One of the greatest things about babies are their teeny, tiny feet. One of the not-so-great things? Their adult-sized carbon footprints. With our tips, below, you can keep your little one’s environmental impact to a minimum – at least until they’re big enough to start protecting the planet on their own! Diapers: The average baby uses about 6,000 diapers before potty-training. That’s a lot of diapers and a lot of trips to the store! If you’d like to scale back on your contribution to the landfill, consider a diapering solution that’s greener than disposables.
The most eco-friendly option for covering and protecting your pride and joy’s tushie is to make the plunge into cloth diapers, which can be washed and reused over and over. For those who find the cloth diaper cleaning process too much to bear, this is how one couple greenly changed their baby’s bum with success.
If you’d rather have a backup for those days when you don’t have the extra time to clean cloth diapers, opt for reusable covers and fully biodegradable inserts. As a perk, many cloth diapers and covers expand as your baby grows. Say goodbye to midnight runs to the store for disposables!
Food: A baby’s first food, mother’s milk, has been proven time and time again as the best-for-baby option over formula. Better yet, it’s totally free and has no environmental impact. But if breastfeeding isn’t your choice, opt for fair-trade organic formulas.
When your baby is ready for solid foods, making your own baby food is the most environmentally and wallet-friendly way to go. Steam up some vegetables and throw them in the food processor for 100% organic and sugar-free baby food.
Cleaners: Every parent (or person who has been around a baby, ever) knows that whenever possible, a baby will put anything and everything in his or her mouth. Given this, it’s critical that your household cleaners are non-toxic and chemical-free, which is healthier for your bundle of joy and the planet! It’s important to remember, however, that just because the label on a cleaning product says “non-toxic” or “biodegradable” doesn’t mean it’s completely safe. Here are a few more best practices when selecting safe-for-baby cleaning products.
Now…carry on with the household baby-proofing and “greening” of your little one!