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New parents are juggling a million things at once, and I don’t think there’s a parent alive who hasn’t tried to cut corners where they can. While you can’t avoid changing diapers or feeding your child, it is incredibly easy for parents to buy the cheapest, quickest necessities at their local store. Although I sympathize with these parents, I still believe it is important to try to stay as eco-friendly as you can from the beginning. If you’re about to have your first child, or if you want to move toward environmentally-friendly methods, here are a few tips you can try out.

Cloth Diapers

Changing diapers is not a glamorous job, but every parent has to do it. Although it may not seem ideal, if you really want to save the environment, it’s crucial to try out cloth diapers. As the name suggests, these diapers are made from cloth and can be washed and reused until they’re worn out. Newborns can soil up to 12 diapers per day, so buying single-use diapers adds up — in both the landfill and your wallet. Instead of overspending on diapers that have disastrous effects on the planet, try out a few cloth diapers and see if they are the right fit for your family.

Baby Food

Baby food is another necessity, once your baby is transitioning from bottle feeding to solid foods. I can’t blame parents for taking the easy way out and buying jarred food, but it’s not the only option. Parents can easily and quickly puree fresh vegetables and other foods into a baby-friendly mush, and all it takes is a blender! If you don’t have the cash to get a blender and you must buy baby food from a store, make sure you look into brands that have the least environmental impact, and always recycle your glass jars after cleaning them out.

Hand-Me-Downs

Clothing is one of the most expensive necessities for your child, and most new parents are looking for ways to save, not spend. If you come from a big family, try seeing if anyone has kept their children’s old baby clothes. You can usually find a few outfits that are in good shape, and often, you won’t have to pay a cent for them! Reusing clothes is a great way to save money during your child’s first few years, all while helping keep the environment a little more clean.

Every new parent has a lot on their mind. Luckily, it’s very simple to apply green parenting to your life. Try a few of these tips, and you’ll soon notice that the effort it takes to keep our world clean for the next generation is well worth the time and effort put in today.