By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple
Look for Natural Playthings
Babies put everything in their mouths, especially their playthings. Toys made from plastic can sometimes contain not-so-healthy chemicals. To stay safe, skip gear made with PVC and choose toys made from natural materials like wood or bamboo.
Go With Glass Bottles
When it comes to bottles, glass is usually safest. Just like in toys, many plastic bottles contain potentially harmful chemicals, such as BPA (bisphenol A), which can leech into your baby’s milk or formula. Glass bottles don’t contain these chemicals — plus they can be recycled, which adds to their eco-benefits.
Wash With Cold Water
Laundry is an inevitable part of life with baby. Keep your cutie’s clothes looking fresh and new — and conserve energy! — by washing them on the delicate cycle in cold water. To get the most out of each load, look for detergents that are designed for use in cold water.
Borrow or Buy Gently Used Items
There’s no need to invest in new, fancy furniture and accessories for your tiny new addition. Look into borrowing a crib (you’ll need to buy a new mattress), car seat and high chair from a friend or family member. Visit a secondhand store for gear that’s been gently used, or check out options on Freecyle.org or Craigslist.org. Whether you’re borrowing or buying secondhand, just be sure to check for any recent recalls on CPSC.gov.
Create a Nurturing Nursery
The air your baby breathes is just as important as the clothes he wears and the milk he drinks. When decorating your baby’s room, choose paints with low- or zero-VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and be sure that lots of natural light fills the space.