Our Green Baby

We decided that we would have a green baby the day we found out I was expecting. When I say green baby I am not talking about an alien or plant. But to nurse and care for our baby in a conscious way. Minimizing the exposure of harmful substances and making as wise choices (economical, social and environmental) as possible. Letting her grow up with awareness of the environment and learn to care for the nature. To give our girl a chance to a future on a healthier planet. Can you think of a better reason to devote to a more sustainable lifestyle than becoming a parent?

Green baby. Our Green Baby | My Green Nook

Plant baby. Photo: daily sunny ©

One of the downsides not breastfeeding is the environmental issue. No food can be greener than your own milk. And sadly eco-labeled supplements are hard or even impossible to find. For instance many include palm oil which are grown on plantations known to be one cause of deforestation of rainforests. Being a threat to biodiversity and species like orangutans. This of course broke my heart to realize. Sometimes ignorance is a bliss. There are even brands which use aggressive marketing in developing countries. Promoting mothers to stop breastfeeding and give supplements instead. This in areas where clean freshwater is not available. Causing illnesses and death among newborn babies. This, sadly, makes many supplements far from sustainable.

As you may have noticed in my earlier post s and presentation I am striving for a greener living. Now I am more eager than ever but have less time and energy for research. So I am quite happy I got guidance from my sister-in-law A, other blogs and my previous findings. My green choices are hands on and not difficult to apply in the daily life with a newborn.

Cloth diapers there are several kinds and brands of them and you may choose one that suits your needs. All-in-one, two-part diapers or a hybrid between the two (aka snap-in one or AIO2). We had the opportunity to buy second-hand which made us able to try different alternatives and brands. Our favorite for now is a snap-in one diaper with a lower waist. It is very trim and comes in three sizes S, M or L. The second-hand market, via Facebook groups etc, have much to offer. And you can make real bargains. I have to confess when we got home from the hospital and during the first weeks we used disposable diapers. No one is perfect…

Cuddly diaper. Our Green Baby |My Green Nook

Cuddly Diaper. Photo: Charlotte, My Green Nook

Glass bottles for feeding instead of plastic. It reduces the risk of leakage of unhealthy chemicals. Though, I have to mention, most plastic bottles of today are free of BPA and other debated compounds. Glass bottles are user-friendly in many ways but not unbreakable. We chose a bottle with a protective sleeve which also gives a better grip. It is dishwasher safe and resist fast temperature changes. It can be sterilized by boiling it for five minutes. Spare parts as well as nipples with different flow are available. The bottle can be customized as our baby grows to adjust to change in needs.

Second-hand clothes are often softer and eventual chemicals have been washed away. We got a lot of clothes of my sister-in-law L. Her girls had worn them and she was happy to see them get used again. Since newborns grow fast and do not get too dirty the clothes look like new.

Second-hand gear allows you to save a lot of money. We got the baby carriage from my cousin in exchange for a computer screen. It was a bit worn but works and fills its purpose. He on the other hand bought it on eBay. The baby safe, for the car, we also got from my sister-in-law A. It was well used so the cover was pretty worn out but we bought a new cover. Now it looks fine.

Organic baby care is gentle to the skin and eco-labeled. Newborns do not need many products a good oil is all at start. You may even use an oil made for cooking. Avoid fragrance since it may cause allergies and asthma. And don’t you agree that the scent of baby is the best there is? I love to ‘sniff’ on my daughters head and get tickled by her soft baby hair. Use washable cloth wipes these are easy to make from used towels.

As our baby grows I have to find new ways to stay green. This progress I would be happy to share with you. Do you have any experiences from daily life with a green baby? What do you do to let your children grow up in a greener world?

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Prepare for the green season

Winter. Photo: Charlotte, My Green Nook ©2014-2015

Winter. Photo: Charlotte, My Green Nook ©2014-2015

It is snowing outside and winter still lingers on. But there is much you can do to prepare for the green season. Though the garden, patio or balcony is at rest and last years blossom is just a memory. Now is the time to plan for this years garden. My suggestion is to write a to-do-list and plan for your purchases. Use your garden notes from last year to fresh up the memory – which plants were successful and which were disappointing?

I for instants had a good year for Dahlias, Begonias, Geraniums and Melothria scabra. My sweet peas were very leafy but did not blossom and I had a problem with Aleyrodidae, a small white flying garden pest.

Vintage Seed Pack Label. Photo: chicks57 @flickr

Now the seed companies are releasing their catalogues for 2015. Maybe you can find some new seeds to try or get hold of old cultural seeds. I love to look for heritage plants (in Sweden POM or Grönt kulturarv). The heritage plants often have a unique habitus, scent or touch. And are well worth to try. Use them in the garden to create a diversity and let these beauties live on along with our modern plants. Do not forget to use wildflowers maybe for a meadow or woodland patch in the garden. Also think of all insects like bees and butterflies. Today it is easy to find special collections for wildlife. If you have a plant bed that needs to get a fresh start I can recommend using Green Manure. That is plants with the ability to nourish and/or decompose the soil. Read more about Green Manure here.

Bee and willow. Photo: condesign @Pixabay

Bee and willow. Photo: condesign @Pixabay

And last but not least buy organic seeds and soils when possible. Use mechanical or biological pest control if you need. Soft soap and baking soda are two pesticides which I prefer to use if I have to. Reuse and repurpose as much as you can. It is both fun and creative – only your imagination sets the limits.

In my Pinterest collection you find some seeds that made me curious. Here are some examples: Chenopodium Capitatum (strawberry sticks), Cucumber ‘Crystal Apple’, Petunia multiflora ‘Old Fashioned Vining’, Daucus carota ‘Dara’. What do you plan for the garden this year? Any new projects or new plants?

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