This is a guest post by Ali Lawrence.
As enjoyable as it is to select the right color or style gift for a baby and mom-to-be, it’s equally important to present a gift that is safe for mother, baby and Mother Earth. Baby showers are a great opportunity to get creative and stretch your crafting muscles.
Need inspiration? Try your hand at one of the seven eco-friendly options on this list.
Baby knitwear is a no-brainer for DIY shower gifts. Mothers will certainly appreciate having an extra blanket to tuck around Junior at home, in the car or at Grandma’s.When looking for earth-friendly yarn options, organic is a good place to start. Organic yarns are durable and chemical-free, plus they actually become softer over time. There are other renewable materials available like soysilk (from soy proteins), seasilk (from seaweed), bamboo and hemp.
Baby spit-up is a regular part of new motherhood. So why not make sure that your friend has a stash of reusable, soft, organic burp cloths to choose from?
Consider getting the new mommy eco-friendly flour sack towels, which are easily customizable, durable and versatile. You can decorate them and use them in place of diapers in this gift-friendly towel cake.
Frilly dresses, tiny vests and other outifts may be adorable, but not very practical since babies outgrow clothes so fast! While every shower attendee is tempted by the siren call of cute outfits, opt to go a different route.
Onesies are affordable and versatile. Buy a few organic onesies in different sizes (newborn, 3, 6 and 9 months), and personalize them with hand-drawn creations. You can customize the onesie with the baby’s name, an inside joke or a favorite quote or character.
This relatively easy-to-make pouch baby sling makes the perfect DIY gift for a new mom, especially since babywearing offers many benefits to both mother and child. Use bamboo fabric to add an eco-friendly, soft touch to the sling.
This particular curved-seam pouch baby sling design was invented by Hygenia Halfmoon. Unless you are similar in size to the new mom, you will need to know her measurements. Make sure you include directions with your gift on how to wear the sling properly.
Babies generate a lot of dirty clothes. While most guests buy off the registry, few think of gifting the mom with true essentials like laundry detergent. Make the gift personal (and safer) by making your own.
There are a number of DIY natural laundry detergent recipes out there, designed to save money as well as ensure a gentler, chemical-free wash that won’t irritate Baby’s skin. Many recipes result in a large quantity, so you may even get to keep some for your own use.
Whether your friend plans to cloth diaper or use disposables, she’ll need baby wipes. Get her set up by making her a container of homemade wipes and solution. Try this tutorial on making cloth wipes.
Homemade wipe solution is easy to make. All you need is about two cups of distilled water, a teaspoon of aloe vera, a teaspoon of witch hazel and two teaspoons of liquid castile soap. For a sweeter smelling wipe, try adding lavender or tea tree essential oils, which are great for skin irritation and rashes. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray onto the wipes. Don’t forget to give your friend the recipe!
Baby Bean Bag Chair
Baby bean bag chairs can sell for $50 or more, but you can easily make your own customized bag for less. Dust off your sewing skills with this easy-to-follow pattern.
Make it green with organic cotton or by upcycling old clothing or scrap material. If you’re repurposing an old item, be sure to wash it with non-toxic detergent first. Instead of the traditional and chemical-ridden polystyrene beads that fill bean bags, use an eco-friendly chair filler such as recycled plastic or uncooked rice. Due to the small filler pieces, always be sure your baby is not left unattended in any kind of bean bag chair.
Of course, these are just a few ideas and options. What are some of your favorite eco-friendly, DIY gifts?
About the Author: Ali Lawrence is an eco-friendly mom who blogs with her husband over at Homey Improvements. In her free time, Ali enjoys cooking healthy meals in her apple-red kitchen, gardening and binge reading fantasy books. You can find her on Twitter @DIYfolks.
This post is shared at Natural Family Friday.