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Winner of the Nautilus Book Awards Gold Medal for BEST PARENTING BOOK OF THE YEAR

Greene, a Stanford pediatrician and author of the popular web site drgreene.com, teams up with a consumer health reporter and an author of parenting books to give parents ecofriendly options for pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Everything from choosing the best diapers to selecting nontoxic nursery paint and organic baby food is offered along with commonsense advice about diaper rash and food allergies. These are excellent companions to more traditional parenting books by the likes of T. Berry Brazelton. (Library Journal, February 1, 2008)

"a leading figure in the green baby movement." (Library Journal, January 2008)

In this second of only two recently published books on environmentally friendly child rearing the other being Kimberly Rider s Organic Baby: Simple Steps for Healthy Living pediatrician Greene (Stanford Univ. Sch. of Medicine) provides an exemplary information and reference resource for parents concerned with doing their part to raise a healthy child in an ecoconscious manner. Organized by developmental stages, the text features Greene advising on what to feed the baby and how to administer medicine safely; Jeanette Pavini, a consumer watch reporter for CBS Eyewitness News in San Francisco, recommends how to shop responsibly for diapers, bedding, cribs, toys, etc. While the book is specifically geared toward new parents, its well–cited data about environmental hazards, coupled with the practical tips for green living, are suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about individual efforts to increase environmental sustainability. A solid niche filler on green parenting; recommended for all public libraries.
Susan E. Thomas, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend (Library Journal, October 23, 2007)

Pediatrician Greene, a leading figure in the green baby movement, enthusiastically discusses everything from what to take with you to the delivery room to questions to ask hospitals/birth centers, about how green they are. "Buying Green" text boxes give contact info for recommended retailers or products of all types, useful for comparison shopping. (LJ Xpress Review, 10/16/07)

"Pediatrician Greene′s informative guide for raising children in the most environmentally friendly way possible makes for some fascinating (and surprising) reading. From pregnancy and childbirth to nursery design and gardening, Greene covers hundreds of questions and situations new parents will face and provides a nonstop flow of sensible answers. His evenhanded tone makes this an excellent choice for audiences as varied as committed vegans to those who are considering purchasing organic milk. There is no pressure to "convert," and readers will find plenty of options for how little or much they want to commit to a new lifestyle. The book′s layout is particularly impressive, with boxed comments from other parents, lists of recommended products and food, and numerous links to helpful sites. From diapers to food allergies, Greene has a thoughtful, nonbiased response to nearly every question a new parent could have. He gives his own opinions, but always states as much, and never! derides the choices of others. An excellent choice for those who don′t know where to begin when it comes to environmental parenting." (Booklist, September 2007)

Dr. Greene provides a lucid, helpful guide for parenting in the 21st century."
Julius B. Richmond, MD, Harvard Medical School, Founding Director of Project Head Start, and Former U.S. Surgeon–General

"I urge parents, old and new, to read this book and to keep it on a visible bookshelf, so that these messages of simple change can be passed on until we′ve raised a generation of healthy children in a balanced and healthy planet."
Sara Snow, TV Host / Green Living Expert, Host of "Get Fresh with Sara Snow" on Discovery Health

"Raising Baby Green is an informed, practical, and hopeful green guide... Alan Greene is a nationally recognized pediatrician whose expertise in creating safe environments for children is a gift to us all."
Michael Lerner, PhD, President Commonweal and Co–Founder of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment

"Dr. Greene′s understanding and knowledge of the green and organic lifestyle surpasses that of anyone I know . I will recommend this book to every prospective parent I encounter."
Anna Getty, Prenatal yoga teacher, mother, and eco–lifestyle expert

"What a great opportunity to learn, discover, and empower yourself with the essential tools to raise your child in safer, healthier, and greener ways It is easier than you think."
Christopher Gavigan, CEO, Healthy Child Healthy World (formerly CHEC)

"This book is your bible. It′s written by the Web′s #1 pediatrician, and one of the country′s most effective champions for protecting kids and the rest of us from environmental contaminants. Want to raise baby Green? The doctor will see you now!"
Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group

