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Reducing your carbon footprint with twins or triplets

reducing carbon footprint with twins

Author: Chloé Miller from Rebel Eco

Reducing your carbon footprint with twins or triplets

Choosing to go ‘eco’ with a baby is a big decision. Some choices mean a little more work and possibly a little more cost, BUT… some choices are easy and save you money too. Which is a big plus when you are juggling more than one baby at a time! Whether you can make a few small changes or go the whole hog and commit to everything doesn’t matter. It’s all about doing what you can to reduce your impact and help create a future for your babies which is safe and healthy.

Traditional baby stuff (wipes, nappies, lotions, baby bath, clothing) contributes a huge amount to landfill. I want to take you through a few examples and show you how you can really make a difference by making some small changes.

And just think! With twins or triplets, you’ll be making double or triple the difference!

(Please note this blog contains some Rebel Eco affiliate links)

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Let’s start with nappies

You go through approximately 7000 nappies with each child. If you are buying traditional ‘disposable’ nappies, i.e. plastic, they are all going to landfill and contributing to landfill emissions. Nappies stay in landfill for approximately 500 years before breaking down into microplastics that stay in the environment forever.

If you would like to reduce your carbon footprint with twins and triplets via nappies, you have three main options:

Use reusable cloth nappies

These consist of an outer shell and an insert that are washed and reused. Yes, there is washing involved, but once you get in the swing of things, it becomes a habit. Your investment per child is around $350 for about 10 nappies (compared with an average of $3000 for disposables). You can usually use the same nappies repeatedly until your child is toilet trained. If you want to try reusables, but don’t want to face the washing, there are cloth nappy washing services you can use. Check out some great Aussie nappies here.

And its not as hard as you may think. Read our tips on using cloth nappies for twins or triplets HERE.

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Biodegradable disposable nappies

These are readily available in mainstream supermarkets and are made from natural, biodegradable material. They aren’t any different to use than plastic-based nappies and in fact are better for baby and the planet. These are not the number one choice because you still need to send them to landfill where they will take a very long time to biodegrade, but a great option when you are juggling multiple babies at once.

Toilet train early

This may seem like a funny one but the earlier you can get your kids out of nappies, the better for the planet and you! No judgements here on how long that process will take, as we all have our own approaches and all kiddies are different, but if you have the patience and time to get this going early, you’ll reduce the number of nappies you send to landfill.

Clothing choices can help reduce your carbon footprint with twins or triplets

Another way to reduce your carbon footprint with twins and triplets is to be careful about baby clothing. Babies and children need quite a few items of clothing due to all the ickiness that takes place, but what are the best sustainable options that are kind to the planet and baby? And which options will help you with twins or triplets?

Hand-me-downs/second-hand clothing

If you can avoid buying new clothes, especially cheap, ‘fast fashion’, you are already doing your bit for the planet. Fast fashion is very attractive as it is cheap and cute, but the problem is that it isn’t made to last so there is a cycle of discarding and replacing because it is so affordable. Aussies on average buy 27kg of clothing a year and discard a whopping 23kg of that to landfill each year! There is also an ethical issue with fast fashion as most of it is made overseas in sweatshops where workers are underpaid and overworked.

Sooooo… if you know someone with older kids, hit them up! And, obviously, if you have older kids, save all their clothes for your bubs. You can find secondhand clothing online and at op shops and some pieces are really cool. I have been lucky enough to receive bags of hand-me-downs from friends and colleagues over the years and the kids love going through all the ‘new’ items and choosing their favourites. And the more hand-me-downs you get, the more to share amongst siblings.

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Ethically made clothing

If second-hand isn’t your thing, another option is to make sure you are buying ethically made clothing so that you know there weren’t any sweatshops involved, you know the growing and manufacturing process was sustainable AND once the clothes are discarded, they will biodegrade. Go for natural fibres like cotton, hemp or bamboo which are nice and soft for babies. A great Aussie brand is Boody and they have clothing for Mum, Dad and babies.

For clothing that can’t be donated or passed on, check out Upparel who take unwanted textile waste and recycle it into brand-new awesome stuff.

Borrow toys and books to help reduce your carbon footprint with twins or triplets

Join your local libraries

A great way to reduce the number of new toys and books at home is to join your local library and your local toy library! You can borrow books and toys for your mob to enjoy and then go back and swap them every few weeks. The kids love choosing and you don’t need to get rid of toys that are broken or old by putting them in landfill. I think this is especially handy for twins or triplets so you can avoid 2 or 3 of everything taking up space at home.

