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Shopping for babies - how to cut down on the 'fluff'

by Cherie Pasion
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on May 12 in Green Parenting 0 Comments

I went into a baby store for the second time today.  For the second time, I was overcome with feelings of how overwhelming shopping for a baby can be.   

I thought I would be really excited, but instead, I was awestruck at just how much 'stuff' is out there aimed at unsuspecting soon-to-be mum's like me.  

Furthermore, it was amazing how few of the products are geared towards sustainability.  It made me realise, that if I wanted to use sustainable products, I'd have to be a bit more creative in my research.

So, instead of getting caught up with what is the on the market and being lured into unnecessary purchases, I have compiled a list of what I need - which I then sent over to my sisters for their thoughts and advice.

Because I have a project planning background, this list is now a little Excel spreadsheet tasklist (see above) - split out into categories, and who is responsible for the purchase (my husband has his own list of things to buy - music, car seats, funky little beanies etc).  From now on, we'll do our own research on what's out there, and what the sustainable options are. 

Which begs the question, what do I mean by sustainable options?

  • Pre-loved in good condition, meeting current safety standards
  • Made from non-toxic materials, and chemical free
  • Reusable

I think from now on I might give baby stores a miss (unless they have the sustainable options I need).  There are great internet sites out there, such as GumTree and Etsy, that allow us to pick up pre-loved or reusable options.  Also, a number of online baby stores are out there - you just need to do a google search.  

We've also taken used items from some family members who are happy to get some shed-space back.  Of course I don't necessarily want everything to be pre-loved, so I'm also finding that local markets are a great place to do some shopping, with 'eco-baby' stalls popping up in all sorts of local markets - offering natural and organic products.

Which reminds me, Mathilda’s Market is coming up in Brisbane on May 26.  I have walked through one before, and it is delightful – full of one-of-a-kind, handmade baby and children's items.  Check out Mathilda's Market website to learn more and find out when they will be at a location closer to you.

PS. Here is a thought from Choosing Our Future to leave you with.  I think there is definitely a time and place for prams and strollers and will definitely be buying one, but most of the time I would like to be a babywearer. 

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