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Top 6 tips for eco-conscious new parents

Top tips for eco-conscious new parents

Baby yamsning and lying ona  white cotton cover with a rust coloured blanket

Bringing a new baby into the world is a joyous occasion, but it also comes with the responsibility of making sustainable choices for their future. As eco-conscious parents, you can do your bit in lots of ways, from not believing every baby item is essential, to prioritising plastic-free, organic and natural options that are gentle on both your baby and the planet.

Here we offer our top tips for sustainable parenthood that are kinder on your baby, the planet and your wallet too!

Top tip no. 1: Don't be tempted get what you don't need

It seems simple, but we can often be persuaded by sophisticated advertising that we need every baby item on the market. Ask around - most people have examples of items they were persuaded to buy that have simply gone unused. Ask also for their top tips on items they genuinely found useful (and borrow them or source on a freebie sites or second-hand if you can). There are also lots of places where you can try items before you buy - baby sling workshops are a great example of these.

Top tip no. 2: Breastfeed if you can (but don't beat yourself up if you can't)

We all know the saying 'breast is best'. This is true for baby and for the environment. Breast milk has a lower environmental impact compared to formula production (which involves production, packaging and transportation). But don't beat yourself up if you are not able to breastfeed for whatever reason. There are lots of other things you can do. 

Top tip no. 3: Embrace a minimalist nursery

Designing a minimalist nursery not only creates a serene space for you and your baby but also reduces unnecessary consumption. Where you can, choose essential furniture pieces made from sustainable materials and opt for multi-functional items that can adapt as your baby grows. You might also want to consider borrowing or buying second-hand here too (but be careful to buy new for recommended products like mattresses). Decluttering your nursery promotes a more sustainable and mindful approach to parenting.

Baby's legs inside a wooden cot with wooden building blocks

Top tip no. 4: Reduce single-use products

So much waste can be created by little ones, but many are easily replaceable by reusable items. At The Green Turtle, we offer lots of options that reduce single-use plastic in particular. Check out our full range here: Baby, Child and Mum – The Green Turtle. Some top tips for easy swaps include super-soft, home compostable cellulose sponge and natural baby soap to silicone teething rings and bamboo weaning sets.

Selection of sustainable baby products from The Green Turtle

Top tip no. 5: Sustainable gifting 

People will want to buy you and baby a gift. Be ready with some ideas of items you would like to avoid unwanted items, or ask from vouchers for a sustainable shop. You might even request some home-cooked, frozen meals for those early days when you don't have time or energy to cook! 

Top tip no. 6: Think about mum too

Sustainable options don't just exist for baby. Think about how you can reduce your waste and introduce more natural products for Mum too. From Purity's natural nipple cream to reusable breast pads. For some fantastic tips, we also recommend Jen Gale's Sustainable(ish) Guide to Green Parenting.  

As eco-conscious parents, you have the opportunity to instil sustainable values in your children from a young age. Lead by example by incorporating eco-friendly practices into your daily routine, such as minimising unnecessary consumption, recycling, composting, and conserving energy and water. Encourage your children to connect with nature and develop a deep appreciation for the planet. 

We'd love to hear how you get on!

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