Global Warming

Looking After a Baby Doesn’t Need to Mean Harming the Planet

Global Warming

When a new baby arrives in the world it can change the parents’ outlook completely. At this point many new parents decide to become more serious in their attempts to live an environmentally friendly life.

This is often because these realise that it is responsibility of everyone on the planet to provide a safe and healthy place for our children to grow up in. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to bring up a baby that don’t involve harming the planet at all.

Choose Second Hand Toys
Have you ever stopped to think about the environmental damage caused in the production process of many soft baby toys? These are wonderful gifts for children and the best toys can also help them learn but is it worth the environmental cost? If you are worried about this then a good solution is to buy second hand toys. You could visit here, for example, to see a good range of soft baby toys that have already had one happy owner and now need another. This idea of buying second hand products is a big help in leading a greener lifestyle and is incredibly easy to do, as well as being cheaper than buying new stuff.

Recycle Old Clothes
Do you need to buy all of your little one’s clothes as brand new? No doubt you will need to buy some in this way but you should hopefully be able to recycle some as well. There are a number of ways of doing this. One approach that can work well is to simply use the clothes that were used by an older relative or a friend’s child. Until a certain age babies don’t really wear out their clothes much at all, so often they grow up and move on to newer garments while leaving their older clothes in perfect condition. Bearing this in mind, it is surprising that more parents don’t take the opportunity to pass the old clothes on to other babies. Maybe you could start up a group of parents who exchange clothes just by mentioning the idea to a few friends or relatives. This could end up benefiting everyone in the group at one time or another.  You could also learn a few skills for recycling baby clothes into something new and useful.

Make Home Made Food
Those little jars of baby food can be pretty handy in an emergency but you don’t want to rely on them too much. For a start, the glass jars are often thrown straight into the bin after they are emptied. This is a very bad idea and you can avoid it by concentrating more on making homemade food. One of the big issues many parents have with doing this is the lack of time for cooking at home. To solve this, you could check out some easy baby recipes on the internet and make a big batch, storing some for later use. It is a healthier way to eat as well as being much better for the planet.

Try Breastfeeding
The benefits of breastfeeding using maternal milk are well documented. This form of feeding helps give the little one all of the nutrients they need to get off to a healthy start in life. As well as that, it is also a natural, greener option. Formula milk comes in packaging that isn’t great for the planet and the process of making it is also harmful. On the other hand, breast milk is an entirely natural and environmentally friendly product that is highly recommended.  Some new mothers who aren’t with their babies all the time choose to use a breast pump and leave this natural milk in a bottle for the little one’s feeding time. This is a far better solution for busy mums than using formula milk.

 

Lotte xo

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7 comments

  1. Love this post. So true too! People get funny don’t they, about hand-me-downs! I for one think they are marvelous! Already loved clothes that need more love, I personally don’t see the harm! Great post hun! Was lovely to meet you at Britmums x

  2. Great post! Between me and my siblings, we have 12 children under the age of 11 so we all swap and share clothing, toys, baby items that we no longer need! Saves us loads of money! I have always made my own baby food and meals too!

  3. Great post and so true!

  4. All good tips – and generally not only do you save the environment it’s good on the family budget too.

  5. I love this blog post. Really refreshing. I completely agree with it all and me and my friends have all had kids over the past 3 years so we’ve all swapped baby clothes, toys, etc and saved a bomb as well as helping the environment. Keep up the good work! x

  6. Hand me down toys and clothes were a life saver for us when our son was a baby and toddler, they grow out of things so quickly it only makes sense to reuse 🙂

  7. glad i can tick some of those off, we love growing our own food too 🙂

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