If you are raising a toddler and are looking for organic baby products for your little one, well then, welcome to the club. Now that the dangers of many environmental pollutants and other toxic chemicals are confirmed and widely known by all, it should be no surprise the number of new parents going green has and continues to grow. In fact, the majority of parents who have adopted eco-friendly & non-toxic practices into their lives were prompted to do so at the birth of their child. Good for them. Good for you. Good for baby!
All of the following companies specialize in providing organic or all-natural baby supplies, including organic baby clothing, crib mattresses, organic baby food and organic baby products in general. All companies and products must be pre-screened in order to be listed in our directory, which only recommends the best. In addition to organic certifications, we consider affordable pricing, convenient shipping options, earth-friendly conscious business practices and excellent customer service when recommending organic baby product suppliers.
A common conception is that organic products in general are oftentimes more expensive than non-organic products. And while this is indeed true, it is only true to a certain extent. These days, the demand for organic products is at its highest (a trend which is expected to continue year after year). In fact, the organic food market grew by 22% in 2006 alone, culminating in over $17 billion in sales. And as the demand grows, the prices naturally come down. Organic baby products are no different. Although Consumer Reports shows that organic baby products are still more expensive than non-organic baby products on average, the prices are dropping fast with increased demand. And seriously folks - let's get real. Is saving a few pennies really worth putting our babies at risk? Jars of organic baby food cost - at most - 25% more than "natural" jars of food.
As early as 1995, multiple independent laboratory tests showed that 16 different pesticides were found in baby foods manufactured by 8 different companies. And just because these chemicals may be in trace amounts, does not mean they are not harmful or will not cause side-effects later down the road. Infants are especially susceptible to chemicals - even those in trace amounts. The nervous system in babies is at a crucial developmental stage which is highly susceptible to toxins. And we all know that pesticides are neurological toxins. Furthermore, in products like baby food and clothing, which our babies come in contact with and ingest on a daily basis, there is a significant impact over time. To put this in perspective, a 2003 study published by Environmental Health Perspectives showed that the amount of pesticide bi-products in the urine of two to four year olds raised on a non-organic diet was six times greater than it was for two to four year olds raised on organic baby food and an organic diet.
Despite this evidence, there are nay-sayers out there claiming that all the "tree huggers" are over reacting. Well, considering the EPA allowed the pesticides, Diazinon and Dursban to be used in and around the home for thirty years before determining they caused severe birth defects, should tell you something. And while we're on the subject of pesticides, did you know that 25% of all pesticides used in the world go toward growing cotton? For one single cotton T-shirt, over one-third a pound of chemicals are used. That's some serious toxicity and environmental pollution. Organic cotton, on the other hand, does not use any pesticides whatsoever. Need we say more about the importance of buying organic baby clothing for your toddler? Furthermore, in addition to helping the delicate skin of your baby breathe better, organic cotton clothing feels softer on the skin and is more durable than unnaturally grown cotton. Last but certainly not least, all parents should consider purchasing an organically made crib mattress. Many of the products used to make mattresses, go through an outgassing phase (see our Organic Living guide for more details), resulting in the emission of toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde. Sheets made from non-organic cotton are treated with chlorine, which is also found in trace amounts on sheets. Where does it all end you ask? Organic, organic, organic. Going back to Nature on Natures terms is the key to protecting our children.