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Sensory and experience play

Another idea to reduce waste from toys is to use sensory and experience play rather than toys. Babies and kids love playing around in water, doing scavenger hunts in the garden, going to the park to look at all the animals and bird and feeling the breeze and sunshine on their faces.

DIY whatever you can to cut down on packaging and chemicals

There are lots of “little” ways you can reducing your carbon footprint with twins or triplets that will all add up.

  • Make your own play dough, slime or glitter from what you have in the pantry. It’s great fun for kids to help and can usually be done without any plastic packaging. Check out a quick YouTube tutorial or check out my recipes here.
  • Make your own baby food if practicable. It’s easy to buy plastic-free fruit and vegetables and whizz up all kinds of purees rather than buy ready-made food with packaging.
  • If you or the kids have a green thumb, try growing some of your own vegetables at home. Even just a few tomato plants can save money and packaging.
  • DIY your party decorations, food and games. Holding joint parties for your little ones is actually a great way to reduce the wastage of 2 or 3 parties so you are already onto a winner there! Then if you stick to the ‘reusable’ motto, you can’t go wrong. Make or buy decorations that you can reuse year after year. Skip disposable plates, cutlery and napkins and use what you already have. Use books or wooden toys as prizes instead of plastic toys. Set up clearly-labelled bins for guests to recycle their waste or drop off their dishes to be washed (check out some tips I wrote here).
  • Use cheap pantry staples to clean your home naturally. This is a big one in my home as I don’t want to expose my kids to chemicals in cleaners or send them down the drain into our waterways. There are many ways to clean at home with 1 or 2 natural ingredients (think bicarb soda and vinegar) that are quick and easy. Check out my post on natural cleaning here. Making your own helps to avoid plastic packaging. But if that isn’t your thing, there are lots of natural, phosphate-free options available in supermarkets.
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Cut down on disposable baby wipes can help reduce your carbon footprint with twins or triplets

Like nappies, you have a few options when it comes to baby wipes, the worst of which is disposable. Like nappies, they can end up in landfill for a very long time and break down into microplastics. You can use an extraordinary number of wipes with one baby. And that is only going to be doubled or tripled with multiple babies.

So, what are your options?

Reusable wipes

These are a great option as you can just wash and reuse after each use. I have made my own with cut up squares from flannelette pyjamas soaked in soap and olive oil. But an easier option is to use face washers or similar. Just use soap and water and baby oil or similar to keep them damp and then rinse and soak before washing.

Biodegradable wipes

There are a few biodegradable wipes available in supermarkets these days although they are sometimes slightly more expensive than disposable wipes. They are made from natural materials like bamboo and will break down in your compost or in landfill eventually.

If you do choose disposable, please do not flush them down the toilet even if they say ‘flushable’. They don’t dissolve and build up in the pipes and create blockages.

Those are my top 5 tips for reducing your carbon footprint with twins or triplets.

I hope they are helpful to you. If you are interested in other sustainable-living ideas, please take a look at some more tips and tricks below:

General sustainable-living ideas

  • Gift wrapping and craft – Save everything! You will undoubtedly receive a lot of gifts from the time your babies are born. And for years and years into the future! Start a habit of saving every piece of wrapping paper, ribbons, gift bags, bubble wrap, tissue paper and so on so that they can be reused for gifts or used for arts and crafts and school projects. This saves you spending oodles of money on overpriced wrapping and saves all of that wrapping from landfill.
  • Gifts –Try to prioritise ‘doing’ gifts over ‘things’. There are lots of toys from your childhood that you probably don’t even remember. But you remember that great day at the beach or the fun park or a camp out in the backyard.
  • If breastfeeding works for you, it’s a great, zero-waste way to feed your babies. No bottles, no plastic packaging, no cost.
  • Recycle everything you can – Most people are very familiar with household recycling. There are also lots of other things that can be recycled such as batteries, markers and pens, soft plastic packaging and paint. Save these up and then recycle them in the appropriate places to stop them from going to landfill. This website is super handy.
  • Buy pre-loved – Prams, car seats, baby carriers, baby seats, cots etc. You can find so many things in amazing condition on sites such as Gumtree. And then you can sell or donate them when you no longer need them.
  • Skip the car – Get outside with the pram whenever you can. Babies love getting outdoors. So if you can get outside for a walk to the local park or to your local shops, it’s a great way to cut down on carbon emission from your car.
  • Air dry washing – The sun is the best anti-bacterial dryer you can get and costs the earth nothing.
  • Collect excess water – Put a basin in your laundry sink or the bottom of your shower to collect grey water for your garden and/or to soak nappies and wipes.
  • Shop locally – Cut down on emissions from your car and to support local business.
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Chloé is a realistic greenie who is super-passionate about helping people to make small lifestyle changes that have a big impact. She started Rebel Eco to help remove the overwhelm that comes with making eco-friendly changes by sharing tips and advice through online courses that teach you how to live a low-waste life without a huge effort or a huge price tag.

