For green parents, here is a great guide of stylish products that are practical, green, and just plain cute.

Pimp my ride

Invented by designer dudes who have a thing for functional form, the Orbit Infant System includes a car seat, stroller base that features one-hand collapsability, and a car-seat base. Because the system is modular (and expandable—there’s also a bassinet and rocker base, plus a toddler stroller seat sold separately), you’ll cut down on your gear consumption. Baby can face forward, backward, and sideways, and the cleverly named “paparazzi shield” comes with the bassinet and offers UV protection for your wee one, too. Coming soon: all-natural fabric upholstery. $900, egiggle.com 

Room to grow...

Dazed and amused
When it’s time for baby to chill out before bedtime, let her gaze at the Piccomo You mobile. Each one is custom-made by artist Julie Frith from eco-friendly plastic. $145, piccolinionline.com

Sleeping beauty
Baby will snooze blissfully in the Oeuf crib made from recovered wood fiber, MDF. With fixed sides cut from single sheets of wood, there’s no worry about loosening joints as junior starts, er,
rattling his cage. $145, piccolinionline.com

Sweet, chic seat
The adjustable Babylon Toddler High Chair from Argington adapts from tray-service to table-side dining, with a few minor (and fast) adjustments. With five finishes and its promise to safely hold up to 250 pounds, you won’t have to ditch it as your baby grows, or compromise style in favor of function. $198 for chair, $65 for optional tray; vivavi.com

Bundle up...

Snug as a bug
If you want baby to sleep tight, swaddling is the key: It’s been credited with reducing colic and other newborn discomforts, as well as improving sleep. Stock up on blankets in different weights to make sure you have options for varying temps.

Clockwise from top: Pixel Organics “Lions and Tigers and Kittens, Oh My!” crib set $390 for set, $36 for pillow; pixelorganics.com; Jessica Scott Lyocell Swaddling Blanket $45, jessicascottltd.com; Swaddle Designs “Ultimate Receiving Blanket” $30, egiggle.com; Kee-Ka Jacquard Woven Blanket $60, kee-ka.com

Get dressed...

Rock the cradle
It’s never too early to start schooling your child in the classics: Aerosmith, Van Halen, and AC/DC. These T-shirts are emblazoned with vintage concert-poster designs that recall the golden age of arena rock. $30 each, abchome.com

Light bright
Moms flip over the kimono-style onesies from Speesees—they’re colorful and fun, and there’s also no struggle to get a shirt over baby’s head. The line also includes coordinating wrap skirts and shorts, and everything is organic and fair trade. $12 to $24, speesees.com

Say it loud
Graphic rompers by Nina and Tom may feel light and soft, but they carry bold messages. Most are made from organic cotton and all are printed by hand with water-based inks. $21 to $23,
ninaandtomfamilyfashion.com

Just for kicks
Slide your baby’s tootsies into all-natural calfskin booties. The flexible soles won’t interfere with proper foot development, and the elasticized ankles give them a snug, comfy fit. $35, sagebabynyc.com

Rub-a-dub-dub...

Good clean fun
There’s a reason they call it “baby-soft skin.” Keep it that way with Erbaorganics’s line of lotions, baby oils, and washes that are free of parabens, pesticides, and artificial colors and fragrances. They’re also 75% to 99% organic. The company donates a portion of proceeds from certain products to the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. $12 to $25, target.com for stores

Hang in the hood
Cotton Monkey’s hooded towels have a silky sateen outer layer (available in five different prints), and a soft, organic-cotton terry lining that will keep baby cozy after her bath—and offer a great relaxing surface for a post-bath massage. $48, sagebabynyc.com
Fluff-n-fold
Every kid wants to be just like his parents, so treat your little one to a scaled-down version of a luxurious, grown-up bathrobe. This one is fashioned from hand-picked Egyptian cotton and treated with natural dyes.
$38, egiggle.com
You're the one
Made from the sap of rubber trees, this all-natural rubber ducky will keep your little one company in the tub while you sing the lyrics to Ernie’s theme song. $9.99 to $25.99, grassrootsstore.com





Story by Bari Nan Cohen. This article originally appeared in Plenty in July 2007. 

Copyright Environ Press 2007