My household, while aware of global issues, is not especially green.
We do some environmentally-friendly things, especially when they cost less than their wasteful counterparts. We have mostly ditched paper towels and paper napkins in favor of cloth ones. We use washable kitchenware instead of disposable plates and flatware. We switched from disposable diapers to cloth diapers for Allie.
All of those decisions have had enormous financial benefits, in addition to decreasing our family's impact on the environment.
At the same time, we've held on to incandescent light bulbs and traditional soap products.
Being green doesn't have to be all or nothing.
I'm proud of the steps that Joe and I have made toward a greener lifestyle, and I continue to look for new ways to make small changes.
We had the opportunity to try out some Green Baby products from Diapers.com last week, and I chose products that would fit easily into our lives as they are. I looked for products on the site that had little green leaves next to them (identifying them as environmentally-friendly).
Here's what I chose:
- FuzziBunz Double Sided Wonder Wipes – Even though we have been using cloth diapers on Allison since she was three weeks old, we had continued to use disposable baby wipes. I was confused about all of the options, and I couldn't imagine cloth wipes working as well as the moist ‘sposies.
For about the same price as a case of sensitive skin wipes, I was able to buy 10 FuzziBunz Double Sided Wonder Wipes. I really like them; the wipes are super soft and cleaned Allie's bottom to my satisfaction. I have washed them once, and they seem to have washed nicely, too, though they shrunk more than I expected.
I'm pleased with our switch from disposable wipes to reusable cloth wipes. I'm going to buy another pack or two so that we won't have to use disposable wipes at all.
- Bumkins SuperBibs – 3 pack in girl colors – I'm going to be honest and tell you that I don't know what makes these bibs a green product. Maybe it's because they are PVC, BPA, phthalate and vinyl free? I'm not sure, but they are part of Diapers.com's Green Baby section.
I was thrilled to see that they were listed in the Green Baby products because I love them. We had Bumkins bibs for Grace (this size and the bigger size, with arm holes), and we used them until well after her third birthday. We love these bibs!
Grace remembered her bib, and she put them on herself and her sister when I opened the box.
- Kushies Reusable Swim Diaper – We used only disposable diapers with Grace, including swim diapers. We go swimming once or twice a week (or more!) during the summer, so we needed a whole lot of swim diapers before Grace finally potty trained. How I hated those swim diapers! I'm excited to give these a try in a few weeks.
After reading all of the swim diapers reviews on the site, I picked two of these pink ones for Allie. I'm hoping that I'll be able to rotate them and use them through the whole summer.
- Mini Shower Multi-Use Sprayer Wand – I chose this sprayer because I've read that they make cloth diapering much easier after the baby starts eating solids.Ã‚ Joe hooked it up to our toilet in a couple of minutes, and we were ready to rinse diapers.
According to the packaging, this sprayer wand can reduce toilet paper usage by up to 80%. I'm not sure if I'm ready to go that green just yet. Baby steps, right?
Take a step toward getting greener with a $100 Diapers.com shopping spree!
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This post is sponsored by BabyCenter in conjunction with the BabyCenter Blog Network. Opinions are my own, as was the decision of which products I would try.
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