Even before the baby arrives you can get started on being more green, beginning with your baby shower. What is an Eco-friendly baby shower? Examples would be using real dishes, cloth napkins, decorating with potted plants, serving local food, gently used gifts and recycling the gift wrap.
In an article by Anne Laufe, Growing a Green Baby, out of the Metro Parent: Your Baby & You, she suggested:
- If someone is throwing you a baby shower, talk to them and ask them to spread the word and that you would love to receive cloth diapers and toxin-free toys.
- Choose a second-hand shower. Let your friends know you’d prefer to receive gently used baby clothes, pre-owned books, or hand-me-downs that their children have outgrown.
Tinyfootprints has come up with a Baby Shower kit, this kit provides expectant parents and their baby shower hosts a one-stop, hands-on guide for organizing a fun and “Eco-healthy” baby shower. I think the biggest problem facing expectant parents is the mass amount of new items they receive and most often, don’t even need or themselves go out and buy, thinking they will need it and don’t ever use it.
- Step 1 Choosing Baby Shower Gifts
- Step 2 Place – Locally owned and operated, serves local, organic or seasonal food.
- Step 3 Decor – Use reusable decorations, real dishes, silverware, cloth napkins, potted plants, if you use cut flowers, find local sustainable flowers.
- Step 4 Invitation – Use recycled paper and make your own invitations. Explain a bit about the eco-healthy aspect of the shower.
- Step 5 Shower Activities – Try the Alphabet Cookie Game.
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