6 Ways New Moms Can Be Eco-Friendly


There are few experiences so exciting and nerve-wracking as being a new mom. Whether this is your first time being a parent or you are simply adding to your family, you are likely overwhelmed and wondering how to manage life with your new bundle of joy. Your baby is your first priority, but you also care about the environment and want to minimize the impact you are having. With the market of baby products claiming to be eco-friendly, this might seem easy, but you likely know it isn’t that simple. Being an eco-friendly new mom is a deliberate lifestyle choice.

With the right attitude and approach, you can be supermom and save the environment all at the same time. Simply being conscientious is half the battle, and for the rest of the struggle, the following tips should give some guidance. Get ready to save the world, one diaper at a time.

Consider Your Diaper Choice

Diapers, in fact, are one of the most important considerations for new moms. It is not shocking that disposable diapers may not be the best choice for the environment. They create massive amounts of waste and are generally not recyclable. Some suggest that cloth diapers are the better alternative, but according to the Washington Post, these are not necessarily any better. As a mom, it’s up to you to decide what works best for your baby and your family. While the environment is important, your child’s wellbeing is more important. Find the diaper that meets your eco-friendly standards.

Read the Baby Food Label

How often do you read the label of the food you are eating? Every day…or rarely? If you are like most people, you probably pay little attention to exactly what you are consuming, but you are likely far more careful when it comes to the food your baby eats. Not all baby food is created equal—some are filled with harmful and synthetic ingredients, while others are organically produced. Needless to say, one of these is better for both your baby and the environment. Choose the food your child eats wisely for the sake of their health and the environment’s.

 

Be Smart With Resources

Natural resources are limited. As a new mom, though, you may be relying on such resources heavily. Water is just one example. A new baby necessitates baths, additional laundry and plenty of other activities that take up more water than you might usually use. This might be fine were it not for the many areas experiencing droughts. Southern California is notoriously dry, and using excessive water can be irresponsible. Initiatives such as the Cadiz Water Project aim to remedy that, though, by providing sustainable access to water even throughout droughts. Still, you should use natural resources sparingly.

Invest in Sustainable Products

While buying the right products certainly won’t fix all of the environment’s problems, it is a good place to start. Shopping responsibly is an important undertaking, and this is especially true when you are a new mom selecting the products you will use for your baby. Investing in sustainable products means more than just buying items that are labelled “green,” though. It means researching companies, looking up reviews and educating yourself on the different products you are considering. This process can be overwhelming, but it is certainly worth it for both the environment and your new baby.

 

Be Aware of Community’s Needs

As a mom, you are automatically attuned to the needs of your child. Perhaps it is more difficult—and seemingly less important—to determine what the needs of your community might be. Immersing yourself in your community is a great way to build a support system as a new parent. You might consider, environmentally, what your community needs. Do you have access to sustainable produce, for example, through a farmer’s market? Is there consistent access to water, or are there issues complicating this? The Cadiz Water Project is a great example of community response to issues with resources.

 

Favor Hand-Made Over Store-Bought

One of the best ways to minimize your environmental impact is to ditch store-bought baby goods and go for hand-made. This is beneficial for so many reasons—of course, you are eliminating the wasteful packaging that so often accompanies items bought in a store. More importantly, however, you are creating completely unique artifacts of your child’s infancy. Rather than buying diapers, for example, sewing simple cloth nappies can be a simple alternative. There are a myriad of other ways for new moms to make the switch from store-bought to hand-made and support sustainability in the process.

Caring for a new baby is overwhelming, but it is also an incredible journey. Any parent who cares about the environment can be eco-friendly while also ensuring their child is nurtured and loved. Invest in your child and the environment by following these tips and becoming the environmentally-minded supermom you were meant to be.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

More Posts

The Parental Panic – 6 Ways to Reduce Stress as a Single Parent

 

 

This may sound like fake news – tips to reduce stress as a single parent might appear to be contradictory or an anomaly but there are ways in which you can help ease the stress levels and smooth the waters while you sail through parenthood on your small raft for one. Sometimes, or perhaps more than you would like, it can all seem too much; here are a few things you can try to ease the stress and focus on the joys of parenting.

 

Give Yourself Room To Be Your Own Person

 

Raising a child is hard, and finding the time and money to do it right can be difficult and stressful for a single parent. It’s important that you remember that you are still your own person. You’re not just a mum or dad, but you have your own identity and needs. As such, you should be making time, at least once a week for yourself to go out and be you.

 

Whether that’s to go out on a date or catch friends for a drink, or to just take yourself out to an art gallery or movie. Give yourself that time, contact a nanny agency in Melbourne, or find a relative that can help out at least one day or night a week to give you some space to be you.

 

Establish a Routine

 

Having a set routine that determines what is happening when each day is a good way to ease the stress of figuring everything out on the run. Having set meals for each night is also a good way to shop in a cost-effective manner and give you one less decision to worry about each night.

 

This doesn’t have to be boring and the same every week, but setting out a meal plan before you do your groceries is a great way to ease the stress of the night time sprint from getting home to getting your child to bed.

 

Enforce Rules

 

Similarly to establishing a routine, remaining consistent with rules and discipline is beneficial to you and your child. Sometimes you might not have the energy to argue, but remaining consistent with rules on snacks, bedtimes, screen time and everything else all go a long way to giving your child stability – which will make them happier and easier to deal with.

 

If you are divorced or separated, then work with your partner to establish consistent rules. Your child shouldn’t have two sets of rules and regulations to live by, it’s confusing for them and creates more stress for everyone. We all like knowing where we stand.

