I get individual questions from readers all the time about being green with children, so I figured putting together a post could be of some assistance. Let me know if I missed anything, and add it to the comments!
1. Ditch the disposable diapers. Nearly 20 billion plastic diapers get thrown into landfills each year, and studies estimate that they each can take up to 500 years to decompose. Not something I like to think about! If you are not into using cloth diapers, there are always hybrid disposable/reusable diapers like the ones from gDiapers, Kushies Flushable Diaper Liners, or bumGenius.
2. Replace the plastic sippy cup. Although the plastic on it’s own might be inert, if the plastic heats up or gets cracked, the chemicals inside it could leech into whatever your baby is drinking. Bisphenol A is a culprit in these plastic baby bottles, and you can read about that chemical right here. There are plenty of glass, aluminum or stainless steel sippy cups available at places like Reuseit.com and REI.
3. Switch to non-toxic cleaners. I know you have seen them – the bleach ads on TV telling you to wipe down all of your child’s toys with bleach. This is not a good idea as bleach is incredibly toxic. Besides, kids need germs – it helps to build their immune system up. Take away all the germs in the house and your kid might have a hard time fighting off a common cold! You can either use homemade products, or stuff from Seventh Generation or Method.
4. Buy organic and non-toxic soaps. Your typical bubble bath will have many chemicals in it, like methyl-parabens. You don’t want your child sitting in that for 20 minutes, do you? Same as we adults should use soaps without the chemicals, they are better for your kids as well. Aubrey’s Organics makes some natural baby and kids soap that is chemical-free and only about $8.00.
5. Buy only organic baby food. If it is time for your child to eat baby food (or adult food, for that matter too!), there are plenty of organic baby foods available at places like Wild Oats and Whole Foods. There really is no need to feed your baby that junk that our parents fed us back in the day now that we have healthy options. Also, when it comes time for them to eat regular food, feed them as much “made from scratch” food as you can, from fresh ingredients. Most “pre-made” meals are full of chemicals and preservatives that you might want to avoid.
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