Sustainable mama + Buy Buy Baby = ? (Finding “the green” at the baby mega store.)

I shop at Buy Buy Baby. There I said it.

For those of you who are blessed enough to not know this, Buy Buy Baby is like Toys R’ Us but with baby stuff. Before “motherhood” I hated baby super stores and avoided them at all cost. After all, they sell so many things I would never buy; made in China plastic crap, gift sets no one needs, huuuge furniture pieces for tiny nurseries.

Then, there was that day, two days before baby came when we realized we needed a car seat… and so we went to get one at Buy Buy Baby. Then came the day that we needed organic formula (because baby wasn’t gaining enough weight and I didn’t like the conventional brands at my local grocery store) so, again, off we went to Buy Buy Baby.

Now, I’ve been looking around the store a bit, and sadly, YES, most items are useless, want-to-haves, made in China shit. Don’t let anyone or this post fool you into letting your guard down! However, there are also a few sustainable items for baby, a few of which I’ve gotten (list below!).

So can a green mama make do, shopping only at Buy Buy Baby? Find out.

Burt' bees organic clothes plan toys
Happy baby in organic clothing, with his new wooden cart!

Burt’s Bees 100% organic cotton clothing.

So far it’s the only brand I’ve seen that is made of only 100% organic cotton. (I don’t understand why any baby clothes would need poly fabric mixes?) I’ve gotten two pajamas and one comfy play set for August. Come to think of it, in addition to two Mamma Louise onesies, these are the only clothes we’ve bought him that wasn’t second hand!

Plan Toys wooden toys.

Even the most sustainable, minimalist mother will occasionally get gooey-eyed at items for her kid. (Yes, I’m talking about me.) I got a push cart to practice walking and a xylophone from Plan Toys brand because they were on sale and sustainable. Made in Thailand of sustainably sourced wood, safe paint and packaged completely without plastic! There are a few other, “non packaged” wooden toy brands at the store like Manhattan Toy Company as well.

Organic Earth’s Best baby food.

When I am too busy (or lazy if you prefer to call it that) to make baby food for August I buy organic veggies for him from Earth’s Best brand. He happens to prefer the squash, which I often find on sale for 50c. Guess the other babies aren’t that into it! The food comes in glass jars with metal lids – so very reusable and recyclable. I use them for freezing baby food I did make and things like tomato paste, herb clippings and such.

Earth’s Best (and other organic) baby formula.

At four months we started supplementing and decided that our most favorite baby had to eat organic food! Buy Buy Baby has all the brands you need. Earth’s Best (again) comes in a tin can with #5 plastic lid – recyclable. Formula does create a lot of waste though, it disappears as butter in sunshine (Swedish expression)! In other words, baby empties a can fast. But what can you do? No compromises when it comes to baby’s happy, full belly. At least we don’t use the pre-made stuff in plastic containers :)

Britax Made in USA car seats.

Ok, a car seat will never be a plastic-free, super sustainable purchase so at least let us get one that was made in USA, right?! Go with a Britax. (Ignore all the unsustainable accessories though! You’ll make it without a made in China mirror in the back seat – I promise.)

BumGenius cloth diapers.

I have a love/hate relationship with BumGenius cloth diapers.

I love them because they work, the quality is superb and they’re assembled in USA. The liner material is super easy to wipe off, spray off or just ‘dump’ the poop off of (sorry TMI!).

What I hate about them is that each diaper is individually packed in a plastic pouch, no organic materials used and the inserts are actually made in China. So not super sustainable when you look at the whole package. But reusable is good.

I’ve gotten all mine second hand which makes them super green :)

Hospital grade silicone pacifiers from Philips Avent.

I’ve blogged about these pacis before; I got them because they were made in USA. Only later did I read in an all natural baby book that hospital grade silicone is the safest paci you can get for your baby!! YAY. Even better than natural rubber which can cause latex allergies.

So, yes, a green parent can get many functional things at the super store. But, no, he/she cannot make baby-life sustainable by only shopping there.

Why? Well, for an eco-friendly crib, mattress, shoes, books, plastic toys for bath time, bite/chew toys, bottles, tableware, bibs, pacifier clips, blankets, soft toys, wipes, stroller, high chair, wet bags, to name a few items, green parents need to go local, online or second hand! Plus it would be super expensive to dress a baby in only Burt’s Bees clothes from Buy Buy Baby!

Did you find something mega-eco at a mega store too? Would love to know what :)

8 thoughts on “Sustainable mama + Buy Buy Baby = ? (Finding “the green” at the baby mega store.)

    1. In Canada we have babies r us, pretty much the same store. I’ve managed to use mostly second hand gear and clothes but ended up with a decent chunk of gift card cash from baby gifts. Thanks for the tips on what to zero in on! I’ll be seeking out a stainless steel sippy cup.

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      1. Yes, pretty much the same! Me too, second hand really is key for all things baby. Sometimes it’s just so nice to walk around a store and look for things for the little one and get to take the tag off and spoil him (ehrm.. me ;) )

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    2. Oh great EcoCajun!! I hope you will need it in the future :) We also got the Ergobaby 360 carrier there which we used a lot when baby was little but it’s not very “eco friendly” so it didn’t make the list. However IT WORKS. (For some reason no friends had one to hand down and it felt weird buying from a stranger second hand since you sweat so much in them :/ )

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  1. We have only one small baby/parent store in our town and it is very expensive. So no baby superstores near. Fortunately, we got all of our baby stuff second hand (including cloth diapers) minus the bottles I needed when facing feeding challenges. Love second hand, and I’ll be passing it on when I’m done with it.

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    1. I love second hand too. But sometimes it’s nice to decide for myself what baby should wear :) All our clothes were gifts and hand-me-downs except a few sets I got and no one has the same style as me so it’s nice sometimes to splurge (on organic clothing!)
      I can’t believe how well cloth diapers hold up! Second hand is totally fine. I wash those Bumgenius every other day or so, as my friend did before me and the buttons are still super ‘snappy’ and perfect shape diaper!! Which brands did you end up with? :)

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      1. Well, as you suggested I ended up with quite a few different brands: bumgenius, amp, Charlie banana, soft baby doll or something, Beilesen, applecheeks, and Kawaii. Most of them are pockets. They make such big bums haha

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