During all nine months of my first pregnancy, our home was littered with books instructing me on how to gracefully cruise into motherhood. Many of them simply freaked me out while others seemed utterly unrealistic.
None urged me to trust myself, buy less stuff, use cloth diapers and opt for used gear–all of which we emphasize in our book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide. In fact, back in 2006 I could not find a single book on green pregnancy or parenting! That was part of the reason Rebecca and I were so inspired to write The Eco-nomical Baby Guide. During the months that we wrote and re-wrote the text, green baby books started to pop onto the market, but none of them had the frugal emphasis that was essential to our eco-friendly message. We were also surprised to see that none of the green baby guides had an in-depth section about cloth diaper usage and we were careful to dedicate two detailed chapters to cloth diapering, although we could have filled an entire book with our cloth diaper wisdom. (If you don’t already know, we are rather ardent cloth diaper fans who strike up conversations with total strangers about Fuzzibunz and flushable diaper liners.)