When expecting a new child, you might find yourself bombarded with the ideas of "stuff." You need this, you need that, don't get this, buy that, etc. Here are five baby items that I feel a green parent really doesn't need...save money and reduce waste!
- A baby wipe warmer. If the wipes are that cold, just warm them up in your hands for few minutes. The wipe warmer is a waste of energy and usually by the time your baby gets a little older they won't mind a cold wipe on their skin. You can even make your own baby wipes with old t-shirts and receiving blankets...so you really don't even need baby wipes!
- A bottle warmer. If you plan to breast feed, definitely skip this purchase. Even if you end up bottle-feeding, this isn't really a necessary item either. If you're home, you can warm a bottle up in some hot water. If you're out to eat, restaurants will often give you a cup of hot water to warm up a bottle. My son was not usually particular about his milk or formula being warm, and room temperature sufficed. Breast milk can actually sit at room temperature for 6 hours before it spoils. Formula shouldn't sit at room temperature for more than an hour, but you can always mix it on the go with room temperature water.... read more