'Ethical' babies cost £700 more in first yearEco-friendly choices put more pressure on parents

16 March 2007

Parents who make 'ethical' purchases for their youngsters spend an extra £700 in a baby's first year, research out today shows.

Buying organic or eco-friendly choices of nappies, baby food, clothes and other products racks up the annual shopping bill, according to fund managers Family Investments.

Eco-friendly nappies cost an average 41p each compared to 19p for a standard disposable version.

Buying organic baby food increases the price by an average 79p per jar.

Items of 'ethical' baby clothes - such as organic cotton - cost around £4.65 each compared to just £1.50 for standard clothes.

And eco-friendly toiletry products such as baby oil cost around £1.25 more each.

The average annual cost of buying solely eco-friendly and organic baby goods comes to £1,532.19 per child compared to £835.17 for the standard versions.

Added pressure

Family Investments chief executive John Reeve said: 'The cost of being a parent is growing and the added pressure now of choosing ethical or organic products can overwhelm parents living on stretched budgets, especially as families learn to cope with the cost of a new baby.'

The figures were based on a comparison of the price differences between a year's supply of baby food, nappies, baby oil and baby clothes in both ethical/organic and standard versions.

An additional snapshot survey of 264 parents with children aged four and under carried out online in September showed the choice of breastfeeding versus formula milk was their biggest parental concern.

Choosing between disposable versus washable nappies was the second biggest 'green' dilemma faced by parents.

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