It’s no secret that babies will up the impact on your wallet and the earth. But here’s a hint: going green can save you some green at the same time.
Use Cloth Diapers
On average, it costs less than $500 to cover a baby in cloth diapers, swim diapers, and training pants from birth to potty training. Yes, there will be an increase in your utility bill from washing, but it will be small compared to the cost of buying disposables. Many modern cloth diapers function and look like disposables, with Velcro or snap closures and adorable prints. Visit allaboutclothdiapers.com for more about getting started with cloth. —Source: allaboutclothdiapers.com
Simple Diaper Wipes
2 c water,
1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp baby wash
Heat water, then pour into measuring cup. Stir in olive oil and baby wash. Allow mixture to cool; pour directly over cloth wipes in bin or into spray bottle for single-wipe application. After use, wash with cloth diapers.
Make Your Own Baby Food
For starters, breastfeeding is free and exceptionally healthy for both mother and child. As baby begins eating solid foods, make purees with local fresh produce. Steaming and blending organic carrots will cost about $1.50 for 12 baby servings that can be frozen and stored in an ice cube tray. Compared to jarred organic baby food that costs upwards of 50 cents per serving, the savings for home-prepared food adds up over time.
Baby consignment shops are filled with gorgeous, barely-worn clothes—often with designer labels—at very reasonable prices. They are eco-friendly because they are hand-me-downs; no new products were made and no natural resources were used so you could clothe your child. Some consignment stores carry other children’s products, like backpacks, toys, and nursery décor, and most stores continue to discount the products as they sit in the store.
Enjoy Nature's Green
Instead of taking a luxury hotel vacation, try camping. Car camping is great before and after your baby is crawling, and most campsites are less than $20 per night. (During the crawling stage, rent a cabin with friends). Hiking in the fresh air and sitting by the campfire is a natural way for new parents to unwind while keeping vacation costs low, and the price of campfire food is nothing compared to restaurant fare.