When your friends and family are having babies, it’s not hard to notice the slew of toys and clothing that will likely hit the bin pretty quickly. Of course, everyone wants to give gifts to celebrate the birth of the new human – but is there a way to do it more sustainably?
So if you want to give something that has a little more longevity, then here are some gifts that you can consider.
Wooden toys can still make it to the recycling pile, but they can be recycled correctly when they do.
Wooden blocks, trains, animals, and puzzles used to be the most popular baby gifts. They help with motor functions and are hard-wearing. Over time they got replaced with cheaper plastic.
Some families keep their wooden toys and have them down through the generations – because they simply last so long when kept clean.
It’s not just wooden toys that keep well either; wooden furniture like the selection from For Your Little One will also stand the test of time.
It’s not just a baby that might love a gift, but baby-care products can be perfect for both the new parents and baby. There are many plastic-free, sustainable and eco-friendly brands available online.
While the baby is still tiny, there isn’t typically a need for soaps and lotions, which is why solid soap sets are a great idea. They usually last well – but keep in mind that since they won’t be packed with chemicals and preservatives, they don’t last as long as chemical-based soaps.
Once you find a brand you like, see what else they have in their natural baby care products and consider a whole set.
Be mindful of purchasing and testing them for yourself before you gift a basket to a new baby and the parents.
Books might be one of the most sustainable gifts that you can give or receive. You can choose one of your favourite stories to gift the family, find a complete collection, or find a company that makes personalized books.
Personalized books can be cherished for years, and as the baby grows up and learns to read, they will be delighted to find themselves as the star of the show.
If you want to go the extra mile, then buy from an independent retailer.
Even seasoned parents don’t need more things to look after, but a plant can be perfect sometimes. The plant can be a symbol of new life, and in that respect, if they have the space, perhaps a small tree that will last many years is an idea. The tree can grow as the child grows.
This is even more exciting if you choose a fruit-bearing tree. Usually, fruit-bearing trees take many years to mature and produce fruit. The child will pick and eat fruit from their very own tree – gifted to them at birth.
Choosing sustainable baby gifts does take a little more planning, but thankfully, more companies cater to people who want to buy more sustainably.
Thinking about more ways to be sustainable? Check out: Are Cloth Nappies Difficult To Use?
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