For a decade, the nonprofit organization Mothers and Others for a Living Planet has been an advocate for raising children in natural, nontoxic, and environmentally friendly environments. Now, the editors of the Mothers and Others newsletter The Green Guide
, Mindy Pennybacker and Aisha Ikramuddin, have compiled hundreds of suggestions into a comprehensive guidebook ideal for all parents concerned with providing their children with safe, "green" surroundings.
Pennybacker and Ikramuddin provide details and suggestions for preparing baby's room, taking care of yourself during pregnancy, diapering the natural way, feeding your child, avoiding PVC in toys, avoiding the dangers of installing new carpets in baby's room (nonnatural carpets "offgas" VOCs--volatile organic compounds--and all carpets can become a trap for allergens and dust mites), and much more. It's not all warnings and cautions, though; the "Raising (and Protecting) Your Naturalist Child" chapter discusses the importance of exposing your child to the natural world, including ways to encourage empathy for animals. A thorough listing of "green" resources, information, and Web sites rounds off this highly useful guide. --Ericka Lutz
From the Back Cover
A friendly, step-by-step parent's resource for safe, practical, and affordable baby care.
No job is more important to you than taking care of your child. Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet understand this, and they want to help. For the last ten years, they've been a leading voice for raising children in natural, nontoxic, and environmentally friendly surroundings. Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet Guide to Natural Baby Care puts all of their pioneering research, advocacy, and support right at your fingertips. This wonderfully practical and accessible resource offers straightforward information and simple advice on how to reduce babies' and children's exposure to environmental toxins and embrace safer practices and "greener" products. Engagingly written and clearly organized for quick and easy reference, the book discusses:
- caring for yourself during pregnancy
- eliminating dangerous chemicals from your home
- breast-feeding and bottle-feeding
- affordable organic baby food
- nontoxic rugs, paints, clothing, toys, and furniture
- avoiding pollutants such as pesticides, dust mites, molds, microbes, chemical fumes, and cigarette smoke
- safe soaps, shampoos, and lotions
- environmentally sounder diapers, furniture, and other greener product choices.