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Top 10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Had Kids

My Biggest Complaint About The Eco-nomical Baby Guide 

Where was this book THREE YEARS AGO when I had my first child???  I spent countless hours researching affordable green living on the Internet while holding my new baby on my lap and suffered through painful deliberations regarding endless purchasing decisions.  This book could have saved me a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears - and money

The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet

Top 10 Things I Wish I’d Known 
Before I Had Kids
How to Spend Less on Baby

1. Don’t buy an infant car seat
Just buy a convertible car seat.  My babies grew out of our infant car seat in about 2 seconds.  It weighed a ton by itself and attaching it to my jogger stroller made the stroller ridiculously heavy.  I injured my wrist carrying our infant car seat so badly that I couldn’t chop vegetables or brush my teeth with my right hand for months.  My wrist still hasn’t healed completely 2 years later, and I still haven't forgiven the infant car seat.
2. You don’t have to bathe the baby every darn day
How dirty do they get before they can crawl?  My mobile 9-month old is lucky to get a bath once a week.

3. Consider a second-hand baby shower
A wonderful green alternative to the standard shower where you get lots of junk (I got a zillion burp cloths and flimsy washcloths) you don’t want anyway.  Invite your guests to give you their own gently used baby items and purchased used items.  If someone invited me to a shower like this, I would have tons of fun buying them a boatload of infant clothes at my favorite thrift store.  Also nice because it saves your guests money.

4. Cloth diapering is not as hard/gross as you think it is
No pins, no toilet dunking, lots of options and cuteness.  Unless you go the most expensive route, you will definitely save money.  If you use the same cloth diapers for more than one child, you will save tons of money.

5. A brief intro to infant potty training
It's not all or nothing!  It might work for you, and will save you money and make later potty training lots easier. 

6. Alternatives to bottled baby food
Make your own or buy regular baby-friendly food (like applesauce).  Less packaging, less money.

7. Best sources for used gear, and guidelines for buying it
Yes, under the right conditions, you can use a second-hand crib or car seat.

8. Great sources for greener toys
Alternatives to plastic junk.

9. Skip plastic baby bottles -- buy glass ones
Which plastics numbers are toxin-free?  Is it OK to put plastic through the dishwasher?  Sidestep the plastic drama and just use glass.  Who knew they still made glass bottles?

10. How to dispose of non-green cleaners
What to do with your household cleaners after you decide to make the switch to non-toxic ones.

Saving money while saving the earth works for me!

This post is part of
Top Ten Tuesday
Works for Me Wednesday
Frugal Friday

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