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About the Author

Lifelong friends Joy Hatch and Rebecca Kelley emphasize progress instead of perfection as they blog about their “eco-nomical” adventures (and misadventures) at www.greenbabyguide.com. They both teach English, co-write two eco-friendly living columns, and enjoy raising their own green babies in Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; Original edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798316
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tara Peterson VINE VOICE on March 30, 2011
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I recently purchased this book as I get ready for baby #2. There were things I would have like to have done differently with my daughter when she was a baby so I thought that this might help with the next one. A lot of the information was common sense I thought (buying used furniture saves money, making your own food is better, etc.) but would be good information for those first time parents. The only section I really liked was the one on clother diapering. I am planning to cloth diaper #2 and found some good information on it. None of this information was something I couldn't easily find online. In the end, like I said before, this was a good book for the first time parent that is looking to save some money and do something good for the planet.
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As a grandparent who has the privilege of being a regular one day a week babysitter, I found the Eco-nomical Baby Guide to be an entertaining and informative book. I was appreciative of the encouragement to find toys among everyday household items, buy quality used items when needed, and avoid the trap of too much stuff. There seem to be many more "green" options than when we had our own children. This book is well researched and provides a wealth of practical suggestions. It was not a heavy-handed environmental rant. The book provided a continuum of options and rationales in a very readable and often humorous way. Eco-nomical Baby Guide will give parents a strategy for becoming better consumers, better citizens, and possibly even happier and more content people. I am buying this book for baby shower gifts.
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I really appreciated the angle of actually buying LESS stuff and used stuff rather than a pure focus on fancy expensive "green" products. It's a great guide for people who live a simple life and are having their first baby, or for those who would like to simplify.

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.
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When I actually had a chance to look through this book in person I was disappointed- most of the 'eco-nomical' suggestions were things I had already figured out myself, things I'd already been doing for years. The kind of thing any sensible person could figure out to save money or be more green like borrowing or buying things second-hand, cloth diapering, not buying a lot of extra baby gear you don't really need, etc. To me it was just common sense stuff and wasn't teaching me anything new. I returned it.
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I was so excited to find this book on Amazon, and thus I was also so excited to receive it in the mail. I was not excited when I quickly tore open the packaging and took one whiff of the book as I flipped it open. Toxic chemical smells filled my nose and the area of the room. I immediately looked on the book and saw it was printed in China. Great- toxic chemicals AND made in China where we know there are cases in which toxins have been found to be extreme... Plus, this book is intended for people either with babies or with babies on the way, both sensitive populations to breathing toxic chemical fumes. So, if you purchase this book, let it air out outside for a bit (preferably in the sun to really get the fumes out of it) before you soak up all of its great information.

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. :)
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We bought this book while in my first trimester before we told anyone that I was pregnant. It is FANTASTIC for settling fears about getting EVERYTHING that the big box stores tell you will be "necessary" for your baby.

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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