Wow, I cannot believe it is June already! My sweet baby boy turns one this month! This year has gone by so fast, but what a blessing it has been to get to know this sweet, funny, lovable little guy. How can you resist that smile!
In honor of Brenden’s first year of life, I wanted to cover frugally green baby care as this month’s change challenge. Whether you have 10 kiddos, or you are just thinking of starting a family, or having a family is not even on your radar right now, it always important to remember that babies and children are some of our most vulnerable, and most affected by toxins in their environment. Let’s work to make changes to make our world a safer place for our kids to live!
If you’ve read my story, you know that I started being concerned about going green around the time that my daughter was born. It’s amazing how having a little life entrusted to you can change your perspective. It began with non-toxic cleaning and cloth diapering, and just continued to snowball from there. While sometimes it can be overwhelming to think of all of the things that our kids are being exposed to and how it may be affecting them, I know that ultimately God is control and that He has called me to this journey, and that I need to be balanced in my approach.
I don’t do this right or perfectly all the time, or, more accurately, ever. I know there are others that do a much better job of limiting their kids exposure to toxic chemicals. And yes, I do worry about the “what-abouts”, as only a mother can. What about the lotion that we slathered on my daughter for the first year (or more) of her life? What about some of the foods that she’s eaten? What if there’s lead, or mold or worse, in the air in this older house that we live in? What about the coffee I drink on almost a daily basis while nursing my son? Or what about the disposable (gasp!) diapers that my kiddos wear? But, I have learned that dwelling on those questions will not ultimately help anything. Taking small steps, and making small changes as I am able, can and will make a big difference in the lives of my kids.
So, let’s focus on the positive changes that we can make in our environment at home, and in the environment as a whole, that will lead to fewer chemicals and less toxins in the lives of our little ones.
If you’re just beginning your frugally green journey – here’s a look back at some of the past change challenges and posts I’ve written that would be a good place to start.
How do you limit the exposure to chemicals and toxins for the kids in your life? Is this an area that you need to improve in?
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This is the first post for June’s Change Challenge – Frugally Green Baby Care. You can catch up on all the Change Challenge posts here.
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