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#1 of 40 Old 03-25-2011, 11:06 AM - Thread Starter
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While we tend to strive for having less stuff on MDC, we all have something that made our parenting lives easier and more eco-friendly, what was yours? What was your favorite bit of green baby/kid gear?

 

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We love our two Kleen Kanteens. They come with sippy spouts for littles, and regular sports spouts for the rest of us. We've had two of them for years and take them everywhere.

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My instincts.  Trusting them helped me to care for my babies in the most natural, eco-friendly, loving way.  

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Rescue Rememdy....has saved our life!

along with...breastmilk!

Green Mountain diapers, ring slings....homebirth and my wonderful  Midwife....AND of course....MOTHERING!!!!!!


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Baby gear would have to be cloth diapers and breast milk. They are both good for many things.

 


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Is my sling and ergo to easy? I would not survive without those!! But as of other stuff, we LOVE our Wrap-n-mats sandwich wraps!!

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My 3 wooden clothes drying racks. Not exclusively baby gear, but they allow me to hang dry the diapers all year long. I put them out on the porch when it is warm and sunny, and take them into the basement when it is cold and/or raining.

 

I live in a condo with no space for a clothesline, and if it weren't for these horses I'd have to tumble dry my diapers.... or use sposies.


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As far as true gear goes (which is what I think you're asking) - the baby bjorn babysitter bouncer was great!  My daughter could really get that going all on her own and I think it REALLY helped strengthen her muscles quickly.  She would kick her legs like she was on a swing, arch her back and stick her butt and get that thing bouncing so hard she'd bounce her back off the back of it!  She loved it! 

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Our baby carriers

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I love my Moby wrap.  My daughter was a summer baby, and it was perfect for walking around at night when the mosquitoes were crazy.  

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So many possible options, but I'd have to say a good bike trailer. It's invaluable for being able to ditch the car for short trips with young kids, and even once they're riding on their own, it's useful for carrying loads (groceries, sports equipment, or anything else large and bulky). Many have kits that allow them to be converted into a stroller for walking trips, eliminating the need for another piece of gear. And they promote exercise and outdoor activity, too :)


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Cloth diapers. I used prefolds with my firstborn, and once he started solid foods, I didn't exactly love it, but was determined to continue to reap the financial, health, and environmental rewards.

Then when my second child was a couple months old (and wearing the same diapers her older brother had used), a friend gave me 18 Motherease one-size diapers. She had received them from a friend who used them with her only child, then my friend used them with her two girls before passing them along to me. I used them with my daughter.

And with her 3 younger siblings.

By that time, they were wearing a bit thin, and weren't really absorbent enough for my growing boy. But they were still in great shape.....so I bought new diapers and passed the MEOS' on to my friend, to use with her newborn who didn't need much absorbency. Now she has bought new doublers for them and is still using them! And I made her promise that she'll give give 'em back to me if I ever have another newborn!

This stack of diapers has a history--almost a legacy! They have helped 4 mothers diaper 8 babies from birth to toddlerhood, and still going strong! How much money--how much square footage in the landfill--have we saved? I'm sure a calculation could be done, but for me the answer is simple & doesn't require a calculator: priceless! smile.gif

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breastfeeding and my handmade ring sling.  i can nurse o the go.  i also love my beco baby carrier.  mothering is so my easier when i can strap a kid on.  lol

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My slings have been a lifesaver. :)

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My TMD buckle tai (www.twomommasdesigns.com), the cloth diapers and La Leche League!

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Sigg bottles!

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As for green products, which is what it seems that you are asking about I have a list:

 

Moby Wrap

Mellissa and Doug baby toys

BG diapers and Green Mountian prefolds

Ecobums wetbags

Maplewood blocks

Motherlove apricot oil


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Does coconut oil count as baby 'gear'?  It really is wonderful for bums, bellys, brownies, beef bolognese, boobies...you get the idea.  And you could probably use it to lube up the squeaky wheel on your gear.

 

If coconut oil doesn't count...and baby carrier (ergo, moby, sling...) is too obvious, then I guess I would say my food processor.  One of the most wonderful (and easiest!!) things I did for my son was make all of his babyfood.  It is so rewarding knowing what's going in his belly.

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Cloth diapers and breastfeeding! We priced disposables and formula once and it's crazy how much time and money we save! Not to mention we're not putting diapers in landfills or formula in the pipes!


 


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My favorite piece of green baby gear would be my cloth diapers.  I has saved us so much money and our LO no longer gets diaper rash (he was in 7th Generation disposables for 3 months).  Next, would have to be Breast Milk, my woven wraps, and my sewing machine, which is not a piece of specific baby gear, but it allows me to make things for my family. We are also beginning to make our own baby food, so I will have to include the blender in that mix as well.   

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my very favourite kid gear would probably be.... my ergo. i've used it for five years, two kids, and it's still rockin' it. i love that thing.


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I'd definitely have to say my ergo baby carrier,, although I don't have mine anymore as I lost it when my little girl was 18 months,, :((

I am expecting a little babe very soon and it's the 1st thing on my list! LOVE ERGO's!!!!


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My mei tai was the best investment ever. Happy baby, and it got me walking everywhere.
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Without a doubt, cloth diapers, specifically Green Mountain Diaper prefolds. I love them and feel great knowing that all those poopy diapers aren't filling up our precious earth!


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One thing?

Kindercoat - enabled me to take public transport with ease in frigid weather.

 

Beco, Bummis prefolds, mommy milk - no waste, always fresh, best for babe: what's not to love!

 

Intangible possession: my reduce, reuse, repurpose, no plastics upbringing!!! Priceless!


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My cloth diapers and wraps :) I feel so bad watching others lugging around heavy clunky carseats, while my kiddos were snuggling/eating happily in my arms!


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My Fuzzibunz!  I love them so much that I've taken pictures of them hanging on the clothes line in the sun.  LOL.  I can't get enough of them!


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