4 Ways You Can Make Sustainable Choices for Your Little One

earthHappy Earth Day 2016!

Every mom knows that a new baby means a whole new category of things to purchase — not only furniture, diapers, toys and food, but also all the extras that seem to accumulate. While baby products can be a consumers heaven, the key is to not be lured into an unnecessary buying frenzy (even within the sustainable product market). There is so much more to a sustainable life with your little one than cloth diapers and organic baby food . . .

Here are 4 ways you can make great choices, that also happen to be good for the earth and your wallet!

1. Purchase Used Cloth Diapers

Yes, you can purchase second hand cloth diapers! We suggest Franklin Goose, in Carytown! They buy and sell used cloth diapers and offer a variety of sustainable and natural products for your baby.

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2. Skip the Jars – Make Your Own!

For most babies, six months marks the time your baby will start to eat solid food. Rice cereal and mushy veggies and protein….sounds like grown up food….only blended! Cook up  your choice of veggies, meat, fruit, tofu and beans and freeze it in icecube trays or small freezable containers. Wallah! Now you have food that is ready to take out and defrost whenever you need it.  Of course, buying food in jars is very convenient. For those times when ready-made food is optimal for your situation, choose organic and/or fresh frozen baby foods whenever possible.

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3. Simple Skin Care – Coconut Oil!

There are hundred of choices when it comes to skin care products . . . even for your baby. The constant advertising of creams, lotions and powers can be overwhelming. Tip: Less is more when it comes to your baby’s delicate skin. The very best baby oil/lotion is coconut oil! This oil has so many benefits and is natural and affordable. You can purchase coconut oil at most grocery and health food stores, such as Elwood Thompson’s.

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4. Simple, Natural Cleaning Products

Keep it simple and chemical-free when cleaning toys, diapers and baby furniture. Un-scented castile soap, vinegar and baking soda work wonders! There are plenty of recipe that can be found online, such as:

  • 1 Cup Water, 1 Cup Distilled White Vinegar – Combine ingredients and store in a spray bottle to be used when cleaning your child’s toys.

 

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These are just a few simple ways that your purchases can be both healthy for your baby and the planet! Share with us your family’s simple and sustainable methods –  We’d love to hear about them! 

Published by Dr. Cora T Huitt

Cora T. Huitt, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD ~Thirty seven years of clinical practice, specializing in women's health for fifteen years. ~BS Degree in Allied Health Professions, Ohio State University, '72. ~Master of Arts in College Teaching (MACT) focus in Physical Therapy & Therapeutic Exercise, University of North Carolina, '76. ~ Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Alabama State University, 2010 ~Attended multiple courses offered in Women's Health Physical Therapy, including Pelvic 1, 2, 3 Course in Women's Health Section APTA. ~Member of VPTA and APTA, Women's Health Section. ~BCIA-PMDB Biofeedback- Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. ~Certified Pilates instructor, ProHealth. ~Affiliate member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ~Member of International Continence Society. ~Member of National Vulvodynia Association. ~Adjunct Clinical Faculty for student affiliation at multiple universities. ~Director of APTA Women's Health Residency since 2007, credentialed in 2008. (only other residency at Duke Unviersity)

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