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Becoming eco-friendly in parenting can seem like extra work, but there’s no need to take an all-or-nothing approach, simple swaps here and there will help you move in the right direction.

Here’s a few tips to get the ball rolling, so you can take it at your own pace.

Switch to Cloth Nappies

Nappies are one of the biggest waste items for families, with each baby needing over 5800 nappy changes in 2 years. Switch to cloth nappies and you can save tonnes of household waste and your bin won’t stink like poop. Using cloth nappies doesn’t have to be an all or nothing option, but the more you use the bigger the savings, environmentally and financially.

If you only switch out 4 nappy changes per day to cloth, over 2 years you’ll save 2920 nappies from landfill. Washing cloth nappies is also very easy, current washing machines and detergents will do the bulk of the work, they also don’t need soaking.

Use Wet Bags Instead of Plastic Bags

Wet bags are perfect for baby’s dirty clothes, wet swimmers, toilet training, travelling and so much more. These are light weight bags with a PUL lining to keep the wetness in. They are small enough to fit into your handbag or nappy bag so you’re ready for any unexpected messes.

Invest in Cloth Sanitary Pads

Cloth Sanitary pads for periods and bladder leaks will not only reduce your household waste, but they are also more comfortable. Available in a wide range of pretty patterns to match almost any mood, the pads are also quiet and discreet, not to mention simple to wash.

Recycle Your Baby Food Pouches

Making your own baby food and storing it in reusable containers and pouches will be the best option to reduce waste. But for those times you use the food pouches, take them into your nearest supermarket with a REDcycle bin. Just be sure to rinse and dry them first. These pouches along with other soft plastics can be recycled and made into outdoor furniture, signage and more.

Donate

This includes clothes, toys, and any furniture that your family has outgrown. There are plenty of options for donating and passing on items that are still in good condition. You can drop them off at your local charity shop or toy library or reach out to new parents that may need a helping hand. You can also buy secondhand yourself too!

There’s a range of small changes you can make to become a more eco-friendly parent. Although daunting at first, every little bit counts, and we are after all, securing our children’s future.

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Ann Granger, Founder Little Aussie Monster

Ann is a mum of two and the founder of Little Aussie Monster, an e-commerce store established in 2013. Little Aussie Monster has one of the largest selections of modern cloth nappies in Australia, with over 200 different colours and prints available. They offer cloth nappies to suit from newborn to adult, and everything in between. Ann loves to help more families fall in love with reusable cloth nappies and sanitary pads, and share just how easy and fun they really are.