Normally, I'd post this in the Baby Shower thread...but a lot of the moms posting there are not of a like-mind and just tell me not to be so rigid in what I plan to use for my baby.
For your Shower, how do you let people know that you won't be using just any old baby products, but rather the specific ones you have researched (type A stuff-researcher and list maker, right here!), and/or fair trade and organic products from local herbal soap stores, ie. baby soaps and baby oils?
In my family, my mom is really the only one who understands my crunchy-ness, but I have tons of 'veteran' moms who are almost insulted that I refuse to use the products they used on their babies. 'I'm sorry, but I live and breathe natural foods and products, and I know exactly what is in Johnson & Johnsons, and other 'typical' brands.' Run of the mill diapers are the worst! I could never put such chemical-ridden things on my baby! I will use Honest Co. and maybe 2 other wholesome diaper brands, that is it! All others gifted to us, will be sold via Ebay or donated...or returned!
I figured the Eco threads would be a good place to ask about this...I know you can't control what folks gift you, but is there any non-rude way to let them know that you won't be using products that have traces of chemicals and toxins...like BPA/BPS in plastic bottles, etc.? (We will only use glass bottles!)
Or do I have to smile and nod at my Shower and return everything and lie when people ask where their gifts are?
-First time hippie mama