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Homemade Kids: Thrifty, Creative and Eco-Friendly Ways to Raise Your Child [Paperback]

Nicola Baird
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Book Description

1 July 2010

Modern living offers convenience, and as parents we need all the help we can get. Food is produced in abundance, and clothes are cheap enough for us to use and then discard. But is it necessary to be so wasteful? And is this really how we want to raise our children?

Homemade Kids is full of top tips, inspirational ideas and practical advice that will help you to:

. make your home a more healthy, energy-efficient environment

. create toys and fun activities for your baby

. decide whether reusuable nappies are the right choice for you

. consider the best feeding and transport solutions for your family

Raising a healthy, happy child doesn't need to be a complicated process that puts a strain on the planet and your wallet. Homemade Kids takes you back to basics and reminds you of the simple pleasures of parenting.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009192989X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091929893
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Hi, I'm Nicola Baird, a city-based environmental journalist/author and mum of two young children. I've written seven published books including the best selling "Save Cash & Save the Planet" (Collins, co-written, 2005) and "Homemade Kids: thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children" (Vermilion, 2010). You can see my blogs at http://aroundbritainnoplane.blogspot.com and also www.homemadekids.co.uk.

For surprising insights into eco-lifestyles, read the romantic comedy, "There's a Hippo in my Cistern", written by my football-obsessed husband (and brilliant, funny writer) Pete May (Collins, 2008).

"Coconut Wireless: love, life and gossip in the south pacific" is my first e-novel (2010). It is set in Solomon Islands where I worked as a VSO journalist trainer from 1990-1992. Half of any money produced by "Coconut Wireless" will be given to support projects working with Solomon Islands women and children. I regret this a bit now - if I hadn't made this promise I'd be offering "Coconut Wireless" to you for free...

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"Full of ideas, buzzing with energy and great green tips for parents" (Tony Juniper, former director of Friends of the Earth)

"As a mother of four modern children this book showed me how to get green with ease" (Rosie Millard, Sunday Times journalist)

"A splendidly inspiring book, which will encourage all the family to enjoy going "green"" (Shirley Hughes OBE)

Book Description

A practical and inspirational guide to bringing up your baby in a thrifty, eco-friendly way

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parents don't despair! 5 July 2010
Such a helpful, easy to read book (with index!) to help new parents wanting to be eco-friendly and uncommercialised. So much is common sense, but people need encouragement to become more confident about child-rearing, and to be happy. And so important to involve dads! Stimulating for the imagination and recalling one's own childhood.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars creative & lots of fun! 5 July 2010
great idea for a gift for new parents (instead of the usual baby outfit that only lasts a few months!) - highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top tips for new and not-so-new parents! 12 July 2010
As a mother of 2, with some eco and frugal tendencies!, I thought this book wouldn't have much to tell me I didn't already know. How wrong can you be!

This is packed with practical ideas, and some lovely case studies, that show you it really is very easy - and satisfying - to bring kids up without costing the earth. Particularly useful in these difficult times when parents have to juggle so much, and have less money to spend.

Very interesting to see how other parents do things - especially if you're nosey like me - tips for getting kids into healthy eating, creative play without loads of plastic toys, enjoying wildlife etc. And useful stuff on getting new baby 'kit' - what you really need, and how to avoid unnecessary expense.

I found it very easy to read, and came away with lots of ideas to try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
V. informative - and loads of great ideas. I'll be buying this as a present for friends and family with young kids.Homemade Kids: Thrifty, Creative and Eco-Friendly Ways to Raise Your Child
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nicola Baird has provided parents and families - teachers as well! - with a fantastically helpful book, packed with amazingly practical and clever tips. It offers useful advice to either new parents or to families with big kids, and helps one navigate through the bewildering first months and years of a new child. Babies can seem like an ecological disaster, and a very costly one. However, with Nicola's down-to-earth advice and wonderful interviews, parents and families can avoid both worries.
I sincerely wish I had had Nicola's many helpful and easily doable suggestions and ideas when my two teens were little! She helps us all to 'walk our talk' while maintaining humour and kindness -- not always easy when parenting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nicola Baird is a path-finder 22 July 2010
There are people who research and plan every aspect of their babies' lives, and there are those like us who play things more by ear. When we brought our daughter home from hospital it was "oh well, this new baby thing is challenging enough already. Let's use disposable nappies to start with and maybe think about something greener later." But almost immediately there was a documentary on TV about the appalling mountains of disposables coming out of people's dustbins and we had to do a quick U-turn. If you want to be a greener parent this book will be invaluable to both planners and improvisers! Children take you to all sorts of new places, and if you want to make eco-friendly choices along the way, Nicola Baird is a path-finder who has already been there - and provides clear, practical sign-posts to the greener or less green route. Rather like the Lonely Planets or Rough Guides, which help both the people who want to organise every aspect of their holiday in advance and the backpackers who roll into a new town and start looking for a bed as the sun sets...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and inspiring 22 Sep 2010
By klgc
An entertaining mix of big ideas and day-to-day tips on how to enrich your family life in a fun and green way. A good present for all parents and grandparents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good investment 21 Sep 2010
By Jo
There are so many childcare books on the shelves these days that it can be hard to know which one to choose. But if you only buy one book on eco-parenting, try this one. It's easy to read and is jammed full of brill suggestions about how to be a mum or dad without compromising your ethical standards. Rather than make you feel guilty about what you're NOT doing, it inspires you to try out new ideas. And best of all, it helps you save a bit of cash. Well worth the investment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable, superbly educational, clear, humorous, inspiring :-)
Valuable for its practicality and humour; respectful of the reader as well as the planet. Superbly educational, giving a clear, concise overview of each topic with links for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joe Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Best present you can buy for new parents
This is a great book and would make a brilliant new parent present, rather than clothes which'll last a few weeks - this will give you interesting ideas on how to do birthdays,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Zoe B
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for little sis...ending up reading it myself
Little sis sprogged last year. Just typing that makes me feel old. I thought this would be just the ticket for a Christmas present. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2011 by The Hamster Factor
4.0 out of 5 stars Be a better parent, live better, and don't be a bee in Mother Earth's...
I am a new parent. I have a shelf of books about babies but this one stands out as the only one with practical ideas on how I can be the kind of parent I want to be... Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2010 by Maynestacy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining resource . . .
I bought this for my sister who has two children under two - and ended up reading it before I sent it off! . . Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2010 by C. Bucknall
5.0 out of 5 stars Baird explains well.
An amazing book to read for parents like myself to raise eco-friendly children. I found it easy to read and learned much from it. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2010 by el-Turco
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant down-to-earth guide.
Parenting is hard work but it should also be fun and this book reminds readers how fun does not have to cost the earth, financially or literally. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2010 by TheMcAtribe
5.0 out of 5 stars be green(er) and have fun with your kids
This is a perfect present for any new or not-so-new mum or dad - full of great tips on how to live life more simply and with less impact on the environment. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by mumzim
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I WISH I'd read years ago...
How I wish this book had been around when my teenage daughter was a baby! Nicola Baird has written a charming, informative and wise 'how to' that isn't at all preachy. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2010 by BeetleMum
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