It seems like every week another company is recalling its products because of dangers such as chemicals or pieces that can break off and become dangerous. Aside from that, you’d like to do your part to make sure that the earth is still around for the little ones to enjoy when they grow up. Look for green baby gift ideas to ensure the safety of the baby and the earth.
Disposable diapers fill up the landfills, and cloth diapers are the green alternative. New versions of these diapers come with cute covers that have hook and loop tape or even as “all-in-one” diapers, with the diaper and cover as one. Before giving this gift, make sure that cloth diapers are the way that mom wants to go. If she’s not sure that she can handle all the washing just after birth, check the area for a diaper-cleaning service and purchase her a few months of that instead.
Plastic toys can have harmful chemicals inside, so wooden toys are usually a safer alternative. For a young baby, you could purchase a wooden rattle. Older babies may like cars or wooden food.
Organic cotton has been grown without the use of pesticides. The fabric is usually softer, making it less harsh on baby’s skin. In fact, some babies have sensitive skin and can only wear clothes made from organic cotton. You can purchase all types of organic clothes for babies, from onesies to jackets.
You can go green with food accessories in a number of ways. If mom will be breastfeeding, you could buy gifts to support that, such as nursing clothes or nipple cream. If baby drinks formula or breast milk in a bottle, give BPA-free bottles. As baby gets older, she’ll start to eat real foods. Mom can better control the foods that she’s eating if she makes them at home. You can help out by purchasing a food processor or immersion blender or by giving small containers to hold and freeze pureed baby food.
Rather than give baby a green gift, you could give him some real green–money. College is a big expense and parents will appreciate all the help that they can get. You don’t have to give money directly to the parents though–invest in a mutual fund or exchange traded fund that deals exclusively with green companies. As the interest in green products grows over the years, so will baby’s college fund.
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