Everywhere I look it seems everyone is trying to do what they can to reduce plastic and be more sustainable and eco friendly. I think it’s wonderful, I’m so glad to see so many of my friends and people I don’t know trying to lead as plastic free life as possible. I’m trying to. We’re making a few changes and trying to reduce plastic in our lives more. We’ve switched to bamboo toothbrushes, use a mix of cloth and eco-friendly disposable nappies, cloth sanitary protection and trying to only buy what we actually need.
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However, when it comes to Babies there is a lot of plastic about. It just can’t really be avoided. Felix already has a lot of plastic on his toys like rattles and the little animals that come with his playmat. I am, however, trying to cut down on the plastic as he gets older, especially when it comes to toys and I will be doing my best to reuse, recycle, giveaway, donate or sell on the plastic that he does have. I think that’s the thing with plastic really, it’s everywhere, but if it’s being kept in use then at least it has a bit of a function.
One thing I really want to focus on is wooden toys. They’re beautiful, classic, fun, creative and perfect for babies and toddlers. There are so many wooden toys about and as I was browsing through I have even found bamboo based baby cutlery and plates in preparation for weaning in a couple of months. It’s great to see more companies using less plastic and making plastic free alternatives for little ones. For every plastic toy it seems there is a perfectly good wooden one available.
I love the little wooden puzzles where you fit the animals into their right place and there are wooden building blocks which are perfect for helping children let their imagination grow. There are wooden walk along toys and push along toys as well as shape sorters. Babies are not susceptible to advertisement or gender stereotyping and will find anything new pretty fascinating. There are wooden kitchens, fake food and other imaginative play toys as children get older which make perfectly good toys.
What’s more is that most of the plastic stuff I see is rubbish and things I actually don’t want to buy my children anymore. My daughter has heavily been sucked in to plastic and unboxing and is a huge fan of LOL surprise which actually I don’t want to buy for her anymore particularly as she’s becoming much more interested in technology and I would rather help to steer her in that direction to be honest. I hope I can help steer Felix in the direction of fun wooden toys for now which will keep his imagination going.