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A-Z of vegan & eco-friendly baby products

07 Oct 2021 • 10 min read


Navigating parenthood as a vegan or wanting to be as eco-friendly as possible can seem daunting at first – but it doesn’t have to be like that!

Vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly products are growing in popularity across the board, and that goes for baby products, too – thankfully.

However, while the products are definitely out there, sometimes they are not very accessible or easy to find.

That’s why we have compiled an A-Z list of vegan and eco baby products to help you out, including:

Every product on this list is 100% vegan and most of them are eco-friendly.

Scroll down to find more information about what makes these products great, as well as some customer reviews to give you some more insight.

First, here are some FAQs about eco-friendly and vegan baby products:

Which baby products are vegan?

Just like most ‘grown-up’ beauty and self-care products, you can usually find a vegan version that works just as well – if not better!

You can find a vegan alternative to most baby products, including nappy balms, moisturisers, oil, sunscreen, and more. And some are naturally vegan anyway – you may just not have noticed.

All of the products we have listed below are vegan-friendly, so you can browse without having to scour the labels for confirmation (we know how annoying that is!)

Which baby products are cruelty-free?

The same goes for cruelty-free baby products – you can find alternatives for most baby products that have not been tested on animals.

Are babies eco friendly?

Having a baby is never going to be considered eco friendly, as each new little person in the world is going to inevitably use Earth’s resources and create waste.

However, with some clever swaps to sustainable baby products like reusable nappies and washable wipes, you can try and limit the impact they have on the environment right from the get-go.

How can I make my baby more eco friendly?

There are lots of ways to make caring for your baby more eco friendly, including the products you use, like reusable nappies, balms with natural ingredients, washable wipes and more.

Products aside, you can also try shopping in charity shops or buying clothes and furniture second hand, investing in some reusable snack / food tubs, and even trying out some natural rubber dummies.

There are so many options out there!

Are eco nappies better?

They sure are! Eco-friendly nappies may seem a little gross and like a lot of hassle at first, but the benefits far outweigh the benefits, like:

  • Drastically less waste as you can simply wash and reuse
  • Saves you money in the long run as you won’t be buying disposable over and over again
  • Usually made from natural materials
  • Tend to contain less ingredients and plastics
  • Can be better for sensitive skin
  • May make your baby easier to potty train as they can feel when they are wet

What are the best eco-friendly nappies?

The best eco-friendly nappies are the ones that make the least impact on the environment while doing what they need to do – making your baby comfortable before they’re potty trained.

Look out for the materials used, like bamboo and cotton, as they should feature if it’s a good quality product.

It’s inevitable that some eco-friendly nappies will use some plastic or other synthetic materials to make them waterproof, and that’s understandable. But if that plastic is recyclable – all the better!

You also need to find the right fit for your baby, and some will be more comfortable than others, so you may have to do some experimenting.

A-Z of eco-friendly and vegan baby products

Here it is! The A-Z list of vegan and eco-friendly baby products we promised – chosen based on customer reviews, popularity and their unique credentials:

Vegan baby balm

Baby balm is often used to soothe and moisturise baby skin, especially sensitive skin like nappy rashes, cradle cap and dry skin patches.

Skin Sapiens Baby Balm, 40ml

Key benefits

  • Multipurpose: this solid balm is great for moisturising even the driest of skin, including cuticles, hands and elbows
  • Nourishing: the unperfumed, naturally-sourced and vegan-friendly blend of calendula, olive and avocado oils is highly nourishing for the skin
  • Sensitive: dermatologically tested and paediatrician approved, and suitable for even the most sensitive skin

What our customers think:

Felicity – Great for sensitive skin – 5/5 stars
“I’m really happy with this product and how great it is for sensitive skin! It’s really helped clear up my son’s nappy rash. It melts completely into the skin, it’s so luxurious to touch.”

Jadeywoot – Great product – 5/5 stars
"I'm loving this balm because it's perfect for my babies sensitive skin and sinks in to the skin. Its not greasy at all and a little goes a long way"

Vegan baby body wash

Babies need to be clean, too! Baby body washes are often gentler than the ones we use for ourselves as their skin is very delicate and tends to be more on the sensitive side.

Childs Farm Unfragranced Baby Wash, 250ml

Key benefits

  • Sensitive: dermatologist and paediatrician approved as suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone newborn skin and older babies
  • Naturally cleansing: natural cleansers cut through dirt gently and effectively for nourished and hydrated hair and skin
  • Vegan: this mild yet effective formula totally vegan friendly

What our customers think:

Jojo W – Skin problem cleared up – 5/5 stars
“Delighted with this range as my son's skin is so sensitive, all his skin is looking much better since using these products.”

