Sustainable Gifts for New Parents

20 December 2023

With Christmas around the corner, the joy of giving takes centre stage. When it comes to new parents, the excitement is even more palpable.

While the market is flooded with baby toys and supplies, many are made from materials that might not be as gentle on the planet as we'd like. We're here to shed some light on the wonders of high quality sustainable gifts for new parents – thoughtful presents that are not only eco-friendly but also beneficial for little ones and useful for tired new parents.

Organic baby clothes

Reusable wipes kits

Washable cloth nappies

Reusable breast pads

Bamboo plush changing mats

Wooden teethers

Bath toys

Cloth diaper kits

Sustainable baby books

1. Organic Baby Clothes

Organic cotton is not only softer and gentler on a baby's delicate skin, but it's also produced without harmful pesticides and chemicals, making it a win-win for both the baby and the environment.

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Nature baby say "We search high and low for fabrics that meet baby's changing needs. Softness, breathability, warmth and durability are key to our philosophy. From our luxurious organic cotton and merino base fibres we then weave into a wide range of fabrics perfect for all situations."

2. Reusable Baby Wipes Kit

Our All In One Reusable wipes kit is the perfect baby shower gift for parents to be. They will be set up with wipes for at least a year if not the whole of babies nappy wearing time - with no need for disposable wipes.

The environmentally friendly kit includes wet bags, a mesh laundry bag, oils, wipes and tubs.

Cloth baby wipes are easy to set up and store, just wash and reuse - one wipe wonders! Currently comes with 10 super soft bamboo plush wipes for hands and face washing.

You can have peace of mind knowing that no chemicals are coming near baby just essential oils and organic cotton wipes.

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"Perfect new baby gift. Purchased the complete baby wipes set as a gift. Easy to order, arrived quickly and presented nicely.

My sister in law was very happy, loved the colours and has said she was shocked by how much better they are to use than disposable, particularly with a poo.

I also purchased some reusable sanitary towels and a couple pairs of the pants for her for after birth, she said they were perfect and no leakage" Trustpilot review Aug '23

3. Reusable Nappies

Washable nappies are a game-changer for both the environment and parents wallets. These cloth wonders are not only adorable but also reduce the immense environmental impact of disposable diapers.

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Head over to Cheeky Wipes Australia for a range of reusable bamboo nappies that are not just eco-friendly but also incredibly cute.

4. Reusable Breast Pads

For new mums, reusable breast pads are a great gift idea. Soft, absorbent, and washable, they offer a sustainable alternative to disposable pads. Check out Cheeky wipes breast pads, designed for comfort and environmental consciousness.

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They won't stick to sore nipples like disposable breast pads can and absorb so much more too.

5. Eco-Friendly Changing mats

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Wrap the little one in warmth and sustainability with our eco-friendly changing mats. Made with waterproof plush on one side, soft absorbent bamboo terry on the other side so either can be used - great for bath time, changes at home or out and about, perfect for swimming lessons.

6. Natural Wooden Teethers

Teething can be a challenging time for both babies and parents. Gift natural wooden teethers, free from harmful chemicals, providing a safe and soothing option for teething tots. Wooden toys are really long lasting.

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Make a difference this Christmas by supporting Australian made small businesses like Lil Creatures

7. Non-Toxic Bath Toys

Make bath time a splash of fun with non-toxic bath toys. Look for options made from safe materials like natural rubber or BPA-free plastic for worry-free water play.

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Shop local with exciting and engaging eco-friendly toys by Happy Planet Toys, made in Australia from recycled milk bottles.

8. Cloth Diaper Starter Kit

For parents ready to embrace the cloth diapering journey, a cloth diaper starter kit is a thoughtful and sustainable gift. It not only reduces waste but also saves money in the long run.

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9. Sustainable Baby Books

Introduce the joy of reading early on with sustainable baby books made from recycled materials or FSC-certified paper. It's a small step towards nurturing a love for literature while caring for the planet.

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Finalists in 2022 Clean + Conscious awards Finch and Folk make uniquely Australian organic cotton soft books for babies.

As we wrap up, let's remember that the joy of giving extends beyond the immediate recipient. By choosing sustainable gifts, we contribute to a healthier planet and a brighter future for the newest members of our community.

For more tips, tricks, and green living ideas, stay tuned or reach out to us here or on our live chat.

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous and sustainable holiday season!

About the Author: Kirstin works in the Customer Experience team at Cheeky Wipes, which since 2008 has been selling the original reusable wipes kit. She is mum to three and loves walking in the forest and swimming year round in the sea!

Cheeky wipes were recognised with a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development in 2021, celebrating their hard work over the last 13 years.

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