Eco-Friendly Parenting Choices
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
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I wrote a post almost two years ago about some of the changes I’d made to my life in order to live more sustainably. When I found out I was having Evie, I knew there were a few more changes I wanted to make to my lifestyle and my parenting in order to be more eco-friendly…
I was dreading my first period after having Evie, especially as it had been so long since I’d had one. I’d been looking at investing in a cup or period pants for a while, and when WUKA contacted me about trying some of their pants, I was so happy. The company is Vegan Society registered, and WUKA Period Pants are designed in the UK and made from fabrics derived from Beech tree fibres. One pair of WUKA pants replaces 100 tampons/pads – single-use, plastic-based tampons/pads create over 200,000 tonnes of waste every year in the UK, which is a terrifying amount.
I was sent some WUKA pants to try and they are brilliant. They’re comfortable, hygienic and did the job perfectly – no leaks! I was worried they would look or feel bulky, but you can’t tell I’m wearing anything other than normal underwear. Plus, while the upfront cost of period pants is higher than a pack of tampons, in the long run you’ll save so much money.
This was a big one for me. Disposable nappies can take 200-500 years to break down, and according to the Environment Agency Lifecycle Assessment for Disposable and Reusable Nappies in UK, around eight million nappies are thrown away every single day. You’ll also end up spending a lot of money on nappies before your little one is potty trained. Originally I thought I would do a mix of disposable and reusable nappies, but one good thing about lockdown was that I had plenty of time to get to grips with cloth nappies, and now we use them all the time!
I thought it would be really complicated, or that I’d spend all my time washing, but it’s so straightforward, and I wash a bag of them every couple of days, so nowhere near as much as I expected. I’m a big fan of Bambino Mio all-in-one nappies, which are amazing, look absolutely adorable and are so easy to use. I’ve also got a few other brands to try, including a Baba+Boo nappy which is covered in pictures of books so I couldn’t resist! I’m planning to do a longer post on switching to cloth nappies so will go into more detail then!
Reusable Breast Pads
I’m breastfeeding Evie, and I remembered the fun of leaky boobs with Dougie, especially during the first few months. Last time I used disposable pads, I’d never even really thought about the alternative, but of course you can get reusable ones! I have Lansinoh ones which I really like. I tried the Cheeky Wipes ones, which were a little more absorbent but they weren’t as comfortable for me, the Lansinoh ones are much softer – plus they came in a handy little wash bag.
I had grand plans of using reusable wipes for everything with Evie, this didn’t totally work out, mainly due to my lack of organisation and not having enough, but I have been using them where I can. We have some gorgeous ones from Cheeky Wipes, and my friend kindly bought me some from Bambino Mio. They’re so soft, and feel so much nicer to use, though not quite as convenient when out and about – though this is not as much of an issue during lockdown!
I’m so pleased I’ve made all these changes over the last few months, if anyone has any more recommendations for eco-friendly choices I could be making, I’d love to know!