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All new parents pressure themselves to do everything perfectly. It’s only natural—after all, you want the very best for your baby. For lots of us, there’s the added concern of raising little ones in an earth-friendly environment.

Luckily, being an eco-parent isn’t all that hard. At the Little Woodpecker, we know all about blending sustainability, practicality and quality with our educational toys, so we’ve put together a few eco-parenting tips for new parents as well as seasoned mums and dads.

  • Make your own baby food: There’s no better, healthier food for your little one than fresh local produce. Check out your local farmers’ markets for nutritious organic seasonal fruits and vegetables, then boil or steam them, purée them in a blender, and you’ve got a hearty and healthy meal your baby will love. On busy days, try organic store-bought options in sustainable packaging.
  • Play sustainably: Opt for toys, puzzles and games made of sustainable materials like wood or bamboo. Not only are these safer for babies as they’re made of non-toxic materials, but they’re also durable and great for the environment. From soft and cuddly toys to musical instruments, the Little Woodpecker offers countless eco-friendly toys designed to promote your baby’s physical, cognitive and emotional development through play.
  • Use homemade cleaners: The best part about using DIY cleaners made with different combinations of white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and lavender oil, is that they are completely non-toxic and really affordable to make!
  • Choose eco-friendly nappies: Biodegradable, compostable, flushable and cloth nappies are brilliant alternatives to traditional disposable nappies, and work just as well. Go for brands without fragrances, chlorine processing, latex, or petroleum-based lotions, and check out GNappies and Bambo Nappies—they’re the brands we use for our little lad!
  • Breastfeed for as long as you can: We’re no health experts, but breast milk is considered the healthiest, most sustainable nutrition for babies. So although it may be tricky to keep up, try to breastfeed for as long as possible; for working mums, try taking a breast pump to work and freezing milk.
  • Ditch the carrier: Rather than using a carrier made of synthetic materials, use an eco-friendly sling made of cotton or hemp to go out and about with your baby. Slings made of these fabrics are safe, affordable and sustainable—what’s not to love?

Being a green parent needn’t be burdensome; it’s just another part of the exciting journey of being a parent and contributing to a healthy environment for your little one to enjoy in the future. For more information on any of our eco-friendly toys, contact us at the Little Woodpecker today.