Being a green parent isn’t just about trying to save the planet. By being more aware of the environment
and the effect we have on it we can also save some of our hard earned cash – let’s face it, we could all do with that right now!
By using cloth nappies you can save £500 per child, compared to disposables – this includes the cost of washing. Using washable wipes can save you another £200. Breastfeeding has huge benefits for mother and baby, something we have already talked about on other posts, but think how much money you can save if you don’t have to buy formula. If you do decide to bottle feed don’t feel you need to purchase a specific steriliser, just give your bottles a good boil in a saucepan. It was good enough for our parents and grandparents and didn’t do us any harm!
If you don’t give in to the temptation to buy numerous baby items for your little one, you can save a load more cash. Do you really need to spend £40 on a fancy mobile or activity gym or can you ask friends if they have old baby toys or even have a look in charity shops? One peace of advice I can’t help but give to pregnant mums is that you really don’t need to invest in loads of expensive baby clothes. Your baby will very quickly grow out of newborn and 0 – 3 month clothes and you will no doubt be given loads of items as new baby gifts!
Green parenting is also about resisting the temptation to buy every new toy or gadget for children. Loads of fun can be had by doing the simple things in life that don’t cost money. Helping mummy and daddy in the garden, visiting grandparents for tea, going on a nature walk, cycling, going to the beach, painting and arts and crafts.
Does anyone else have any tips for green and frugal parenting?