Little ones need lots of stuff and their list of requirements only gets longer as they reach new stages. At KIDLY, we're excited by the growing number of brands offering long-lasting products or alternatives to single use items for mealtimes. From the milk-only days, to weaning and beyond, there's loads available to help eliminate waste. So, here’s our top eco-friendly, reduce and reuse solutions for feeding and hydrating.
1. GET A DURABLE BOTTLE
From day one, a stainless steel bottle is a safe and tough alternative to plastic designs. Long-lasting and durable at the hands of babies and toddlers, they are also dishwasher-friendly and can be sterilised for those early months. As they reach weaning age, you may want to move them onto a sippy cup instead but there’s no need to ditch the bottle. Pura bottles are designed with interchangeable toppers, so you adapt them to their changing needs as they grow.
For kids who prefer a spout-free design, the Miracle Cup by Munchkin lets them drink from anywhere around the rim. Made from stainless steel, it's incredibly hard-wearing and keeps drinks cold for up to 10 hours. (See, a miracle!) And to add sustainable fun to the slurping, VIIDA and We Might Be Tiny both make reusable straws.
2. PICK BIODEGRADABLE TABLEWARE
A new wave of children's dinnerware made from plant fibres is emerging to the market. This new generation of eco-friendly tableware is made of durable stuff, so it is perfect for kids and can be popped in the dishwasher too. Basically it’s as hardy as plastic but much, much kinder to the environment. Modern bamboo tableware design by stylish brand Liewood looks great on the table but is biodegradable when it's seen better days. Awesome. Brands like eco rascals and Zuperzocial also care about our planet. Their ranges of kid-friendly, colourful tableware are made from silicone, corn and bamboo. (Eco rascals prefers to be hand-washed, mind.)
3. CHOOSE VERSATILE STORAGE
Versatile storage solutions are great for the weaning stage and beyond. Whizzed up loads of purees? No problem. Haps Nordic's Reusable Smoothie Bags let you store them safely and kids can suck 'em to their heart's content. Washable and reusable, they are a money-saving, waste-busting game changer. If it's chunkier foods you need to store, from mini-me portioned spag bol or sauces to fruit salads, the Oxo Tot range gives you lots of fridge to freezer options.
4. DITCH PLASTIC DISPOSABLES
Reducing plastic consumption is big at the moment and for a good reason. Looking for ways to reduce the plastic in your household can seem overwhelming, but some simple swaps can make a big difference. For school lunches, road trips or picnics, the reusable sandwich and snack bags by Haps Nordic are ideal. Easy to rinse or wipe clean, they're always fresh for the next mealtime out of the house.
Choosing to reduce and reuse helps sustain the world for the next generation. If this guide has inspired you to make some switches, our Reduce and Reuse shop has more curated goodies that we're sure you’ll love. And if you need any more guidance, our Live Chat Team are always here to help, 7am-11pm, every day. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.