Welcoming a new life into the world is a joyous occasion, and for parents who have chosen a vegan lifestyle, ensuring the products they buy are in line with their values can be a challenge. Veganism extends beyond dietary choices; it encompasses a compassionate approach to life, promoting the welfare of animals and the environment.
Nowadays there is a range of vegan baby products, covering nutrition, skincare, clothing, accessories, and toys for parents seeking cruelty-free and eco-friendly options to raise their babies in alignment with vegan values.
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In this introductory guide, we will explore this world of vegan baby products, covering everything from nutrition and skincare to clothing and toys. Let’s embark on a journey to discover choices that allow both your baby and the planet to thrive.
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Vegan baby nutrition
Vegan infant formula
For parents who choose not to breastfeed or face challenges in doing so, finding a suitable vegan infant formula is crucial. Vegan infant formulas are usually made from plant-based ingredients like soy, and they are fortified with essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids to support your baby’s growth and development.
For more information on vegan infant formula, check out What do vegan babies drink instead of milk? Vegan options for under-1s. If in any doubt, consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best formula for your child.
Store-bought vegan baby food
As your baby transitions to solid foods, you’ll find a wide array of vegan baby food options. Brands like Earth’s Best, Ella’s Kitchen, and Plum Organics offer organic, plant-based baby food options that come in convenient pouches and jars. These products are free from animal-derived ingredients and are often packed with nutrients to help your baby thrive.
To be honest with you though, the cost of these can start to add up. We didn’t use any store-bought baby food with our boys and instead went the baby-led weaning route. Though I can also see some arguments for the convenience of store-bought baby food. This is a judgement-free zone! 🙂
Homemade plant-based baby food
Preparing vegan baby food can simple and rewarding. You can puree fruits, vegetables, and grains to create delicious and nutritious meals for your little one. Opt for locally sourced and organic produce when possible, ensuring that your baby gets the best of what nature has to offer.
We chose to skip the mess of the puree phase and went for the baby-led weaning way. Tell me in the comments if you’d like to know more about that!
Vegan baby skincare and hair care products
Vegan baby shampoo and body wash
Caring for your baby’s delicate skin is paramount, and there are numerous vegan baby shampoos and body washes on the market that are gentle and cruelty-free. Brands like Babyganics and Childs Farm (what we use!) offer vegan-friendly options that are free from harmful chemicals, dyes, and fragrances.
Vegan baby lotion and moisturisers
You can keep your baby’s skin soft and nourished with vegan baby lotions and moisturisers. Brands like The Honest Company (founded by Jessica Alba!) and Childs Farm provide vegan alternatives that are gentle and effective. Look for products with natural ingredients like shea butter, aloe vera, and coconut oil.
This isn’t a necessity at all though – we don’t use any lotions or moisturisers on the boys. Though I do regret not learning about baby massage; lotions would have been great for that.
Vegan nappy cream
Nappy/diaper rash is a common concern for parents, but vegan nappy creams can help alleviate this issue. Brands like Babo Botanicals and Childs Farm (can you tell I’m a fan by now? haha) offer vegan nappy creams that contain soothing ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter and chamomile. These creams provide a protective barrier while also being gentle on your baby’s skin.
Vegan baby clothing and shoes
Organic cotton baby clothes
When it comes to clothing your baby, choosing organic cotton options is both eco-friendly and vegan-friendly. Organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, making it a safer and more sustainable choice. Look for brands like Hanna Andersson, Pop My Way, and Touched by Nature for a variety of organic cotton baby clothing options.
I do recognise that being able to make these choices is a privilege: buying sustainable, organic clothes for fast-growing kiddos can get pricey. To be entirely transparent with you, we regularly buy multi-packs from H&M for our boys. Is it the most environmentally friendly / ethical option? No. Can we afford it? Yes. Do your best, and pick and choose which options work for you without being too harsh on yourself, as there is no such thing as being 100% sustainable/ethical.
Second-hand shops or Facebook groups are also a great place to get affordable baby clothes. As well as the “old school” way of getting hand-me-downs from friends and relatives with older children.
Vegan leather baby shoes
Even your baby’s footwear can be vegan-friendly. There are brands like Livie & Luca and Robeez that offer vegan leather baby shoes that are stylish, comfortable, and cruelty-free. These shoes are a great addition to your baby’s wardrobe while adhering to your vegan principles.
Vegan baby toys
Natural wooden toys
When it comes to playtime, natural wooden toys are a fantastic choice for vegan parents. These toys are typically made from sustainable wood sources and are free from harmful chemicals. Brands like PlanToys and HABA offer a wide range of wooden toys that are both safe and enjoyable for babies.
Soft plush toys
Soft plush toys are a comforting presence for babies and toddlers. Brands like Jellycat and Apple Park produce adorable, vegan-friendly plush toys made from synthetic materials or organic cotton. These toys are designed to be gentle on your baby’s skin and are easy to clean.
Vegan teething toys
During the teething phase, your baby may need something to soothe their gums. Vegan teething toys made from natural rubber, like those from Sophie la Girafe and Nûby, are a popular choice. These toys are free from harmful chemicals and provide relief to your baby’s sore gums.
Other vegan baby products
Vegan nappies (diapers)
Choosing vegan nappies for your baby is another eco-conscious decision. Many eco-friendly brands produce nappies that are free from animal-derived materials and are biodegradable or compostable. Eco by Naty is an award-winning eco nappy brand.
BPA-free baby bottles and dummies (pacifiers)
Ensure your baby’s feeding accessories are safe and vegan by opting for BPA-free baby bottles and pacifiers. Brands like Lifefactory and Hevea offer vegan options made from materials such as stainless steel and natural rubber.
This post was all about vegan baby products
As vegan parents, providing the best for your baby means making conscious choices that align with your values. The world of vegan baby products has expanded, offering a wide range of options for nutrition, skincare, clothing, accessories, and toys. By opting for vegan baby products, you not only ensure your baby’s well-being but also contribute to a more compassionate and sustainable world.
Remember to always research and read product labels carefully to make informed choices, and consult with healthcare professionals when necessary. With these thoughtful choices, you can nurture your baby while nurturing our planet, creating a brighter future for generations to come.
PS: there’s no such thing as a perfect parent, so just cut yourself some slack and do what you can! This post is for inspiration, not a stick to beat yourself with. 🙂
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