As a baby photographer in Hampshire, I’ve been wondering what being a ‘green’ new parent truly means. A newborn baby is so precious – as is our planet. As a newborn photographer, you can be guaranteed that I will take the upmost care of your newborn baby and ensure safety is my number one priority; at the same time as capturing gorgeous and cute photographs of your little one! So, for this blog post, I’ve gone green with sharing beautiful newborn photographs where the parent has chosen my green colour scheme.
What Does Going Green Mean?
‘Going green’ means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally-friendly and ecologically-responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.”
Based on some research I did for this blog post, I’ve listed my top tips for being a ‘green’ newborn mummy.
As a newborn photographer in Hampshire, I’m sure new mums that come to the studio would share that they definitely get through quite a few nappies. Apparently there are 9 million nappies disposed of every day in the UK. I did a little research into some of the best reusable nappies. I love the brand Kit & Kin created by Emma Bunton and Christopher Money. “As parents themselves, Emma and Chris struggled to find products which didn’t irritate their children’s skin and were inspired to develop a natural, gentle and sustainable alternative for families – and from this Kit & Kin was born”. They have created a reusable nappy using sustainable & plant-based materials.
I just love the patterns available by Bambino Mio. They’ve created an award-winning two-piece one-size nappy that can be used from newborn through to toddler. Bambino Mio believes that their nappies are: “…better for bums, your pocket and our planet too”.
Breastfeeding and Glass Bottles
Breastfeeding is good for the environment. As we know, breast milk will provide a newborn baby with all the nutrients and antibodies they need to make them grow strong and healthy. Breastfeeding is also good for the environment. There’s no packaging that comes with bottle-fed babies. It’s good for the environment too as there’s no need to dispose of bottles.
As breastfeeding isn’t for every new mum, I thought I would also look up some eco-friendly baby bottles. Glass bottles are naturally free of toxic chemicals and a great eco-friendly solution for parents. They are also odour and stain-resistant which means they will last a long time.
While I was researching having my newborn photographer hat on, I came across the Hevea brand. Taken from the Hevea website “HEVEA is not just a brand; it’s a story with its own purpose. The HEVEA story is about how we want to leave fingerprints on the world – a fingerprint showing that we strive to do better, to create a more mindful way of taking care of the planet we leave for future generations.”. They have a collection of 100% pure borosilicate glass bottles.
Dr Brown’s brand produces an anti-colic bottle; it has a wide neck which allows a steady flow that is similar to breastfeeding.
Tommee Tippee advertises their glass bottles as “Closer to Nature”. I love the pink and blue colour bottles. If I was buying a baby bottle, I think I’d go for these coloured ones.
Like most mums soon discover, your newborn baby will soon outgrow their babygrows. Having ‘hand-me-down’ clothes can definitely be great for the environment; reducing toxic chemicals and dyes used in clothes manufacturing. An alternative to hand-me-down clothes is purchasing organic cotton clothes. The organic cotton is grown using chemicals that can break down the fibres so they will last much longer. On the farms growing organic cotton, hazardous pesticides and fertilisers aren’t used which means that they keep rivers, lakes and drinking water cleaner.
Baby Magazine has produced a great webpage on the top 14 Eco Friendly baby clothes.
As you start to wean your baby, and introduce solids, no doubt you’ll want to ensure that you feed your baby with nourishing food. One of the best ways is to produce baby solids from the balanced diet you eat. However, sometimes for ease, you’ll want to have a quick meal ready for your baby. Quite a few baby food manufacturers are now thinking of the environment and have this as part of their company mission statement. One such company is Babease which pledges to provide organic food in their baby products. Their baby food pouches are also made of a recycling material. On their website, they give some great advice on weaning your baby, plus recipes that you can use to make delicious family food as well as a shop to buy baby food pouches.
We all were aware in lockdown with less vehicles on the road, how good it was for the environment. We were all encouraged to have daily exercise and stay at home, with only essential travel. Getting out for lots of walks with your newborn baby in the fresh air with natural sunlight is not only good for you, but also your baby.
We can all take little steps in helping to protect the environment and becoming eco-friendly. Writing this blog has made me think about how eco-friendly my home and photography studio are. I’ve added to my to-do list to look at the ‘green’ changes I can make to my life and I’ll share these with you in a later blog post.