"Raising Baby Green does a great job helping parents raise healthier children. As Dr. Greene so wisely says, what′s good for our environment is also good for our babies By following Dr. Greene′s suggestions our children can have longer, healthier lives, a smaller environmental footprint, and a healthier planet to inhabit."
Erica Frank, MD, MPH, President, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Canada Research Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Health and mother of Ridge Frank–White

"I found Raising Baby Green a wonderful guide to raising healthy babies and children. The book reflects Alan Greene′s evolution as a pediatrician and it brings together science, expert opinion and experiential knowledge in an easy–to–follow book. It is a gem."
Philip Lee, MD, Former United States Assistant Secretary of Health, Chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco, Professor at Stanford University

"This is a marvelous and much–needed book. I can′t wait for it to be published so I can share it with my colleagues, friends and the concerned pregnant women and new parents who contact me seeking information on ways to reduce their and their baby′s exposure to potentially harmful environmental chemicals. This book will be just what they are looking for."
Shanna Swan, PhD, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director, Center for Reproductive Epidemiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

"Ever wonder what organic, green, or natural mean? Ever wonder if it s for you? Read this book! In easy to understand terms Dr. Greene explains what nature intended: healthy babies equal healthy lives. This is the child raising map you re looking for!"
Steve Demos, Founder and Retired CEO Silk Soymilk

"I wish I had this book when my daughter was born. Dr. Greene′s ability to communicate how nutrition, organics, and the environment impact health puts him in a class all by himself."
Akasha Richmond, Chef–owner, Akasha

"Dr Alan Greene has produced a very thoughtful, immensely practical book that offers sound advice on how to raise healthy children while treading lightly upon the earth. I recommend Dr Greene′s book for parents and for all who care for children."
Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, Professor and Chairman Department of Community & Preventive Medicine Professor of Pediatrics Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"Great book by a great physician. Loaded with illustrations and hundreds of product evaluations, this is a unique package for parents I love it!"
Anthony Zolezzi, Author, Chemical Free Kids

"Alan Greene is a thoughtful scientist offering practical wisdom to parents. Even the small changes he recommends can make a big difference."
Rosalind Creasy, Author, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping

"It takes more than good luck and unconditional love to raise a healthy child today. Raising Baby Green is a tool kit and manifest for moms and dads that want to tilt the odds in favor of five fingers, five toes, and a brain that can cope with what is coming next."
Charles Benbrook, PhD, Chief Scientist, The Organic Center

"Dr. Alan Greene s book, Raising Baby Green is a lifesaver! Sixteen years ago, we lost our only child at age five to a non–hereditary cancer which we believed could have been prevented. Dr. Greene s book is more than a practical green guide it is the only lifestyle that can assure the essential first steps to a lifetime of well–being. Thank you for giving millions of parents the knowledge to make a difference in their lives for their children and the planet."
Nancy and James Chuda, Founders of (CHEC) Healthy Child Healthy World and The Colette Chuda Environmental Fund

"As I travel the country for my green living TV series I see eyes and minds open when parents learn they are going to bring a baby into this world; suddenly they want to create a healthy home environment with a kitchen full of healthy foods. The opportunity and desire for positive change is, in my opinion, never stronger. Dr. Greene, in his professional and parental way, has provided an excellent guidebook for that. I urge parents, old and new, to read this book and to keep it on a visible bookshelf, so that these messages of simple change can be passed on until we′ve raised a generation of healthy children in a balanced and healthy planet."
Sara Snow, TV Host / Green Living Expert, Host of "Get Fresh with Sara Snow" on Discovery Health

"The wide angle truth is that everything matters. With this common sense, science–backed book, difficult questions find thoughtful, experienced, truly intelligent answers. Our future depends upon parents making smarter decisions. This road map will help guide the journey. Get this book to everyone you know with children."
Doug Greene, Co–founder, New Hope Natural Media

"Every new mother and mother–to–be needs to read Raising Baby Green. Dr. Greene′s understanding and knowledge of the green and organic lifestyle surpasses that of anyone I know. This book will contribute immensely toward the future of our children and that of the planet. I will recommend this book to every prospective parent I encounter."
Anna Getty, Prenatal yoga teacher, mother, and eco–lifestyle expert

"The best green baby book I′ve ever read."
Christopher Moore, Best Selling Author of Fluke

