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Ethical New Baby Gift Ideas

By Kelly Green
07.05.19

Following the birth of the new prince yesterday, we're sharing some new baby gift ideas that are fit for a royal baby. 

 

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their baby boy! To celebrate the arrival of the new royal baby, we’ve collated a list of some of our favourite ethical new baby gifts fit for a little prince (or princess). 

Petit Pai Gift Collection

Give new parents peace of mind with Pai Skincare's midwife-approved Petit Pai Gift Collection. Made with calming botanicals, Petit Pai Apple & Mallow Blossom Hair & Body Wash is free from SLS, parabens and fragrance for a soothing bathtime experience. Used with the enclosed Konjac Sponge, it produces a gentle lather which helps maintain the pH of very young skin.

Follow with Petit Pai Apple & Mallow Blossom Face & Body Cream for long-lasting hydration and protection against moisture loss. Rich in nourishing organic oils and butters, it relieves itching due to dryness and is even suitable for eczema-prone skin. 

Certified Organic by the Soil Association (*Organically produced 72% of product), the collection is suitable for vegans and is not tested on animals. 

If baby isn't born yet, treat the mum-to-be to a Pai Skincare Pomegranate & Pumpkin Seed Stretch Mark System set, which is also certified organic, midwife approved and suitable for eczema prone skin.

Read Pai founder Sarah Brown's guide on how to treat eczema naturally.

Cuddle + Kind Knitted Doll

These handknitten 100% cotton dolls from Cuddle + Kind make the perfect heirloom gift that can be treasured forever.  Not only that, for every doll bought, Cuddle + Kind will buy 10 meals for disadvantaged children around the world.

The dolls are handmade in Peru, where Cuddle + Kind provide over 750 talented artisans with a sustainable, fair trade income. They ensure that rural working mothers have access to flexible hours and are paid fairly for their work. Each doll is lovingly hand-knit, hand-loomed, embroidered and crocheted by artisans using knitting expertise that has been handed down for generations.

Available from cuddleandkind.com

Milk Clay Bodysuit, OrganicZoo

OrganicZoo's 100% organic cotton, unisex baby clothes are designed in the Uk and produced entirely in Europe with a resolute commitment to quality, fair trade and the environment. Their factories share OrganicZoo’s core values and understand that ‘giving back’ to the employees and local communities is the core of building a meaningful and ethical culture.  The raw cotton used to make their bespoke materials comes from GOTS certified and Fair Trade suppliers, while all the dyes used on their fabrics are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified.

Available from Acorn & Pip

Cloud Activity Toy, Fabelab

This organic cotton toy from Danish brand Fabelab is perfect for tiny hands to grab and explore their sensory skills. Carefully handfinished and made in India, the toy secures to a pram, car seat or play gym if required and can be wiped clean.

Available from Acorn & Pip

Baby Wrap, Freerider

Freerider's soft and breathable baby wraps are crafted from Tencel fabric made from the pulp of Eucalypus trees, which both absorbs moisture and helps to support the body’s natural temperature.  With conscious and sustainable production front of mind, Freerider produce all its wraps are made in Turkey in trusted factories where it says it can guarantee safe and fair working conditions.  All packaging is also recyclable. 

Available from freeriderco.com

Handmade clothes, What Mother Made

What Mother Made is a London based, handmade childrenswear label that blends classic traditional shapes with cool, locally sourced fabrics and contrast prints.  Crafted for babies and toddlers aged 0-8 years old, the team behind What Mother Made carefully cuts, sews and pieces together each item from a studio in Dalston, East London.

The company has a zero wastage policy, using every part of the fabrics we buy by making children's clothes to order. 

Available from whatmothermade.co.uk

3 month Baby Clothes Rental Subscription, Bundlee

Got an environmentally conscious new parent in your life? Give the gift of 3 months of sustainable baby clothes with a Bundlee gift subscription.  Babies outgrow seven clothing sizes in their first two years, leading to mountains of outgrown babygrows and clothes waste.  With a Bundlee rental subscription, you will recieve a capsule wardrobe of 15 clothing pieces curated for your baby’s size and the changing seasons, which are super soft and ethically made from quality cotton.  All clothes are made in Britain by a team of lovely ladies who specialise in creating quality baby clothes, and who are treated fairly and paid well. The clothes are made from Oeko-Tex certified cotton, which means they are free from any harmful chemicals, and only nickel free poppers and baby-safe water-based inks are used. Each Bundlee rented saves 40,500 litres of water and 105kg of CO2. Once your baby outgrows your bundle, simple return for free and you will be sent the next size up.  

Available from bundlee.co.uk

Organic Cotton Baby Quilt Blanket, Konges Sloejd

This large, quilted blanket is made with love from the finest and softest 100% organic cotton in Konges Sloejd's statement lemon print, to keep baby warm and cosy.

Available from BoNordic.com

Cathy the Carrot Teether Bracelet

Suitable from birth, Cathy the Carrot is a very soft baby toy which is easy to grasp, squeezable and safe to chew, making her perfect for sensory play and teething, as tender gums love the texture of rubber. Cathy is designed in Spain and hand crafted in Morocco from 100% natural rubber from Hevea Trees, and is PVC, BPA, Phthalate and Nitrosamine Free, and certified non-toxic and biodegradable.  It arrives presented on recyclable brown card with details of Cathy's eco credentials.

Available from greentulip.co.uk

Cheeky Chops Bib, Frugi

This adorable Cheeky Chops Bib from Frgui is made from 100% organic cotton, which is both Soil Association and GOTS certified. Choose from either a sweet Cow or Rabbit design with interactive floppy ears, this dribble bib is perfect for keeping baby's outfit clean and dry!

Available from welovefrugi.com

AllPlay Mat, Shleep

Made of Woolmark certified 100% fine Australian wool, this lightweight roll-up play mat is perfect for the daily floor-based activities of the pre-walking infant including playing, snacking, crawling and napping. It’s max-filled with 650 GSM Downs wool for an extra soft cushion, and covered with super smooth ShleepTight™, the tech-forward result of a tight knitting technique that turns 18.5 micron merino into a breathable and water and stain resistant super fabric.

Available from shleepwell.com

For more baby inspiration, see our favourite sustainable baby clothing brands.

Interested in reusable nappies? Discover Fiona Walker's zero waste journey in Politics of an Eco Nappy and find her favourite zero waste swaps.

Find natural and eco-friendly skincare for children and simple swaps for babies.

Ethical New Baby Gift Ideas