I'm back! And now I'm a work mom, like many of you.
For 411 days, my life revolved around naps, milk delivery and diaper changes—and finding my top five "green" baby items for surviving and thriving the first year:
Whether you're co-sleeping or sleep training, a lovey or stuffie can soothe your babe. Made from cotton, stuffed with sheep's wool and coloured with AZO-free fabric dye, our PEPPA® bunny helps my son sleep through the night and nap happily. It's safe to chew on and no parts will come off.
Did you know that sheep's wool absorbs scents?
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At 12-days, my son peed on his eco-potty. At seven months, it was his mode of transportation.
The BecoPotty is made from waste plant material. It won't be biodegrading in my garden any time soon, because my one-year-old is on a potty strike!
Solid foods make stains. You need a great bib. But you only need one made from food-grade silicone.
Easy to clean, soft, and flexible this recyclable option is also free of BPA, lead, phthalates and latex. And the bucket style catches everything, which means less food waste.
Everything goes in the mouth for the first year. And teething can start as early as four months. My son's Chewbeads are lost (as well as many other things) but while I had them, they were the best toy-and-teether combo. They look so stylish—every woman you meet will want them.
Easily washed, they're also free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, or heavy metals. Source on Etsy, too.
I won't lie. I have a love-hate relationship with these reusable, plastic-free, poop-and-pee catchers. My son is long and lean so most brands and styles leaked for the first few months—meaning a full wardrobe change every few hours.
Stock up on a variety of styles, brands, shapes and sizes. They can be expensive up-front, so look for used, hand-me-downs or sales.
You'll learn to love big butts and avoid increasing your landfill legacy.
What are your favourite "green" baby items (new, used, or homemade)?
Comment on this blog to win two ShooFoo bamboo-and-cotton blend nighttime diapers (draw date December 15th).
Lindsay Coulter, fellow Queen of Green