If you’re a mum or dad, you will want to do everything possible to look after your baby’s health. Personal choices that are good for your child and for the planet is an investment in their future.
“No parent can do everything, but every parent can do something” says Christopher Gavigan of Healthy Child Healthy World. The most important thing is to cultuivate an awareness of “the products we use in our home, the foods we buy, the toys our children play with, all can affect the health of our family.”
As you furnish your home for your baby think beyond covering electric sockets and safety gates. Switch to non-toxic, environmentally friendly household cleaners. Remember your garden too and use natural pest control.
Start to buy organic foods. It’s easy to do this at baby stage with products like Babynat or Ella’s Kitchen, but getting used to cooking with organic food will put you in practice for the years to come.
You can also limit exposure by thinking about organic toiletries and choosing naturally dyed organic fabrics for clothing and furniture. Toys and books can be made from untreated wood, paper, organic fabric or metal, materials that are non-toxic and safe for a baby to chew on.
More natural less plastic
Many baby bottles, rattles, and bath toys are made from plastic. Whenever possible opt for glass, nonleaded ceramic, wooden or stainless steel alternatives. The most eco- and baby-friendly are bioplastics, which are made from corn and other substances. Check the labelling.
The bottom line
The typical child goes through 8,000 nappies before they are toilet trained. That’s a lot of landfill – where they will remain for the next 200 to 500 years before they decompose. You could choose other nappies: disposable nappies that are chlorine and perfume-free, or dual-layer “hybrid” nappies with a washable, reusable outer layer, and a biodegradable inner.
“You can’t do everything, but you can do something” – a few steps toward a greener environment can have a positive impact on your baby’s health and will limit your impact on the planet your children and their children will inherit.