When you have kids you might think that living a plastic free lifestyle is close to impossible. We know the struggle, wipes and diapers end up being some of your most used items thrown in the trash (boy do they pile up quickly). If you’re looking for a zero waste alternative to your new mommy lifestyle, you’re off to a good start. We have a list of easy swaps that will make your motherhood journey a lot less wasteful. As a plus, all of these alternatives save you money on the long run.
1. Make your own baby food
Baby food is one of the easiest food you can prepare and it will be a lot better for your baby than store bought. Once your little one is ready for solids, get your blender out and start making baby food. It’s more than just a great zero waste alternative, store bought baby food can contain other ingredients that might not necessarily be the most nutrient dense. Since you get to choose what’s on yours, you will know exactly what your baby is eating. Buying baby food can also add up on the bill. If you take a closer look most of them are made of 1 or 2 fruits and vegetables, which you can find for cheap at the supermarket.
2. Reusable diapers are the way to go
I know reusable diapers sounds like a big hassle, but it might not be as hard as you think. There’s biodegradable diaper liners that can be used to help you along the way, these liners are safe to be flushed down the toilet. When cleaning the diapers don’t use bleach or fabric softener because they can harm the efficiency of the diaper and you definitely don’t want that.
3. Go for wash cloths instead of wipes
Cleaning after your baby doesn’t have to be wasteful, even if it’s just to wipe your baby’s face. Cloths made out of 100% cotton can be an awesome alternative to chemical wipes that create a lot of waste. You might even find that a lot of wipes contain toxic ingredients like fragrance and added preservatives. Avoiding these is crucial if you want toxic free products around your baby.
4. Thrift their clothes
Babies grow at a rapid pace so buying new clothing constantly can be a little expensive and wasteful. Instead, you can find really cute stuff in a second hand store. Since thrifted clothing is super affordable, you don’t have to feel bad about your baby staining or drooling on them. Another great option can be just asking someone who had a baby to just pass on their clothing if they aren’t saving it for a little brother or sister. Remember to give your baby clothes special care in the washer machine.
5. Wooden toys are fun too
There’s so many plastic toys in the market that it can be a little hard when shopping for toys. Etsy has its own category dedicated to these toys. They look like a work of art, so they can actually look good in your home while being a great alternative to plastic toys. If wooden ones are too hard to find, give a new life to older toys from other moms.
6. Breast feeding tools
We know breast-feeding can be a painful task that can leave moms sore and in pain. Luckily, there’s a few tools you can get that can help you with you breast feeding journey. If leakage is your concern, reusable cotton nursing pads can be your solution as they absorb liquids while being discreet under your bra. On the other hand if soreness and rough bites is something you’re worried about, an organic nipple cream in a reusable glass jar can be an awesome alternative. See? Being plastic free is not as hard as it looks.