It’s that time of year for holiday shopping! What better gift than to help your kids live a healthier, nontoxic life? Things our children wear, use and play with contain toxins! Shopping organic, particularly for clothing and nontoxic toys, is so important to their overall health. Organic cotton is grown and harvested without the same harmful pesticides, and the clothing products are made with fewer chemicals. This allows for more natural options available for you and your family.
While you may not realize it, the purchases we make and bring into our home can greatly impact our health. There are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) found in many manufactured products that may interfere with the normal function of the body’s endocrine system. It’s more common than you might realize! “Normal” products that we bring into our homes contain heavy metals, microplastics, mycotoxins (or toxins from mold or fungi), and pesticides! These are actually harming our health. This is why being a conscious consumer (and a conscious gift giver) matters, especially for your kids.
It is very important to do your research on the products you are bringing into your home! Here are several of my favorite items to shop for your kids this season.
Shop nontoxic toys like Lovevery
We all want to provide the best for our kids. Unfortunately, many toys and baby products on the market aren’t the safest for them. Also, let’s face it, babies are always going to put toys and almost anything they can get their hands on in their mouths, so buying safe products is important.
Lovevery is an award-winning Montessori-inspired toy brand that makes toys with sustainable, organic, and natural materials to provide you with peace of mind. I love Lovevery toys! Not only are they designed by experts in childhood development, but they are also made with sustainable, natural, and organic materials. The toys are made for learning. They are great for little brains too! A Lovevery subscription would be a great gift that keeps on giving through different stages of the child’s development. Between Wednesday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 29, take $30 off The Play Kits with code JOY30.
Kids Kitchen Items
I love getting my kids involved in the kitchen. It gives them a chance to feel ownership over the food they are putting in their bodies, and we are able to have quality time together while also discussing the importance of focusing on whole foods. By giving my kids a creative outlet to play in a kitchen that is the perfect size for them, they are able to imagine making their own meals and dream up what they will prepare. The wooden fruits and veggies help give them an idea of some of the ingredients they might like to use. The brand I have linked, Hape, is a company focused on sustainability and green practices. Everything from their material sourcing to the type of paint they use on their toys is thoughtfully sourced to ensure the highest quality, responsibly made products for our kids to enjoy.
- Hape Wooden Kitchen
- Hape Wooden Garden Veggies
- Hape Wooden Fruits
- Hape Garden Salad Wooden Play Set
- Montessori Carrot Harvest Matching Puzzle
Another Hape item, this scoot-around bike, is a great toy for tiny tots. It helps get them active! This bike will incorporate the idea of riding a bike. This is a great way to spend time outdoors as they get older. Remember, nature is great for gut health!
Getting kids outside is one of my top recommendations for their health and overall well-being. Sending time outside helps their gut microbiome by exposing them to nature, and Vitamin D is full of natural health benefits that all children need. I love this watering can set because my kids can work alongside me in the garden, helping to plant seeds or harvest produce. It is also a great way for them to use their imaginations and work together to make whatever kind of garden they can dream up.
Books are great for kids’ stocking stuffers. This book, in particular, is a great resource as it helps kids understand and be more accepting of one another and their families’ choices to be vegan. It can often be confusing to small children why their friends are eating things like chicken nuggets and foods with lots of processed sugars while they are eating whole foods. This book gives them a clear outline of the importance of eating a plant-based diet and will give tools to explain to anyone who might ask about their dietary choices.
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Textiles and clothing can contain perfluorochemicals. A review from the CDC identified a host of health effects from exposure to PFAS including cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility, and increased risk of asthma and thyroid disease. Three of my favorite high-quality organic clothing brands are Q for Quinn, Hanna Andersson, and Finn and Emma.
A company known for its organic cotton, linen, and wool, Q is for Quinn makes products that are free from harmful chemicals and toxins, with a focus on sustainability and the environment. Use code PLANTBASEDGUTDOC10 for 10 percent off this season!
Hanna Andersson is a great children’s clothing shop. They focus on sustainably made products. They are also all designed with children’s needs in mind.
Organic cotton, eco-friendly dyes, and all-natural wood! These make up the children’s clothing, toys, and accessories in Finn and Emma, a company that is also focused on sustainability.
Help your child develop a strong microbiome
Last, but certainly not least, I have developed gut health guides to equip you and your family with everything you need to know about all aspects of gut health, including nontoxic living.