Mums, have you ever wondered about the perks of using eco-friendly alternatives for your precious little ones? I know, I know, the price tags can sometimes seem a bit scary compared to their disposable equivalents. But let's break it down together and see how opting for these alternatives can be lighter on your wallet over time, and even give Mother Nature a bit of a break!
Cloth Nappies vs Disposable Nappies
Let's face it, our little darlings can go through a mountain of nappies before they learn to use the potty - around 5,000 to 7,000 nappies to be exact! With traditional disposable nappies costing about $0.30 to $0.50 AUD each, you could spend about $1,500 to $3,500 AUD over two and a half years. Not to mention the landfill space those nappies would take up, hanging around for hundreds of years!
Now, let's consider cloth nappies, the kind our grandmothers used. A good set of these can be yours for between $350 to $800 AUD, depending on the style and brand. It might seem a lot to start, but think about the savings over time, and the fact that you're reducing landfill waste. Even better, if you're planning to have more bubs, these nappies can be passed down, leading to even more savings!
Silver Nursing Cups vs Nipple Creams
Breastfeeding can be tough on us mums, with soreness and chapped skin being common. A good quality, organic nipple cream is about $15 to $30 AUD a tube and can last for a month. Over a year, you'd end up spending about $180 to $360 AUD.
Here's a different idea - silver nursing cups! Costing between $70 to $100 AUD for a pair, these magic little cups use silver's natural healing and antibacterial properties to soothe and repair skin, with no creams needed. They're reusable, and if you take good care of them, can last throughout the breastfeeding period of all your little ones. Better yet, it protects bub against ingesting any balms or creams!
Silicone Milk Storage Bags vs Disposable Milk Bags
We all know the convenience of disposable milk bags, but at around $0.30 to $0.35 AUD each, a year's worth (assuming six bags a day) can add up to $657 to $766 AUD.
Now, how about silicone milk storage bags? These reusable gems cost around $30 AUD each. If you get six for easy rotation, you'd spend about $180 AUD in total. The savings are clear over the year. Plus, you're reducing plastic waste, doing your bit for our beautiful planet.
Yes, eco-friendly alternatives might seem more expensive to start with, but when you sit down with a cuppa and crunch the numbers, they often end up being kinder to your bank account in the long run. Plus, you're doing your part in preserving the environment for your little ones.
We hope this helps and inspires more mums and dads to consider these sustainable, cost-effective options. Every little bit counts, both for our pocket and our lovely Earth. Let's do our best to leave a beautiful world for our bubs!