Raising an Earth-friendly child

When it comes to raising a natural baby, it's not always easy being green. The average baby poops and pees through some 8,000 diapers before potty training. Then there are the baby food jars, the formula cans, the plastic containers of wipes, the scented disposable diaper bags, the plastic swings and teething rings and the crib with all its trimmings. Of course, green varieties of every baby product are available on-line and on supermarket shelves: from non-toxic cleaners to chlorine-free diapers and organic cotton crib mattresses. But is buying eco-versions of baby products enough? A new trend, E reports, is "Attachment Parenting," which includes modeling traditional cultures by wearing the baby in a wrap, "co-sleeping" and regular breast feeding as opposed to cribs, carriers, swings and bottles. Some have even taken that philosophy to the next "natural" conclusion going diaper free.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

When it comes to raising a natural baby, it's not always easy being green.

The average baby poops and pees through some 8,000 diapers before potty training. Then there are the baby food jars, the formula cans, the plastic containers of wipes, the scented disposable diaper bags, the plastic swings and teething rings and the crib with all its trimmings. Of course, green varieties of every baby product are available on-line and on supermarket shelves: from non-toxic cleaners to chlorine-free diapers and organic cotton crib mattresses. But is buying eco-versions of baby products enough?

A new trend, E reports, is "Attachment Parenting," which includes modeling traditional cultures by wearing the baby in a wrap, "co-sleeping" and regular breast feeding as opposed to cribs, carriers, swings and bottles. Some have even taken that philosophy to the next "natural" conclusion going diaper free.