The arrival of a new baby in the house brings in a lot of happiness. But as you adapt yourselves to your new lifestyle as parents there’s one concern that gnaws at you if you have been a particularly environment-friendly family. Along with all the new changes in your routine comes a huge pile of waste that can go out of hand if not planned and controlled in the right manner. Yes, even a tiny new human life is capable of generating an alarming amount of landfill waste!
We human beings have an affinity towards consuming in excess. Shrewd marketing techniques of manufacturers ensures that we are led to believe that you simply must own what they sell in order to make both yours and your baby’s life comfortable.
However, you can avoid that kind of excess spending if you’ve made up your mind on raising a zero-waste baby. Here’s everything you need to know in order to do it:
- Communicate to your family and friends even before you have your baby that you intend to raise a zero-waste baby and therefore you would appreciate if they do not insist on gifting the baby with new toys and clothes. It can be a tad difficult to convince excited grandparents and family members who would love to see the baby’s smile when they indulge them with gifts. So, you could probably offer them to present gift vouchers instead that can be used for making sensible purchases by you or alternatively get pre-owned clothes, toys, and other items for the baby’s use.
- Buying toys and gadgets for your baby can be tricky since most of them are made of plastic. Make sure that you buy them sparingly, since it is quite easy to land up with a big load of plastic waste otherwise. Instead, let your baby use hand-me-downs. The same goes for clothes. Babies outgrow their clothes at a fast pace. Buying too many new clothes is not really a good idea. Hand-me-downs work perfectly here since these used garments end up being very soft and gentle on the tender baby skin.
- Billions of disposable diapers are added to landfills throughout the year, creating millions of tons of waste. The best reusable item that you could use for your baby is a cotton cloth diaper. Wash them in a single wash cycle of hot water and natural detergent with a cold rinse and hang them out to dry in the sun to get bleached. Soft cotton is best for baby’s delicate skin.
- The next culprit for creating excess waste is the disposable baby wipes. Those toxic pieces of paper end up clogging sewers and damaging eco-systems. However, we still seem to think that they are indispensable. Cotton cloth wipes serve the purpose equally well and they can be washed along with the cloth nappies.
- Use natural products for the baby. For instance, a commercially produced diaper rash cream can easily be substituted with organic coconut oil. The same goes for medicines. Instead of immediately resorting to high dose medications resort to tried and tested home-remedies passed down by our grannies and mothers.
- Make your own baby food. Fresh homemade baby food made with organic products is full of natural goodness and supplements for all the vital nutrients that your baby needs. Do away with commercial baby foods that come out of bottles and cans.
- Whether you breastfeed or prefer formula feeding, at some point eventually you will require a bottle. Stay away from the plastic bottles. Glass bottles are a good option but need to be handled with care. Instead, opt for a stainless-steel bottle. These are sturdy and easy to clean. Circle Shop’s Baby Bottle is made from the best quality of stainless steel and has smooth edges. It is the best reusable and environmentally friendly option in feeding bottles.