Budgeting for an eco-friendly baby is a guest post from Charlotte Jessop who you can find blogging at lookingafteryourpennies.com
Budgeting for an eco-friendly baby
You’ve got a new arrival on the way, but you don’t want to give up your eco-friendly lifestyle. Is it possible to raise a zero-waste baby without breaking the budget?
It is! Babies are simple creatures and have minimal needs, even when you decide to bring your child up to be an environmentally conscious citizen of the world.
Below I outline some choices you can make, the costs associated with them and the potential saving available:
More and more families are choosing to use reusable nappies on their children. They are a fab eco-friendly choice and have many benefits for your child too.
You can buy nappies new for around £5 each (obviously there are more expensive versions) and these should last you right through to potty training. You can even use them on future siblings too.
You’ll need about 15-20 in a set so that you always have some available. There will also be some costs involved with washing them, but if you are smart you can keep this to a minimum too.
Cost = £100 + washing
Potential savings = £200+
If you are going to use reusable nappies, then reusable wipes are the perfect addition. Plus, you can wash them in with the nappies and incur no extra laundry costs.
They are simple to use, and you can store them wet or dry. You can even buy small wet bags for taking them out and about with you.
You can make your own if you have some old towels or flannels lying around. You will need around 40-50 to cover all eventualities.
Cost = £20 (to buy)
Potential savings = £100+
Wraps and slings
Although not top of the list when it comes to thinking about eco-friendly parenting choices, but you can avoid prams completely. All pushchairs end up in landfill one day, so why not make the decision now to not have one.
Wraps and slings are great for babies and, as parents, you will love the snuggles. Made mostly from fabrics, they are more easily recycled, repurposed or reused at the end of their life than their wheeled alternatives.
There are wraps out there to suit all budgets. Be warned, you may need to try a few before you find a style you like (check out a Sling Library to help with this.)
Cost = £20+
Potential savings = £50 – 500+
Baby-led weaning is feeding your child (6 months +) normal adult food, instead of purees and pouches. Don’t worry, it is completely safe!
Rather than buying and preparing your baby their own special food, you can feed them what you normally eat. It is huge time and money saver. Plus, saves on the additional plastic packaging that they normally put it in too. The planet is happy!
In the early days, you can just feed them bits of food from your plate creating almost no extra cost to you. As they get bigger, you might decide to buy a few extras so that you get some food to eat.
Cost = £0
Potential savings = infinite
I have included this one hesitantly, as I am aware that for many it is not a choice. But I wanted to write about it here as it has place as a great money-saving eco-friendly way to raise a child.
If you can breastfeed, then not only will you be able to save the cost of the tubs of formula and equipment, but you’ll also eliminate all the additional waste.
Cost = £0
Potential savings = £400+
Make the right choices for you
There you go! Raising an eco-friendly baby is achievable and might even save you some money along the way. And you are going to feel great watching those cloth nappies dry on the line. Trust me!
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