Is it easy being a green parent?

Becoming a parent is a huge change of life. I was under the impression that it was another challenge but one I would take to smoothly. Honestly the first few months were hard, the hardest things Ive ever coped with. It probably didnt help that we were in the middle of a relocating nightmare, but the image I had of becoming a baby wearing, organic food making, reusable nappy loving Mom did not happen for me.

And you know what – thats ok.

Theres a huge amount of pressure on new parents, particularly on Mums who are trying to cope with the physical trauma of childbirth, and the (often) stress associated with feeding this newborn, which may be your sole responsibility if breastfeeding without bottles. But lets not get into that debate here.

For me, one of the biggest things I wanted to do was to use reusable nappies. And having researched it I expected that this would be infintely possible. However, in my sleep deprived, post traumatic stress state, this was just one more things I couldnt get my head around. The resuable nappies available now are fantastic, easy to wash, use and reuse. But with pressure coming from all around me about not “making my life more difficult” I caved. And decided to go with disposables. For this I felt like a failure. But then I found a fantastic option – in environmentally friendly nappies, available in selected Boots stores – Naty, by Nature. They claim to be unbleached, contain no latex, fragrance, or TBT (tributyltin), and are hypo-allergenic – better for my baby and the planet. http://www.naty.com/baby-care/eco-nappies/size-n-newborn/

I still sometimes use reusable nappies – when Im at home with my baby. However when he is minded by someone else, or when we are out I try to use Naty as much as possible.

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Blog I love – The Verdant Yank

God, life is busy! Moving house, making a family, working, shopping, living, exercising…wheres the time? Keeping up with this blog as well as living is certainly a challenge.

Women are good multitaskers but sometimes its a challenge to keep up with it all. Especially the tough stuff – like Climate Change! Step in Dr Cara Augustenborg and her fantastic blog – The Verdant Yank. I had the pleasure of getting to know Cara through a number of experiences, especially the Ben and Jerrys Climate Change Challenge.

Recently she has been blogging on everything you need to know on Climate Change and Politics, and I for one am rivetted. So get over there and follow Cara.