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Q&A: Eco-friendly parenting?

I'm all about going green... Now that I have a baby, what else can I do to take care of the environment?

Re: I'm all about going green... Now that I have a baby, what else can I do to take care of the environment?

The Bump Expert

We like that question! Here are some tips to get you started...

[  ] Make your own baby food. (Wash your fruits and veggies, steam or boil, throw 'em in the blender, hit puree, strain, and serve!) Not your scene? Try organic store-bought versions. You'll find a ton of options from Gerber and Earth's Best on the shelves, or hit the freezer section for a frozen baby meal from Plum Organics or the Brooklyn-based Happy Baby. (Frozen baby foods may have more nutrients intact.)

[  ] Use non-toxic cleaners, and take measures to avoid contact. Dilute your chosen suds (non-toxic or not), give all surfaces a clean-water rinse after scrubbing, wash sponges and cloths thoroughly, and allow the area a few hours of ventilation.

[  ] Try an earth-friendly sling made of organic cotton and hemp. (Crops of hemp enrich the soil and decrease run-off.)

[  ] Buy toys made from organic fibers, wood, or other natural materials. Can't avoid the influx of plastics? Just be sure to donate them when baby's done -- many major hospitals accept used toys made of hard plastics.

[  ] As for the diaper: Cloth or disposable? It's a tricky question, and some moms are even getting fed up and going diaper-free! (We aren't so brave.) Check out gDiapers -- this new company makes a biodegradable, flushable insert that fits inside a breathable liner.

The Bump Editors

re: Q: Eco-Friendly Parenting?

For earth-friendly and socially responsible products search www.greenpages.org. You can search by category and there are lots of online retailers that provide organic and natural products.

Athena2375 |

re: Q: Eco-Friendly Parenting?

I just tried Gdiapers - you can now buy them at Whole Foods and I believe they are less expensive there than on the web site. They take a little more work, but aren't too bad. Even if you just throw the insert away it's better than throwing out regular disposible diapers. Worth a try!

K&A2005 |

re: Q: Eco-Friendly Parenting?

I recommend BuyGreen.com for natural products. They ship all over the US and to Canada too. All products are rated by their Green Standards according to the impact each product has on the environment, plus none of their products are tested on animals or contain harmful chemicals.

Blkshoegrl |

Q&A: Eco-friendly parenting?

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daniette1 |