A green stroller? Does such a product really exist? There are certainly strollers that are eco-friendlier than others, but it’s pretty tricky to find a bamboo buggy for your new baby. From our collective experience, the best way to go green is to select a multifunctional stroller that you’ll love through your years of talking your children for walks.
Regretfully I have to confess that we fell into the trap of having too many strollers. Our tiny garage is loaded up with four separate contraptions for wheeling our babe along the sidewalk. We will try to save you from the same fate!
If you want one for an infant:
What should you do with a newborn? Honestly, newborns tuck into a sling or an Ergo carrier so nicely that we almost never used our strollers. If you do want one, however, you might want to look into an infant car seat carrier. Simply snap your car seat into the frame and you’ll essentially have a travel system without all the chunky plastic. You can choose from Kolcraft, Maclaren, Graco and many others.
If you want an extremely compact stroller:
We love Maclaren strollers for their design, function, and lack of plastic. Some of their larger strollers (such as the Maclaren Quest) work from birth onward, but the Maclaren Triumph works after ten weeks and the Volo works for children older than six months. The whole line of strollers are light and collapse compactly for bus travel or to throw into the trunk of your car. If you’re looking for a less expensive option, check out Chiccos strollers or Kolcraft strollers.
If you’re a runner:
While they are a bit big, Bob strollers are wonderful for running with baby. They adapt to fit infant car seats and also come in double strollers. They have ample storage and a nice cover to protect baby from the sun.
If you want to bike with baby:
One of our favorite multifunctional choices is the Burley Bike Trailer. While somewhat clunky, it works as a bike trailer, a running stroller, and a double stroller. Baby won’t be able to ride in it until she’s a year old, but it can be used for years on family bike commutes. If the price seems a little steep, you could opt for the similar In-Step bike stroller for much less.
You’ll find even more detail about eco-friendly, budget-friendly baby-toting devices in our new book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet. You’ll also get options for making your own sling and tips on saving money by purchasing a gently used stroller.
What is your favorite baby-toting device? It may not even be a stroller! Do you own a stroller that you wish you had never purchased?
Today is the day. For three years, hundreds of days and thousands of hours, Rebecca and I have written, rewritten, and polished our manuscript for The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down to Earth for Parents to Save Money and the Planet. Today is its official birthday because it is now on bookstore shelves!
We packed our book full of earth-friendly, budget-friendly tips learned from our time in the trenches as new moms. It’s the perfect stand-alone guide to cloth diapering, buying green for baby, and enjoying baby’s arrival without extra economic stress.
In honor of its birth, we’re going to be giving away HUNDREDS of dollars of green baby gear in our weekly gift baskets this month. Please email friends and family, post on your Facebook page, and inform fellow bloggers that your readers won’t want to miss this month’s giveaway extravaganza.
What could you win?
How about. . .
Adorable eco-friendly baby shoes
Some top quality cloth diapers and accessories
A working cardboard cradle for baby
Organic baby food
Sweet little organic baby garments
A COPY OF OUR BOOK!
There’s much, much more in our baskets so stop by each week to see what you could win.
Also, we’re hosting two upcoming book signings. On Saturday, March 6th from noon to two, we’ll be at Mother Nature’s in Portland, Oregon, at 2627 Southeast Clinton Street. If you miss that one, come see us on Sunday, March 21st from ten to noon when we’ll be at Bambini in Eugene, Oregon, at 205 West 5th Street. If you know someone who may be interested in our book, feel free to email them about the events. Thank you for spreading the word about our giveaways and our new book!
Balloon bum: An adorable, bulky-bottomed look caused by diapering baby in cloth. May lead parents to adore cloth diapers for fashion reasons rather than just their obvious economic and environmental appeal.
Most of us embrace “balloon bum”—but dressing your baby can be challenging when most clothes are designed for disposable clad bottoms. You can buy bigger pants and roll up the legs or stretch a pair of tights around the whole diaper—but I’ve just found a new solution.