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If you are interested in reducing your waste and toxins at home, check out Chloé’s free 5-day DIY challenge where you can learn 5 easy recipes for home cleaning and beauty that take less than 5 minutes to whip up. Facebook group Instagram Facebook page FREE 5-day low-waste challenge

Can Identical Twins Be Opposite Genders?

Can Identical Twins Be Opposite Genders or not

Author: Stephanie Ernst

Identical twin parents will all nod their heads here when you ask them what one of the silliest questions they’ve ever been asked is.

“Is it a boy and a girl?” (I seriously heard all of  you out there rolling your eyes right now!)

Can Identical Twins Be Opposite Genders?

Here’s the tea, though: It can happen, but it’s super rare.  We’re talking you’ve got more chance of winning the lottery rare! But it does happen, and it can occur in a few ways.

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Bubs 2 Bratz Nursery Hire

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Bubs 2 Bratz Nursery Hire – Vendor e-interview with Amanda Nass

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to start Bub2Bratz Nursery Hire & Child Restraint Fitters

As you know I am Amanda the Owner / Fitter at Bubs2bratz Nursery Hire in Townsville, a beautiful part of North Queensland. I am a mother of 3 (Heavenly Daughter and 2 cheeky little boys 10 & 9).

After 20 years in the corporate/tourism industry, motherhood and travelling was my life. Bubs2bratz Nursery Hire was created due to lack of options available in Townsville/NQ for visiting friends and relatives. My little business started in the rumpus room with a few items to hire out. Now we have a showroom/fitting bay with a lot of modern hire options available.

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What is the best part of your job at Bubs 2 Bratz Nursery Hire? 

Apart from the safety side of children in child restraint fitted correctly in vehicles, it’s the journey you go through with our customers. From early pregnancy, breast feeding to birth to toddler stage and then repeat again! Who wouldn’t like seeing cute babies every day!

What is the most popular item you hire at Bubs 2 Bratz Nursery Hire?

Capsule hire would be the cost-effective hire item in stock and the most popular. We offer a range of modern capsule suitable for all travel system prams on the market. Our hire includes complimentary fitting by accredited ,  and passionate fitter in our under covered fitting bay.

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What does pram and car seat detailing actually entail? As a mother of twins myself, this was one thing I struggled to find time to do was clean the car seats and the pram!

Car seat & pram cleaning fits perfectly with our hire business. Our hire stock is kept cleaned and santized between hires. Our customers were asking us to clean their car seats and prams because of how great our hire stock looked. We understand how busy life can get with children, so this service is flexible and affordable. We follow all manufactures instructions using child friendly cleaning products.

Choosing car seats for multiples is such a big decision. What hints and tips do you have for our new frazzled parents to be?

Choosing a child restraint can be overwhelming at the best of times. Things you need to consider are simple 

  1. Budget – car seats can vary in price due to fabric type, safety elements added, isofix non isofix and brands. But all child restraints must compile with Australian Standards
  2. Vehicle Type – not all car seats will fit in a small vehicle for example, just like not all prams are suitable to your lifestyle.  Do your research, all brands offer a variety of restraints alternatives and price range.
  3. Installation – it’s important to learn how to use and install your child restraint. 80% of parents and carers incorrectly install or use their child restraints. If you are a new parent, it is recommended to have your car seats/capsules installed between 36-38 weeks if not earlier as little ones, come whenever they like. 

Struggling to fit three car seats across the back of some cars can be difficult. Have you found many cars where it just isn’t possible to fit three across? Have you ever had to tell a family they are just going to have to get a bigger car????

This would be my number one question most weeks to be honest. I am having number 3 or 4 and we need to fit 3 across the back seat. Most vehicles can fit 3 across. It’s all about the combination of child restraints (brand, size, suitability) and if the vehicle is fitted with 3 anchor points.

Just because it’s a 7-seater, does not mean it has 7 anchor points. Or if it’s a dual cab Ute does not mean it’s got 3 anchor points. When buying a vehicle for the future of having children this is your number one point to consider. And hot tip – don’t just ask the car salesman how many anchors points it has as they normally don’t have a clue!

