Preparing for baby - Kiwi mums share their top ten eco-friendly tips
Becoming a parent is often a time for reflecting on the wonderful natural world we are bringing our children into. It's an opportunity to think about our impact on the environment and assess our choices in babycare and running the household for our family. We asked our readers what eco-friendly advice they’d give to their friends starting off in parenthood. Here are the top ten:
- Re-usable (cloth) nappies, wipes and nappy bags. They go through so many of these it’s great to be able to reuse them rather than powering through disposables. Even using one cloth nappy a day can make a difference Handy Hint: Colour code so you don’t mix up bottom and face wipes
- Reusable cloth breast pads, old-school cloth nappies for change pads and burp cloths
- Don’t forget you can even get reusable swim nappies and post partum cloth pads
- Breastfeed if you can
- Hand me down quality clothes are a good option too
- Conserve money before having baby!
- Buy as much for bubba as you can from a charity. It's being reused and benefits the charity.
- Wooden/recycled plastic toys
- When they get to the solids stage, you can use food wraps instead of plastic bags, reusable pouches instead of store bought etc.
- Choose to gift experiences with your kids instead of new toys