A fellow once asked me, "Do staff at the David Suzuki Foundation have children?"
Yes. And, I'm about to join them!
I've plans to "green" this life-altering bundle of joy and curb its added impact on the planet, starting with diapers.
How to go diaper-free
New parents could change thousands of diapers by the time a child is two or three years old. Or, go diaper-free.
Ingrid Bauer coined "elimination communication" after traveling throughout India and Africa where diaper-less babies are the norm. EC uses a combination of signals, timing, intuition and body language. It's not toilet training in the traditional sense—like the "potty dance" and bribing your toddler with M&Ms. The process begins during early infancy (0 to 4 months).
Sound impossible? You know when your baby needs to eat and burp, right, what with the flushed cheeks, grunts and cries? We've all known a toddler who holed up in the corner while filling his or her pants, too.
The benefits are obvious—fewer diapers will save money, prevent a rash and stop clogging landfills. Online you'll find books, how-to videos, and even support groups. (I've personally seen the proof: my niece and nephew.)
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Choose cloth diapers
Cloth diapers aren't what they were 30 years ago. Today they're stylish, eco-friendly, 100 per cent organic cotton, and made in Canada. Metro Vancouver estimates diapers and other disposables make up about eight per cent of total household waste.
Apply "reuse" when it comes to diapering your baby and you'll reduce your family's household waste and save money. They're the ultimate "green" baby gift (hint, hint). You can even buy them second-hand. Check out product reviews by real moms online. Some are even manufactured with wind power.
Make your own baby powder
Most store bought baby powder is made of talc and fragrance. This recipe takes less than 10 minutes:
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (found at any grocery store)
1 tablespoon white clay (found at any health food store)
Mix ingredients together, then add essential oils (optional): three drops sweet orange, two drops ylang ylang and one drop geranium.
Store in a jar and apply to babies' bums or in their bedding to absorb moisture. It's a great body or foot powder for adults, too! Caution: avoid inhalation by using sparingly.
What steps are you taking to "green" your baby?
Congrats to Michelle of Ontario who commented on this blog to win a prize package donated by gDiapers .
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green