Nothing starts a buying frenzy like knowing there's a newborn on the way. In come the new paint, furniture, toys -- and the chemicals they carry. Kimberly Rider, interior designer and author of the new book "Organic Baby," is hoping to change that. "Babies come into the world pure. Why bombard them with pesticides and petrochemicals?"
First and foremost, Rider advocates purchasing organic mattresses and bedding, hardwood (not particleboard) furniture with nontoxic finishes, and low-VOC paints. She also recommends steering clear of plastic -- ubiquitous in baby goods -- which leaves chemical residues. "You can't make yourself crazy, though," she says. "Staying balanced as a parent is just as important." Her advice: Take a moderate approach and keep an eye out for these health- and ecofriendly baby amenities.
Organic-Cotton Happy Lion Doll from Sckoon Organics
Even the stuffing in this pint-size companion is organic. When he gets dirty, wash him with the rest of your laundry. $14, sckoon.com
Baby Booties from Giggle
Go ahead -- let baby put those bootie-clad feet in her mouth. These cute pink duds are chemical-free. $8, egiggle.com
Short-Sleeved One-Piece from Kate Quinn Organics
Super-soft and thin, this organic one-piece is made for layering. $14, katequinnorganics.com
Classic Glass Nursers from Evenflo
The old-fashioned option is healthier than the plastic, which can leach chemicals. To sanitize, place them in the dishwasher. $11 for six, babyage.com
Loll Infant Car Seat Cover from Nest
Replace the standard car seat cover with this formaldehyde-free one, and protect your baby from dangerous fumes and residues. $76, nestplease.com
Little G Pants from gDiapers
A hybrid of cloth and disposable diapers, gDiapers consist of washable "pants" and flushable, biodegradable inner liners (sold separately). $15, gdiapers.com