We all know that it is nowadays incredibly important to be as environmentally friendly as we can in all that we do. And that even counts when it comes to your parenting. Thankfully, there are many things you can do while looking after your babies and young children that are very eco-friendly practices. Are you wondering what you can do? Here are some of my top tips.
Use Cloth Nappies
When you are thinking about diapers for your baby, you have two choices: cloth or disposable. If you want to be as green as possible, it is important that you choose cloth nappies. Using disposable nappies can create a lot of waste, and you won’t be able to recycle them because of all the dirt on them. Not only are they very environmentally friendly, but cloth nappies will work out a lot cheaper. That’s because you simply wash and reuse them rather than buy new ones. There are lots of different brands available, but you can find out about the best cloth diapers online.
Make Your Own Baby Food
Another expensive part of childcare is all the store-bought baby food. But you do have another option, you know! And this alternative is also a lot more eco-friendly as well! You just have to make your own baby food. It is super easy to do because you just need to have a blender that you can make purees with. Make sure that you buy all your ingredients from local farmer’s markets. That way, you know the carbon footprint of each ingredient won’t be too big. It is also wise to keep your baby’s food in glass bottles that you can reuse over and over again.
Buy Second-Hand Clothing
Your baby or small toddler won’t be too bothered about fashion and style just yet, so there really is no point in buying them expensive clothes. In fact, it is a lot more environmentally friendly to just buy them second-hand clothes. This could also work out cheaper for you. It could be worth asking your other friends and relatives who have similar aged children. If you want to be even greener, look out for clothes made from natural materials, such as hemp.
Use Organic Or Homemade Cleaners
The regular cleaners that are on sale in supermarkets contain very strong chemicals. Some of these can be very dangerous if your baby or toddler gets hold of them! They are also very bad for the environment. Thankfully, there is a much safer and greener alternative. You can always buy organic cleaners which have been made from natural ingredients. If you want, you can also have a go at mixing your own cleaners. This way, you will be able to know exactly what is going in your cleaners, and you won’t be using any dangerous chemicals. It’s still a good idea to keep them out of your kids’ hands, though!
Hopefully, you are now very inspired to becoming an environmentally friendly mama! Your family will certainly notice the difference!