We all know that going green should be an every day choice, but sometimes special Holidays like Earth Day help those choices become more evident. Products are marketed to be great choices for Earth Day, lots of blog posts on how to go green start circulating, and the warm, fresh air outside make us want to live more naturally.
Today I comprised a list of 7 Easy household replacements that will help turn your toddler be more green this Earth Day… and every day after! The list can be changed up to fit babies, older kids, and even adults! I’d love to hear from you if you have another great tip about how to help your kiddo go green, share it with me in the comments!
Organic Food and Snacks
It works for any age – replacing those often, numerous snacks that a toddler consumes will have a huge health benefit that is often seen immediate, but definitely later down the line. By choosing healthy, organic, non-GMO, pesticide free snacks and foods for your little one, you’re making a commitment to their long-term health and living! Don’t forget to lead by example too!
Of course as a previous cloth diapering Mama, this would be on my list. Cloth Diapers are fun and much easier than you may expect. If you’re little one is already out of diapers, no worries there, but if he/she still relies on them from time to time – you can always make an organic disposable diaper choice too. Swim diapers are also a great way to help your toddler be green, feel independent [they do NOT feel or look like disposable swim diapers], and help the environment too!
Bath Products and Lotions, including Detergents
I learned this past week that it only takes 26 seconds for a substance to be absorbed by your skin – and after you hear that, you can’t forget it! That’s why I use all natural, organic products for my girls’ personal care. Don’t forget that the detergent that you wash your clothes in, as well as your kids’ bedding, will be up against their skin for almost as many hours as there are in a day – so switching to a more natural detergent is a great way to help your toddler go green too!
Toys, oh toys! There are so many great organic and natural options now. Whether you’re looking for stuffed toys for a little one or blocks, look for organic labels and wooden toys to promote sustainability and long-lasting play with no plastic and toxins.
Tableware – Sippy Cups, Silverware & Plates
One easy replacement that we can make as parents is what our children are eating with. Along with switching to more organic foods, we can switch out plastic plates that are loaded with toxins, marketed for our kids with cheap prices, with genius products like plates and silverware made from recycled milk jugs and glass cups!
Glass Cups? For MY toddler? Oh yes!
We recently received this cup from i Play Baby [free for review]. The Glass Sip ‘N Straw from Green Sprouts is a perfectly safe cup with the added benefit of touching only totally safe products – like silicone and glass. Not only do these materials not contain BPA or any other toxin, they also do not absorb odors or stains. No worries, though. There is a thin outer shell of plastic, with a rubberized bottom to prevent breaks. With both a Straw & No-Spill tops for the cup, it makes for a great transitional cup!
And guess what – you can use the exclusive coupon code “IPFAN14” for 20% off the entire i Play Baby Website!
The coupon code expires on May 31st.
Trash those Toxic Cleaners
Just like laundry detergents, the cleaners that you use in your home effect your toddlers indirectly. It’s always best to use a non-toxic cleaner – whether homemade or bought – in case your toddler come into contact with them. If they’re anything like my toddlers, they definitely will!
Since our toddlers are still sleeping a little more than half the day, the furniture, mattresses, and bedding can have a big impact on their health and well being too! Switching to a more eco friendly mattress and bedding is a great choice for going green-er. Stay tuned because later this week I’ll show you Moreaya’s new organic mattress for her toddler bed!