Hi. Alegre from Ember Living, her today to talk about how to green your baby. I could talk about this subject forever, and I talk about it a lot on my website. So go there for pamphlets and videos on how to green your baby in great detail. But just a few things. Green living is all about non-toxic products and using resources in a smart way. So first thing's first. Your baby's skin actually has a totally different pH than your skin, so you literally don't need any toiletries for your baby for the first six months.
After six months, their pH changes. But the first six months, just clean them with water, warm water, not too hot and an organic cotton towel. That's all you need. You really don't need to put a lot of stuff on them. So avoid toiletries. Secondly, cloth diapers or elimination communication are a great way to save a lot of money and a lot of waste. So check out our other video on cloth diapering for more on that. Third, only buy as much as you need. You actually need a lot less than you think. In fact, I would say start out with a few things, and you can always buy more. In this day and age, it's so easy to get things. And if you can get things hand-me-down or used, even better.
It's better for your wallet. It's better for the planet. Most baby products actually, especially the first two to three years of a child's life, they're not really hard on their products. So you can get a lot of things that are practically new from your friends or from buying it used on Craigslist or something like that. The average family spends about $6,600 preparing for a baby to arrive.
I actually spent less than $750 preparing for my child to arrive, and $400 of those dollars were spent on a rocking chair. So really I only spent about $350 preparing for my child. It's so easy to do. For instance, cloth diapers. You can literally spend $100 and get used cloth diapers that are fantastic. Even if you want to buy brand new diapers, you won't spend more than $500 on cloth diapers. But you can spend $30, $40, $50 a month on disposable diapers. So the savings really adds up quickly. Another thing to think about is buy things that will grow with your child. You don't necessarily need a changing table. You can just get a nice dresser and put a changing pad on top of it, and then you have a piece of furniture that will grow with your child. There are a lot of things like that that you can think of where if you buy it now it will spend a lot of time with your child, versus buying things that they're only going to use for the first six months of their life and then getting another set of things for the next six months of their life.
So think long term. Think about what you really need. And one of the best ways of all to keep your baby green, to save money, to keep your baby super-healthy is to breastfeed. If you haven't considered breastfeeding, I would really do some research on it, because it's so important for their immune system and for their brain and so many things, andreally, exclusively breastfeeding in the beginning of the child's life. I'm not a medical doctor, but if you ask any medical doctor, they'll let you know about all the benefits for breastfeeding. So those are some tips on how to green your baby. For more, visit my website. Thanks.