Our friend Jacinthe, founder of the Quebec company PEAKBWA, is expecting her fourth child this spring!
She takes the opportunity to show us her list of favorites and essentials for eco-friendly babies, and we are happy to be part of it.
Don't hesitate to share it with the future or new mothers around you!
Enjoy your reading!
So there you go.
It's been over five years since my last baby arrived. I gave up all my baby stuff a long time ago, thinking that I was done with babies. But life has given me a new perspective and here I am, happily pregnant with my fourth.
I have a small house, already quite full, and I'm a fan of the less is more school of thought that prefers to reorganize rather than change for more. Having to get everything again scares me a bit. With that in mind, I've put together what I consider to be the essentials for my little sparrow who will soon be joining the nest.
My criteria: durability and versatility of the product, and baby's comfort.
I also want to encourage the local economy and avoid buying extras that can easily be replaced by items that are already in the house. For example, skip the nursing pillow and use a pillow that is already sitting on the couch or a pillow. Avoid buying a single-use diaper bag and replace it with a multipurpose bag that is just as functional. Changing tables and bassinets: are they really necessary?
So many questions!
Here are my seven Quebec favorites for eco-friendly babies!
For diaper changes
Cloth diapers Omaiki
In my opinion, Omaïki is a pioneer brand in the field of cloth diapers. The diapers are entirely made in Quebec with Canadian fabrics.
Having tried several types of cloth diapers, I chose the all-in-one model, probably because of my great patience in folding diapers! The TEÖ (all-in-one) model is made from birth to potty training. This evolving one size model allows you to put the diaper on without too much preparation.
Omaïki offers several types of diapers: TEÖ, Mini-Ö, pocket, moulded, etc.
I recommend that you try a few models before buying a complete set. You can easily find second hand sets. My first set had 24 very lightly used molded diapers, all for $100. From there, I put together a kit tailored to my needs. Three kids later, I still have a few from that set on hand, ready to absorb.
An environmentally friendly solution to the tons of waste their plastic counterpart generates.
Oleocalcaire Liniment - MaYa's products
It is adopted for its great versatility!
I apply it directly to a reusable wipe during diaper changes to clean, moisturize and prevent diaper rash.
Liniment can easily replace five or six products you already own. Use it as a makeup remover, after-sun lotion, aftershave and aftershave lotion, moisturizer, cleanser for crusty noses, seborrhea of the head (i.e., cradle cap), etc.)
MaYa's products offer a complete line of body care products made with simple, quality, certified organic and chemical-free ingredients.
Are you a fan of the zero waste lifestyle? MaYa Products are also available in bulk at select zero-waste retailers near you!
The massage bar and the dry shampoo are also a must for us!
Discover the many benefits of liniment
For bath time
Öko Creations' organic cotton terrycloth washcloths look like an ordinary washcloth, but to try them is to adopt them! The softness of the organic cotton is a charm for the skin. My face cannot do without it. Perfect for baby and family hygiene. Use them wet as an alternative to disposable wet wipes, for bathing or any other care. See also wipes Reusable organic cotton wipes.
Not to mention the ingenuity of the Little Elf evolving towel. We accumulate tons of towels, but if you had to have just one, I would recommend this one without hesitation. It's large enough to wrap a child up to the age of five. The cap has an adjustment system that gives three different sizes. The softness of the organic cotton is once again an asset!
Products Souris Verte for babies
Souris Verte offers a full line of natural products for mom's skin and medicine cabinet. During my previous pregnancies, I used several products including baby bath soap, gentle laundry detergent, zinc cream, and the essential Eucalyptus poush-poush. It's part of the bedtime routine at our house. Because of its comforting scent, antibacterial and decongestant properties, it is called the magic poush-poush for sweet dreams! My kids ask me if I forget it... Watch out! I recently discovered the lavender poush-poush!
Souris Verte is, in my opinion, a company that makes items that are perfect for small, sensitive skin.
Why not try one of their sets to find out? A great gift to give to new parents.
To have your hands free!
Scarf Gustine sling
Let's face it: with four kids (or just one!), it's pretty handy to have access to our hands!
With my first baby, I loved using the Maman Kangourou wrap for its versatility and skin-to-skin closeness with baby. To my surprise, Gustine is now the owner of this brand and they have released, just in time for baby #4, the MK Baby 2-in-1 sling, a simplified version that is much easier to adjust than the original sling. Thanks to its adjustment ring, you can quickly adapt the sling for two types of carrying
(way scarf and way ring sling).
Use from 3.5 kg (7.0 lb) to 12.0 kg (26.5 lb), or whatever your capacity. Durable, comfortable, compact, easy to care for and available in a variety of vibrant colors!
Swaddling blanket - MiNi TiPi
A company I love for the quality and variety of their colourful accessories for the whole family and for the home. I love the creative approach behind the fabric designs in their collections, guided by a Quebec and native lifestyle from the owners' background.
I'll be happy to wrap baby up in his stretchy bamboo bonnet and swaddle blanket. The 40" x 40" size of the blanket will be useful to accompany baby on his four season outings for many years.
Why not use one of their beautiful, timeless blankets timeless throw in the baby's room?
5-in-1 evolutionary set by PEAKBWA
I created this product just in time for the arrival of baby #4 since I couldn't find any pajamas that would last this long!
It's a set that can be used from the moment you leave the hospital until six months old, and it's very comfortable for the sensitive skin of newborns. It is also the perfect fit for cloth diapers, and it is suitable for babywearing thanks to the integrated socks and mittens that you can choose to put on or not! The pants can be made into an evolving pant and will last longer than the rest of the set. The perfect gift to put on your shower list! Also available in sizes 6 months to 18 months.
Not to mention the extension cords the diaper covers that will extend the life of your baby's camisoles.
Of course, I could have presented you with an exhaustive list of 50 very useful items for baby, but many items are very personal and everyone's needs are sometimes very different, so I concentrated on products from home that I find very useful and that deserve to be known.
You'll probably need a booster seat, stroller, crib, high chair, car seat*, blankets, bottles and more.
These are all items that take up a lot of space; the idea to de-clutter would be to borrow them or buy them from someone else, then give them to the next person as soon as they're done using them to free up space!
We hope to have introduced you to some innovative Quebec products or companies that are interested in simplifying the lives of families!
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photo credit: Mylène Dupré
Article originally published on Peakbwa.