Green baby products are hard to come by but this list of the best sustainable baby products will help you figure out green living with a baby.
Being a soon-to-be or a new parent can be both an amazing and stressful time in your life. You want your baby to feel safe and secure, loved and content. And at the same time, no new parent wants to fight with the products they’re using or with their conscience for using those products.
For parents concerned about the products they use with their baby being both eco-friendly, non-toxic, and completely safe for both their baby and themselves, finding green baby products is one of the most important things in their mind.
Green Baby Products
Reusable Baby Wipes
Baby wipes touch some of the most sensitive areas of your baby, which means most parents want to know they are entirely safe before using them. In this case, reusable baby wipes are the far safer option. This is not to say that conventionally made baby wipes are not safe, and in fact, there are great brands out there like WaterWipes that appeal to the want of parents to find safe and chemical-free options. However, most will contain ingredients that you likely do not know much about. Reusable baby wipes likely will not.
Washable baby wipes may seem like a new idea but they really are not. Before the advent of disposable wipes, new mothers simply used washcloths with soap and warm water. This is still an option for those who want to go truly minimal on their diapering accessories. For others who shy away from disposables but do not want to use regular washcloths, reusable wipes such as these are a great option.
Like disposable baby wipes, disposable diapers are full of chemicals that touch sensitive areas. Diapers, however, may be worse in that they touch your baby’s skin far longer than a simple baby wipe does. The best green baby product you can use in this case is cloth diapers.
However, cloth diapering does require a lot of work so you will want to take the time to decide whether or not cloth diapering is right for your family. Once you have done that, if you decide to use cloth, all you need to do next is decide which type of cloth diapers would work best for your family! There are types out there for every budget and every need, and even cloth diaper laundry services to save you time and energy.
Cotton Baby Wrap
Having a baby sling is a great way to free up your hands while still giving your infant the snuggle time they need, however, not all slings are made equal. For the new mom, opting for a 100% cotton baby sling is the best option. Not only will it be strong enough to hold the weight of your growing baby, but it will also be soft against their skin. For the best green option, try to choose one that is made with organic cotton and untreated with chemicals that may be toxic to your baby’s skin.
Infant dinnerware such as plates and utensils are important for your baby to have even if they can not feed themselves. This is, after all, how they will learn to do so. However, plastic dinnerware can contain toxins such as BPA that can be very harmful to your baby. Instead, choose the greener option and go with products made with organic bamboo.
Natural Nursing Pads
Reusable nursing pads and reusable facial cleansing pads tend to look about the same and be about the same size. No matter what you call them though, they are the perfect option for a new green Mommy. Since they will be touching such a sensitive part of your own body that may be feeding your new little one, it is important to keep any potential toxins away from that area.
When you use an organic reusable option, you are taking the extra step to make sure that the product is safe. Reusable nursing pads are just one more way for you to do that for both you and your baby.
Reusable Cloth Postpartum Pads
As if labor and delivery were not hard enough, postpartum recovery can often be just as hard on a woman’s body. Fluctuating hormone levels can often lead to excessive fatigue, depression, and of course, very heavy bleeding. For the green mom, a feminine pad that is filled with things such as flame retardant chemicals is not an option they are comfortable using. For these moms, reusable cloth postpartum pads may be the answer.
These pads are typically made with an absorbent core called Zorb and covered with soft fabric. Because they are a postpartum pad, they will be thicker and more absorbent than the typical cloth pad.
Being a new mom while keeping a mind for living a greener life is doable. It can be time-consuming to research new products though so it is better to do as much of the research as possible before your baby comes. This will also give you a chance to touch and test your new products to decide if that particular one is right for you. And remember, Facebook parenting groups are *usually* full of great information if you need suggestions.
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