Posted by: Charndra at Tribal Baby | June 19, 2009

Your Green Baby: Protecting the Environment With Your Diaper Choices by Using One Less Diaper Today!

Raising a ‘Green Baby’ means considering your options and making changes where you can to reduce the environmental footprint of your baby.

Make it a personal goal to use one less diaper today by discovering some new ideas and making a few changes…

Did you know, that in North America alone, the diaper industry is worth an estimated 7 BILLION dollars a year? That’s a lot of diaper changing, that’s a lot of manufacturing, packaging, transportation, advertising, storage and disposal – and that’s a lot of waste!

3 Ways to Raise A Green Baby When Considering Your Diaper Options:

1. Use Some Modern Cloth Diapers.

They actually only take an estimated 5 minutes more to use each day, once you factor in the travel, standing in queues, racing out late at night, transportation, storage, clean up, associated washing and then time to wrap and dispose of the disposables. Golly! 5 minutes to invest for a greener future? Start with just one green diaper. Feel good each time your baby wears it, then wash it and reuse it again!

2. Favor ECO Disposables That Can Be Composted or Flushed.

These environmentally friendly options can be composted, worm farmed away or simply buried to disappear in a couple of months. The urea and other waste matter helps condition the soil (Apparently even IMPROVING the rate of bio-degrading!) ECO disposables give you great eco-karma as well – I feel great when I use them!

3. Begin to Dabble in Baby Pottying.

Elimination Communication is something you start at home. You ease into the practice part time with your baby leading the way, using diapers as full-time backup at first. You offer a potty break at diaper changes, particularly if your baby has a dry diaper when you happen to check it, and then, Hooray! You ‘catch’ your first wee, start skipping the odd diaper, and begin doing your little bit for the environment your baby will grow up to live in help protect in the future.

Even a generation ago, the majority of toddlers were beginning to move out of diapers at eighteen months. Now, the majority of children don’t even begin this process until they are nearly three. Children are now in diapers longer than ever before in history in the ‘developed’ countries, while children in the rest of the world are largely out of diapers around their first birthdays, and using them in a casual way, rather than 24 hours a day!

With these 3 simple ideas your infant can be raised to be a green baby, starting life with a smaller carbon footprint. Whether you start with a few modern cloth diapers, use some compostable diapers or begin practicing some elimination communication, you are making a difference and setting an eco-friendly example to your friends and family.

Pop over to Charndra’s websites on Baby Pottying, either Part Time Nappy Free or Part Time Diaper Free Join to access a free guided tour on elimination communication (EC) to ease into Baby Pottying with Confidence!



  1. The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Hand Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use at the same time as you benefit from using it on the diapers, by using it on yourself. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: “if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn’t wipe it off with paper, would you? You’d wash it off” Available at they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won’t know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we’re talking green and helping the environment without any pain. One review:

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