"What a great opportunity to learn, discover, and empower yourself with the essential tools to raise your child in safer, healthier, and greener ways. Dr. Greene s book is about the simple tips in the right direction for a Healthy Child in a Healthy World – and it is easier than you think."
Christopher Gavigan, CEO, Healthy Child Healthy World (formerly CHEC)

"Dr. Alan Greene, through his work and through this book, is a pioneer in teaching parents the connection between a healthy environment, organic products and healthy, vibrant, happy babies."
Steven Hoffman, Interim Executive Director, The Organic Center, Co–founder, LOHAS Journal and the LOHAS conference

"This book should be in the hands of all parents. Dr. Greene provides a lucid, helpful guide for parenting in the 21st century."
Julius B. Richmond, MD, Harvard Medical School, Founding Director of Project Head Start, and Former U.S. Surgeon–General

"Raising Baby Green is an informed, practical, and hopeful green guide to having a healthy baby. Alan Greene is a nationally recognized pediatrician whose expertise in creating safe environments for children is a gift to us all. This book can make a difference not only in your baby′s health, but in the health of your whole family, your community, and our beautiful earth."
Michael Lerner, PhD, President Commonweal and Co–Founder of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment



leaves no stone unturned in the journey to making life eco–friendly great practical advice.   (Preganancy & Birth, November 2010).

From the Back Cover

In this illustrated and easy–to–use guide, noted pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene, a leading voice of the green baby movement, advises parents how to make healthy green choices for pregnancy, childbirth, and baby care from feeding your baby the best food available to using medicines wisely. Consumer advocate Jeanette Pavini includes information for making smart choices and applying green principles to a whole new universe of products from zero–VOC paints for the nursery, to pure and gentle lotions for baby′s delicate skin, to the eco–friendly diapers now in the marketplace, as well as specific recommendations for hundreds of other products.

People Are Talking About Raising Baby Green

"Every new mother and mother–to–be needs to read Raising Baby Green. This book will contribute immensely toward the future of our children and that of the planet."
Anna Getty, mother and prenatal yoga teacher

"A very thoughtful, immensely practical book that offers sound advice on how to raise healthy children while treading lightly upon the earth."
Philip J. Landrigan, M.D.; professor of pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"A marvelous and much–needed book for pregnant women and new parents seeking information on ways to reduce their and their baby′s exposure to harmful environmental chemicals."
Shanna Swan, Ph.D.; professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester

"Dr. Alan Greene is the passionate voice for those just born and those not yet born. Listen to him."
Walter Robb, president, Whole Foods Market

"By following Dr. Greene′s suggestions, our children can have longer, healthier lives, a smaller environmental footprint, and a healthier planet to inhabit."
Erica Frank, M.D., M.P.H.; mother and president–elect, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Canada Research Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Health

"A lucid, helpful guide for parenting in the twenty–first century."
Julius Richmond, M.D., Harvard Medical School; founding director, Project Head Start; former U.S. Surgeon General

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HASH(0x8aa6b450) out of 5 stars Isn't Thrift a Green Quality, too? 27 May 2008
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Raising Baby Green was easy and quick to read and is a book I will keep around simply for the fact that Dr. Greene has put together an impressive resource guide of websites where one can find lots of information on greening one's life and home. I'm sure this book will be a great reference in the future when I'm looking to buy something, that being said, I had two problems with this book.

First, after about the second chapter this book starts to read like an advertisement to buy buy buy! For example, there is repeated references to bringing you own organic cotton sheets to wherever you give birth and using them to replace the sheets at the hospital/birthing center. Now call me pragmatic, but 300 count organic cotton sheets cost between $125-$175 for my bed, thus, these are not the ideal sheets TO GIVE BIRTH ON. They will be ruined and I know when I'm expecting a baby I don't generally have $175 dollars to throw away. Nor does he address the impracticality of packing home sheets covered in birth mess for washing.

While Dr. Green does repeatedly say you can do as little or as much greening as you like in your home, he really does seem to push for more. There comes a point when ripping up your current hardwoods floors which are perfectly good to put down new floors made from cork which is a renewable resource stops being green. If you gut your entire house to "remodel green" the question becomes, are you really being green? Or are you just buying into the latest fad and wasting valuable, usable resources?