Chezat – Gorgeous scent – 5/5 stars
“What a great product! Lovely light scent, lathers well. The whole family are using it.”

Vegan baby bubble bath

There’s no denying that baby bath times are super fun, especially if the tub is full of soft, soapy and – most importantly – enjoyable - bubbles!

That’s why it's recommended you choose a bubble bath designed for babies.

Good Bubble Dragon Fruit Bubble Bath, 400ml

Key benefits

  • Vegan and natural: this super bubbly bubble bath is made from 98% natural ingredients and is 100% vegan friendly
  • Nourishing: packed with antioxidants like dragon fruit extract to nourish and safeguard even the most sensitive young skin

What our customers think:

Kellznew – Fab – 5/5 stars
“My daughter has very sensitive skin. I tried this bubble bath for her and it didn't irritate her skin at all. She was delighted she could finally have bubbles in her bath again!!”

GranmaJ – Super Bubbles – 5/5 stars
“My Granddaughter loves the bubbles in her bath and l love that there are no hidden 'nasties' in them.”

Vegan baby colic relief

Colic is when a baby cries a lot but there is no obvious cause – thankfully there are some natural solutions that could help soothe them.

You & Oil Kids Baby Colic, 10ml

Key benefits

  • Essential oils: this vegan-friendly blend is made from organic essential oils and vegetable oils to help provide a sense of relief to children
  • Soothing and uplifting: carraway and fennel essential oils combine with sweet almond oil to help soothe babies with colic
  • Suitable for all ages: use it with babies from 0 months old and upwards 

Vegan baby food

When you are introducing foods to your baby, you want to make sure it is high-quality and full of the nutrients they need to grow up big and strong.

Fruits, veggies, grains and other foods we want for our babies are often already naturally vegan – win, win!

Babease Organic Strawberry, Apple & Coconut Water

Key benefits

  • Organic: packed with organic fruit and whole grains to help babies 4 months and older to develop those tiny tastebuds
  • Tasty: naturally tasty without with no added sugar or salt – food is exciting, so there’s no reason why baby food shouldn’t be!
  • Vegan: naturally vegan friendly

Also available in other flavours:

Vegan baby lotion

Keep your baby soft and hydrated by massaging gentle baby lotion into their delicate skin after bath time.

Look out for natural ingredients and sensitive-skin-friendly formulas.

Dr Organic Baby Skin Lotion, 200ml

Key benefits

  • Natural extracts: calming calendula meets soothing aloe vera, meadowfoam oil and other natural extracts
  • Sensitive: unfragranced, dermatologically-tested and provides long-lasting moisturisation for sensitive baby skin
  • Kind to the environment: this vegan-friendly formula is made out of recycled plastic bottles and easily recycled once used

What our customers think:

Rosalie_remmy – The best for sensitive skin! – 5/5 stars
“Absolutely love this product. I have been using it on my two young daughters who are mixed race and have sensitive skin and it has been really helpful. It helps to keep their skin moisturised and is perfect for the summer weather.”

RubyB – Perfect for sensitive skin – 5/5 stars
“I've been using this product as part of my baby’s bedtime routine and it's been great! She suffers from dry and sensitive skin, so along with the Dr Organic Baby Wash followed by this baby lotion it leaves my daughters skin moisturised and doesn't react with her skin. Unfragranced and long lasting, it's perfect.”

Vegan baby moisturiser

Just like baby lotion, baby moisturisers are great for nourishing delicate baby skin and keeping the saying ‘soft as a babies bottom’ going strong!

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser – Mildly Fragranced, 500ml

Key benefits

  • Natural ingredients: shea butter, cocoa butter, and other natural ingredients come together to protect and hydrate delicate baby skin
  • Vegan and cruelty free: registered with The Vegan Society and certified by Cruelty Free International
  • Baby-friendly: this award-winning formula is mildly fragranced and perfect for moisturising babies’ bodies, faces, hands and feet

What our customers think:

Sid82 – Great moisturiser – 5/5 stars
“Beautiful, light, lovely delicate scent, easily absorbed, non greasy.”

HanT – Kind to frequently-washed skin – 5/5 stars
“Forms a protective barrier, good for repeated use on adult skin too.”

Reusable nappies

Reusable nappies are not only kind for the planet, they can also be kinder to your baby's soft skin as they often contain fewer ingredients.

