Sustainable Christmas Presents & Stocking Fillers for New Mums & Babies | AD
Christmas is often a time of over-indulgence and many of us are rushing around trying to create perfect memories and buying presents for our loved ones – with good intentions, of course.
One thing that’s not great about this is all the waste that’s created – the UK produces over 688,000 tonnes of Christmas waste every year which is insane.
A large percentage of the holiday waste is 23 million unwanted gifts that are being sent to landfill. Many of these are gifts bought for young children and babies. Here in the UK, a lot of money is spent on children’s gifts that soon end up at the bottom of the toy box forgotten, and that eventually reach landfill where they are only damaging our planet.
Becoming a parent is life changing in so many ways and parenthood comes with lots of choices and decisions that can impact your baby’s future. Often, parents become more aware about the world they live in and choose to re-evaluate parts of their lifestyle.
If you are celebrating your baby’s first Christmas this year, that will feel very special for your family. A new baby will not be bothered about presents but it’s a great time to gift mums some practical and useful items for their new bundle of joy.
Below are some lovely, sustainable Christmas presents and stocking filler ideas for new mums and their new babies. They’re all kind to the planet and useful:
Biodegradable wet wipes – mums will get through around 36,000 baby wipes over 4 years and many of these are not biodegradable, taking up to 100 years to break down. Mum & You 100% Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Baby Wipes have been developed to look after baby’s delicate skin and the world they live in. They are made from sustainably sourced, naturally derived viscose from the most abundant and renewable wood fibre on Earth. Gentle and kind on baby’s skin, they contain 99.4% water and every ingredient is hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin. They are 100% plastic-free too. Mum and You is now available at Tesco as well as Boots online, Amazon.co.uk, and Ocado.
Handknitted baby mittens or booties to keep little hands and feet toasty this winter.
A handmade 1st Christmas tree decoration – something to treasure forever!
If you want to buy something bigger too, then ask the new mum what they would like or need. This way you will avoid buying an unwanted gift that might end up unused and wasted.
Let’s choose to gift sustainable and useful gifts now and in the future, to reduce the clutter in our homes and to reduce all the waste that has such a negative impact on the environment. It’s better for us and better for our planet.
This blog is edited by a mid-30s mum with over 15 years of professional childcare experience. Now 10 years into motherhood and enthusiastic about finding great products and helpful solutions for busy families to make life more fun and easier too.
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