How to Go Green When You’ve Just Had a Baby

So you’ve just had a baby! Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!   Or you might still be on your way to the delivery room.  Whether you’re on your last trimester or you have already given birth, you have a lot of opportunities to begin the green lifestyle if you haven’t yet started it out.  Don’t worry because motherhood shouldn’t make things more difficult for you.

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On this post, I have highlighted the three major aspects where you can support green living if you’ve just had a baby.  These suggestions would actually benefit you and your family in a lot of ways.  First of all, it’s good for our environment which means you would be helping to the preservation of our planet for your child’s future.  Now, I’m sure you’d like to hear the short term benefits?

These green ways are very economical so you will be able to save money.  Another wonderful advantage is that these green tips offer safer and healthier alternatives so you can protect your newborn from illnesses which can be caused by chemicals and toxins contained in some baby products.  What green steps am I talking about?

Use cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers :  Many modern moms prefer to use disposable diapers because they feel that it’s a convenient option.  You can just throw away dirty diapers in the trash bin and reach out for a new one to change your baby’s bottom.

However, some moms who decided to try out cloth diapers have found that it’s not much of a hassle at all.  It’s all about scheduling tasks or acquiring the right kind of assistance.  If you really don’t have time to do the washing on your own, you can hire commercial diaper washing services that include pick-up and delivery.  How about the costs?

It is estimated that the average mom spends about $50 to $80 on diapers each month.  If you compare that with commercial diaper services costs, you might spend about $40 to $60 per month.  Saving at least $10 each month amounts to $120 in a year.  Yet apart from savings, cloth diapers are safer because you can be sure that there are no chemicals whatsoever.

Feed your baby with homemade baby food or organic baby food:  Organic baby food might be more expensive than regular baby food products in the supermarket.  However, you can sure that only fresh, organic ingredients were used in making them so it’s best for your child.

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On the other hand, if you have time to prepare, making baby food on your own is still the best way to go.  You can find some recipes and instructions online on how to make homemade baby food using fresh ingredients from your local market.  And, remember to buy only organic produce and support your local farmers.

Use natural household cleaners: I now prefer to use organic, non-toxic homemade soaps and detergents in our household.  I also take advantage of natural cleansers like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon for cleaning countertops, removing stains in the laundry and on surfaces, and for deodorizing spaces.  I find them to be very effective and I won’t have to worry about harmful side-effects as a result of inhaling chemicals from commercial cleansing products.

Of course, if you have considered adapt some of these suggestions, you can make adjustments according to your needs.  For instance, if your family is going out for the day, using disposable diapers for practical reasons is not at all condemnable.  After all, going green is not about being fanatic but being more practical, more considerate to our environment and adjusting our lifestyles accordingly.



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