by admin on August 23, 2010
As an expectant mom, you probably want to do everything you can to give your baby the best start possible. That means following your doctor’s orders, staying healthy, and avoiding hazards that can harm your unborn baby. But did you know that going green during pregnancy (and beyond) is another great way to support the health of your child?
General: These are just a few of the things you can do to be green and healthy in pregnancy.
- Don’t go overboard on gear: Only buy what you really need to cut down on baby stuff.
- Start an eco-friendly baby registry: Register on eco-friendly sites to get your little one’s life started off green.
- Learn about breastfeeding: Before your baby comes, learn how you can get prepared to breast feed– the greenest and healthiest way to feed your baby.
- Use reusable bags: Keep reusable bags in your car for last minute baby item runs to the store.
- Avoid all toxins: Stay away from smoke and other toxins.
- Cut down on plastics: Plastics often contain harmful chemicals, so stay away from plastic bottles and more.
- Have an eco-friendly baby shower: Ask for an earth friendly and all natural baby shower.
- Choose refurbished electronics: If you’re buying a new camera to catch your baby’s life, reduce e-waste by buying used or refurbished.
- Use eco-friendly pregnancy tests: Look for pregnancy tests that offer less waste.
- Get baby books from the library: Instead of buying new baby books, just check them out from the library.
Nursery: Keep these green, safe tips in mind when creating your child’s nursery.
- Buy used furniture: Buy furniture from Craigslist or garage sales to repurpose old items.
- Reuse baby linens: Accept recycled baby linens from friends and family-used fabrics will have most harmful finishes laundered off.
- Finish painting early: Give your paint plenty of time to dry and let off gas by finishing at least 8 weeks before bringing baby home.
- Buy "normal" furniture: Get regular furniture that will grow with your baby’s needs.
- Paint low-VOC: Look for low odor, low VOC to cut down on chemical exposure from paints.
- Don’t get new carpet: Avoid the VOCs that come with new carpet by sticking with your old carpet or using a sustainable hardwood.
- Avoid fire retardants: Stay away from nursing pillows, furniture, and electronics that have fire retardants.
- Use green furniture: Find eco-friendly furniture: Look for furniture that’s made with sustainable parts.
- Go organic for your mattress: Choose an organic crib mattress or a wool cover for your baby’s crib.
- Use organic cotton bedding: Choose natural and organic fibers for your baby’s bedding