Green Mama by Manda Aufochs Gillespie

Green Mama: Giving Your Child A Healthy Start and a Greener Future by Manda Aufocha Gillespie

Published July 1st, 2014 by Dundurn

Genres Nonfiction

Pages 164

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What are the most pressing problems facing new parents today? As the world has become increasingly more complicated, so has parenting. We are concerned about pervasive toxins in the environment and anxious to raise our children in ways that will protect them as well as safeguard our already fragile world. Manda Aufochs Gillespie, The Green Mama, shares what today’s science and Grandma’s traditional wisdom tell us about prenatal care for mothers-to-be, breastfeeding, detoxifying the nursery, diapering, caring for baby’s skin, feeding a family, and healthy play — redefining the “basics” of parenting for today’s world. With an upbeat tone, stories of parents who have “been there,” real-world advice for when money matters more, and practical steps geared toward immediate success, The Green Mama engages and guides even the busiest, most sleep-deprived parent. The Green Mama helps parents become what they were always meant to be: experts on the care of their own children.

First, I must state that I do not have any babies yet, I just read a lot about pregnancy and parenting so when I do get pregnant next year, I am prepared. Second, this is definitely a book for natural minded mamas, although I do think everyone should read it to educate themselves. I have already done a great deal of reading about natural living, so some of the information in this book, such as all the chemicals to avoid, I have already read about. This book is also a big advocator, as am I, of things such as baby-wearing, babies sleeping in the same room as their parents, breastfeeding, delayed weaning, etc. With all that said, I thought this was an excellent book, especially for mamas or mamas-to-be who are trying to provide a more natural and organic environment for their families.

This book was filled with a lot of information as well as lots of bright and vibrant pictures. The author also talks about how she knows that not every mama has the financial resources to buy everything suggested in this book and gives alternative ways to make natural choices for your children. It was nice to read from a perspective like that, where the author understands that not everyone can afford to go out and buy an organic crib mattress. But I did read about things that I previously had not even thought about, such as buying a crib with untreated, natural wood. Overall I think this is a great book, it gives mamas a pretty inclusive overview of the ways to help your family live a more natural life, from preparing your body for pregnancy to creating a more natural home and ways to create a more natural environment for your children. There are recipes in the book for natural sunscreen and skin care, as well as a list of resources mentioned throughout the book.

Thank you to the publisher, Dundurn, for sending me a review copy of this book.

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