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Five Simple Swaps For Eco Friendly Parenting

Over the past couple of months I have been making small changes to live a more eco friendly lifestyle especially from a parenting aspect. It's scary hearing about the effects our living habits is having on our planet. I know there is still more I could be doing and I am working in it. 

Below I have listed five simple everyday parenting  swaps you can make that is kinder to the environment and in some cases kinder on your purse too. 

Reusable Hand & Face Cloths

Shortly after Tommy started weaning I invested in these reusable hand and face wipes. I bought the starter kit but to be honest you don't really need it all. I tend to just rise one in water as I go rather than do the whole soaking process. The micro fiber cloths work really well at removing food from mucky hands and faces. I had got into a really bad habit of using baby wipes to clean not only faces and hands but wipe down the high chair and table ect too. I now try not to keep any baby wipes in my kitchen so am not temped to use them. I've noticed a dramatic reduction in the amount of baby wipes we use each week and it has definitely saved us some money too. 

Reusable Food Pouches 

I also purchased this Reusable food pouch kit from Fill N Squeeze when Tommy was at the early stages of weaning. It makes creating our own baby food pouches really easy. Most pre made baby food pouches are made from materials that can not be recycled therfore using re usable pouches creates less waste. I don't use it so much these days as Tommy prefers finger foods but it was well used during the early Weaning stages and making my own ensured that I  new exactly what he was eating. 

Take A Reusable Water Bottle & Coffee Cup

I have always taken a reusable water bottle for the boys when we are out and about. I full them up at home and if they need refilling again I will ask a cafe/coffee shop for tap water. This saves buying plastic water bottles everytime we are out. I've seen some nice metal kids bottles that I plan to invest in when our current ones need replacing. I've also recently started using a reusable coffee cup for myself, it saves using a paper cup each time and keeps my drink hotter for longer. I have one of these from Keep Cup, they do a whole range of different styles. 

Eco Friendlier Nappies 

I've written a separate post on testing out eco friendlier nappies that you can read here. Switching to nappies and wipes  that are kinder to the planet can be more costly but when you think about the damage other disposable nappies are doing to our world then I think it's worth paying abit more if you can. We are now using Mum & You nappies that are more eco friendly and super soft too. 

Borrow Not Buy

We all know that toys can not only be expensive but often have a short lifespan too. Toy libraries can be a fantastic way of providing your child with quality toys without having to purchase them each time. You can borrow a toy for a few weeks or even months then return it for another child to enjoy. They usually cost very little to join so it's worth having  a look to see if there is one in your local area. Unfortunately we dont have one close by but it is something am interested in setting up in the future. Alternatively if you are looking to buy more eco friendly toys you can read my post on Green Toys here.

I hope you find some of these tips useful, if we all make some small changes together we can make a greater impact on our planet. 

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