Parenting is a journey where one keeps trying new things every day. In this technology-driven fast-paced world when one opts to parent in an eco-friendly manner, it not only keeps your child chemical free and safe but you also ensure that you are leaving a healthy planet for your child.
Book: Eco-Baby Care and Green Parenting
About the Author: Pratibha, a mother of twin boys takes utmost care that her boys are chemical free in every possible way. She realises how beneficial organic products are in our day to day life. She also advocates the same by creating awareness for all the millennial parents who would love to opt for green and sustainable parenting. Whether it is choosing natural skin products or switching to cloth diapers, there are a number of choices she has offered in the book to go green and chemical-free.
Pratibha is also the founder of PratsMusings, where she focuses on chemical-free living.
Summary: Parenting is indeed a beautiful journey. But on this journey, there are lots of ups and downs. Each day is like a new beginning where we learn something new. While we as parents strive to give the best to our children we often falter when it comes to the basic needs. To start with we get so confused with which baby products to use, or which diapers or even, as a matter of fact, are we even choosing the right clothes for our children. Since a baby’s skin absorbs almost 60% of what is applied it is a must that careful choices should be made.
Pratibha very carefully enlists the harmful effects of the various ingredients found abundantly in baby powders, soaps, shampoos, creams, lotions and even wipes. She encourages to buy baby products which are Ecocert certified. This certification was introduced in France in 2003 and helps to maintain standards for natural and organic products.
The book walks you through the various natural choices a parent can make starting right from the food. We all know that breastfeeding is the best way to provide nutrition to a baby. But as the baby grows their needs also grow and this is when we introduce solids. So instead of opting for readily available baby food, cooking baby food is a better bet since it is preservative free and natural.
Diapers are unavoidable but just look at the trash it creates. So in order to reduce the carbon footprint and make this world a better place for our little ones Pratibha advises to switch to cloth diapers. Cloth diapers are not very expensive, are convenient, leak-proof and chemical free. There is also a mention of organic clothes. These organic clothes are made without pesticides. Some brands use vegetable dyes to ensure that the baby is wrapped in the goodness of nature.
Last but not least she talks about “go green grooming”. There are thousands of products available in the market but making the right choice is what matters. In this section, some homemade solutions have been given which are safe and gentle for a baby’s sensitive skin.
What did not work for me: The book is very good and gives a detailed explanation of why many products should not be used. However, I felt that rather than mentioning brands, there should have been more mentions of homemade solutions.
None the less, I loved the book as it is written in an easy free flowing language and is first of its kind which gives you an outline on green parenting. I suggest that all parents looking for raising their children with minimum use of chemicals should definitely read this book.
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