Not to mention the money you can save by switching to eco-friendly nappies/

TotsBots Easyfit Star All In One Reusable Nappy – Buzzy Bee

Key benefits

  • Eco-friendly: bamboo core is soft and breathable, while the waterproof material is made from recycled plastic bottles
  • One size fits most: from newborns to potty training, these nappies go on just like a disposable and should fit most (8-35lbs)
  • Gentler ingredients: gentler ingredients are used in these nappies to benefit your baby’s skin.
  • Longterm savings: these nappies can save you money in the long run when compared to disposable nappies

Also available in Mushroom Town design.

Vegan nappy cream

All that wiping and changing can really irritate baby bums, so investing in a high-quality nappy cream to soothe that sore skin is essential.

Childs Farm Nappy Cream For Happy Bottoms

Key benefits:

  • Naturally moisturising: shea butter, aloe vera, cocoa butter and other natural ingredients moisturise babies’ skin and help reduce skin irritation
  • Sensitive: this fragrance-free cream is dermatologically approved for sensitive and eczema-prone skin, from newborns and beyond
  • Vegan: this award-winning nappy cream is 100% vegan friendly and cruelty free

What our customers think:

Rara – Amazing all round cream – 5/5 stars
“Amazing cream that we use on my toddler’s bottom but also for dry skin patches. I love that it soaks into the skin and isn’t greasy.”

Priya K – Love it – 5/5 stars
“Been using this since my little one was a newborn. I love that it’s great for sensitive skin. My little one got a nappy rash and this nappy cream cleared it straight away. Love that its vegan, the scent isn’t strong. I buy lots at a time so I never run out. Little pricey but so worth it.”

Nappy liners

Nappy liners are a great option for those using reusable nappies out and about, as you can simply use them to dispose of any poo and carry on using the same nappy until you get home.

They can also help prevent nappy stains.

TotsBots Biodegradable Nappy Liners – Roll Of 100

Key benefits

  • Eco-friendly: these nappy liners are biodegradable and better for the environment than conventional nappy liners – they are great for use with reusable nappies
  • Use on-the-go: simply lift the liner out of the nappy at change time and tip any poo down the loo, then bin or compost the liner
  • Easy to use: they make poo disposal easier and help prevent nappy staining

Nappy bag

Nappy bags help keep you stocked up on fresh nappies while you’re out of the house, while also providing you with somewhere to store any soiled reusable nappies you want to wash at home (or regular nappies if there isn’t a bin around).

TotsBots Wet & Dry Nappy Bag – Buzzy Bee

Key benefits:

  • Keeps things fresh: helps to keep fresh and used nappies separate – simply unpopper the soiled bag and wash as normal with the rest of your reusable nappies
  • Heavy duty: holds 6-10 nappies in total so you’re prepared on-the-go
  • Eco-friendly: Made from recycled plastic bottles and a much better option than disposable nappy bags

Vegan baby shampoo and conditioner

Mumma Love Organics Kids Shampoo & Conditioner

Key benefits

  • Gentle: this fragrance-free formula designed to soothe and settle sensitive and eczema-prone baby skin
  • Natural and organic: over 98% natural ingredients and 72% organic ingredients, including carefully selected herbs
  • Vegan: 100% vegan friendly

What our customers think:

Robyn – Amazing! – 5/5 stars
“My 2 year old daughter has eczema prone skin that is made a lot worse with any type of fragrance. I have been using this product a few months now and it is the only fragrance free shampoo that doesn't flare up my daughters skin. Also has the added benefit of a conditioner so her hair is shiny too. Very happy with this product.”

Amylang – A great product!! – 5/5 stars
“I have been using this on both my children and now wouldn’t use anything else, a lovely gentle product.”

Eco-friendly baby clothes – sleeping bags

Eco baby clothes like sleeping bags or ‘bubbys’ are outfits that help your baby stay safe and comfortable at night when they aren’t able to be swaddled any more that are also good for the environment.

Sage Green Bamboo Bubby

Key benefits

  • Inspired by nature: made from 70% bamboo and 30% organic cotton that’s breathable, hypoallergenic and suitable for any season
  • Safe sleeping: unique adjust-a-sleeve™ design helps to provide a safe sleeping option for your baby who can’t be swaddles, yet still needs their hands enclosed
  • One size: fits from birth to two years (best suited to babies over 6 months, though) Also available in blue and pink.

Vegan baby sunscreen

It’s very important to protect your baby’s skin from sun damage, but the sun creams you know and love may not be suitable for their sensitive skin.

Thankfully, you can get sunscreens specifically designed for babies to help keep them safe.

Ultrasun Baby Mineral Sunscreen SPF50, 100ml

Key benefits:

  • Mineral protection: this ultra-lightweight formula provides a broad-spectrum formula to protect delicate baby skin from sun damage
  • Naturally nourishing: contains antioxidants like sunflower shoots and Lipex to help protect babies’ skin
  • Vegan and free from: 100% vegan friendly and free from perfume, mineral oils and chemical filters

What our customers think:

Mooms79 – Great – 5/5 stars
“Great suncream. No stains, rubs in easily and is working well in this heat wave.”

