Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Greener Babies Guide


Everyone's idea of what is "green" will be slightly different, however if like me you wanted to try and use natural and gentle products where possible and reduce your environmental impact hopefully some of my recommendations below will be helpful.

Useful Posts:

Change bag Essentials (For the first few weeks)

Why I use Cloth Nappies

Pregnancy

I recommend using simple and gentle products as much as possible during pregnancy. Natural moisturisers and oils are perfect for throughout pregnancy to support a growing belly. I used brands that had minimal essential oils and that were blended specifically for pregnancy:

Shop my favourites:

Nom Nom Skincare Relax oil - Pregnancy safe relaxing essential oils make this body oil beautifully relaxing.

Weleda Stretch Mark massage oil - A gorgeous oil that nurtures the skin and leaves it feeling hydrated and comfortable.


I tried not to splash out on lot's of maternity wear that will only be used for a short time. I picked a few key pieces from Ethical brands and made do mostly with what I already had in my wardrobe.

Shop my favourites:
Bravado Seamless nursing bra - (Review) A brilliant maternity and nursing bra, durable and can be turned in to a normal bra when you are finished with it, making it last longer.

Organic and Ethical nursing and maternity wear from Frugi - I particularly love the wrap tops which can be used throughout pregnancy and for nursing afterwards.


Baby

Babies use a lot of their equipment for a short period of time and they grow out of clothes rapidly. It's good for the planet and your wallet to source things second hand where possible, I found lot's of my friends where keen to pass things on and swap items. Magazines and baby retailers will tell you that you need lot's of baby items that likely will never be used. Here are some of the items I personally found pointless and avoided:

Plastic baby bath - These are made from plastic and only used for a matter of weeks. We used our sink until baby was bigger and then we switched to the main bath.

Bottle warmer - A glass jug hot water is perfect for heating up expressed breast milk and if you formula feed they recommend you make up the feeds fresh anyway.

A bumbo chair - We had one of these for baby number one, not only did he scream blue murder every time we put him in it, but he grew out of it fast. This time round we had a simple second hand bouncy chair, cheap and cheerful.

Below is a list of things I did find useful for Baby Green:


Beaming baby - Eco friendly disposable nappies. Kinder on babies skin and better for the environment, I found these perfect for taking to hospital and the first few weeks before we started using cloth.


SnuzPod Bedside crib - (Review) Brilliant for breastfeeding mothers and getting more sleep. I really like that this brand uses safe natural materials for their mattresses and bedding. Great bedding options available in organic cotton too.

SnuzPod Bedding Set - This sweet little bedding set is gender neutral and perfect for the SnuzPod. We loved the cloud design.


Mam Glass feeding bottles - I prefer to avoid glass baby bottles because plastic can degrade and leach some of it's chemical components in to the milk, especially as they are heated. These glass baby bottles are safe, durable and I use them for feeding expressed breast milk.

For clothing I tried to use second hand where possible and when purchased things new I tried to use organic and ethical brands. I found these Organic baby vests great for everyday staples.

Cheeky Wipes Reusable Wipes kit - These wipes are the perfect kit for anyone already using cloth nappies. They are easy to use and save £££'s compared to disposable wipes, as well as being much better for the planet, just think of all the wipes and plastic packages saved from landfill!!

Skincare Favourites:

Petit Pai Body Lotion and Body wash - Gorgeous wash and lotion, perfect for babies sensitive skin. Organic and Vegan.

Green People Scent free Mum and baby balm - Perfect as a nipple cream for mum and as a dry skin balm for baby, this is one of my favourites because it is so versatile.

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