Part 1 - Baby out on the town
Part 2 - Chemical free sleep
Part 3 - Why organic clothes?
Part 4 - Items that make life easier
Keep an eye out for the other sections, here is Part 1.
So what is a green mom to do? One day I was helping my mother at her spa, Harmony Day Spa, and I met a lovely woman who’s husband and friend founded a company called Orbit Baby. I told her my problem and she informed me of her products. As soon as I set my eyes on an Orbit stroller online I knew I had to have one. I could have cared less about it’s popularity with celebrities, I wanted it because it was SO practical and oh-so-green. The design was genius! The base rotates 360 degrees so you can place the baby straight into the car base or stroller base and then turn in instead of turning your back. I am a person with a bad scoliosis so this was music to my ears! If the design wasn’t enough to hook me the green standards were. They have a commitment to green fabrics and materials that are unmatched by any other company.
I bought my own Orbit and installed it in my car, even with my sensitive nose I could not detect any plastic smelling off gas fumes. In the beginning you will pay more for this system but not too long ago they made some upgrades and now there are two systems G1 and G2. If you cannot afford the new G2 system there are many people selling their out grown G1 systems online on ebay or craigslist. For me it was worth the investment and if you ever want to know more about my experience with the system feel free to ask!
There is more to being out on the town then just car seats and strollers. Diaper bags and baby carriers are also items to buy. Many diaper bags are waterproof which is a great idea in theory but make sure that you read the label to find out what they are using to waterproof the material. The manufacturer must print BPA or PVC free on the label, if you do not see that do not buy the item. I prefer bags you can throw in the washing machine over ones that are waterproof. Diaper bags that are chemical free cost more, but there are a few brands that are really great. Ergo makes both a back pack and a front pack that attaches to their carrier, these are chemical free. There are also some smaller companies out there, you can find some of them on babyearth.com.
Baby carriers have got a bad rap recently in the news. If worn properly they are not a danger so just make sure to follow simple guidelines like not allowing your baby’s chin to rest on their chest and make sure that their face is not against your chest but to the side. Carriers range from wraps to packs like the Ergo to slings. It is really up to you and your back, pick something that feels comfortable. There are many organic options out there and many craft mommies make their own, you can find patterns for slings and Mai Tais at sewing stores like Hart’s Fabrics who also carry many organic fabrics.
Green Babies, Sage Moms by Linda Fassa
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Healthy Child Healthy World by Christopher Gavigan