ViViVi – Great product – 5/5 stars
“It's very good to sensitive skin and doesn't make it break out.”

Vegan baby teething gel

Teething is often a tough time for our little ones as it can be very painful for their little teeth to come through.

Baby teething gels can help to soothe their painful gums and help relieve some of the discomfort.

Jack N’ Jill Natural Teething Gel, 15g

Key benefits

  • Natural relief: this non-medicated formula contains chamomile and calendula to provide your baby with natural relief from teething discomfort
  • Tasty: mild natural vanilla flavour for children aged 4 months+
  • Vegan: totally vegan friendly and free from belladonna and benzocaine

What our customers think:

LeahW – Finally – a teething gel that works! – 5/5 stars
“This actually works!! I've tried so many teething gels and this one actually seems to soothe my baby’s gums. Finally!! So easy to use too and it actually tastes nice.”

Natural Mummy – Really works! – 5/5 stars
“I swear by this stuff! My baby loves it, and I don't worry about how much I'm putting in his mouth because its natural, with no chemicals so totally worry free. I had a little try myself and the flavour is really nice! I find it easier to use than powders etc.”

Vegan baby toothpaste

Once those little teeth come through, they need just as much TLC as our adult teeth do, so it’s time to get brushing!

Baby toothpaste is specifically designed for their tiny teeth to help them stay healthy and strong.

Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste Flavour Free, 50g

Key benefits

  • Natural and organic: this natural and fluoride-free toothpaste is perfect for fussy little ones (6 months+) with certified organic calendula to help soothe gums and xylitol to fight cavities
  • Free-from: totally free of flavour, GMOs and palm oil derivatives, but still keeps your child’s teeth fresh and clean
  • Vegan: 100% vegan-friendly with BPA-free packaging

What our customers think:

Mum of 8 month old – Very good baby toothpaste – 5/5 stars
“Very good. My 8 month old likes it, it’s natural, taste free, mild.”

Vegan baby toothbrush

Adults' toothbrushes are not going to work for little baby mouths and teeth – they are far too big and harsh for their sensitive gums.

However, a baby toothbrush has been designed with these concerns in mind, and can be a great first step into oral hygiene for your little ones.

Jack N’ Jill Silicone Finger Brush

Key benefits

  • Simple yet effective: this finger brush is the perfect simple start towards good oral hygiene with soft and gentle bristles
  • Gentle on gums: the dimpled side gently massaged gums – great for teething gums
  • Non-toxic: BPA-free and non-toxic, so you can feel safe using with babies aged 6 months+ (with adult supervision)

What our customers think:

L Anderson – Easy to use – 5/5 stars
“My 8 month old is more than happy to have his teeth brushed with this. He enjoys a good chew on it:)”

WitchEcho – Great for first teeth – 5/5 stars
“Easy to use with brush on one side and bumps on the other for the gums. Finger brushes are much easier with babies and toddlers than a full brush and our little one loves it as she can have her teeth brushed and gums massaged without a great big bit of plastic in her mouth.”

Eco-friendly baby wipes

It’s no shock that baby wipes can be harmful to the environment – ending up in landfill sites and sewerage systems across the land.

But babies are messy little things, so what are you supposed to do if you want to stay eco-friendly?

Reusable wipes are one of the best ways to cut down on waste while still keeping your baby clean and safe.

TotsBots Double-Sided Reusable Wipes – White 10 Pack

Key benefits

  • Eco-friendly: there’s no doubt that disposable baby wipes are bad for the planet – these eco baby wipes can simply be washed and reused to cut down on waste
  • Gentle: just add water to clean without the need for harmful ingredients. They’re totally free from alcohol and chlorine
  • Cost effective: although you have to pay more in the offset, you will save money in the long-run with these wipes

The final say

We hope this guide has helped you find some vegan and eco-friendly products that are better for the planet, animals, and your baby.

Remember: every little helps, and even the smallest changes can help make the world a better place for your baby to grow up in.

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 7 October 2021


Author: Manisha TaggarSenior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: May 2019

BSc Hons in Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Science

Manisha started her career at a Cosmetics distributor as a Regulatory Technologist followed by a Regulatory Affairs Officer, ensuring the regulatory compliance of cosmetic products from colour cosmetics to skincare.

After 3 and half years in this role, Manisha joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.

Manisha specialises in Cosmetic products, both own-label and branded lines, ensuring that these products and all relating marketing material comply to the EU Cosmetics Regulation.

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