You’re Already Raising a Vegan Baby- Here’s How
Without even realizing it, you could already be on track to raising a vegan baby whether you as a parent are vegan or not. If you are raising your baby vegan, congratulations because we are living in a time where there is an endless plethora of resources and support at your fingertips. If you’re not necessarily trying to raise your child vegan but it has become a point of interest for you, you may already be further down this path then you may think. Here are three things that you may be doing as a parent that already coincide with raising a vegan baby.
You feed them fresh fruits, vegetables, and plant-based protein
Nutrition is one of the most important things to keep an eye on with your baby, even if your baby is not vegan. If you already include fruits, vegetables, and plant-based protein sources you are including a vegan diet into your baby’s life. You may be making your baby food at home, but if not Earth’s Best and Beech-Nut are choices you may have seen during your last grocery trip.
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You use organic, cruelty-free products
Whether you use cruelty-free and non-animal derived products yourself, odds are that many of the baby care products which you have in your nursery are already free of animal testing and are organically derived. Vegan baby or not, using the safest products for your baby is essential. For diapers, Honest Company, Whole Foods 365, and Parasol brands are delicate enough for both your baby and the planet. Baby wipes? Honest brand. Bath time wash? Nature’s Baby Organics, Naturawl, and Tom’s of Maine are just a few of the many options available.
You have a family pet
Research has shown that having a family pet has a positive effect on a child according to a study carried out by The Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology about the relationship between children, siblings, and family pets. It was found that a majority of children admitted to having a better relationship with their pets than their siblings (totally relatable) Having a family pet teaches compassion and shows children that animals are loving, feeling, and humane beings. Having a pet can open up the conversation between how a traditionally domesticated animal is perceived versus what animals they may see on their classmate’s plates.
Which of these vegan habits do you notice your non-vegan friends and family doing? Do you have any more to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below.
Cassels, M et al. One of the family? Measuring early adolescents’ relationships with pets and siblings. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology; 18 March 2019;
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