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Green baby showers
Be a greener parent
by Lynoa Cattanach.
London : Teach Yourself, 2010.
A realistic, affordable approach to bringing up a child in an ethical, environmentally conscious manner ¬  Going beyond the immediate concerns of washable vs. disposable¬ diaper, this guide provides an all-around approach to a balanced, ethical family and domestic life. It covers everything from pregnancy through childbirth and beyond, and features plenty of advice on how to make ethically informed choices about education, travel, and even issues such as how much clothing and how many toys¬ a child really needs.¬ Always realistic, the guide¬ offers parents a system whereby they can either make wholly "green" choices, or can opt for a more convenient and practical approach with minimum effort. These unique "Green Box Guides" in addition to the substantial resources and bibliography featured make this a comprehensive yet accessible handbook for all those who want to take a more ethically aware approach to their family.
     
Green guide families : the complete reference for eco-friendly parents
by Catherine Zandonella.
Washington, DC : National Geographic, c2010.
Meryl Streep called "Green Guide" the ultimate green living reference. Now, building on that success, here's a guide to eco-friendly parenting that's expertly organized and filled with practical advice, definitive explanations, and imaginative ideas.
     

New mothers who want to raise their children in an earth-friendly way are calling for green baby showers. If you are invited to such an event there are many gifts you can bring.

Feeding baby green : the earth-friendly program for healthy, safe nutrition during pregnancy, childhood, and beyond
Alan Greene ; original illustrations by Richard Sheppard.
San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, c2009.
Not your typical feeding book! You can break the cycle of weight struggles, junk food, and unhealthy kids' meals-and avoid food battles along the way. Feeding baby Green contains all you need to know to feed your baby best and to raise a child who recognizes and enjoys good food. Book jacket.
     
Growing up green : baby and child care
Deirdre Imus.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
The second volume in the New York Times bestselling Green This! series, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care is a complete guide to raising healthy kids. Environmental activist and children's advocate Deirdre Imus addresses specific issues faced by children in every age group-from infants to adolescents and beyond. With a focus on preventing rather than treating childhood illnesses, Deirdre concentrates on educating and empowering parents with information such as: How to make sure your child is vaccinated safely, Which plastic bottles and toys are least toxic, How to lobby for safer school environments and support children's environmental health studies, Advice from leading "green" pediatricians and nationally recognized doctors such as Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. Chock-full of research and advice, Growing Up Green makes it easy for you to introduce your child to the "living green" way of life. Book jacket.
     

Green gifting encourages creativity. People who are skilled crafters can make something for the newborn that will be treasured for years. A handmade quilt or a wooden toy will be passed on to others in the family. But even those who arenít good with crafts can make welcome items. Here are some ideas:

  • A selection of frozen pureed vegetables for baby, packaged in small paper cups
  • Coupons for cloth diaper service or earth-friendly grocery products
  • Regift items that were once a family favorite
  • Wrap gifts in reusable material or don't wrap at all

If making something doesnít appeal to you, youíll be amazed at the selection at second hand stores! Baby clothes are plentiful at thrift stores where they are cheap. Upscale consignment stores have expensive name brands and inexpensive prices. Shopping for gently used items is the heart of the green philosophy because it keeps things out of landfills. Itís also a time honored tradition to pass on used baby clothing.

If you must shop for new items, avoid plastics and factory made toys and clothing when selecting your shower gift. Thousands of products are now made to cater to the green sensibility.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff