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The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Unfortunately, the authors routinely mix up "free trade" and "fair trade", and have trouble with big words like "Bisphenol". For those wondering, no, there is not a new chemical out there known as "biphesenol-A" despite it being spelled this way throughout the book and in the index. These are errors that can confuse people and should not make it to publication.
I have to admit it took me a bit to get over the toxic smell of the book and all my concerns that go along with being exposed to those chemicals, but after that, I got to enjoying the wonderful tidbits of knowledge the authors provide. If you are looking for a great resource for organic, natural options to provide your family and baby, this is the book for you. I particularly am loving the cloth diapering sections. I am a newbie with the idea of cloth diapering, and the authors have done a great job at explaining the basics and giving resources to connect with.
All in all, it would be great if the book were printed on recycled paper at a closer printer, but this book's info is fabulous for understanding the true essentials for baby gear, how to creatively save money and resources, and cloth diapering options. I still recommend the book- just please air it out before you dive in. :)
This baby is the first grandchild on both sides of our family and most of our friends are just starting to have babies so we didn't have anyone to tell us what gear we would really need and what we could skip. By reading this before we started looking for anything for our baby, we developed a mindset that said, "It's okay to buy some used items" and we found out which items we NEEDED to buy new.
Having a baby is EXPENSIVE and knowing where we could save money without skimping on safety has been key for us. We have followed almost all of the advice in the book and have been happy with our choices. I would recommend that any parent feeling overwhelmed by the amount of "STUFF" you have to get for a baby read this to feel like you can breathe a little easier. =)
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I think this is a worthwhile read! There aren't too many revolutionary ideas, but it is a good reminder that the "greenest" option is to buy less and buy used. Read morePublished 17 months ago by LoriJ
This book is AMAZING. It is very well written and how some awesome awesome advice. This book is perfect for those trying to be "green" but also looking to not break the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Danielle G.
This book offers a lot of practical advice and I think it is a great beginner's guide for someone who is just starting to live greener. Read morePublished 19 months ago by ownitnow
The person I gifted it to found it so helpful, she put some tips in practice & passed it on to a friendPublished on July 2, 2014 by luv2read
I really like how the authors of this book talk about many different angles and recommendations for each topic covered. While there's an entire section dedicated to cloth vs. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by k4krystal
I was initially encouraged and excited by this book, but became disappointed upon finding the dreadful statement in the back inside cover, "Printed in China." Wow!!!! Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Aubrey E Bretsnyder
I purchased this book last year, 2010, while I was pregnant and getting ready for baby. It was very helpful in assisting with trying to be earthy, economical and green when it... Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by K.B.Statt