by Mandi Meek
Native Foods Cafe
Moms and dads are the superheroes of their kids lives – well at least until they’re teens – and it’s essential to instill a sense of eco-responsibility in the future generation. So, we need to tackle one of the biggest trash producers around – diapers and diapering. I rounded up the diapering essentials and found ecofriendly, natural alternatives for those inclined to start their kiddo’s life in the green.
DIY Re-usable Baby Wipes (keeps mold free for at least 2 weeks)
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36 baby washcloths (usually sold in a pack of 12)
or 9x9 squares of flannel/cotton with hemmed edges
1¼ c of water (boiled)
¼ T all natural soap (preferably baby soap!)
2-3 T of vinegar (to fight mold and extra clean)
Container – reuse a disposable wipe container or a mason jar.
First, boil your water – you want to end up with a cup and a quarter at the end so maybe start with a cup and a half. Let the water cool and add your soap and vinegar – stir. Next, layer your wipes into the container and pour the liquid solution of them. Close the container and give it a few shakes to coat the wipes. Before use you may need to wring the wipes just a tad or use the extra moisture to give baby a quick sponge bath for his arms and tummy before changing.
So, I actually make these for myself and add about 1 T of bleach and use them around the house when needed – works like a charm. You could also cut a roll of paper towel in half or thirds pull out the center and make disposable wipes for on-the-go.
DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer
1cup of aloe vera gel
½ TBSP of witch hazel
10 drops of lavender essential oil
Combine ingredients in a bowl whisk or beat together. Transfer to an empty container or bottle.
Here’s something you’ll want to have – especially for diaper changes on-the-go! I’ve been using this for a while now because I have sensitive skin. The aloe vera gel gives the consistency of conventional hand sanitizer while the witch hazel and lavender sanitize. Versions of this recipe have been floating around the web for awhile, but this is my tried and true version.
How about an all-natural, DIY and homemade diaper rash crème?
Here’s a link to a homemade diaper rash crème recipe from Penniless Parenting. I believe this will work because I’ve made a similar crème for an eczema rash awhile back that used the same ingredients. Tea tree oil is a great antibacterial ingredient, which is important in a diaper rash crème; at least that’s what Mom told me.
And to wrap it up, a collection of cloth diaper shops that can be found on Etsy.com!
So the verdict is out and cloth diapers are not only better for the planet, but better for your wallet too! Like anything reusable, cost is going to be expensive up front, but you won’t have to buy diapers again so it should pay off. I’ve poked around on Etsy.com and came up with a few different shops that offer great diaper options.
If you want all-in-one organic diapers, I recommend FancyCloth:
If you want organic hemp/cotton soakers with cool cotton covers, I recommend NEETClothDiapers:
If you want a huge selection of cute fabrics, I recommend CheekyBunz:
And lastly if you want a one-stop shop for everything ecofriendly mommy and baby might need, I recommend MamaBearBabyWear.
Thought I would also throw this in since it made me chuckle!
Good luck with the eco-diapering, babymamas and babydaddies!
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