Ecofriendly Baby Essentials
There’s no doubt about it, babies can create a lot of additional waste and have a big impact on the environment before they are even a year old. With these eco-friendly baby necessities you can know you are doing the best for your little one as well as the planet they are going to inherit.
Choosing reusable and environmentally friendly alternatives can have a big impact to how much waste you send to landfill but also in other ways such as the amount of plastic and chemicals that come in contact with your baby. Plus, while the initial investment might be higher you will also save money in the long run.
Here are some of our top eco-friendly baby essentials for you to consider.
Reusable nappies are a no brainer when it comes to reducing waste and being more eco-friendly. But they do of course require a bit more effort and a larger initial investment. However, things have come a long way since your parents day and reusable nappies are now incredibly easy to use, providing you have a washing machine.
There are lots of different styles but many of them are actually very similar to disposables when it comes to changing a nappy, meaning they are just as easy to use when you are out and about, and grandparents and other carers shouldn’t have a problem getting to grips with them.
And there’s no need to feel you have to use them all the time. Even using 1 reusable nappy a day could save up to 1000 nappies going to landfill depending on when your child starts potty training.
Reusable Baby Wipes
This is perhaps one of the simplest eco-friendly swaps to make and a real no brainer if you want to do your bit for the environment. Reusable baby wipes are so easy to use, they can be thrown in with the rest of your washing, and they can be used for years and years, long after nappy changes have ceased to be a thing.
And just like nappies, it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing. Even if you only use them at home and stick to biodegradable baby wipes when you are out and about that’s a lot of baby wipes over 2-3years.
Food and Drinks Containers
Food and drink is another massive waste creator when you have a baby and toddler. But there are some great eco-friendly options for every stage from breast or bottle feeding through to weaning and eating solid food.
If you are breastfeeding then you don’t need much in the first 6 months, but you could definitely think about using reusable breast pads and having a stainless steel bottle on standby. The Klean Kanteen bottles are great as once they no longer need them as a bottle you can use them as a snack pot.
Reusable pouches are a great way to reduce waste and save money. And having a water bottle means you don’t have to resort to expensive plastic bottles of water while you are out.
Teethers and Toys
There are also lots of eco-friendly options when it comes to choosing teethers and other baby toys. Choosing wooden toys and natural rubber or silicone teethers is not only better for the planet but healthier for your child as well.
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