This green baby guide seems to have bought into our consumer culture hook, line and sinker, which is the reason I was going to give it 4 stars, but I dropped that down to 3 stars when I ran into my second problem with this book: Mis-information.

On page 248 there is a section titled "How to Drive Green." Two of the suggestions given are changing your air filter (which he says will save you $130 in fuel economy) and filling your tank at night. Now if you google "10 gas saving myths" you will find several articles about, well, gas saving myths and both of these are on there. Neither filling up at night nor changing your air filter really increase you fuel economy.

Green goes on further to say that filling up at night, "decreases evaporation during pumping, so anything that escapes won't be cooked in to the ozone." So, those fumes I see/smell when I pump gas at night don't go into the ozone? Because it's night? So . . .where do they go? To the pub for a beer?

If Greene has mis-information about fuel economy in his book that can be disputed by a simple google search, it makes me wonder what else he got wrong.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8aa6ba80) out of 5 stars Thorough and Trustworthy 1 Nov. 2007
By D'sMom - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is proving itself to be a thorough and trustworthy reference. I'm finding that each time there's a new and worrisome problem in the news (first it was lead paint on the toys, and now it's toxic plastic in the baby bottles), I can turn to reassuring, authoritative advice in Raising Baby Green. Check out the box on page 132 for help in choosing safe baby bottles (if you don't have the book, you can look it up here on Amazon.) There's a huge amount of information packed into this book, (great index, by the way) and thankfully it's not preachy, just very helpful!
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HASH(0x8aa6b9f0) out of 5 stars Fantastic Book! 2 Jan. 2008
By Kady Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a gift for a friend who is pregnant with her first child. I heard an interview on NPR's People's Pharmacy and expected the book to great. I was thrilled. It was better than I imagined. My friend loved it too and is excited to apply some of the great advice. I recommend this book to anyone who has children or is thinking of starting a family.
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HASH(0x8aa6ba68) out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Jan. 2008
By Brian Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I was hoping for more some tips during pregnancy, this is an excellent book for raising your baby green. It has some fantastic tips on everything from painting your room to laundry detergents. Some of these tips are even helpful for you even if you are not expecting a child or work with children.

I highly recommend it.
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HASH(0x8aa6b9c0) out of 5 stars Very informative book and well worth the read 16 July 2008
By Arthur - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this is a very good to start raising a green baby. I wasn't the most eco-educated person out there, but I tried to do my part. When my wife and I started to try to have a baby, I wanted to have a healthy baby and started to do more research. What I like about this book is that it has a ton of information and resources and all laid out in a logical manner. The book was very easy to read, although I did not read every single page. I took note of a lot of tips (just bought some castile soap from Trader Joe's w/ my reusable bag) and websites. I liked the pages on the chemicals you should not purchase. I actually wrote them on back of my printout of the Environmental Defense Fund Seafood Selector guide. I used that chemicals list to check against sunscreen that I was looking to purchase, which I found that most sunscreens have one or more of those chemicals even the ones that say organics. I won't follow every single advice in the book just because of practicality or cost reasons, but at least I'll be a more educated parent on raising a greener baby. As with every book, you should use your own common sense when following an author's advice.

On a side note, there is so much information out there and sometimes conflicting information. It seems to me that one study will contradict another study that was done just a few months ago!! Case in point is Brenda Murray's review on when to fill-up your car. One study says it doesn't matter and another says it does matter (take a look at the comments on her review). I live in Phoenix and they actually do say you should fill your car up at night (or early morning) not because of air pollution, but because of how the regulators (I think) on the pumps work. It actually cost less to fill-up when it the temperature is cooler than when it is hot. I wish I could find the Arizona Republic article that talked more to the technical side of why this is the case and why the state is trying to change the regulators.

Lastly, in Brenda Murray's review, the author (Alan Greene) actually comments on her review. Some people might find this self-serving or being an ego maniac, but I found it very refreshing as he wanted to provide additional insight. I don't know if many authors would do this, but I found it very refreshing for the author to do this and the tone of his comment was not negative or preachy. In my opinion, he does really seem to care about the subject.
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