Bringing up a Green Baby
Having a baby requires major lifestyle adjustments, but not all of them need to take their toll on the environment. A slew of new eco-friendly products are available to keep families in 'green' style. Look for products like organic baby food, unbleached cotton diapers, or brightly colored toys made from recycled plastic.
Many eco-conscious families want to cut down on disposable waste and limit their baby's exposure to chemicals and possible allergens, but finding the right products, like eco-friendly diapers, can be a real challenge. Some cities offer cloth diaper services (which for a fee, will pick-up and launder dirty diapers and deliver fresh ones to your home), but for those without this handy service, organic cotton cloth diapers or disposable diapers can be used. Enterprising moms can use cloth diapers and disposables interchangeably. Seventh Generation's disposable diapers are made without latex and chlorine bleach, and Nature Boy & Girl disposable diapers are made with a corn-based backing that is biodegradable. Tushies also makes a great disposable diaper.
Another eco-friendly option comes in the form of green baby products, which are made with ingredients and often sport eco-friendly packaging made with post-consumer waste. California Baby makes an extensive line of personal care products with baby's sensitive skin in mind, and other web-only stores sell a variety of natural baby care products in one convenient place, like www.organicbebe.com.
One of the easiest 'green' changes to make is to switch to organic baby food. Several organic brands are available nationwide, like Earth's Best and Gerber Tender Harvest. You can also find organic dairy or soy formula made by Nature's One.
And, to keep your little one looking stylish, several clothing companies are making blankets, hats, clothes, and baby sheets from pure, organic cotton. Try the goods at Sage Creek Naturals, Banjo Organic Wear, SDH, or by Our Green Home, all of which offer online ordering.