It is a fact: parents worry about their children, particularly newborns. Now parents have another thing to add to their worry list: the health and future of the planet their kids will grow up and live in. Fortunately, there are many ways parents can keep their world both safe and eco-friendly. With many companies specializing in organic, ethically sourced, chemical-free and recyclable children’s products, the options for green parents are endless.
Bringing Up Baby: Keeping It Earth Friendly
There are many choices parents can make to ensure the products they use for their children are eco-friendly. From reusable diapers and multipurpose products to recyclable car seats, keeping your home green is a lot easier than ever before. Making the right choices really makes a difference, not only to your baby, but also for the earth.
1) Choose Cloth Diapers.
Disposable diapers may be convenient, but they’re also one of the biggest eco-disasters on the planet. Billions of single-use diapers end up in the landfill each year, while cloth diapers can be used up to 200 times before they are re-purposed into rags. Cloth diapers have come a long way in recent years, with some even boasting anti-leak technology. Parents can look into local diaper services that will bring clean cloth diapers on a weekly basis and take away the dirties to be washed and sanitized.
2) Choose to Breast Feed.
It is amazing to think that a mother can produce the perfect nutritional substance for her child with the simple act of breast feeding. Breast feeding has not only been shown to be beneficial for children in the long run, but it’s also the most eco-friendly option, as it does away with plastic bottles and mass-produced formula. Invest in items that can help make feeding time a comfortable experience for mom and baby, such as nursing pillows and a rocker.
3) Look for Products With Multiple Uses.
The amount of accessories available for a baby can overwhelm new parents. They may feel that they are under-serving their infants by not buying into each and every “must have” on the market. However, buying more than you need is not only not cost-prohibitive, but it’s also not good for the planet. Look for products such as bottles that can be graduated into sippy cups, strollers that convert into car seats, and items that feature recycled materials, like a wifi baby monitor from recycled plastic that you may purchase online and use it to monitor your baby all the time.
4) Make Your Own Baby Food.
Not only is making your own baby food economical, it also allows you to know exactly what your child is eating. After all, you made it! Opt for organic fruits and vegetables when possible to give your baby the best chemical-free start. Also, look into baby blenders as a great option for getting an easily digestible puree.
5) Opt for Chemical-Free Cleaners.
Traditional cleaning products are laden with chemicals and toxic ingredients, and parents rightfully feel uneasy about exposing their children to the possible health risks of their use. Natural cleaning products do the same job without the toxins, and are gentler to the environment. As more “green” manufacturers of these natural products emerge on the market, they are becoming more affordable, making them the best choice for parents.
Raising your child in a planet-friendly environment can give your baby a great start in life. One of the best things you can do is to always seek out simple, natural products, as well as those that are chemical free and recyclable. By making these choices, you can keep your house green and your baby happy and healthy.
[About the author: Lisa Becker remembers that nursing her children wasn’t always easy or comfortable. She wishes she had the pillows and products available today, such as a dedicated breast feeding pillow to make the experience serene and enjoyable. As a young mother, she didn’t worry much about the environment; wisdom does come with age, and as her generation of “baby boomers” reach middle age, she joins the millions who are greatly concerned with the future of the earth and invites readers to take a close look at how “green” they are, and how they can make a huge difference with just a few small lifestyle changes. Photo Credit: Latteda]