In his book “Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby Care,” pediatrician Alan Greene refers to the womb as “the greenest room on the planet.” However, that depends on Mom making wise choices.
In his book “Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby Care,” pediatrician Alan Greene refers to the womb as “the greenest room on the planet.”
However, that depends on Mom making wise choices. From the food you consume to the products you buy, even small green choices can make a difference for your baby. Research increasingly tells us that even the newest life is highly affected by its mother’s surroundings. Here are things to consider when you’re making green choices for two.
Feed yourself and your baby healthy, natural food
Making smart food decisions is perhaps the most direct way you can begin your baby’s life on the right track, according to Greene. This means adhering to the nutrition regimen suggested by your doctor, and also considering your food’s origin.
Organic foods, grown without pesticides and using sustainable farming methods, are a great bet to protect your unborn baby from chemicals and other unnatural additives. The Environmental Working Group also suggests choosing meat and milk grown without added growth hormones, and limiting canned foods.
Drinking plenty of water is important for prenatal development, but plastic water bottles contain chemicals like bisphenol-A (BPA) that can affect development in unborn children. Make a habit of carrying around a reusable BPA-free stainless steel water bottle, like ones made by Klean Kanteen or Sigg that are free of BPAs.
Switch to natural body-care products
The chemicals you put on your face and body can pass through your skin, exposing your baby to artificial scents or chemicals like triclocarban, which researchers think could be a hormone disruptor. Because personal-care products aren’t as regulated as food, labeling terms like “natural” or “gentle” don’t mean anything specific. Do your homework and look for products that make specific claims about the origins of their ingredients.
Additionally, consider extending your all-natural product preferences to your cleaning supplies. Most conventional cleaning products contain chemicals that are suspected to cause asthma or other health concerns.
Hold a green-themed baby shower
Organic baby bedding and eco-friendly plastic bottles are all wonderful in theory, but green baby gear can quickly become a costly endeavor. If a friend or family member is throwing you a shower, ask for a green theme. Register for Earth-friendly items and have the host or hostess inform guests of your intentions.
Embrace hand-me-downs and hand-me-overs
Reusing is fundamental to green living and new motherhood. Chances are you have family and friends who can lend or give outgrown cribs, strollers, toys and clothing. When your young one gets a bit older, you can share items with another new mother.