Deciding what childrenâ€™s products to buy these days is job enough, but itâ€™s really only step 1 of a 2 part process. Because once youâ€™ve logged a few hours online and debated your decision with friends and family, youâ€™ve got to buy the thing. Which entails finding a store that carries it and has it in stock and doesnâ€™t require an entire afternoon of store hopping (so much for trip chaining to reduce emissions!). Iâ€™ve spun my wheels (literally and figuratively) a number of times and come home empty handed and frustrated â€“ and thatâ€™s in a city with more than a few eco baby stores.
So Iâ€™ve done what any time-constrained parent would do who avoids shopping with the little ones at all costs: shop online. No gas, no unhappy kids, no out-of-stock signs, and most importantly, no toxic products after a frustrating attempt to do the right thing (yes, Iâ€™ve thrown my hands up in frustration and bought just what I wanted to avoid â€“ more than once). Iâ€™ve long wanted to walk into a store and trust every. single. item. there. Doesnâ€™t that sound just great? And if I didnâ€™t know better, Iâ€™d say it sounds pretty reasonable. But since - sadly - thatâ€™s far from our reality here in the U.S., these online stores are a solid alternative. Plus, there are some online blog-based stores where parent owners vet their products just like I would.
Here are a very few that Iâ€™ve tried: Safe Mama, The Soft Landing, Non-Toxic Kids, and Happy Green Baby. But in the interest of compiling a more comprehensive list than what my free time allows, will you share yours? Where on the internet do you turn to purchase non-toxic childrenâ€™s products?