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Baby On Board With Green

Author: SEBLerner

Pregnant Woman in the WoodsI don't drive an SUV. I turn off the lights when I leave a room. I pay attention to environmental issues. In elections, I vote for incentives that protect our planet. I buy environmentally sound products. And, I'm a vegetarian. Therefore, I am environmentally conscious, right? Wrong. I am a gas-guzzling, non-recycling, energy-wasting hog who values convenience and easy living over the effort it sometimes takes to do the right thing for the environment.

This look in the green mirror started when I found out I was pregnant. I began to examine my beliefs and practices closely, and realized that while I was preaching to others about the need to reduce our carbon footprint, I was still driving everywhere, forgetting to sort my used plastics, and keeping the heat at 72 degrees day and night.

How, I asked myself, could I perpetuate behavior that is hurting the world my new child will inhabit? If I take great pains to ensure my body offers the healthiest environment possible for my baby, shouldn't I do the same thing for the environment she or he will be born into?

In that case, why do I reach for bottled water when the tap and a reusable container are nearby? Why do I use a disposable mop when the old fashioned kind works just as well? Because it's easy.

Being pregnant has taken me far outside my comfort zone. It's a whole new world, one that I want to make sure is safe for my child. I know it won't always be easy to "go greener," but I'm willing to give it a try. I'll be back with an update soon!

photo: marabuchi


dinellem picture
i had a baby 9 months ago and have become obsessed with changing everything in my life, albeit slowly, to a more greener way. it is difficult, i had a hard time registering for items for the shower because the organic items were more expensive so no one thought about getting me the other items instead. now that i've had the baby, i've devoted myself to feeding him only organic food so far, and i make most of it myself. however, it seems that it's the people closest to me are the ones that don't really understand why and don't want to hear it or listen when i try to tell them! i wish there were a way i could show everyone that i was going green with my family no matter what they think or try to do against it. my mother in law is constantly trying to do everything against the green way, she just doesn't understand it and doesn't think it's any better for anyone. so frustrating.
Heytuck picture
I try to buy everything I need for my baby from garage sales, thrift stores, or craigslist. It not only saves tons of cash and reduces the amount of trash you will create from packaging, but the money you spend will go to those who need it- like families in need trying to make money selling their items- instead of big corporations like Walmart and Babies R Us. In addition, most thrift stores donate their profits to charities or use the money for other worthy causes. If you are one of those people who think that you will have to settle for other people's junky cast offs- consider this- there are TONS of people out there who buy good quality things, take good care of them, and only use them a few times- why not take advantage of this? I promise if you spend the time to look, you will find many things that you need for your baby that are brand new looking.
SEBLerner picture
I'm trying to take your advice on composting and washing. It's helpful to get into the habit before the baby comes. And you're right, the baby store "buying bonanza" is exactly that. I was completely racked with guilt after registering for baby stuff even though I tried to really contain myself to green-type products. Even though I tried to be as eco-friendly as possible, there is a good chance that those who are generous enough to give us gifts may not be as committed to being as green asI try to be.
erinh picture
I've found it to be harder to be green when the baby "stuff" buying bonanza began. Wrapping paper, product packaging... the garbage piled up. I even had to plea to get green and reusable diapers from people at showers. Thank goodness 7th Gen was available at Babies R Us! Other ways I've tried to be greener with this whole pregnancy thing: *started composting all those fruit and veggie scraps (since there were more of them from the feeding frenzy!); *thermostat has been off for months since my body heat is ramped up any way; *washing all those new baby clothes in cold water