Stop and think about how many diapers you throw away a day. Now consider how many products you use for your baby and how many of them are made of plastic. Plastic that can leach harmful chemicals to your baby and to the environment once exposed of. This list of products is adding up.
Living a sustainable life means changing all aspects of your life, even your children’s products. A sustainable baby is a happier and healthier baby. Here’s some baby Eco-friendly products to start your baby off on an Eco-friendly life.
Cloth diapers are not the only way to go sustainable with your diaper choice. Biodegradable diapers made from bamboo or other plant-based options are not only good for the environment, but also soft on babies’ sensitive skin. Bamboo diapers, like the ones from Eco Pea, are hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested to guarantee their comfort for your children’s sensitive skin.
Bamboo diapers are 100% biodegradable and take about 75 days to decompose.
Want to stick to a brand name you know and trust? Pampers has a line of all-natural, plant-based diapers known as Pampers Pure. They work just as well as their other diapers but in an Eco-friendlier way. Although this a better alternative than regular pampers, they are not completely biodegradable as they still contain polypropylene, polyethylene, and polyester.
For this reason, I highly recommend reading the materials list of diapers that claim to be biodegradable. Here’s a list of biodegradable diapers for you.
Biodegradable Baby Wipes
It can take up to 100 years for standard baby wipes to decompose. Whereas bamboo baby wipes, like the ones from Aleva, can biodegrade in as little as 21 days. Plant based baby wipes, like the ones from Mum & You, biodegrade in 15 days even in landfills. These wipes come in 100% recyclable packaging and are soft yet durable.
When searching for sustainable baby wipes, look at the materials used to produce the product to ensure there is zero plastic. Not all wipes are created equal either, look here for a list of pros and cons of some of my favorite biodegradable baby wipes.
Eco-Friendly Baby Bottles
Plastic baby bottles are commonly used without any sort of look into what they are made of. Lots of them contain BPA, which is a chemical used to harden the plastic that can have adverse effects on the brains of children.
Stainless steel baby bottles offer a light weight, non-chemical leaching option for parents. They are a good insulator, meaning they keep the milk warm for your child. These bottles last a long time and are recyclable at the end of their life.
However, stainless steel can dent easily and isn’t see through, so it is difficult to judge how much your baby has drank. They can’t be microwaved and can leach heavy metals such as nickel and chromium. These metals are present in our everyday lives and are only harmful at high levels. Although, you can boil your stainless steel bottle in vinegar multiple times before using it to prevent this leaching from happening since vinegar draws the nickel out.
Look here for some of my favorite stainless steel bottles.
Glass baby bottles leach no chemicals or heavy metals and are easy to clean. You can see through them to ensure your baby is getting the correct amount of milk and most are microwave safe.
Glass is heavy and easily breakable. You can get a silicone sleeve to go around it to help with durability. Most baby bottle glasses are made with reinforced glass, so they are durable to start with.
Look here for sustainable baby bottle options.
To go with the bottle, consider using natural rubber nipples or silicone ones.
Wooden teethers are an all-natural, biodegradable, chemical free, durable option. The wood is just soft enough for teething babies but also strong enough not to break off in their mouth. They can be heavy though and are not dishwasher safe.
100% natural rubber teethers are made from a renewable, biodegradable resource. They are gentle on your babies teeth. A very popular natural rubber teether is Sophie la girafe. Other options like Hevea work well too.
A frozen fruit teether can be made at home. Cut up some bananas or mangoes and place them in a mesh feeder for a healthy, gum numbing option.
Washcloth teethers are simple and easy. Wet an organic cotton washcloth and/or place it in the freezer for a minute to give your baby a cheap, yet sustainable teether.
Sustainably Packaged Baby Wash
Zero waste baby wash can be good not only for your baby’s skin, but also the environment. Companies like Ethique sell a multipurpose wash for kids that comes in the form of a bar in completely compostable packaging.
Also look for products with recycle packaging if you are not interested in using a bar, or companies like Puracy which offer refillable containers. Once you’ve used all the wash simply order a refill pouch that saves on plastic, water, and energy.
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