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Homemade Kids: Thrifty, Creative and Eco-Friendly Ways to Raise Your Child Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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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)
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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 reusable nappes are the right choice for you
>consider the best feeding and transport solutions for your family
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Although I don't have kids myself I thought I'd give it a go as a way of passing the time on a long train journey. I figured my sister wouldn't notice if it was slightly dog-eared as since the addition of my nephew to her family, she has generally been preoccupied on other things.
Well I certainly learnt more about nappies than I ever hoped to. But more generally it is full of uncommon sense, easy to dip into and loaded with helpful suggestions.
Highly recommended if you have a little 'un.
Having struggled and succeeded in using terry nappies on my first son 17 years ago, initially in a one bedroom London flat on the third floor, I think the overwhelming obstacle to being eco-friendly is not the lack of convenience. Its the feeling that you are the only person doing it and there's no-one to share the experience. Reading Homemade Kids is like being in a virtual parents' and babies' group: its packed full of quotes and stories from other parents about their experiences, including the tricky bits.
Nicola Baird doesn't harangue and she does recognise that some readers won't find it easy to get past the 'baby' steps to being green. But read it and I hope, like me, you'll be motivated by the case she makes for changing your life even a little bit to help ensure your child's health and happiness - the best incentive of all.
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.
Homemade Kids helps parents raise creative, thoughtful, earth-loving kids who love to play outside, even they are living in the suburbs or the inner city. It also addresses many indoor concerns like setting up house for a baby, floor/window coverings, sleeping options, food, safety to heating/cooling issues.
If you want to know what to do when red spots appear on your babies legs, or your child won't go to sleep at night this may not the right book for you, but it will make you think about the millions of little decisions in the day that add up to a lifestyle. For example, get advice on skincare products that won't irritate your child's skin with perfumes, colors and preservatives, or how curtains can save energy on your electric bill and your own personal energy - better (blackout) curtains are worth considering.
Homemade Kids encourages parents to work as a community to share used items/babysitting services/tips, and helps kids learn through their parents how to be active in a community and neighborhood. Homemade kids is basically a parental forum/resource for like-minded parents.
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