How To Green Your Baby

By Carla Dragnea

The average baby uses approximately 6,000 diapers before potty training.

Petroleum-based disposable diapers take between 200 and 500 years to decompose.

Australia uses 2.2 million disposable diapers PER DAY, Japan 6.7 million,

the UK 9 million, the USA 49 million.

DIAPERS – Use cloth diapers.  A home-washed cloth diaper has only 53% of the ecological footprint of disposables and a nappy laundry service has a mere 37% of that footprint.

WIPES & LINERS – Diaper wipes, liners commonly include propylene glycol (a binder also found in antifreeze), parabens (a family of compounds commonly used as preservatives) and perfume, which can be made from up to 600 different chemicals. Try using good natural organic cotton wool/water. Avoid disposable changing mats and perfumed diaper bags.


BREAST OR BOTTLE – Breastfeeding is best. It’s free, has health benefits for mother and baby, has no environmental impact and is a precious bonding experience. For breast pads, ditch disposables. Try re-usable organic cotton or wool-felt pads.


BODY CARE & BATH TIME – It’s very easy to get sucked into the constant advertising of baby powders, creams and lotions. But the best baby lotion is plain old olive oil – natural and un-perfumed. As for other products, keep it as natural, organic and fragrance-free as possible.


CLOTHING – Choosing organic hemp or cotton, bamboo or wool fabrics made without toxic chemicals are best against a baby’s sensitive skin and last longer with the constant


Remember – within all the joy of oooh-ing and aaah-ing over the cribs – having a child comes with renewed environmental responsibilities, if we want our future citizens  to have a decent planet when we are gone.


Carla Dragnea is a Biologist whose interest in feature writing has encompassed ‘the study of life’.  In September, 2008, she was appointed Intellectual Advisor to the YES! E-Help Campus which assists 11+ million young people worldwide with their problems, each month.

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