Having a baby is no easy feat. You’ve got at least 18 to 20 years of care ahead of you, and for the first few years, you’ll be changing diapers and wiping up a mess every single minute of the day. But put on top of the idea that having a baby can make your household more likely to generate waste that harms the environment and the stress will pile on tenfold!
However, being able to stay eco-friendly doesn’t have to be impossible. Sure, it’ll take a bit of thinking, but if you really would like a green routine for your baby, it’ll be manageable! And that’s what this post is here to help with. There are plenty of ways to ensure your newborn’s routine will be as eco-friendly as can be, and we’ve listed some of the most important things to think about below for you.
Think About Diapers
Diapers are the biggest sore spot in trying to run a green routine for your newborn. After all, you’re going to go through hundreds (and potentially thousands) of them, and when you’re not using cloth diapers to keep your baby clean, that’ll generate a lot of waste. And not only that but throw-away diapers are made of material that can take a long time to break down and decompose.
You might even find yourself spending over $1500 on buying diapers and baby wipes and bags to store all the dirty items in – that doesn’t seem all that sustainable! However, using cloth diapers is seen as the best alternative, as you’ll only have to spend money on a reusable kit once, and then wash them again and again without needing to chuck them out and wait over 500 years for the waste to disappear back into the earth.
Biodegradable diapers are also an item to think about; they’ll take far less time to decompose, but they can be a bit more pricey per diaper. Yet, whatever you feel is best for your baby and budget, go with that option. Some parents don’t feel able to simply take off the diaper and wash it, and using biodegradable items instead helps put their minds at rest.
Buy Toys, Clothes, and Equipment Second Hand
When it comes to outfitting the nursery for your child, you’re going to want to buy second-hand as much as possible. Not only will this help you save on money, but it’ll also help you stay ethical in your buying choices. You’ll be helping out local parents by offloading their old stuff, and you’ll be able to give your baby just as good items as those you might’ve bought from the shop.
(Of course, some items must be bought new, such as cleanliness items and food products. But that still gives you a lot of leeway!)
So ask around. See if you know any other parents nearby who have old toys and clothes you’d love to purchase and put a notice out on social media to get the word out. Don’t worry, if you phrase it just right, you’ll come across as perfectly polite and friendly – for example, just ask if anyone is looking to unload old baby stuff and make sure you mention you’re very happy to pay.
Aside from this, you can also join local parenting groups where people regularly post about their hand-me-downs, or you can join a general sell and swap group. Simply tap in something like ‘Mommy Group’ or ‘Baby Stuff’ into the search bar and see if there are groups local to you. Join as many as you can for a better host of deals, and then take your search to Google itself.
Because it’s not just social media where you can score a deal. Sites like Gumtree, or Craigslist, can also help you to find gently used baby items that’ll be a big help to you. Just type ‘second-hand baby stuff’ into the search bar and then work your way through each result.
Try Not to Panic During Uncertain Moments
Having a newborn in the house will be filled with uncertain moments. You’ll wake up in the middle of the night to hear them crying and wonder if it’s a medical issue. You’ll notice they don’t want to eat a certain food they usually love and think maybe something is wrong with their stomach. And of course, you’ll fret night and day over whether they’re too warm or cold, and if they need taking out or putting down for a nap right now. There’s a lot to worry about, but you should never let yourself panic!
Because when you panic, you’re likely to rush out to the supermarket and buy a lot of things you think might help. But this is simply unneeded in most situations. After all, when it comes to the quandary of will lost baby hair grow back, you really don’t need to worry, as baby hair falls out a lot!
So do some research before wasting your money by investing in any creams or lotions you simply don’t need and will never use. Take the less is more approach; falling into this brief trap of consumerism is super easy, of course, but it’s always best to stop and think, and consult an actual professional before you take any action.
Invest in Eco-Friendly Skincare
Your baby’s skin requires quite a lot of care during the first year of their life. Of course, during their first week of life, their skin is going to be wrinkly and covered in a fine film, and you simply have to wait for this to peel off. But after this period, it’s a good idea to look into gentle lotions and creams for bath time and bedtime, while also ensuring the companies you shop with are eco friendly.
Indeed, babies don’t even need to be bathed all that frequently, simply thanks to how little they do! They won’t be covered in dirt from a long day, and that means you can save filling up the little bathtub, which saves on both water use and the bill behind it. Seeing as you only need to bathe your baby 2 to 3 times a week, to avoid stripping their skin of essential oils, you can simply use a gentle cleanser to give their face and diaper area a quick and effective wash every day.
Aside from this, do some research into the most popular creams, balms, and shampoos on the market. Who makes them? What are their green policies? And what alternatives are out there? If you know who you’re buying from, the power is put back into your hands, and you’ll feel much better about your choices.
Are You Ready for a More Green Newborn Routine?
You’ve got a new baby on the way, and you want to be sure you’re not contributing to CO2 emissions any more than you have to – that’s fine! After all, it can be easy to manage when you’ve put the prep work in, and you’re sure you’re ready for the slight lack of convenience disposable products would otherwise grant you.
And if you really believe in a green future, this is a great way to get your little one started early as well. Raise them to know that eco-friendly ideas can be easily adapted and they’ll go on for the rest of their life following your example. In the meantime, your newborn will be very comfortable in a reusable diaper!