Zero Waste Baby Essentials

With baby no.4 on the way I’ve been thinking about the things I need for baby. When I had my last baby who is nearly 2 already I wasn’t yet set on my more conscious eco friendly path, apart from using hand me downs.

So in this post I will discuss what I will be doing and what works for us as a family , this of course will be different for all families. But this might provide some ideas if your thinking about going more eco friendly.

One of the main things I have got for the new baby are reusable nappies , I have kindly been given a haul of gNappies by a friend , which has saved me a small fortune. I have looked at cloth nappies since my first but always been put off by the initial cost , but I now know that it’s perfectly fine to use second hand nappies and often much cheaper than a new.

Something that goes hand in hand with reusable nappies are reusable wipes. There are lots of companies that make and sell these ; However I will be trying to use what I have as I have some terry fabric leftover from an old Etsy venture I did a while ago making bibs and burp cloths. I am most excited about this because I really am the most forgetful person and often run out of wipes so in part already use cloth wipes part time . Also again the cost will make a difference I’m sure.

Another way I will be trying to stay plastic free are the baby products I use . As a family we have already have swapped to soap , so will excitedly find a nice gentle one for the new babe. But one thing I am excited about using again are products from Earth Mama Angle Baby , with my first my mum got me some of the Baby bottom balm and the nipple butter and was by far the best two products that I was given. They come in glass jars and the texture of them both is so silky unlike a lot of other creams and ointment you can get which can be thick and clagy.

And lastly of course I will be using hand me downs and second hand where possible, and my babies are very lucky to have a wonderful great grandmother who loves to knit for them , so I am very much excited about the lovely new items she has excitedly told me about.

I’m sure there is more that we will do but for now those are the main areas we are looking at. Do you have any tips drop by in the comments I’m always up for new items .

Thanks for reading

Zx

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Oat Milk

For a while now I wanted to make some milk alternatives so I decided to start with oat milk. Mainly because I had oats in the cupboard. So, for the ingredients you start with

Oats

I just used standard oats from the local supermarket , but I have seen recipes using jumbo and steel cut oats, I’m not really sure if they would produce any different results.

To soak or not to soak

I then soaked my oats for 5 minutes. Some recipes call for a soak overnight and some not at all. I had seen recommendations that unless your using a high speed , powerful blender , they combine better when they have been soaked for a time. As I was using a stick blender and I am impatient I chose to soak for 5 minutes.

Water

This is a matter of personal preference I have seen standard recipes use between 750ml to 950ml. The less water the more creamier it will be. I started off with 750ml and adjusted from there and ended up with roughly 850ml , I was happy with the consistency at 750ml I wanted more in volume so added more water.

Flavouring

You can keep the oat milk as is. I tried this and it’s pleasant enough. I did decide to sweeten with a tablespoon of maple syrup. You can use dates , this is one I wanted to try but realised I didn’t have any dates . I have also seen agave ,cocoa powder or fruit. All sound delicious and can’t wait to try these.

Blend

As mentioned I used a stick blender , but of course you can use any blender you have . I think the more powerful one you have perhaps the smoother you be able to get it ;However, saying that my stick blender did a great job.

Strain

There are so many different ways to get a great strain . Muslin, nut milk bag, strainer or as I used my French press . I honestly found this to be great because I blended in the French press and then plunged, it gave a great result . I may however try Muslin / cheesecloth next time to see the difference in results.

After straining I popped in a cleaned out pasata bottle and this will keep in the fridge for then next 5 days.

I made myself a lovely coffee with the milk and it tasted great , this will become a regular part of my routine I’m sure.

I am hoping to make this a regular feature on the blog called ‘Monday Makes’ . Let me know if you have any recommendations be it food, drink or anything that helps me be less plastic.

Thanks for reading

Zx

I adapted from this recipe on The Minimalist Baker.

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10 Easy Changes

Going Zero Waste seems like a daunting task. To be honest that’s why it took me a lot longer to get started, but after doing a bit of online research, there are some really easy ways to get going and some things are no cost.

1.Say NO to plastic straws. This one is easy, just say no, and if you must have a straw, purchase a stainless steel one that you can pop in a bag when you go out.

2.Use a reusable bag. Some shops and most supermarkets sell cotton shopping bags. They are easily foldable so can be taken in your pocket or backpack.

3.Get package free produce. One of the things I noticed when I started thinking about my life less plastic – boy oh boy, supermarkets love packaging! However, it is possible to shop in supermarkets and get loose fruit and veg. Also, take advantage of any local market or farms. As an extra positive, you’ll be supporting your local community.

4.Recycle / upcycle. It’s great that we have a 2 weekly recycle collection, and I do work at making sure that everything that can be, is recycled. Also, I do love a good upcycle project.

5.Swap plastic. Have loads of Tupperware pots? I did! I am slowly getting / reusing glass jars for things in my kitchen. On the plus side, I can see what I have left and it looks better in my cupboard.

6.Eat in/ at home. To avoid disposable waste, either enjoy a meal or a coffee at home or, if you are out, take 5 minutes and sit in.

7.Make cleaning products. There are so many recipes available online for homemade cleaning products, from laundry detergent to drain cleaner.

8.Shop second hand. You can get some nice finds for the whole family, and indeed the whole house, if you have a good rummage in a charity shop.

9.Handmade. If, like me, you have a sewing machine that is feeling a bit lonely, go and make them happy and sew some stuff, cloth produce bags, clothes, toys, the list goes on.

10..Milk delivery. Look online for your local milk delivery. All in glass bottles and delivered to your door – score!

I am slowly introducing more zero waste habits in to my life and hopefully this inspires others to do so also.

Zx

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