Having a green baby
When you're expecting a baby, particularly for the first time, you're faced with what can seem like 1001 consumer choices. Daunting and expensive, kitting out your life in time for baby's arrival is a major and — as I've argued here before — overblown exercise.
Because it's Earth Day, and because so many parents are concerned with making choices that are environmentally responsible, it seemed like a good time to let you know about the new Green Baby class at Becoming Maternity, a parenting centre at 350 Eglinton Avenue West.
Putting disposable diapers in a landfill versus having fossil fuel-burning vehicles drive to your house to collect cloth? Organic cloth sleepers versus hand-me-downs? There's a whole lot of factors to consider and "least-worst" options to weigh.
The class at Becoming Maternity, which launched recently with a huge range of services for expectant and new parents, will address how to sort out what you truly need from all those other "must-have" products (baby wipe warmer always comes to mind). It'll also outline how to create a baby- and earth-friendly nursery and home environment, as well as address topics like "elimination communication" (training babies super young, which means fewer diapers).
The class is on May 20th at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $60. To register, visit the Becoming Maternity website, and call (416) 440-4020.
Check out staff writer Daphne Gordon's piece on going green to tame her expectant mom toxin fears. (In case any of you were wondering, she had a baby boy named Arlo). And read about how going green is second nature for today's school kids.
Cameron will be performing in his school's spring concert tomorrow, which is always super cute and delightfully earnest in its earth-friendly messages. My favourite number from last year was the junior kindergartener rendition of Jack Johnson's "Three Rs."
And as I wrote this time a year ago, our children really are the best emissaries for Earth Day messages. "Every day is Earth Day, Mommy," he said, while helping me haul the compost bin to the curb. Today he was a little disappointed that I wimped out and didn't ride my single-gear bike the 11km to work in the wind and rain, but I took the subway and promised to ride in another day soon.
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day with your family?