From the moment you hold your baby in your arms for the first time to the moment you help them move out into a place of their own, all you want is to ensure your child is happy and healthy. The truth is that every person born has a significant impact on the environment, and raising an eco-conscious child starts from the moment you hold them in your arms.
Tiny babies can have a huge environmental impact – take a moment to consider how many dirty disposable nappies one baby makes over the first two years. It's a lot. That's just nappies. So how can you help mitigate this and foster a mindset toward sustainability?
Here at Ludere, we are passionate about creating safe, secure environments for babies, which is why none of our products contain nasty chemicals. Babies are sensitive and protecting them from exposure to toxins in many everyday products is essential.
From where your baby sleeps to the clothes they wear and the toys they play with, we believe it's vital to opt for natural and eco-friendly baby products wherever possible. Small choices can make a big difference, whether you make small changes (like opting for organic foods or ditching disposable nappies for old-fashioned cloth nappies).
Even better, by making thoughtful choices, you can create a more sustainable home while modelling eco-consciousness to your children.
We've created this list of sustainable choices you can make for everyday baby products to ensure your home becomes eco-friendly.
Modern cloth nappies are very different from the terry towelling squares your nanna used to use. Now available in various fits and styles, most comprise a waterproof decorated outer shell with a removable and washable inner core.
Forget about giant safety pins; most modern reusable nappies now use Velcro – so much easier if you have a wiggly baby on the changing table! Choose organic cotton nappies if you can. The beauty of these new re-usable nappies are the colourful designs.
Your baby's skin is so sensitive that we recommend using eco-friendly baby wipes. By choosing organic and 100% natural baby wipes for your baby, you avoid any nasty chemicals touching their most sensitive areas.
Choose chemical-free wipes that are handy to use on the go and will never irritate delicate skin.
Choosing the right crib for your baby can be a difficult decision. Many different materials are available, but whichever you choose, ensure they are constructed form sustainably sourced timber.
Wood offers a natural, renewable resource, but while many websites may claim they use sustainably sourced wood, it can be difficult to ensure this is true.
Your nursery furniture is an essential part of your eco-friendly journey. Opt for a company which uses select FSC-certified sources and aims to reduce manufacturing waste and use paint finishes with low VOCs.
While it's possible to find many sustainable bay items secondhand, if there is one place it's worth buying brand new, it's your cot mattress. Your baby will (hopefully!) be spending many hours sleeping in bed, so try to find a sustainable, eco-friendly cot mattress.
Look for an eco-friendly mattress range that is certified organic cotton, coconut coir, pure latex, and wrapped in 100% Australian wool. Just make sure you have carefully measured the inside of your cot to ensure the mattress will fit snugly.
ORGANIC COTTON OR BAMBOO SHEETS
Now you have your eco-friendly cot and mattress set up; it's time to consider which bedding to choose. Both organic cotton and bamboo sheets are fantastic and there is plenty of choice in colour and design.
ORGANIC ECO BABY PLAY MAT
We may be a little biased, but we can't help but feel that an eco-friendly baby play mat is essential to any nursery. Whether you opt for a non-toxic foam play mat or one of our gorgeous French Linen play mats, Ludere has a play mat for your baby.
Our linen and padded foam mats are the perfect addition to any home. Thoughtfully designed, our high-quality organic baby play mats are sustainable, beautiful, and functional and are the ultimate baby shower gift.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CLOTHES DETERGENT
You might be surprised at the sheer amount of washing one tiny baby can create! Opting for an eco-friendly washing detergent is an easy way to reduce your environmental impact. Eco-friendly detergents are gentler on the skin and clothes, making them perfect for those with sensitive skin or allergies.
Check your detergents' ingredients list; look for words like non-toxic, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, vegan, cruelty-free, and ethically sourced. Avoid detergents with a long list of chemical names you don't understand.
There you have it – just some of our suggestions for sustainable and eco-friendly baby products for eco-conscious parents. We hope you found it helpful.
LUDERE – PLAY IN STYLE
Our Ludere play mats are lovingly designed and made to be gentle on your baby's skin, sustainable for our planet, and create the perfect space for your baby to relax and play. Available in a range of colours, they are transportable and versatile.
Our play mats are safe and sustainable and manufactured from all-natural 100% French linen Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified. This certification lets you know that no nasty harmful substances are used to produce our linen mats – just considered design and thoughtful construction.
Choose Ludere for a luxurious and versatile baby play mat today.
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