1. Buy used
Stop into your local consignment store and trade outgrown items for other used things. Babies and kids grow so fast that many times the items are barely used. It’s a true win-win for the planet and your pocket. (Also check out some eco-friendly items here.)
2. Cloth Diapers
The verdict is definitely in: cloth diapers will save you tons of money. There’s a bit of a learning curve and we’ll have a post on that shortly, but know that cloth diapers are the way to go. Hands down and bums in the air, here’s our favorite organic cloth diaper.
Most of us know by now, breast is best. And, formula can get super expensive. So mamas, be determined to nurse. The first few weeks are far from easy and the solution to dry, cracked nipples is to, well, nurse more. Unless you have a medical condition, you can continue to nurse, and there’s plenty of support to help you along the way. (Our favorites: La Leche League and KellyMom.)
Here’s a cool infographic with some serious stats (see the entire article here, it’s worth a read):
4. Spend now, save later
In some instances, you may have to spend a little more upfront to reap the benefits later (case in point: #2 cloth diapers). This happens from time to time, because part of being green is buying quality products that last. No worries — we’ll let you know what’s worth an occasional splurge!
No, not the app. There is nothing more valuable and precious than spending one-on-one time with your child. An infant doesn’t need toys – he needs your touch and warmth. A toddler doesn’t need electronic toys or TV – he’s discovering his world with you by being outside or playing with safe household items. Connecting with your child in this way is priceless (um, literally), and you’ll cherish these moments forever.
About the Author
Jen Brady — Chief Green Mama
Mom of two. Wife of one. Holistic nutritional consultant. Amateur biohacker. Guide of the Green Yourself Pregnancy Challenge. Author of the Green Your Baby Registry Guide.
I'm wild about pregnancy and babies (in a sane way) and I need to steer you away from harsh chemicals and hormone disruptors. Stick with me to keep it lean and green.
“I’d like some breast milk with a side of toxins.”
— said no baby, ever.
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