1. Diapering, Wipes and Pull-ups
Disposable diapers are full of plastics and polymers (not to mention chemicals all sitting up against your baby's sensitive parts) that don't break down in landfills. Even so called "Eco-friendly, bio-degradable" diapers cannot break down in a landfill, they need fresh air and sunlight and the most perfect conditions to degrade. That is why cloth diapers are still the best option if we're talking environmentally friendly.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE WIPES: You can ditch the wipes partially or completely. For generations and all around the world commercial wipes never existed and babies (and caregivers) did just fine. At home it's so easy to use wash cloths to clean your baby's bum instead of disposable wipes. We recommend this to our clients who have babies with very sensitive skin and are struggling with commercial diaper and wipe induced rashes.
WHAT ABOUT NIGHT TIME: Buy a few washable bed pads to put under or on top of your child's sheets. A bonus is that this method can lead to quicker success because night time pull-ups will often be so absorbent that children can sleep through their night time incidents, however if they wet the bed pad that will wake them up, helping them to become aware of and eliminate their night time incidents.
2. Infant Feeding and Meals
If you are currently expecting your baby and are planning to breastfeed consider taking a prenatal breastfeeding class and arrange to have breastfeeding support after your baby is born by a IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant) or a Postpartum & Infant Care Doula that has breastfeeding support training - this can help you meet your infant feeding goals! Even if you can only breastfeed a small amount each day or for a short period of time, you are making a difference.
REMEMBER: Being environmentally conscious and reducing yours and your baby's carbon footprint is not about perfection - small changes make a big difference. Imagine if everyone cut down on waste even by 25%? It would certainly make a lasting impact for our children's generation!