Eco-Friendly Baby Care

Did you know that 24.7 billion single-use plastic diapers are used in the U.S. every year, amounting to 7.6 billion pounds of garbage?

Luckily, a new baby in the family doesn’t have to equal more waste. Here are some options to help forgo disposable baby products while caring for a newborn:

Homemade Wipes

Did you know you can make your own baby wipes? Start by filling a large, lidded glass jar with a solution of coconut oil, mild baby soap, and water. Hand roll organic cotton towels together, overlapping edges as you roll to create a cylinder that looks like a paper towel roll. Place the roll lengthwise in the jar so that the towels can be pulled out just like disposable wipes. On the go? Carry a few towels in a silicone pouch and place back in the empty pouch once used so they can be washed and reused.

Cloth Diapers

Many brands of reusable diapers are widely available. Since babies grow so fast, many parent groups online and baby stores carry gently-used cloth diapers of all sizes that you can try out in order to find the perfect fit. For more on how to store and clean dirty cloth diapers, check out Healthline’s helpful tips.

Homemade Baby Food

Baby food is simple to make at home. With a limited palate, most babies eat one-ingredient pureed food, making it super simple to cook. Try vegetables such as roasted butternut squash, roasted carrots, or boiled peas. Blend in a food processor until smooth and place in a reusable container or single-serving silicone squeeze pouch for a mess-free meal.