It is a fact that the effects of global climate change are more evident now and are gradually affecting the lives of children. According to UNICEF, approximately 1 billion children are at an extremely high risk of being exposed to the impacts of the climate crisis—accelerated rise in sea level, warmer temperatures, intense droughts and heatwaves, and more.
While it is a common desire to provide the utmost care for their children, parents can start by helping improve the quality of life on Earth. The question is, how?
What is Green Parenting?
One of the things parents can do to keep their babies healthy and happy is to change their family lifestyle and rethink everyday choices. More parents are now taking a sustainable approach to raising kids, also known as green parenting.
Green parenting can be defined as a combination of eco-friendly habits and sustainable parenting methods, from breastfeeding to purchasing organic baby products. The movement toward green parenting is not just a trend to follow. It is a lifestyle guided by environmental awareness, thus protecting the well-being of children in the long run.
Easy tips on Green Parenting
There are many ways that you, as a parent, can ecologically raise a baby. If you are new to green parenting, here are easy tips to take note of and follow:
Choose reusable nappies
Diapers are the most used essential in baby care. Newborns use around five to six disposable diapers per day. While disposable diapers are common, convenient, and easy to find in the market, it is more costly and harsher on the environment. If you are going green, it is best to opt for reusable nappies. Choosing reusable cloth diapers over disposable ones is more nature-friendly, reduces the accumulation of waste in the environment, and saves your financial resources.
Enfant 2-Pack Bamboo Cloth Diaper
One brand committed to providing environmentally-friendly products is Enfant. They have selections of baby cloth diapers like the Enfant 2-Pack Bamboo Cloth Diaper made from natural bamboo cotton fabrics. It is gentle on your baby’s skin, durable, absorbent, and economical.
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your child grows healthy, but how is it a green practice? Breastfeeding has eco-friendly benefits like less waste in baby formula production.
When it comes to breastfeeding, a good quality breast pump is one of the nursing essentials new mothers must have. If you are a mom who wants comfort, flexibility, and efficiency, an option for you is the Lasinoh 2-in-1 Electric Breast Pump. Its lightweight design is also best for on-the-go mommies!
Lasinoh 2-in-1 Electric Breast Pump
Raising a baby requires doing a lot of laundry weekly. When practicing green parenting, choose baby laundry products that are organic and baby-safe. Make sure to look first at the ingredients label.
There are brands offering baby laundry detergents and fabric conditioners made from natural ingredients that are gentle on the baby's skin and will not harm the environment. Tiny Buds Natural Laundry Powder from Baby Company is an excellent example. Tiny Buds is one of the trusted Filipino brands for baby care with a line of laundry products made from natural cleaning agents free from any harsh chemicals.
Tiny Buds Natural Laundry Powder
Organic or hand-me-down clothes
Babies can grow out of their clothes fast and will sometimes only use a set of clothes for a short time. It results in a bulk of unused baby clothes and adds to fabric waste. If you are a new parent, you can ask family members or friends for hand-me-down clothes to lessen your costs on baby clothing.
There are organic choices on newborn baby clothes available in the market. Popular nowadays are clothes made with 100% organic cotton such as Enfant Organic Short Sleeves Tie-Side Shirt. Enfant also has organic cotton pants, mittens, and booties you might want to add to your list.
Enfant Organic Shortsleeves Tie-Side Shirt
Homemade baby food
Baby food preparation is another thing to consider in a sustainable family lifestyle. Making homemade baby food is cheaper and more nutritious. Instead of buying processed and pre-made baby food, why not feed your baby with organic vegetables and fruits? Baby food makers are now a staple in the solid feeding routine of babies.
Invest in quality baby food makers such as the Beaba Babycook Duo available at Baby Company stores. It is an all-in-one baby appliance that can steam, cook, blend, and reheat raw meat, fish, vegetables, or fruits in 15 minutes or less.
Beaba Babycook Duo
Start Your Journey to Sustainable Parenting
Switching to an eco-friendly parenting style takes a lot of dedication and planning. Going green is a lifestyle that serves a lifetime purpose—to improve the quality of your child’s life and save mother Earth.
There is still a lot to learn about sustainable living with babies. But now that you know a few tips in green parenting, you can start practicing a greener parenting life for a better future with Baby Company!
Drop by the Baby Company stores or shop via Babycompany.ph and discover a selection of brands with eco-friendly baby essentials!