In-One cloth diapers are great for babies and toddlers who like to unfasten their diapers thanks to a combination of hook & loop and snap closures! These diapers contain a built-in 3 layer microfiber terry soaker that absorbs an incredible seven times its weight in liquid. The soaker is topped with a stay-dry microfleece which keeps your baby feeling dry, and an additional layer of terry lies between the microfleece and TPU body of the diaper providing a last line of defense. 

Bambino Mio

Bambino Mio

Size Range | 8-35 Pounds

The eco-chíc looking Bambino Mio Miosolo All-In-One Reusable Cloth Diapers are super soft and the one-size design means it will grow with your little one from baby to toddler. It also contains an inner pocket for inserts to maximize absorbency for heavy wetters. The material is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified which ensure that they are safe to use on baby’s sensitive skin.

Nora’s Nursery

Size Range | 8-35 Pounds

This hidden gem is not as well known as the brands above, but it is well worth the buy for many reasons. They are a small family-owned business, and all of their diapers come with 4-layer bamboo viscose inserts and wet bags. Bamboo inserts absorb more than microfiber and do not cause compression leaks. You can get a 7 cloth diaper bundle for under $70, making these the most affordable cloth diapers on this list. They have a ton of different fun fabric designs, and are available on Amazon.

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Best Eco-Friendly Crib Brands For Safe Sleep

An Eco-Minded Parents’ Guide To Non-Toxic Cribs With Safety Certifications

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Babies deserve a safe and healthy sleep environment, and because they’ll be spending a good amount of time in their nursery, it’s important for parents to consider non-toxic furniture—especially when it comes to cribs.

Today’s parents are more eco-minded when shopping for nursery furniture—because they know that eco-friendly furniture is made with non-toxic chemicals, and will contribute to cleaner air quality within the home (especially because a lot of baby furniture is made with formaldehyde, which is a toxic chemical linked to allergies, asthma and even cancer).

Seasoned parents also know that when babies start to go through the teething process, they will eventually start to mouth and chew on crib rails—so it’s crucial to choose a crib that contains natural wood and a non-toxic finish, to prevent toxins from entering their baby’s body.

Why Choose An Eco-Friendly Crib For Your Nursery?

Aside from the fact that eco-friendly cribs are non-toxic and contribute to better air quality in your child’s bedroom, eco friendly cribs are also sustainably sourced and responsibly manufactured.

The non-toxic cribs recommended within this article are all natural wood, and made from sustainably sourced New Zealand Pine, which is one of the most sustainable and renewable wood resources in New Zealand, and other sustainably harvested wood such as beechwood, walnut and more.

What Should You Look For When Shopping For A Non-Toxic Crib?

Because anyone can “greenwash” a product and claim that it’s non-toxic and eco-friendly, it’s important to look for reputable certifications which prove that a crib has indeed met, and/or, exceeded safety standards and emissions testing.

One of the best “green” certifications that a crib can have is a GREENGUARD certification. Cribs that are GREENGUARD Certified, have been tested for over 10,000 chemical emissions and volatile organic compounds. Not all cribs and nursery furniture will have this certification, but will come close (as long as they’re tested by a third party).

When it comes to product safety, it’s important that cribs meet or exceed CPSC requirements through 3rd party testing, and conduct annual testing with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).

Now, let’s take a look below at some of the safest and environmentally friendly crib brands for your little one to enjoy! You’ll find that our picks are practical, functional and stylish!

Best Non-Toxic Cribs For A Healthy Nursery

Green Cradle Cribs

Green Cradle

Convertible Cribs

Green Cradle is a family owned furniture company in the United States that makes modern-style cribs from sustainably sourced solid wood and [optional] non-toxic finish from flax seed oil.

What I love about this company is that their cribs are made to order, and you can pick and choose the finish, the color of wood, whether or not you want to include an organic crib mattress and much more. Below is an example:

Baby Letto

Baby Letto

Mini Cribs | Convertible Cribs | Portable Cribs | Toddler Bed Conversion Kits

Baby Letto is a modern and stylish children’s furniture brand that specializes in creating safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly furniture.

Every Baby Letto crib is made from 100% solid wood, and you can rest assured that this brand sources only the most renewable and sustainable tree species—like New Zealand pine wood.

Baby Letto has a variety of Greenguard Gold certified cribs to choose from, and each one has been tested for over 10,000 chemical emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They’re even finished in a non-toxic multi-step painting and staining process that is lead and phthalate safe.

