Eco-friendly parenting is an admirable goal for any parent. There are a number of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and household waste as a parent.

Baby wipes are considered by many to be a blight on the environment. They can take hundreds of years to break down. Some parents are making their own baby wipes from cotton wool or scraps of cotton. They use the homemade wipes and then toss them into the washing machine.

Other parents are concentrating on recycling baby toys and equipment. Mothers gather and exchange items they are finished with. Once your baby outgrows a toy or implement, it typically still has use, and rather than letting that item take up residence in a landfill, parents are opting to pass it on to other parents.

Some parents make their own baby food (you can make it in bulk and freeze it for up to a month). Others make sure to buy organic household cleaners absent of toxins. Some parents make sure to purchase organic toys made from natural materials.

Some parents think eco-friendly parenting must include cloth nappies, which involves disposable inserts in a nappy holder. It’s entirely up to you if you want to go that far!

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