Natural Products for Eco-Conscious Moms

Monday, January 16, 2017
I'm a mom who cares about the environment and the materials I use in my everyday life and how they will ultimately affect my family's health. It all started when I began recycling over twenty years ago. But it wasn't until I attended this event that I became fully aware of all the dangers lurking in the products we ingest, use, and wear everyday.

Have you ever wondered exactly what all those ingredients are that go into many baby and children's skincare products or what exactly is in those jars of baby food? If you're uncertain about some of the things you buy, there are healthier and more natural alternatives. Making the switch to more natural products for baby, kids, and even you is a way to be responsible about the environment and make parenting decisions that make you happier and healthier.

Here are some of the things you might want to think about.

1. Food
What you feed your kids is something you never stop thinking about from the time they are newborns until they are adults. It starts with the great breastfeeding debate, but that can be a decision that you don't always have control over. Once your baby starts eating solids, you have more control over what you feed them. If you're wary of anything that's over-processed, the best approach is to make food at home. You can decide what goes into anything you make, from oatmeal to finger foods. A lot of parents give their little ones what they eat, with a couple of adjustments to make it baby-friendly.

2. Baby Skin Care and Hygiene Products
When you have a baby, you inevitably use bath products and skin care items for your baby on a daily basis. As well as keeping your baby clean, you also need to prevent and treat a range of skin conditions such as dry skin and diaper rash. Fortunately, there are many all-natural options for products that are kind to your baby's skin and good for the environment. I bought my kids organic care products from Buds & Babes and often buy them for myself as well. There are many brands that offer similar products for babies, children, moms, and even pets.

3. Clothing
Just as skin care products can irritate skin, so can clothes since they are so close to the skin. You may want to think twice before purchasing clothes made with synthetic materials as they could . If you want something more natural, you can get organic cotton clothes that are soft and feel great. Some natural fabrics may be better than others. For example, some wool clothes will feel too scratchy to your baby. If you can't find the sort of clothes you want, you can even consider making some yourself or finding someone who can. You'll be able to pick the material and the design of whatever you choose to make.

4. Laundry Products
For clothes to be comfortable for your child, you also need to think about how to wash them. The laundry detergents and other products you use have an impact on the environment. They also might not be the best choices for sensitive skin. Consider using more natural products if you think your current detergents could be irritants. There are lots of different ones available to buy, or you can look at products you can use at home. Some everyday household items such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice are great for adding to your laundry or applying topically to remove stains.

Do you have any tips or products related to eco-friendly products to share?

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