The moment I found out I was pregnant, my motherly instincts immediately set in. I have known organic, natural, eco-friendly, and non toxic products are important, but the significance of those health standards have taken on a whole new meaning these last 8 months.  I have spent hours investigating product labels to make sure that what I am ingesting, and slathering on my hair and body are safe for baby. Through my research, I have come to realize what many of our community members (pregnant or not) already knew - there are tons of natural and safe products out on the market. Many of which cost just about the same as products engorged with fillers, nasty toxins and cheap ingredients. Baby or not, I think we all deserve the very best for ourselves (without breaking the bank).

Here are some of my favorite brands and product picks for hair, body and even everyday living that are safe for mamma and baby.

All Good by Elemental Herbs

This brand has a plethora of natural products from sunscreen to lip balm, but my favorite includes their Lavender Coconut Oil Skin Food. You can slather on this safe oil to help hydrate your curls, moisturize dry skin, and even aid in stretch marks. It’s like your one stop shop product. I personally like to use it at night so that I can slather it on without having to worry about a greasy looking skin effect in public.

Eco-Friendly, Organic, Bisphenol-A (BPA) Free, Non-toxic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, chemical-free & never tested on animals

Briogeo Curl Charisma 

I have been a long time fan of Briogeo's Curl Charisma line well before my pregnancy, so it was easy to keep this product line in my pregnancy routine. The products smell fantastic and work wonders on my 3B curls. The rice amino + shea moisture shampoo and curl defining conditioner are great, but my go-to product in the line is the rice amino + avocado leave-in defining creme. This product serves two purposes (leave-in and curl definer), which means I save a few minutes time by using one product instead of two. Plus my curls always dry defined yet crunch free.
 Silcone free, Paraben free, Phthalates free, No Mineral Oil, No Synthetic Fragrance, No Artificial Colors

Even the most adorable baby comes with all kinds of mess and smells. This brand is super cool in that it uses unscented bamboo charcoal to help eliminate odours. I found the cost to literally be a fraction of the price than purchasing a fancy diaper pail that will do the same thing. You can simply place the Deodorizer + Dehumidifier  pouch anywhere in your house (I chose a pail I am using in baby’s room), and its effects will last up to a year.

Eco Friendly, Non-toxic, Sustainable

California Baby

From creams, to body washes and and even hair gel this is brand has quite an impressive arrangement of SKU’s. Even though the products are made for baby, they are great for adults with a sensitive scalp too. I was excited to try the Shampoo and Body Wash, especially since my scalp has become sensitive and sore with pregnancy. This is low foaming and has a similar feeling to a co-wash since it cleanses, but also feels moisturizing. It is also sulfate and scent free (a plus for a pregnant momma with an insane sense of smell). Best of all, I feel 100% safe using this product on my baby.

Eco Friendly, Bisphenol-A (BPA) Free, Non-toxic, No added fragrance. Free of gluten, soy, dairy and tree nuts (except for coconut)

Bebe au Lait

Not all 100% muslin cottons are the same, and you can definitely feel the difference in the Bebe au Lait products. In my opinion, the quality, texture and stylish designs have yet to compare to anything else I have seen on the market. I have been obsessed with this adorable grey nursing scarf that is not only incredibly soft, but is lightweight enough to use in the summer when I have my baby. Plus, it is an accessory I will actually feel cool pulling out of my baby bag. The same quality muslin also makes an appearance in many of this brand's other items such as their swaddle blankets, sheets and more.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) Free, Non-toxic, 100% Muslin Cotton

Earth Mama Angel Baby

From natural stretch oil to morning sickness spray, this brand’s adorable pampering kit called “A Little Something for Mama-to-Be”, has been my pregnancy go-to. This kit includes a sampling of some of some their larger products, which makes it perfect for testing what you like or as a unique gift. What I love most is that their products literally have zero toxins, so I have felt comfortable trying each and everyone. My favorite in the kit is the Luxurious Earth Mama Body Butter, which I have slathered all over my body to help with dryness and stretching. They also have a kit specially for baby that includes shampoo, cream, rash soothers and more called “A Little Something for Baby”, and even a kit to help momma with breastfeeding called “Breastfeeding Essentials Bundle”.

Eco Friendly, Bisphenol-A (BPA) Free, Non-toxic

aden + anais 

I have learned to take baby advice with a grain of salt since everyone thinks their way is best. Yet, one tip I have heard over and over again is that a nursing pillow is absolutely necessary. Aden + anais recently came out with their 100% cotton muslin pillow  and I’m so in love. It has the perfect amount of plumpness for my arm to not get tired and is super comfy for baby. They don’t have a ton of choice when it comes to the pillow covers, but what they do offer is really cute. I like the Twinkle pattern because it is gender neutral.

100% Muslin Cotton

Belly Armor

This blanket is organic, protects from environmental toxins such as radiation, and gives $10 of every purchase to Healthy Child Healthy World! That’s one heck of a blanket! This blanket is obviously great for baby because of its radiation shielding protection, but I have found it incredibly useful while pregnant because I can work with my laptop close to my belly without worrying about radiation effects. Not to mention it is incredibly soft and totally neutral color friendly.

Eco Friendly, Organic, Non-toxic

Baby K'tan, LLC

From baby carrier’s to diaper bags, this brand has won a plethora of awards. That definitely didn’t sway my decision to add these products to my  product pick list, but it is reassuring to know that awesome rated products are also affordable! Their original baby carrier in particular is a must have. You can actually order the size that fits your body type and it slips on like a t-shirt. The fabric reminds me of the super soft t-shirt hair wraps I often use. You can wear baby with this carrier in multiple positions and it comes in different colors.

Eco Friendly, Bisphenol-A (BPA) Free, Non-toxic