9 Ways to Green Baby Care

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    1: Your Boobs Can Help Save the Planet

    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

    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 they’re not convinced cloth diapers are that much more green in the long run or because disposables seem more convenient. What many moms don’t 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

    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

    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 you’d 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

    Pause Before You PurchaseSpring cleaning is a great exercise, especially when you have a new baby in your life. There’s no better time to reconsider what you use and shed what you don’t. 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
    your home.

    Hear from a mom who thinks kids only need a few toys each

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    6: Plastic Is Still Problematic

    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. You’ll sleep soundly knowing that toxins aren’t getting anywhere near your little one.

    Read one mom’s thoughts on all of the plastic in her house

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    7: Clean Green

    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

    Make Sun Safety Earth Safe It’s essential to protect your baby’s delicate skin from UV rays, but many sunscreens that are gentle enough for your little one aren’t so gentle on the environment; they’re often produced from chemicals harmful to the earth. Avoid sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and Vitamin A and opt instead for a chemical-free cream. You’ll 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

    Hand It Down Babies grow out of their old stuff pretty quickly. Suddenly you’re left with cribs, clothes, and toys that you can’t use. Instead of tossing them, consider selling them to a baby consignment store or donating them to mothers in need. While you’re at it, buy some of your own child’s 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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