9 Ways to Green Baby CareAmy Thompson
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1: Your Boobs Can Help Save the Planet
Breastfeeding helps new moms burn calories, it helps babies stay healthy, and now it's considered "green." When you make use of your breast milk, you are saving the resources that are spent manufacturing formula and the containers it comes in, as well as the energy and water that go into cleaning bottles and rubber nipples. Read about other resources breastfeeding conserves
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2: Become a Mom of the Cloth
Many moms still use disposable diapers despite their drawbacks (bad for the environment, contain traces of a carcinogens, high cost, etc.) — either because theyre not convinced cloth diapers are that much more green in the long run or because disposables seem more convenient. What many moms dont know is that the cloth diaper has been updated to be more accommodating to the working parent. While cloth diapers require more work than disposable, the benefits may be worth it.
Read about other environmental costs of disposable diapers
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3: Embrace Earth-Friendly Snacking
Every breastfeeding mom — every mom, in fact — needs the occasional snack on the go, but constantly buying and using those plastic baggies is a nightmare for the environment. Fabric snack bags are a great eco-friendly alternative. Stock up on a few, throw them in the washing machine when they start to look gross inside, and never worry about running out.
See cute options for reusable snack bags
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4: Channel Your Inner New Yorker
Green is the new black in NYC, but really, New York parents have always practiced earth-friendly living on a daily basis — many without even realizing it. Mimic the inhabitants of the concrete jungle by utilizing public transportation (strollers are collapsible and think of the gas money youd save!) and practicing minimalism (how do you think New Yorkers thrive in 300-square feet apartments, especially those with babies?).
Read more ways to live an urban-e-ly green lifestyle
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5: Pause Before You Purchase
Spring cleaning is a great exercise, especially when you have a new baby in your life. Theres no better time to reconsider what you use and shed what you dont. If only that impulse to pare down lasted all year! Sooner or later, though, you begin to bring more stuff into your home. Give serious thought to things you want to buy for your child. Is it something he or she really needs? Will your child still be using it in a year? Get back to the basics and limit the amount of junk you allow to accumulate in
Hear from a mom who thinks kids only need a few toys each
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6: Plastic Is Still Problematic
First, we had to deal with the fact that some plastics contain BPA. Now it turns out that BPA-free plastics can still be harmful to our children and us. Why go through the trouble of finding the right kind of plastic? Replace plastic bottles with glass, plastic toys with felt, and plastic storage bins with wooden ones. Youll sleep soundly knowing that toxins arent getting anywhere near your little one.
Read one moms thoughts on all of the plastic in her house
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7: Clean Green
We all want to keep our homes clean, but some of the conventional cleaning fluids on supermarket shelves are seriously bad for the environment. Instead buy all-natural cleaning solutions — contrary to popular belief, many cost no more than the chemical-filled variety. Or use basic household items like baking soda and vinegar to keep your surfaces, floors, and pretty much anything else spick and span.
Check out the best all-natural cleaning products and how to use them
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8: Make Sun Safety Earth Safe
Its essential to protect your babys delicate skin from UV rays, but many sunscreens that are gentle enough for your little one arent so gentle on the environment; theyre often produced from chemicals harmful to the earth. Avoid sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and Vitamin A and opt instead for a chemical-free cream. Youll be putting fewer toxins into the earth and into your baby.
Read more about earth-safe sunscreens
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9: Hand It Down
Babies grow out of their old stuff pretty quickly. Suddenly youre left with cribs, clothes, and toys that you cant use. Instead of tossing them, consider selling them to a baby consignment store or donating them to mothers in need. While youre at it, buy some of your own childs things used instead of new. Unless safety is a concern (as with used car seats) why spend — and consume — more when you can reuse?
Read how this mom began to reconsider her buying habits
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