Check out the reviews or the manual.

Do you have a favourite brand of car seats? Why is this?

I hire and sell a variety of car seats because what is my favourite may not suit or be affordable for different customers.

My children have always been in Britax range of child restraints , this was because of several reasons, I was a Britax child myself, marketing of their seats was popular when I was having children, but you cannot question the safety of Britax range of seats they have been around of 45+ years.

But in saying that other brands offer great seats as well Infa Secure, Maxi Cosi everyone has a different view of what is the better range.

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You can find out more about Amanda, and Bub2Bratz Nursery Hire & Child Restraint Fitters HERE.


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PUPPP and twin pregnancy

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Author: Samantha Wolfe

Finding out we were pregnant with twins

“How many do you think are in there? One or two?” My wife asked me as we headed for our dating scan. 5 weeks prior to that I had had a double frozen embryo transfer. This was my 4th and final attempt at pregnancy. My wife and I did reciprocal IVF to conceive our children. She carried our first (master 3, biologically mine) and then we swapped. 

“Maybe one?” I replied. Although I had a great HCG level, I didn’t feel pregnant in the slightest, the only symptom I had at that stage was no period. 

As the ultrasound picture hit my uterus my eyes lit up. There sat two tiny little sacks, with a tiny little baby in each. Ecstatic is an understatement. I felt like I had waited a lifetime for this. 

32 weeks pregnant with twins

No gonna lie, I had a textbook pregnancy up to 32 weeks. 

As I laid down in the examination chair for a quick ultrasound in my obstetricians rooms, he looks at my belly just under my belly button “…is that itchy?” Pointing to an itch that had started about a week earlier. “Yes actually, why? What is it?” Thinking it was just itchy stretch marks from my skin stretching. “You’ve got PUPPP, Pruritic-itchy, Urticarial-like mosquito bites, Papules- big lumps, Plaques- really big lumps, of pregnancy” 

I left the rooms that day with my induction date. My obstetrician telling me that it doesn’t harm the baby, however it causes insanity in the mother with the itch. Pfft really? How bad could it be..? Let. Me. Tell. You! 

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Talking Twins and More. S3 – Ep 15.

Talking twins and more Season 3 episode 15

 

Talking Twins and More. S3 – Ep 15.

 

Parent Coach Jodie Thornton joins us this week to discuss parenting.

While recording this episode, NSW and Victoria are back in lockdown due to the COVID pandemic, and Jodie joins the ladies to discuss coping with life when things don’t go to plan and how to juggle life with multiples when life isn’t going to plan.

Do you give into the screen time and treats or is it time to play hard parent?

 

Separating triplets at school

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Author: Belinda Smith

There are decisions that we as parents of multiples make that parents of singletons never have to grapple with.  One that garners many a heated discussion is that of separating or splitting up our multiples when they start school. 

I have seen many multiple birth Facebook groups asking the same questions – “Do I keep them together? Do I separate? What has been everyone’s experience?”

As our boys started Prep this year (2021) I have spent some time over the previous two years asking myself these very same questions. 

I think this decision was compounded for me because I am also a teacher.  My mumma heart was saying ‘Keep them together! Starting school is a big step and they can support each other.’  However, my teacher brain was saying ‘Separate – how will they learn if they are constantly playing up together and not listening to the teacher!’ 

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Naming same sex twins or triplets. How to decide who gets which name.

Naming same sex twins

Choosing names is a tough job at the best of time.  But its even tougher when you have to choose more than one!

And then of course you have middle names.  And what if you don’t know the gender – then you have to think of even MORE names!

You can read our blog on choosing names in general for twins or triplets HERE.

However, once you have FINALLY decided on the names, if you have same sex twins your job isn’t quite done.   You still need to decide which baby gets which name!

Often parents get very bogged down in this, as they feel the pressure of getting several years down the track and maybe thinking that the names would have been better the other way around!   Don’t panic though.  You will find in most cases that babies seem to grow into their names, and you will (hopefully!) look back and think there is no way that Baby A could have been called Baby B’s name.

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Talking Twins and More. S3 – Ep 14.

Talking twins and more Season 3 episode 14

 

Talking Twins and More. S3 – Ep 14.

 

This week Nix and Naomi talk to the head Midwife for the Red Nose Australia about all things safe sleep.

Jane gives wonderful advice on the correct ways to sleep your twins from bassinettes to cots, sharing a sleep space to falling asleep in swings and car capsules.

Jane debunks the myths and puts an emphasis on the important sleep rules to protect your bubs from SIDS.