Moms and dads who have decided to go the green-parenting route have long felt restricted to browsing internet shops while researching and purchasing eco-friendly and organic baby gear.
During the past several years, though, online shops and inspired entrepreneurs have been laying roots as brick and mortar stores
and sprouting up around Chicago and the suburbs, each featuring a wonderful selection of high-quality, green-baby gear.
1104 Davis Street / Evanston, IL 60201
From organic crib sheets and onsies to reusable cloth-swim diapers and maple teething toys, Tink Tinks offers an array of eco-friendly baby items.
Tink Tinks showcases some of the most-loved cloth diapers on the market, including Bummis’ fitted Bamboozle diapers and Bummis Super Whisper Wrap diaper covers as well as the ever-popular, babysitter-approved Bum Genius 3.0 One-Size Pocket Diapers.
A simple call to Tink Tinks reveals store associates who are more than willing to help parents find what they are looking for over the phone or in person.
14910 S. LaGrange Road / Orland Park, IL 60462
Parents who venture into Cutie Poops and Bottoms will not only find a great selection of cloth diapers and eco-friendly natural baby toys, but they also will discover invaluable help and recommendations from the employees and store owner.
From cloth-diaper laundry detergent suggestions to tried-and-true advice about the most effective night-time diapers for little ones are who are potty-learning, the staff offers help to solve even experienced parents’ challenging, cloth-diapering questions.
New parents who are looking to begin their eco-friendly parenting journey will appreciate staff suggestions as they register for eco-friendly, natural baby gear.
Also unique, Cutie Poops and Bottoms offers a trial run cloth diapering program for parents to try cloth diapers before buying all of the diapers needed for full or part-time cloth diapering.
1654 W Roscoe St. / Chicago, IL 60657
Be By Baby was born out of two moms’ dreams to give natural-minded parents a place in which they could find a like-minded community and all of the natural, attachment-parenting baby gear moms and dads desired.
In addition to offering a spectacular array of eco-friendly and green products like cloth diapers, organic baby carriers, natural toys and eco-friendly, health-focused feeding products, Be By Baby also hosts classes where parents and babies alike are welcomed.
Be By Baby has a classroom off of the main store that plays home to the monthly Babywearing International Chicago City Slingers’ meeting and also features breastfeeding clinics as well as sessions like prenatal or Baby and Me Yoga.
4654 N Rockwell St. / Chicago, IL 60625
Little Green Baby just celebrated its grand re-opening during the spring of 2010 under new ownership. The shop focuses on carrying not only eco-friendly products but also socially friendly baby items intended for the six year old and younger crowd.
A few standout items include organic Moby Wrap carriers that are perfect for wearing baby as a newborn through about one year, Uppa Baby strollers and Little Soles shoes — non-toxic, eco-friendly footwear for babies, toddlers and preschoolers alike.
5111 N. Clark St. / Chicago, IL 60640
A grand spread of designer-made, natural baby products, including the Adooka Organics and Barely and Birch clothing, line the shelves and adorn the hangers at Green Genes.
Aside from organic and natural clothing, parents also will find a broad selection of educational books as well as natural toys and feeding products like bamboo utensils and bowls.
Green Genes offers several brands of organic baby carriers, like the Ergo and features baby wearing accessories like organic sucking pads for little ones who like to chew on the carriers while parents are wearing them.
Green Genes also offers the hybrid diapering system, gDiapers, for parents who desire to reuse diapers but cannot to commit to washing cloth diapers. gDiapers features reusable Little gPants diaper covers with flushable biodegradable inserts that are easily disposed of via toilet after being soiled.