 

Remember They Are Your Child

 

Sometimes when single parents are alone and doing it tough, they can fall into the trap of becoming emotionally reliant on their child for support, companionship or sympathy. Generally speaking, children don’t have the capacity to act as a substitute adult, and besides, you have to allow your child to be a kid.

 

Don’t burden them with this at their young age, allow them to have fun and play and see the world as the beautiful, magical place that it can be.

 

Make Time To Be Present With Your Child

 

There may be a million chores to do, food to prepare, bills to pay and everything else that goes with being a single parent, but it’s essential that you still take the time out to just be present with your child and enjoy each other’s company.

 

Leave that load of washing for later, and go out for a walk, or talk to each other while listening to music, draw and paint; whatever it is that you enjoy doing together, take the time to do that and to be completely present and in the moment with them.

 

Welcome Each Day

 

Find a way to make a positive start to each day.

Whether that’s by going for an early jog followed by a cold shower, or waking up and putting some music on while you prepare a nice breakfast; start each day with a smile on your face and bounce in your step.

 

Try not to get in the habit of rolling out of bed at the last minute to throw on clothes and rush out the door. That is a horrible start to the day and that mood will carry you through until you finally get some time to yourself at night. Set the alarm earlier, get up and welcome the day.

 

Take the time to look after yourself. There’s no point working yourself into a frenzy and becoming a walking ball of stress. Of course it’s difficult, but rather than focusing on what you’re lacking or what problems you have, try counting your blessings each day – starting with your child.

 

Image From: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/15/dating-single-mom_n_4440690.html

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

More Posts

Do you love Wine? Try out a Wine Subscription from Winc! @usfg

Do you love Wine? Do you love trying different red and white wines to see what you like? If your answers are yes, then I have found something perfect for you. A wine subscription from Winc!

How it works: 

Winc connects you to a world of exclusive wines tailored to your tastes and offers wine delivery right to your door. Answer six questions to help Winc access your unique tastes and then they send you wines specifically chosen to match your palate. When you are done trying them, rate them to get better recommendations on your next order. Satisfaction is guaranteed, if you do not like the wine sent to you they will refund you. Members can skip a month anytime free of charge. There is also no commitment. If you tried it and feel it isn’t for you just call or chat with Winc to cancel. Also, the more wines you receive and rate..the more wine credits you will receive for future orders! Bottles start at just $13 each.

I answered my 6 questions and was paired with 4 wines. I prefer sweet white wines over red wines, so what I love is you can choose a variety combination of reds and whites. For example, I chose to receive 3 white and 1 red. You can also choose 2 white and 2 red or 3 red and 1 white etc. I really like having that option.  I was then shown which wines were picked for me. You can click each option and it will show you all of the info on that particular wine such as body, sweetness amount and alcohol content. It will also give you food pairing suggestions.

I love really sweet white wines and was disappointed they did not offer me a sweet Moscato which is my favorite.  So, I decided on 2 Rose, a white blend and a fruity red wine. Checkout was simple and I received a nice $22 discount with the code I will provide you all.

I received many status emails and even texts about my order which kept me in the loop. Make sure someone at least 21 years old will be home to sign for your order. I received my wines super fast. They were packaged securely and were in perfect condition. I was pleasantly surprised to see that a Winc Journal and a Welcome to Winc book were included in my order. The book tells you all about different types of wines, and the Journal of the month gives you lots of recipes, pairings and information, Both were very helpful!

 

In conclusion, I am very happy with this subscription service and the wines I was sent. I do however wish they offered more options of wine to choose from.  This would make a great holiday gift for someone in your life that loves wine. I will definitely be ordering again.

Receive $22 Off Your First Month of Winc. Click here to order.

 

*I received a complimentary month subscription is Winc in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own. 

 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

More Posts

The Nightmare Before Christmas returns to Regal Cinemas this Halloween weekend!

I am very excited to share that this Halloween weekend, Friday, October 27th – Tuesday, October 31st, you can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie and more as Disney’s beloved classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 300 Regal cinemas locations … [Continue...]

Mystery Tackle Box Subscription Service

  Mystery Tackle Box is the #1 fishing tackle subscription service offering anglers and fishing enthusiasts a fun and affordable way to discover new fishing lures, learn new techniques and catch more fish!  If you, or someone you love, enjoys fishing, get them a Mystery Tackle Box Subscription today.  You'll enjoy a monthly box full of … [Continue...]

The Correct Way to Measure for Blinds and Shades

  As far as screening is concerned, the traditional curtain has served us well, yet the trend has shifted towards blinds in the past decade, mainly because of the many advantages this type of screening offers. Bespoke solutions are no longer the exclusive right of the wealthy, and today’s blinds are easy to fit, providing they are … [Continue...]

First Responders receive FREE Admission to Busch Gardens Tampa from Oct. 11th till Nov. 24th

FLORIDA’S FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION TO BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY   “Thank You” Offer for First Responders Good from October 11th to November 24th   Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is honoring Florida first responders through November. From October 11th to November 24th, first responders will receive free admission to Busch Gardens, and … [Continue...]

Grow your own Avocado Tree at Home with Avoseedo #avoseedo

GROW YOUR OWN AVOCADO TREE AT HOME! AvoSeedo avocado tree germinator bowl that makes it easy for everyone to grow their own plant at home from a simple avocado pit. Easy to use for all ages of amateur avocado arborists. Clever AvoSeedo bowl design keeps the avocado pit immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively. Made … [Continue...]