Gifts for a baby born into a vegetarian or vegan household are similar to items commonly gifted to any baby, but the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle should be taken into consideration by avoiding animal products or anything highly processed or unnatural. Vegans, for example, often have a strong preference for organic materials, even if the nonorganic version is made without animal products. Just as you wouldn't give an inappropriate gift to a baby of a certain religion or culture, you should make sure to give a gift that is vegan or vegan friendly.
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Look for organic cotton blankets, crib sheets and clothing; if you don't have any local boutiques that specialise in organic fabrics, search online. Choose natural-coloured items or items coloured with natural dyes. Some brands that specialise in organic clothing include Mother Earth and Baby, Trees and Tots, Go Natural Baby and GreenEdge Kids.
Vegan baby lotion, powder, soap and balm can be costly, and will be a welcome gift for vegan parents. Some brands to look for are Mama Rose's Naturals and Earth Mama Angel Baby.
If you know the new parents plan to use cloth diapers instead of disposable, search online for an organic diaper cake to help keep them stocked with reusable diapers. If they will be using a service to wash the diapers, pay for a few months as a gift. Organic diaper covers, safety pins and organic cloth wipes are also necessities.
There are many books geared toward vegetarian and vegan families with babies, including cookbooks, craft books and picture books. Look for books about vegetarian/vegan nutrition for babies that include recipes and ideas for when the baby starts solid foods.
Baby Food Tools
There is a good chance vegetarian or vegan parents will be making baby food at home from scratch. A nice blender, small food processor or stick mixer will come in handy as a baby food maker, or look for a manual baby food mill or grinder to be even more eco-friendly.
Natural wooden toys, organic cotton stuffed animals and natural rattles are popular gifts for vegetarian and vegan babies. Look for toys like these where organic baby clothing is sold.
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