Everyone wants to give his or her baby the best possible start in life.  To me, that means healthy, green living with minimal chemical exposure, fresh food and lots of love.

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Babies use approximately 6,000 diapers before toilet training. That’s a lot of diapers in the landfill where they take 200-500 years to decompose. Hence the debate over disposable vs. cloth, which takes water, energy and chemicals to wash. Cloth diapers (and now bamboo) have been shown to have a lower environmental impact. With today’s busy families, however, many prefer the convenience of disposables.  If so, use chlorine free (from Seventh Generation or Earth’s Best) or hybrid diapers, which have removable inserts that can safely biodegrade when flushed.  Take the in between approach and use a combination of both.  You’ll at least cut back a bit on the amount of diapers that end up in the landfill.

Rightly so, there has been much concern lately over toxic baby bottles, or plastic polycarbonate bottles that leach dangerous levels of bisphenol-A (BPA).  BPA is a synthetic chemical that that mimics natural hormones and is dangerous especially when heated.  Glass or BPA-free baby bottles are a much safer alternative.

Feeding your baby fresh organic food is easy to make yourself.  After preparing, freeze in ice cube trays and use as needed.  For those times when you need the convenience of prepared food, there are several varieties of organic and fresh frozen now on the market.

For baby skin care products, use organic, natural ingredients that are free of dyes and perfumes.  Babies already smell good and certainly don’t need products with harmful synthetic chemicals.  Babies spend a lot of time indoors; safe indoor air quality with good ventilation is crucial.  Non-toxic cleaning products are a must.  Make sure you use green laundry detergents and beware of outgassing from synthetic fabrics in carpeting, upholstery and clothes.

Go with organic cotton or wooden nursery toys, a throwback to the past and safer than plastic since babies put everything into their mouth.  Cute organic cotton clothing and bedding can now be found in baby stores!

It’s wonderfully gratifying knowing you are doing the right thing by your baby.  Enjoy!

Information compiled from thedailygreen.com, greenliving.about.com and treehugger.com.


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