Bringing Up Baby Organically
There's a new movement under way to go green – starting from the first days of life.
Going Organic: What You Should Know continued...
Likewise, a case of 144 Huggies disposable diapers sell for about $35.00 -
while a case of 152 "green" diapers by Tender Care sells for $55.00, a
difference of about 12 cents more per diaper.
Price discrepancies are even greater for "soft" goods -- like baby
clothes and nursery-wear. For example, Toys "R" Us sells a baby towel
set for $9.99 and an "organic" one for $22.99.
What's a parent to do? One solution, states Consumer Reports, is to
shop around - and when you find a good deal, buy in bulk, particularly
when it comes to organic baby food. Some companies, such as Earth's Best,
discount prices if you purchase baby food by the case - offering up to 5 cents
less per jar when buy 24 jars at a time. Other companies offer similar
Another option is to shop local for organic groceries and, using a food
processor, make your own organic baby food.
When it comes to items such as blankets, baby clothes, bedding, and even
organic room decor, Rosen says it's a bit harder to know if price comparisons
will really pay off. Although discount and chain stores frequently sell
"natural" or even "organic" baby goods at far lower prices than
specialty boutiques or "green" stores, because this part of the
industry is remains unregulated, he says it's hard to know if that bargain
you're getting is really a bargain at all.
He says that even when it comes to Mother Nature, "It's often a case of