We all want to do the best for our children and here on ‘Bean On An Adventure’, we like to try to do the best for our planet too. As a new parent there are many choices to be made and different reasons for making them.
As many do, I spent most of my pregnancy researching and gathering together the things that I thought would be right for my child and the planet. Ten months on and I thought I’d share with you ten of the best eco-friendly items Bean and I use.
- Tots Bots Bamboozles – There are many types of reusable nappies out there and they are a big investment at the time but they are so much better for the environment, even when you take the extra washing into account, and they will save you money in the long run. Tots Bots Bamboozles, two-part nappy system works for us. They are affordable, made in the UK, come in lovely designs and colours, wash well and are super absorbent.
- Ecover Mutli Action Spray – With babies around, clean surfaces don’t last long. I want my surfaces to be clean and hygienic without the chemicals and Ecover does this with the power of plants. Great products and very affordable.
- Bio D Washing Powder – This isn’t cheap washing powder, but it’s not the most expensive either. I only use it for the nappies. I use an Ecoegg for the rest of my washing. Bio D washing powder gets the nappies clean and fresh without using harsh chemicals. Perfect!
- Naty Eco-Wash – I started out using organic soap and shampoo for Beany and it’s great stuff when they are really tiny and have delicate skin, but a cheaper option is Naty Eco-wash, at half the price. It’s effective, gentle and better for the environment. You can get a good lather with this wash and it’s all based on biodegradable products.
- Cheeky Wipes – There are lots of different reusable wipes out there, in fact you could make your own. I use cheeky wipes as they were recommended to me by a friend. They are made in the UK, wash well and last a long time. Reusable wipes will definitely save you money.
- The Library – You can borrow books for your little ones and for yourself to while away those sleepless nights. The library has lots of information available about community groups and will often have a baby rhyme time group you can go to, to entertain your little one and get you out the house.
- Organic Coconut Oil – This stuff is so versatile. I buy ours from cheeky wipes, but again it’s available in lots of different places including your local health food store. You can use it as a reusable wipe solution, a bottom cream and a general skin cream. It has many uses.
- Kathe Kruse Teething Ring Doll – I get so frustrated with plastic toys! If I buy plastic then I buy second-hand to avoid new plastic. Teething rings are often made of some sort of plastic. Kathe Kruse teething rings are wooden and come with a lovely little doll attached. Bean loves hers and it was given to us by a friend. What’s not to love?
- Vest Extenders – Help you get the extra wear out of baby vests. Babies grow so quick and these extenders mean the vests will go a bit further, especially if you’re using cloth nappies.
- Hand-Me-Downs – These are the most eco-friendly way to do things. Buy second-hand and use hand-me-downs. It’s good for your pocket and for the planet, and once you’ve finished with them, share the love, give back to charity or hand on down to another family member.
These are just ten of the items we’ve found essential in our first ten months together and you may have discovered better options, items that are better still for the environment or work well for you. We’d love to hear what those are, so don’t forget to let us know in the comments below!