New parents often have a myriad of different questions on their minds. How to make sure your child is satisfied and healthy, what is positive parenting, and so on. In the desire to answer your questions we are talking about a specific issue – green parenting!
One of the things that are getting increasingly popular for a lot of young parents is green parenting. Parents may see it as a way to contribute to the protection of the planet, but also as a way to keep their children healthy and finally save money.
Here you can read about cool baby stuff that is labeled as green. Wishing to help you out, we prepared a list of 10 tips on how you can raise your child in an environmentally friendly way.
Going Green as Part of Positive Parenting
Ecological parenting is often seen as an aspect of positive parenting. This is because you are not only protecting the planet but also raising another human being to be conscious of the significance of this issue. In case you haven’t heard about it so far, it is important to say that positive parenting is a concept based on the idea that it is essential to emphasize positive things in a child's behavior.
Diapers are part of necessary baby equipment, and there is no way you avoid them for at least a year and a half. But if you choose other types of parenting, you don’t need to use standard disposable diapers. The good thing about cloth diapers is that you can use them often, but you need to wash them after each use. If you are not comfortable with those, you can use other types of diapers that are more eco-friendly as part of your parenting plan.
There are many organic baby products. More and more manufacturers are making natural products for babies because awareness of the significance of protecting the environment rises. When they are choosing organic clothes for babies, they usually opt for those made of cotton.
Natural Laundry Detergents
When you buy clothes made of natural materials, it is good to get also natural detergents and laundry softeners. They are hypoallergenic, thus good for the baby, and they are eco-friendly as well. Many options are available on the market, and reliable and known manufacturers produce many.
When you are thinking about feeding and peaceful parenting, keep in mind that there isn't anything better than breastfeeding. Breast milk is the healthiest food for your little one in the first months. At the same time, there isn't anything that is more eco-friendly. Additionally, it is super cost-effective.
Many mothers need to go back to work within a couple of months after childbirth. If this is the case, you are looking for a way to provide your kid with breast milk when you are away. The best option is to use a pump that has silicone cups.
Turn Off the Gadgets
One of the tips you can find in many parenting books is to limit the use of laptops, smartphones, and other gadgets. It is also good to talk with kids about the impact they have on the environment and why it is important to switch them off sometimes.
The good thing about baby food is that it comes in glass jars. Glass is a good material because you can recycle it endlessly. To make sure that you are 100% organic, you can try to buy veggies and fruit from local farmers and make baby food at home.
Keep the Air Fresh
This is very important for you and your child as well as the planet. There are plenty of house plants that can help you enjoy clean and fresh air in your home. Some of these are peace lilies, Transvaal daisies, and so on.
Baby Care Products
The most important parenting skills is to keep your baby happy and healthy. Baby care products are essential for this, and you need to make sure to use all-natural, hypoallergenic products. Forget all that you heard from big-name manufacturers and look for the simple natural soap like Castile soap.
It might seem that all toys are made of plastic now, but it isn't true. Many toys are made of wood, wool, rubber, and other natural materials. A lot of manufacturers who have in mind positive parenting do make environmentally friendly toys.
There are a lot of aspects of positive parenting – becoming more ecological is just one of them. Going or staying green when you are a parent protects both the environment and your child. It also teaches children about the value and ways of protecting the planet. Do you know some things parents can do to stay green?
Written by Betti Wilson
About the Author
Betti Wilson is a parent, journalist, and environmentalist. She has been writing about ecology and different issues related to the protection of the planet for more than ten years. With several other friends, she is creating a sustainable communal garden.
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