A Green Guide for Baby Care
The Book: Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby Care by Alan Greene, MD (Jossey-Bass, 2007)
Review by Laurie K. Meher
Preamble/Overall Feeling: This is an easy-to-read book that covers environmental issues and their impact on children's health. Dr. Greene covers every ‘room’ in your child’s life; the womb, the labour and delivery room, the nursery, the kitchen, etc. You can pick this book up at anytime and read just a chapter. It is very positive and encouraging for eco-holistic parents. He discusses everything from home-birthing to organic pet care!
Best Bits: This book is surprisingly in-depth for the amount of topics he discusses. Throughout the book there are "Green Parent Alerts & Reports" that quickly answers questions pertaining to the what is discussed in the chapter - for example "VOC Paint Facts" or "Are Wild-Caught Fish always healthier? (answer: sometimes)". He also has "Going Green" and "Buying Green" boxes that give you extra ideas on how to have a Green baby shower or buying baby-safe bottles. The food advice is more in-depth in the pregnancy section than in the baby section, but the advice regarding organics, farmers' markets and water bottles is relevant for both expectant moms and babies. He is positive towards vegetarian and vegan parents, doesn’t recommend juice and encourages whole foods – which is good in my eyes!
Less-Wonderful Bits: While informative, this book can be a little overwhelming. Dr. Greene does say right up front that you can take what you want and ignore the information that you don’t want. However it’s difficult for a new parent to not feel a little anxious about the potential dangers of conventional crib mattresses. Parents need to read this book and remember to be sensible. It may be healthier to get an organic wool mattress; however getting a used one handed down is good for the environment as well. It would be an expensive endeavor to follow all of his advice.
Whole foods focus?: Sure. (It isn’t a cookbook, but he does encourage whole food cereals, etc.)
Web Presence?: Yes (it provides sensible advice for expectant & new parents).