As a new mom I’m sure you want what is best for your precious baby, I know I did and still do even though my children are no longer babies. You also want to do what is right for the environment. There are many ways that you can do your part for the earth and baby.
Here are 7 ways to go green as a new mom.
1. Recycle and Reuse
Your baby will grow very quickly during the first year, and often they will only use items for a few months at the most. If you take care of them and keep them in good condition you can either put them away for future children if you plan on having more, give them away to others who are expecting, or even sell them on consignment or at a yard sale to get some extra money. Recycling glass, plastic, metal, and other materials when you are done with them will also help lessen your environmental impact and reduce the amount that ends up in a landfill.
2. Use Cloth Diapers and A Sprayer
Disposable diapers and throw away wipes contribute a substantial amount to landfills and are very wasteful. Cloth diapers are a much more eco friendly option. Many new moms worry about skin irritation, as well as the mess and smell that cloth diapers can have. When you use a sprayer and a product for odor control with dirty diapers you can be green without any problems. A diaper sprayer or bidet sprayer serves two purposes. This product will help rinse soiled diapers before they are placed in the container to be washed and sanitized, and it eliminates the need for disposable diaper wipes. The sprayer will gently clean your baby with water, keeping their skin clean and irritation free. Many commercial wipes have chemicals and other ingredients that may irritate sensitive skin and contribute to a diaper rash.
3. Buy Gently Used Clothes and Other Items
Since your newest family member will only wear or use most items a few times why buy new? When you buy gently used clothes and other baby items you can often get them in like new condition but for a lot less money. You will lessen your environmental impact and save cash at the same time.
Breastfeeding is recommended because it is considered best for your baby from a medical perspective and an environmental perspective. When you breastfeed there are no bottles, cans of formula, and other items that need to be discarded. This saves space in the landfill, and also the use of natural resources during the manufacturing process of these products.
5. Use Green Cleaning Products or Make Your Own
Keeping everything clean is very important, especially with a baby in the home. Commercial cleaners often have harsh chemicals and other unwanted substances though. Look for eco friendly cleaning products that are green, or make your own from scratch. Lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda, and many other common household products can be used for cleaning that is both green and effective.
6. Make Safe and Natural Toys for Your Baby
Instead of buying toys for your baby to play with during the first year why not make some instead? Baby toys found on store shelves often have plastic and other undesirable components that may include harmful substances. A rattle can be made from a small closed container and some brightly colored rice. Wooden spoons, pots and pans, and many other common household items can be used as toys or used to create safe and natural toys. An added bonus is that these cost little or nothing to make and they are typically better for baby.
7. Make Your Own Baby Food
Make your baby food from scratch instead of buying it. Not only is this green but it also lets you control what goes into the food. Baby food is easy to prepare. Simply cook the fruit or vegetable in a little water until completely soft, then blend into a puree. You can add a little extra water for a thinner consistency if needed. You can grow your own foods as well, making everything completely organic and chemical free for your baby.