Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day, Babies!

Today I am thinking of all the babies who will come into the world on Earth Day. I am thinking of all of the babies who will grow up in a world with less and less clean water and clean air every moment. I am thinking of all the garbage and waste that will one day take up more room than humans.

What mother or father wants their child to grow up in a world where there is no more clean soil to play in, clean water to bathe in, clean air to breathe, space to run around? We all imagine our children running and playing, healthy and happy. 

On this Earth Day, if you are conscious of your children's futures, and your children's children, take the time to conceptualize how much of an impact you have had on the Earth's health, and how much impact you can make to improve it.

Here are 4 easy ways to start today, on this Earth Day, to improve the planet for your children:

  1. Breastfeed, encourage your wife/sister/friend to breastfeed, and support breastfeeding in all its forms.
    • Breastfeeding reduces the amount of bottles and plastic and trash required to feed babies
  2. Cloth diaper
    • This is a growing trend that is going to seem a lot less weird to all of us down the line. Obviously, this is a lot less wasteful, as you wash the diapers and re-use them, rather than throwing each dirty diaper into a landfill.
  3. Recycle children's toys
    • Sure, we all love a brand new shiny toy, fresh from its packaging. But if you can stick to already-loved toys, you'll give that toy a longer life, save yourself money, and save the environment. Less packaging and plastic waste, fewer perfectly good toys not biodegrading in the landfill. Garage sales, freecycling, craigslist, or friends - Toys can be used for generations before they need to be thrown away! (and while we're on it, wooden toys!)
  4. Buy local
    • Not just for baby! Although going on is easy, purchasing local means less fuel is used to get the product to you. You can even get creative and make baby items yourself - clothing, wraps, nursery decor, etc! 


  1. Hi Em!! Just wondering.. do you have any resources on how to use cloth diapers most efficiently without having to wash them by hand or in a (eek) washing machine? I've always wanted to use those in the future but everyone else balks at the idea!

  2. I don't think I would hand wash! You'd have to wash them every day and that just sounds icky.

    Most people wash in the washing machine, and there are a lot of methods for this. Obviously you first shake the poop out or, if there are throw-away liners, you remove those. Then you wash them in the machine using the appropriate method and detergent. It's not that disgusting as long as you do it right. Also, breastfed baby poop is a lot easier to clean!

    An alternative is a cloth diaper washing service. These are not in every area, so you'd have to look into it where you live. As far as I know, those are the only 3 options.


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