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DaVinci

DaVinci

Mini Cribs | Convertible Cribs| Changer Combos | Portable Cribs

DaVinci is a another wonderful children’s furniture brand that specializes in creating safe, eco-friendly and stylish nursery furniture.

The eco-friendly DaVinci baby cribs are constructed from sustainable New Zealand pine wood. For the cribs that contain pull out drawers, the material used for the storage space is made with CARB II or TSCA compliant engineered wood called medium-density fiberboard (MDF).

Davinci has a variety of Greenguard Gold certified cribs to choose from, and each one is specially crafted with your baby’s safety in mind. They contain a modern style and various color options to choose from, so that you can create the nursery of your dreams!

Dadada

Dadada

3-in 1 Convertible Cribs

Dadada cribs are a sustainable crib brand that makes beautifully crafted contemporary cribs for parents who love stylish yet simple furniture styles.

Made in Italy, the Dadada cribs are made from solid beechwood with a non-toxic finish, and add a natural calm to any eco-themed nursery.

The eco-friendly Dadada cribs are GREENGUARD gold certified, lead-free, phthalate-free, and meet strict JPMA standards.

Dream On Me

Dream On Me

Mini Cribs | Full Size Cribs | Portable Cribs | Cradles

Dream On Me is a modern children’s furniture and baby gear brand that creates some of the safest products on the market.

The Dream On Me solid wood cribs are made of sustainable New Zealand pinewood and TSCA compliant engineered wood.

While only certain models contain a Greenguard Gold certification, you can rest assured that all Dream On Me products meet or exceed CPSC requirements through 3rd party testing and ASTM, and conduct annual testing with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).

Delta Children

Delta Children

Mini Cribs | Convertible Cribs | Changer Combos

Delta Children is a truly unique furniture brand because they create products for the entire family: babies, children, teens and adults.

The eco-friendly Delta Children solid wood cribs are made of sustainable New Zealand pinewood and TSCA compliant engineered wood.

Though not all cribs are Greenguard Gold certified, all of Delta Children products are free from added toxic fire retardants, lead, and phthalates. Their cribs are tested to meet or exceed all applicable JPMA, CPSIA and ASTM safety testing standards.

Storkcraft

Storkcraft

Mini Cribs | Convertible Cribs | Changer Combos

Storkcraft is a nursery and children’s bedroom furniture brand that makes charming looking cribs from sustainable New Zealand pine wood.

Every Storkcraft crib has been tested to meet or exceed all applicable safety standards, and are certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Storkcraft cribs also meet or exceed all applicable Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and ASTM International safety standards. Most of their crib models are also Greenguard Gold certified.

“Storkcraft is also a proud recipient of the 2018 and 2019 Women’s Choice Award® for America’s Most Recommended Baby Furniture, and the 2020 and 2021 Women’s Choice Award® for 9 out of 10 Customer Recommended Baby & Kids Furniture.” —Storkcraft

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

Convertible Cribs | Toddler Bed Conversion Kits

Million Dollar Baby is an eco-friendly nursery furniture brand that creates elegant and farmhouse inspired nursery cribs and baby furniture.

Million Dollar Baby uses different types of wood for various models such as Poplar.

All Million Dollar Baby cribs are GREENGUARD Gold certified and the brand continues to meet and exceed industry standards for safety, including voluntary ASTM standards for all of their products. 

The Best Sustainable Clothing Brands For Kids

A Guide To The Best Ethical Fashion Brands For Babies And Children

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Why Is It So Crucial To Switch To Sustainable And Organic Fashion?


Did you know that most children’s clothing is still treated with hormone disrupting flame retardant and carcinogenic chemicals like Azo dyes during the production process?

Unfortunately, this is how the textile industry operates—especially because ”fast-fashion” is in high demand and corporate greed far outweighs any consideration for consumer wellbeing—even a child’s.

Baby skin is thinner than that of an adult, and children in general don’t develop that thick adult-like skin until they reach puberty. So, until they do, their delicate skin is more susceptible to a plethora of hormone disrupting chemicals that can be found in many popular clothing brands.

And since fast fashion isn’t slowing down anytime soon (as much as we would like for it to)—we, as parents, have to do a little extra work and find alternative clothing brands that are void of any hazardous chemicals.

Personally, I’m fine with doing a little extra research.

What Fabrics Are Best For Babies And Toddlers?

