ExpectingÂ a little bundle of joy?Â Has the baby gear already begun to take over your home? Having a green nursery doesn't have to entail solar-powered mobiles and cloth diapers. The easiest way to be an eco-friendly parent-to-be is to keep the products and gear to a functional minimum.Â Here are a few tips to fight the clutterÂ while you still have time:
1. Get a friend to put together your registry with you, someoneÂ who has young kids. They'll be sure to rememberÂ which items are essentials and which are just going toÂ take up space inÂ the nursery.
2. Avoid buying too many bins and organizers. As your baby grows, so will the toy collection. Hiding these items in bins will cause you and your child to forget they exist, and hence think you "need more stuff".
4. If you're not sure you can use a shower gift, return it for a store credit before the receipt expires. You'll be happy you have these fundsÂ for diapers, formula, or other ongoing needs once the baby is born.
5. Stay away from cheap toys. When your child is older, she'll be asking for plenty of poor-quality, throw-away stuff you will reluctantly buy her. While she's still an infant, surround her only with a few safe, organic toys that are both comforting and stimulating, like the Flexi LambÂ from Wonderworld Toys, a stuffed animal with elongated body partsÂ which easily move in a wire-like fashion, staying in the various positions until baby moves them again.