As much as you can it’s not only good for your baby, but you get to eat more too (up to 500 more calories)! If you use formulas in large containers to cut back on packaging.
2. Treat baby’s cold
With saline nasal drops (like Simply Saline Baby sterile Nasal Mist for Baby) and a cool-mist humidifier, like those from Kids Line or Crane. Most cold meds aren’t recommended for babies anyway.
3. Use less canned food.
Most have a resin-based lining that contains the potentially harmful chemical bisphenol A (BPA). Cook dry beans and freeze portions. It’s easy in a slow cooker, lower in sodium and saves cash. But, just so you know, most canned goods by Eden Organic are BPA-free.
4. Use a water pitcher
With a filter as soon as you see the positive sign on the stick. It not only reduces the toxins and additives in drinking water, it saves you money on purified bottled water and reduces waste.
5. Weed out the plastic
From your kitchen so you don’t have to guess which containers are “safe.” Store food in glass (a great way to reuse baby-food, pickle and tomato sauce jars) and pack on-the-go snacks and lunches in reusable bags.
6. Can’t part with all your plastic?
Keep your family safe with this one rule of thumb: Don’t heat it. Avoid warming food in plastic containers, and always wash by hand. Heat can increase the leaching of potentially harmful chemicals.
7. Use seasonal fruits and veggies
When making your own baby food. They taste best because they’re at their peak of freshness, plus they’re richer in nutrients and less expensive (it’s a supply and demand thing). Fruits and veggies from the freezer are mostly flash frozen after being picked, so they’re good.
8. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
It’s not only about saving money but reducing waste too. Websites dedicated to lending, renting and swapping have become increasingly prevalent. Make it easy to find what-ever you need from high chairs to play yards-in your area.
9. Buy organic
When you can, prioritizing your purchases to save money. Worth the splurge: Fruits and veggies on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Dirty Dozen” list contain the most pesticides, so the organic ones are worth buying. Where to save: The EWG’s “Clean 15” contain the fewest pesticides and are safe bets for bargains.
Download the Dirty Dozen
(fruits and veggies with the most pesticides) wallet guide or iPhone app.
- imported nectarines
- imported grapes
- sweet bell peppers
- domestic blueberries
- kale/collard greens
10. Give cloth a chance
Families that opt for disposable diapers will spend $2,500 to $3,000 diapering one child untill age 3. It makes cloth look a little more appealing, right? Here’s a look at your options:
- Prefolds : A flat, rectangular diaper with more layers in the middle that can be fastened with pins or a more modern device called the Snappi is secured inside a waterproof cover.
price tags: $400
con: folding and pinning can be befuddling
try: Cloth-eez Prefolds
- Fitteds : Fluffy, soft and absorbent, fitteds look like other cloth diapers, but there’s no water-proof lining. They close with snaps or Velcro and have elastic legs for extra protection.
price tags: $1,260
pro: great breathability for baby’s bum
con: without covers, you’ll likely have leaks
try: Kissa’s cotton fleece fitteds
Functionwise, this is the closest to a disposable. All-in-ones close with Velcro or snaps, but unlike fitteds and prefolds, they have waterproof linings to prevent leaks.
price tags: $1,500
pro: low learning curve
con: takes a long time to dry after washing
try: bumGenius Freetime
Similar to all-in-ones but pockets have absorbent liners inserted into an opening in the back, and they dry faster than all-in-ones when laundered.
price tags: $1,700
pro: great for overnight, you can stuff it as thick as you want
con: some assembly required
try: FuzziBunz one-size
11. Use natural air fresheners.
Squeeze a lemon into your diaper pail to help eliminate odor.
12. Skip the soft plastic toys
In the hand-me-down pile: Think squeaky bath toys and pliable alphabet letters. Toys like this were sold before stricter safety laws were passed in 2009 and likely contain harmful chemicals used to soften the plastic.
13. Skip a bath or two.
It will save water, a few dollars and even baby’s smooth skin-just pot instead for a sponge bath of his bottom. Check out the EWG’s Skin Deep database for skin-care ingredients along-side toxicity ratings on a scale of zero to 10, with zero being the best.
14. Stick to a natural mineral sunscreen
Using zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, such as those from California baby or Aveeno Baby. Make sure it blocks both UVA and UVB rays and doesn’t include the ingredients oxyben-zone, which is not advised for use on children.
15. Good Guide
Scan bar codes to find out the “greenness” of more than 12,000 food, personal care and household products. Customize settings to prioritize the chemicals you’re most concerned about.
16. Buy a crib mattress made from organic natural fibres
Such as cotton and wool. Babies spend up to 16 hours a day sleeping, so it makes sense not to expose them to the off-gasping of synthetic materials.
17. Buy bottles that convert to sippy cups
Like those from Thinkbaby and Born Free. You’ll save space, money and landfills.
18. Skip wall-to-wall carpeting in the nursery
Its fibre trap allergens. Stick with floors made from material like wood, bamboo or cork and finish with a nontoxic sealant.
19. Make the most of baking soda.
At about $1 a box, it’s powerful, natural and versatile. Three effective uses:
- Sprinkle a few spoonfuls into baby’s bath water to help relieve diaper rash.
- Mix baking soda and baby oil into a paste and gently rub into baby’s scalp to wash away cradle craps’ flaky skin.
- Combine 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water to clean toys, then rinse and dry.
20. Be picky about paint
The fumes in traditional paints have been linked to respiratory illness. The price is comparible to high-quality brand paints. You can also save by thinking long-term and choosing a gender-neutral color in case a sib joins the family or a color that’ll take her to tweenhood.