This winter I discovered Baby Legs, baby leg warmers that stretch up to baby’s thighs without needing to cover the diaper. Here are the reasons I LOVE this product:
Some of you talented knitters could probably whip a pair of these up in no time. For the rest of us, you can order Baby Legs on Amazon. You can find a few pairs on sale for as little as 5.99 but they are regularly $12.00 a pair or a bit more for an organic set. Jefferies Socks Baby Leg Warmers are just $5.50 a pair, but the sizes are just 1-3 months or 3-12 months.
Although I am an incurable tightwad, I have to confess that I bought several pairs of these online and love them! It’s tricky to keep them both together in the laundry, but otherwise I adore them. Have you tried Baby Legs?
Should I wear a special shirt made for breastfeeding moms? Where would I sit? Would people stare? In the beginning of my motherhood adventure, public breastfeeding seemed complicated and impossible.
Now, breastfeeding is no big deal. I simply cover baby with a blanket, pull up my shirt (and any old shirt will do) and discretely put baby to breast. I’ll admit that I did enjoy my “Hooter Hider” before we accidently left it at a park, but I wouldn’t tell any new mother that she had to have lots of fancy equipment, clothing, or prearranged locations to nurse her infant.
I’ve breastfed in pizza parlors, grocery store aisles, dressing rooms, airports, buses, my car, restaurants, friends’ houses, and while walking through the zoo toting my babe in her Ergo carrier. I once breastfed her in church during silent meditation in the hopes of quieting her for a few moments. It backfired, resulting in lots of loud slurping sounds which echoed through the room–causing smiles to appear on several faces.
Still, when I get even the remote sense that I am making others uncomfortable, I’m amazed by how many people are completely clueless about what I’m doing. One of my former middle school male students once chatted with me for twenty minutes while I fed my daughter in a cafe. I’m sure he would have been mortified if he had any idea of what was going on under her blanket.
If you’re on the bring of bearing your child, don’t waste any of your precious time worrying about how to breastfeed in public. It truly is easy and you’ll get lots of practice on a regular basis thanks to your child’s appetite for milk. Get out there and give breastfeeding on the go a chance!
Where is the most bizarre place you’ve ever breastfed your child? Help support those moms who are just getting started with their breastfeeding adventures!
Here at Green Baby Guide, it makes us giddy to fling free products into cyberspace, receive dozens of comments and then randomly pick our lucky winners. If you love giveaways too, brace yourself for the month of March, when we shall be launching our biggest set of eco-friendly giveaways ever in honor of our book’s first month on store shelves.
Very soon we expect Angela will be whipping up batches of pureed yams, kale, and brown rice thanks to her copy of Super Baby Food. Congratulations and may you fill many dozen ice-cube trays with home blended delights for your babe!
While we wished we could send each of our forty-seven entries a box, Carol was the final winner of the Abe’s Natural Market vegan truffles. Please savor their chocolate glory and think of the rest of us!
And about a dozen bloggers will soon have a free copy of our book delivered to their doorstep simply because they agreed to review it online. Is this giveaway still going? Absolutely! Simply comment if you’re interested. We’ll be sure to email you for your mailing address and then forward it onto our publicist so that you get a copy for review and maybe even a giveaway on your site.
Thanks to everyone for participating in our giveaways and brace yourself for more free goodies in the weeks to come!
We’re so proud of our new book that we’d like to get it in everyone’s hands. The information stuffed between the bindings saved us about six thousand dollars in our babies’ first year alone so it’s worth shelling out a few bucks for a copy—but card carrying tightwads might want to know how to get the book for FREE.
If you don’t have a blog, a library, pregnant friends, or anyone willing to throw you a baby shower we should tell you that the book is available for pre-order in the next few weeks at 25% off. It would be nice if all of you were so inspired by that temporary sale that you bought several thousand copies of our books I suppose, but as thrifty souls ourselves, it brings us even more happiness to find ways for you to score a copy of our little gem for free. Thanks for all your support!