Since babies and toddlers have delicate skin, it’s best to choose eco-friendly fabric that’s as natural and organic as possible.

Natural plant-based fabric such as organic cotton, hemp, linen and bamboo are all excellent choices when it comes to dressing your baby and toddler because they are all breathable, don’t require the use of pesticides, and are hypoallergenic.

Bamboo viscose is a personal favorite of mine because in addition to being hypoallergenic, it is also anti-microbial and naturally uv resistant.

Now that you know why sustainable children’s fashion is such a big deal, let’s take a look below at a few of our favorite sustainable clothing brands that both you and your child will love!

Going Green Is Easy With These Amazing Sustainable Clothing Brands For Kids!

Mightly

Mightly

Size Range | 2T — Age 14

Mightly is a certified organic and fair trade children’s clothing brand with tons of fashion outfits to choose from. This brand is the best sustainable alternative to places like Carter’s and The Children’s Place because they have a completely transparent supply chain! And for every Fair Trade Certified product sold, Mightly pays an additional Fair Trade Premium directly back to the workers who make the clothes.

BeyaMade

Beya Made

Size Range | 3 Months — 4T

Beya Made is a children’s sustainable fashion brand founded by a mom who used to work in the fast fashion industry. After realizing that disposable clothing is horrible for the environment, she launched a sustainable clothing line with ethically sourced stain-resistant fabric that grows along with your baby.

Video by Beya Made

Beya Made is all about linen—and you can choose from the most adorable tops, pants, and rompers that were designed to last and make awesome hand-me-downs. You can also take part in their trade up program and receive a $15 credit toward a new purchase when you send in your used Beya Made apparel (provided it’s in great condition).

Bamboo Little

Bamboo Little

Size Range | Newborn — 9 Months

Bamboo Little was founded by a mom who believes that comfort and conservation should go hand in hand. So she developed a sustainable clothing line for babies made exclusively from bamboo.

This sustainable fashion brand for babies carries footies, rompers, bath towels, wash cloths, swaddles and baby blankets that are always gentle on your baby’s skin. The fabric colors are really adorable too!

Little & Lively

Little & Lively

Size Range | Newborn—6T

Little and lively is a small family owned business in Canada, who use sustainable and ethically sourced fabric, like cotton and bamboo, to create an adorable clothing line for babies, toddlers and young children.

When it comes to style and design, Little and Lively is a perfect blend of cottage core and boho chíc. From soft, earthy color tones to nature inspired graphics and patterns, this sustainable kids’ clothing brand is a must-see!

Rylee + Cru

Rylee + Cru

Size Range | Newborn — 14 years

Rylee + Cru is a small business who takes the ethical manufacturing process very seriously—from sustainably sourced cotton fabric to fair wages and beyond—this company plays by the rules big time.

When it comes to style, I particularly love this brand’s earthy tones, patterns and graphic designs. Riley + Cru has the cutest boho style designs that many minimalist moms love. The warm tones of each piece are also a must-have addition to your child’s closet and look fantastic in photo shoots.

Kyte Baby

Kyte Baby

Size Range | Newborn — Size 7 (mom and dad too!)

Kyte baby was founded by a mom whose child had chronic eczema, and traditional fabric only made things worse. This mom went on to create a natural children’s clothing brand made from eco-friendly and hypoallergenic bamboo.

This all-natural children’s fashion brand carries all of the basics for babies, plus some really cool all-natural apparel for mom and dad! In addition to clothing, Kyte Baby also carries eco-friendly ring slings if you happen to be searching for organic babywear.

Free Birdies

Free Birdies

Size Range | Newborn—Age 12 (plus mom & dad)

Free Birdies is a family-owned company that makes really soft, comfortable and stylish children’s clothing made from hypoallergenic bamboo viscose.

This eco-friendly and organic clothing line was inspired by the creators’ own two children, who benefited greatly by switching over to organic sleepwear. From there, the company grew, and Free Birdies has now extended their clothing line to fit moms too!

Posh Peanut

Posh Peanut

Size Range | Newborn — Age 12 (mom and dad too!)

Posh Peanut is a charming family-owned online boutique that sells clothing made from sustainable bamboo viscose in sizes ranging from newborn, all the way to size 12. They even have matching outfits for the entire family, and shipping is always free!

This sustainable children’s clothing brand carries everything from bodysuits to fun dresses and more. And because each fashion piece is made from hypoallergenic bamboo, you’ll never have to worry about your little one feeling itchy or uncomfortable.

