Green parenting or frugal parenting?

18 Aug

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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?

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5 Responses to “Green parenting or frugal parenting?”

  1. Luschka @ Diary of a First Child August 19, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    You are so right about the baby stuff. I cringe a little when friends get pregnant and I see the money they spend on nurseries etc. I guess if you have it and want to spend it fine, but here in the UK they say the average first time parents spend £4000 on their first child during pregnancy and in the first year. With ebay, friends contributions and gifts and freecycle, we had spent £90 by the day my daughter was born and she has plenty of everything, hasn’t gone ‘without’ anything and is perfectly well adjusted and happy little girl.

    There’s seriously no need for half the stuff on the ‘must have’ lists!

    (btw – thanks for adding me to your blogroll! 🙂

    • greenmumsblog August 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

      Thanks Luschka and no problem, I love your blog!

  2. Gappy August 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    I used to cut the feet off babygrows when my my babies began to get too big for them. They’d last loads longer and if we were going anywhere we needed to look presentable, I’d just pull socks up over the edges.

    Also slings cost so much less money than prams I found. They took up less space aswell and all my babies seemed to prefer them.

    • greenmumsblog August 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

      Fab idea about the babygows, I hadn’t thought of that!

  3. Damita August 20, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Really interesting 🙂 I am def going to investigate green parenting 🙂

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