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If you are already embracing the zero waste lifestyle, then you might be wondering how on Earth you are going to raise a baby like this too. Don’t babies need loads of stuff?
Nope! Babies, and children in general, have fairly basic needs that you can meet quite easily whilst staying zero-waste.
Both my kids were raised zero-waste and it was pretty much a breeze. I mean they were better at it than me, even when they couldn’t walk.
Disposable nappies are horrible. I don’t think I’ve got anything good to say about them. We started using cloth nappies when my eldest was brand new and carried on right through to potty training with my youngest.
We used the same set of nappies for both children and when we were done with them, I sold them on to someone else. So they are the ultimate eco-friendly baby purchase.
Once your baby has done their business in them, you chuck them in the washing machine, hang them out to dry and then use them all over again. The perfect system.
The ideal partner for cloth nappies are cloth wipes. If you are going to use cloth nappies, then you should definitely use cloth wipes too. It is actually easier.
We used cloth wipes for dirty bums, sticky hands and pretty much anything else we could think of. They are so much better at cleaning up messes than disposable wipes.
When you have used them then can go in the wash with the nappies, or any other laundry load and reused again.
Babies don’t need fancy foods. They need to wait until they are 6 months old and then be introduced to all the same foods that you eat.
You don’t need to buy “baby-friendly” foods. You serve them up whatever you are having and let them tuck in.
It is great for snacks too. We used metal and glass containers to take out snacks that we have made at home (normally leftovers) and the kids would love it.
The world is too full of baby clothes. They wear them for such a short amount of time before they outgrow them anyway.
Most secondhand baby clothes are immaculate. You can get some great bargains online and it all prevents those clothes from heading to landfill.
When you are done with them, you can pass them on or sell them on to someone else. If you think they aren’t good enough any more then cut them up and use them as wipes.
I am aware of the struggle that some women face when breastfeeding. If can’t or don’t want to then I completely understand, but I’m including it here because it is a zero waste option.
Boobies don’t come in packaging and you don’t normally need any special equipment to use them. Therefore, when it comes to feeding your newborn, they are the perfect eco-friendly choice.
Other eco-friendly options
There are plenty more eco-friendly options to consider when having a baby, so do you research a find a solution that works for your family.
Disclaimer: Remember the information you read here does not represent advice. Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you. Read the full disclaimer here.