Patagonia Baby

Patagonia Baby

Size Range | Newborn — 2T

I love Patagonia because this sustainable and responsible fashion brand uses renewable and recycled material to create high quality clothing for both young children and adults.

If it’s outdoor apparel you’re searching for, then Patagonia Baby is the clothing brand you want—hands down. It may be pricier than other brands, but there’s a good reason: it’s ethically sourced, ethically manufactured, and it’s incredibly durable.

Our Green House

Our Green House

Size Range | Newborn — 24 Months

Our Green House is your one stop shop for all things safe and healthy when it comes to your home and your baby—one of them being ethically sourced fair trade products like children’s clothing.

This eco-friendly online store has a charming selection of organic baby clothing that’s both fair trade and GOTS certified. From bodysuits to outerwear, you’ll be sure to come across something that you’ll love!

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees

Size Range | Newborn — Size 7

As a mom of 2, I’ve definitely owned a few clothing essentials from Burt’s Bees! This eco-friendly baby brand makes all of their apparel from organic cotton, and gives back to charity organizations like Save The Children.

Burt’s Bees carries your everyday baby essentials consisting of body suits, rompers and pajamas. Their organic cotton fabric is durable, high quality, and available in soothing neutral colors and patterns that are perfect for both boys and girls.

Finn + Emma

Finn + Emma

Size Range | Newborn —4T

Finn and Emma is an eco-friendly children’s fashion brand that uses only the finest organic cotton and natural dyes to make the cutest clothing for babies, toddlers and preschoolers .

From super comfortable onesies to a large selection of fun and whimsical graphic t-shirts, Finn and Emma is a wonderful place to shop for your little ones’ sustainable outfits!

Snug Bub

Snug Bub

Size Range | Newborn — Size 6

Snug Bub is a really cool eco-friendly fashion brand that’s perfect for minimalists and families on tight budgets. Because in addition to using organic fabric, they carry both expandable as well as stain proof clothing for young children.

Snug Bub is a small family owned operation who were inspired by their own children to create clothing that would grow right along with their babies—reducing the need to constantly buy new sizes. Their brand helps parents save money, reduce closet clutter and minimize landfill textile waste.

The Best Organic Baby Wraps And Slings

Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Baby Carriers For Sustainable Babywearing In 2022

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With my first child, I didn’t consider buying a wrap or ring sling because, to be honest, these cloth baby carriers looked like a lot of work.

For many first time moms who are not familiar with baby wraps, all of that tying can appear pretty intimidating, and can even create understandable fear and anxiety that your precious cargo will accidentally fall through.

However, after getting tired of lugging around a 20-30 pound car seat with me every time I went out to the grocery store, I decided to give babywearing a try—and it was one of the best “baby gear” purchases I’ve made.

What Are The Benefits Of Babywearing?

Babywearing mimics the womb, which reduces stress for your little one, allowing baby to feel calm and secure. That’s why certain styles of baby wraps are wonderful tools for skin-to-skin contact and soothing fussy babies.

Babywear also allows you to multitask by freeing up your hands! You can get things done around the house, or run errands while your baby is snuggled securely against your body. When I finally decided to wear my baby, a trip to the grocery store was much more pleasant—my wrap even had a pocket on the front where I was able to store my baby’s pacifier.

Lastly, babywear helps increase mom’s milk supply and even helps reduce baby’s spit-up after feedings because they’re resting in an upright position.

What Is The Weight Requirement For Babywear?

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), slings and wraps are intended for infants and toddlers between 8 and 35 pounds. 

Babies younger than 4 months of age are still developing neck muscles, and babywear can put your baby in a position where their breathing can become obstructed.

Hence, please take caution and always monitor your baby to make sure that they are not in a curled up position, or have their chin down when being worn in a wrap, sling or other hybrid.

Which Babywear Style Is Best?

Baby carriers are constantly evolving, but typically range from unstructured hammock-shaped varieties to lengthy fabric that wrap around the body. There are also hybrids that offer a combined set of features.

Choosing the right baby carrier depends on baby’s age and weight. For example, a wrap was better in the first few months of my baby’s life because it was tight and allowed me to keep baby’s head more upright. It was also better for skin to skin contact.

Later on, as my baby grew and developed better head control, I was able to add a ring sling into the mix, which didn’t make me feel as sweaty during summer months. That’s because baby wraps tend to be a little thicker—trapping heat (at least that’s how it was for me).

