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Organic Baby Shower Tips

Whether you are planning a baby shower for someone you love, or sharing your wishes with your hostess, you can never have too many ideas. This is especially true if you are taking the path less ventured into organic baby care.

While you don’t have to plan a shower that is green from the inside out, you may want some registry tips, shopping resources or gift ideas that match your non-toxic philosophy.

Tell your baby shower host about your wishes for an organic theme.

Tell your baby shower host about your wishes for an organic theme.

That’s why we’re inviting you to share (at the bottom of this page) any unique shower gift ideas, fun games you’ve played or made up, as well as any baby shower decor ideas and favors that make you smile.

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  • Reply Emerald from California November 11, 2015 at 12:03 am

    For my shower, I requested that my guests went “green” in the gift wrap. By this I explained that all gifts should be brought to the shower unwrapped with a simple note from the giver.

    All gifts were left on display for other guests to ooh and awe over. There was a beautiful table where presents were displayed beautifully and a clothesline where all baby clothing was hung for all to see. The presents added a darling touch – a wonderful decor.

  • Reply Rachel from Baltimore November 11, 2015 at 12:04 am

    This past weekend a few friends helped me to plan an eco-friendly baby shower at my house. It has become too common for social gatherings to create piles and piles of waste.

    We have become accustomed to throw-away dishes, silverware, gift wrappings etc. While clean-up may not be as easy as getting out the trash bag, you are doing a good deed to mother nature when you use reusable items instead of disposable.

    To start I had a friend who is a graphic designer, design and e-mail me a PDF version of the shower invitation. I then sent the PDF out by email to the guests to avoid paper waste and fuel consumption in the mailing process.

    The guests still received a customized invitation, and could print it out if they wanted to have a copy for themselves. In the e-mail sent out with the attached PDF I asked the guests to please wrap their gift creatively, without the use of new gift wrapping materials (this was actually done for me at my shower).

    Next my friends and I decided that for the party we would use all of my dish-ware and silverware and if we needed extra they would bring some from their houses. We also planned to have a vegetarian menu for our 10:30 brunch/lunch food.

    The vegetarian menu consisted of Coffee, Tea and Mimosas for drinks. For food we served organic fruit salad with fresh mint, panini with tomato mozzarella and basil, panini with raspberry jam, mozzarella and brown sugar, asparagus with parmesan cheese, and biscotti with raspberries and chocolate dipping sauce. For desert I made an organic chocolate cake, with icing colored by using raspberry and blueberry juices.

    Choosing a vegetarian menu is one way to reduce our party’s carbon footprint. In general animal farming, meat processing and shipping wastes a large amount of resources. We successful served a vegetarian menu that the guests thoroughly enjoyed, and I would be willing to bet that many of them didn’t even notice that meat was missing!

    It turned out that for dishing out the food, I had plenty of dish-ware, silverware, mugs and cups that we could use and my friends helping me throw the party did not need to bring any extras.

    It actually worked out that, since I had a party at my house the weekend before that I was also planning to use my own dishes, I stopped by goodwill and bought a nice set

    of 6 more dinner, salad plates, and a platter for $10. I am now set for entertaining a larger group at my house without needing to purchase paper plates, etc.

    For decorations I cut fresh flowers from my yard, bought one potted chrysanthemums plant (which was also the prize for the game we played), and used fresh cut flowers that I took from a wedding shower party that I attended the afternoon before (which were going to be thrown-away).

    During our meal we played one (non-cheesy) eco-friendly game. I used 10 lunch-sized bags (some paper some reusable) each with a letter on them spelling out the words B-A-B-Y S-H-O-W-E-R. Each bag had a baby item in it that began with the letter on the bag. Several of the items were organic, one handmade, and all were usable for the
    mother-to-be. The guests had to guess what was in each bag without looking inside the bag and write down their guesses. At the end of the game the mother-to-be opened up all of the bags to reveal what was inside, and as a bonus got to keep all 10 items. The winner received the chrysanthemums plant that I bought.

    When it came time to open gifts many people used reusable baskets to display their gifts. Although some people did wrap their gifts, the overall waste was minimal. In my effort to try to convince my friend (mom-to-be) to use cloth diapers, I gave her g-diapers as a gift.

    What I think it great about the g-diapers it that they can be used with a flushable insert or a new cloth insert, so a mom that is on the fence about using cloth diapers has an option to go both ways, without purchasing cloth diapers only to be put on the shelf and never used. Some of the other items she received as gift included burts bees oil and shampoo, and seventh generation wipes and diapers.

    Overall, the shower was a great success and my clean-up time was quite minimal. I am sure everyone enjoyed themselves and without even knowing it, took part in a very eco-friendly party!

    I hope to pass on my eco-party planning ideas to others and I plan to use them for all parties at my house in the future!

  • Erika Jones
    Reply Erika Jones November 11, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Rachel, Thanks for sharing these details about your eco friendly baby shower! I love the ideas, especially bringing flowers and plants from your yard as decorations and prizes.

  • Reply Alex November 11, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Ok, I would really love to be more organic with this baby. I want to do cloth diapers, definitely breast feed, etc. Do ppl do themed showers like this? How can I get someone to do this for me? Also, would you have to register online because I don’t see my old relatives buying cloth diapers or anything else online. I’m just wondering how this will work!

  • Erika Jones
    Reply Erika Jones November 11, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Hi Alex,

    Thanks for asking your question, I’m sure others have it too. In order to go organic you don’t have to register online. Major retailers such as Babies R US and other smaller regional baby registry stores will have green and organic selections.

    Will they have everything listed on this website or everything your heart desires? Probably not. For example, certified organic baby skin care and cloth diapers are hard to find offline. So you may have to make some choices about what you’re willing to invest in verses what you want to choose as a registry gift item.

    If you pick as many organic and non-toxic items as you can from the traditional offline registries such as clothing, bedding, mattresses and toys, this will cut down on what you will have to purchase down the line.

    And remember you don’t have to have everything organic from day one. Take your time and go at a pace that works for you. Start with those things that come in closest contact with your baby such as breastmilk, skincare and diapers and go organic with the rest as it is affordable for you.

    Regarding having someone plan a shower/registry for you, there definitely are baby planners out there that will focus on green living for you. Contact me for referrals in your city. Also stay tuned for a more detailed planning guide from us to help you in the future.

    I hope this helps and thanks for commenting!

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