After months of interrupted sleep, my husband and I were longing to having full REM cycles, dreams, and several hours of slumber. Our baby is nearly eight months old. Shouldn’t she be sleeping through the night by now? Never mind that our son didn’t snooze a full night until he was nine months old. Never mind that our parenting peers were having the same problem. We were determined to find out how we could possibly get her to let us rest.
First we tried the food. We loaded her up with pumpkin and pears right before bed, resolute in our determination to slumber. Her response? She woke up three times that night with diapers encrusted with orange-tinged poo. Ugh.
Then we tried a different meal schedule and longer spans between her feedings during the day. Our wise pediatrician reminded us that if she couldn’t last more than three hours during the day, how could she make it through the night?
Right! We tried the new routine with some success but Jovi was still up every night at exactly 1am. Why was she so precise?
We tried warmer pajamas, a fan for background noise, a slightly later bedtime… All of it in vain. At 1am on the dot we were greeted by her desperate screams. Every. Single. Night.
Until last night. My husband was up late and went in to watch her sleep before he hit the sack. It was 12:55 and as he watched her snooze in perfect slumber, he heard a sudden loud beeping. Yes. The travel alarm clock we keep in her room has been set to go off at 1am for months. It only beeps five times so it was never going off when we went in to get her.
Our poor, pumpkin stuffed babe! We’ll see how it goes tonight…
Now some of you have children who will willingly eat the family meal, spinach and all. Well done! I would love to know how you did it. My three year old won’t be receiving specialized cuisine for the rest of his life but for now it makes mealtime infinitely easier. Simply listing out a few ideas for breakfasts, lunches and dinners and then posting it has made life so much easier. It means that we don’t have to think in the morning after a horrid night with the baby and that we can be sure to have items on hand for kid-friendly meals.
Before we tried this simple tip, we spent a lot of time standing before an open fridge trying to think of healthy combinations for our son. Also, we made the mistake of listing several choices for him each meal as if we were catering to a very demanding customer. Now we put his meal before him and find that he’s far more willing to try it.
Our son helped us come up with the list and buy some of the items that we needed to have on hand. It helps him be involved in mealtime beforehand so that he’s less likely to balk when the meal is placed before him.
I know this isn’t gourmet fare, but it’s nice to have a list of a few meal ideas to get us going. Do you have other favorite meal choices that your child loves? Please share!
Today our post comes to you via Parenting Press, an online site packed with resources to support you in your child-rearing adventures from birth to the teen years. The January newsletter contained this short article outlining the brilliant (and very green) strategy of gift swapping. It involves getting rid of unwanted stuff, cleaning out closets, and then having the chance to get what you really wanted–all for free! You may want to round up a group of families with varying ages of kids and involve the little ones in this easy “stuff swap!” The following piece is entirely written by Parenting Press.
In keeping with New Year’s resolutions and the general 2010 focus on going green, get together with friends and family to swap things you no longer want or can use (maybe even including the white elephants that arrived as holiday gifts). Take over a large room in someone’s house or the meeting room in an apartment complex and consider setting up “stations” by kind of item (sports equipment, clothing, craft supplies, toys, books, furniture) or by size (little kids, grade school kids, teenagers, adults). Be sure to create a space for odds and ends: the incomplete puzzles, fruitcake tins, jars of buttons, fabric remnants, old magazines. Chances are, what you consider trash is ideal for a neighbor’s next craft project or Cousin Kyle’s science fair entry!
Before my son was a toddler, he was a perfect eater––gulping down pureed spinach with the best of them. But when he turned two, all green foods became instantly poisonous. So much for my dreams of a child who dined on feta cheese and kate! Still, lately we realized that we weren’t doing a good job of stretching his food comfort zone and decided to try a few new tricks.
Four easy tactics have made an enormous difference at our house. We’re expanding his palate, making simple foods, and avoiding the struggle over what to eat.
Here are our recent discoveries:
What are your favorite tips for making nutritious food fun for your child? Please inspire us! Stay tuned for our upcoming post on meal planning ideas for your little one.