Do some good with gifts that give back

By Published On: November 1st, 2014

We have so much to be thankful for this time […]

We have so much to be thankful for this time of year, and it’s easy to show our gratitude by giving back—even while stocking up for baby. As you begin thinking about gifts for the upcoming holidays, pay it forward with these charitable choices.
BellyBudsDeluxeMusic therapy
After just 20 weeks gestation, your babe-in-progress is already shaping memories from the comforting sounds and songs he hears in utero, so go ahead and play him some of your favorite tracks. Through the end of 2014, the purchase of a Bellybuds Baby-Bump Sound System, Deluxe will not only soothe the fruit of your womb but also fund the expansion of the music therapy program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. By reducing anxiety and stress for babies in the newborn and infant critical care unit (NICCU), the tunes can help those tiny hearts beat on. Bellybuds Baby-Bump Sound System, Deluxe, $50
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A Rockin’ Baby sling keeps your wee one snuggled up close—but he won’t be the only one who benefits. For every sling sold, another is donated to a mom in Haiti, who learns how using the cotton carrier can help her bond with and breastfeed her babe. Rockin’ Baby carrier, $70
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Lions and turtles and rhinos, oh my! Thanks to Lassig’s new Wildlife Collection, you can sport and support endangered animals through the Momella Foundation’s Sparkling Elephant Project. Choose from backpacks, trolley bags, dish sets and more—all with your kiddo’s favorite critters (from elephants to ostriches) front and center. Lassig small backpack, $25
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Commonly called “butterfly disease” because those affected by it have skin as delicate as butterfly wings, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a genetic disease that affects the skin and organs and causes severe blistering. To raise awareness of the heartbreaking condition, KicKee Pants created the Butterfly Collection, a special line of its signature super-soft baby clothing that is tagless and constructed with the seams on the outside. In addition to being exceptionally comfortable, the collection benefits the cause by donating 80 percent of profits to The Butterfly Fund. KicKee Pants two-piece clothing set, $36
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For every Bumbo product purchased, a portion of the proceeds goes to Bumbo Cares, the company’s nonprofit organization benefiting underprivileged and special needs kids in its hometown of Pretoria, South Africa. So far, Bumbo Cares has given $10 million back to its local community to provide food, shelter and self-esteem building activities to those in need. Bumbo floor seat,$40; cover, $10
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Looking for a stuffed animal that does more than just look cute? When you purchase a critter from Monkeez and Friends, the company donates 10 percent of the wholesale cost to one of three great charities, including Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Samaritan’s Purse and the Best Friends Animal Society—you pick! Monkeez and Friends plush doll, from $17
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Help provide scholarships to students in need with the purchase of a stone + cloth rucksack, which is ideal for daily commutes, weekend adventures and even as a diaper bag. Through a partnership with the Knock Foundation, a nonprofit located near the foothills of Kilimanjaro, the practical pack company funds education and development projects for children in the developing world. stone + cloth backpack, $95
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The rainbow-colored sisal baskets available at Far & Wide Collective are made by a group of 30 talented women in Kenya. Their talents not only support their households but also foster a sense of community and support among one another—and mamas near and far know it takes a village. Far & Wide Collective multi-colored baskets, from $59
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The only thing cooler than a “Full House” or “Saved by the Bell” shirt? A ’90s sitcom- inspired tee that benefits the Autism Research Institute. Funding research and supporting families and individuals affected by the disorder,’s collection of rad tops and sweet shades Lust has us saying, “You got it, dude.” t-shirts, $19 each
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Your mini munchkin might be in need of an adorable bib, but many kiddos across America are in need of something to eat. Fortunately, you can have your cake and share it, too, thanks to Bella Tunno. With every purchase made on the company’s website, a hungry child receives a balanced meal. Bella Tunno bibs, $32 for 2