An easy guide to green parenting

Did you know that even the tiniest of babies can leave behind a carbon footprint? We all are very much aware of the perils of global warming and the environmental dangers that the earth is facing. There are loads of products that are causing a landfill and impacting the efficiency of the environment.

In this two part post, we will acquaint you the environmental hazards that we are facing and possible solutions that we can incorporate to get rid of the same. As a parent, it is important that you incorporate these small changes that can make a big difference in your lifestyle that will help to minimise the environmental hazards.

Following these simple steps will ensure that you minimise the wastage.

Go easy on the diaper

Yes, we do agree that this is a boon for most parents allowing them uninterrupted hours of sleep through the night and of course reducing the number of diaper changes that they need to carry out in a day. There has long been a debate on what is better – a cloth diaper or a disposable diaper. While both of them have their own benefits, it is a known fact that the number of disposable diapers that contribute to the landfill is staggering, and it is just growing as the years pass by! A diaper takes anywhere between 250 – 500 years to decompose completely.

Possible Solution: If you considering of ways to lessen or minimise the environmental impact, consider switching over to cloth diapers for at least half the day so that the number of diapers you use in lesser!

Reduce the use of wipes ‘

Wipes are the second product that has a major presence in landfills. Some wipes also contain artificial fragrances that are not good for the baby’s tender skin. Most of the times parents use wipes by the dozen to clean the baby. A baby’s skin is tender and close to 60% of the products that you apply or use on the baby’s skin is absorbed, so make a conscious decision about what you want to use on your little one.

Possible Solution: You can choose to cut small cotton squares and dip them in warm water with a drop of antiseptic to wipe your baby clean or opt for washable wipes. Wash the baby directly under running water to save usage of cotton wipes.

Reuse and Recycle

Most parents want to give the best of everything to their children. Right from the strollers, the sling bags, the diaper bags, cribs, beds and more. But the fact is that most kids grow out of these products quickly. If you have an older child, the best thing to do is store the products that the older child may have outgrown for the younger sibling. The other option is to buy a select set of merchandise that you will actually need, no matter how beautiful or tempting they may look!

Possible Solution: Donate the products that your little one may have outgrown to places that may have requirements for them. Remember that reusing in an efficient way of recycling.

Go easy on the power consumption

As kids grow, so do the wants. Toys are quickly replaced by electronic gadgets, tablets, video games, iPods and other things that work on electricity. A good way to ensure that the kids utilise the gadgets efficiently is to give them the devices at predefined times so that there is no addiction associated with it. Teach the kids that it is not safe to be glued into such devices because it can affect the eyes.

Possible Solution: Ensure that the children switch off all electronic devices completely when it is not in use. Gadgets in standby mode also consume electricity. Ensuring this can save money on electricity bills.

Diapers, wipes, toys, games and video games and other accessories and equipment’s cause a landfill that can take hundreds of years to degrade. As parents, it is important that you lead as an example and show children the importance of taking lighter steps on earth and contributing towards lessening the carbon footprints.

Yes, a small change can make a huge difference. Share with us ways you advocate green parenting!

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