Lastly, now a days, hybrid carriers are available which don’t require any tying or adjustment, and are the perfect fit for parents (like dads) who might feel self-conscious or intimidated to wear a fancy ring sling or over-complicated baby wrap.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics of babywearing and all of the different carrier styles, let’s look at my favorite brands that make their baby carriers in a responsible way and with non-toxic material to keep your precious one happy and healthy.


Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Babywearing Brands

Solly Baby

Solly Baby | Wrap Carrier

Weight Limit: Up To 25lbs

These buttery soft and breathable baby wraps by Solly Baby provide a secure yet comfortable fit that babies love and feel at ease in. The snug security that these wraps provide make them ideal for newborns, and are a perfect tool for that skin-to-skin contact. The Solly Baby wraps are available in various designs and are ethically manufactured in facilities where fair wages and humane working conditions are a top priority.

Video by: Solly Baby Newborn tutorial

Features

  • Made from 100% certified Lenzing modal (a luxuriously silky-soft, sustainable knit made from the pulp of Austrian beechwood trees)

Made with environmentally-friendly, nontoxic AZO, phthalate-free and metal-free dyes

Made without flame retardants

Lightweight and breathable for year round wear  

Kyte

Kyte | Sling Carrier

Weight Limit: 8lbs Up To 35lbs

The buttery soft Kyte linen ring slings by Kyte Baby are stylish baby carriers with a pretty rose gold ring that ensures a tight grip. These eco-friendly ring slings also have pockets, and I can’t stress enough just how convenient pockets are on baby carriers—especially for cell phone storage and pacifiers when you’re out and about and need access to them fast.

YouTube Video By: Kyte Baby

Features

Made from environmentally-friendly 100% pre-washed flax linen

Hypoallergenic and antibacterial

Contains two pockets: a large exterior pocket and a smaller interior pocket

New Native

New Native | Baby Carrier

Weight Limit: 8lbs Up To 35lbs

The New Native baby carriers are the perfect solution for on-the-go caregivers who absolutely cannot stand ring slings or traditional baby wraps. That’s because New Native baby carriers are non-adjustable and fitted to the wearer—which means you never have to struggle with all those complicating tying instructions. They make a convenient breastfeeding cover, and dads love them because they’re simple and perfect for minimalists—which most men tend to be.

YouTube Video By: New Native

Features

Made from hypoallergenic organic cotton

Non-adjustable and hassle-free design is free of buckles, straps, and rings

Doubles as a nursing cover

Allows for multiple carrying positions

Available in sizes: XS (95 lbs) to XL (225lbs)

Nalakai

Nalakai | Ring Sling

Weight Limit: Up To 35 Pounds

The super soft and eco-friendly Nalakai ring slings are made from a sustainably sourced bamboo-linen blend, which means that you don’t have to break them in—they’re automatically soft straight out of the packaging. These organic ring slings are also uv reflective and made with non-toxic dyes. You’ll also find that they contain a stylish logo made from sustainable vegan leather.

Youtube Video by: Nalakai

Features

Luxury bamboo and linen blend

100% vegan dyes

UV Reflective

Unwelded aluminum rings

Fits petite and plus size moms

Boba

Boba | Wrap Carrier

Weight Limit: Birth To 35 Pounds

The Boba wrap is a very well known and popular baby carrier, but it wasn’t until recently that this brand has decided to go green! Boba has begun to use organic cotton fabric in a few of their wraps and many parents and caregivers are ecstatic!

Youtube Video By Boba

Features

95% Organic Cotton with a touch of Spandex to retain its shape 

Four way stretch that provides flexibility, adjustability, and real support

One size fits all—from petite to plus size

International Hip Dysplasia Institute – Certified Hip Healthy 

Baby K’Tan

Baby K’Tan | Wrap Carrier

Weight Limit: 8–35 Pounds

Don’t feel like dealing with complicated wrapping instructions? This organic baby carrier is ready to wear right out of the box! The Baby K’tan organic cotton baby carrier is made of a 100% GOTS certified organic cotton with unique one-way stretch. This organic baby carrier is made of a soft natural fabric that will give you and your little one a warm and cozy hold.

YouTube Video by Baby K’Tan

Features

100% GOTS certified organic cotton

Ready to wear out of the box

Machine washable and dryer safe

Patented double-loop design slips on like a t-shirt

Front, outward & hip carrying positions