Penny suggested It’s Natural Baby: Earth Saving for Thrifty Parents; Earth Safe, Baby Safe; and the Sustainability Guide for Your Baby, Earth and Wallet. Charndra at Part Time Diaper Free suggested Green Baby Guide: The Eco Friendly Way to Start a New Generation. Mrs. Not the Jet Set thought of the Crunchy Mom’s Guide to Parenthood: Saving Money without Compromising as well as Sustainable Living for the First Year and Beyond. Erika of Organic Baby Resource suggested replacing “green” with “eco-friendly,” as it’s not as overused. Cathrin suggested Frugal Babies: How to Raise Healthy Babies on a Budget and Save the Planet. All of these suggestions sound like great book titles and provided us with a lot of inspiration as we struggled to rename the book and rewrite our first chapter.
Eileen said, “So many of these ideas seem to hearken back to how our mothers and grandmothers did things,” so she came up with What Would Grandma Do? Common Sense Wisdom for Raising Babies in a Modern World and also Smart Mamas: Saving Money and Saving the Earth. We appreciated Eileen’s comments because she reminded us of our original vision for the book, which was to revive some of the lost arts of parenting, such as cloth diapering and baby food making.
So what did we end up naming the book? Joy’s husband came up with this one: The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet. “Eco-nomical” is not just a clever play on words– it perfectly conveys our concept of “thrifty green.” (At one point our title was the Thrifty Green Baby Guide, but the publisher nixed the “thrifty.”) Thanks, Jett, for helping us rename the book! It finally comes out March 1, 2010.
And guess what? Our book is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It’s packed with information on everything from cloth diapers to eco-friendly daycare, with input from green moms from around the nation (including some of you!). We’ve written, rewritten and further revised this masterpiece for two years to make it full of helpful tips and void of any green guilt. We hope it saves you hundreds if not thousands of dollars and lightens the loads on our landfills.