Buy the Eco-nomical Baby Guide for the Holidays

Searching for the perfect Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice/some other winter holiday gift for the expecting parents in your life? Well, you are in luck because we have the perfect suggestion: The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet. We can vouch for its brilliance because we wrote it ourselves.

Me simulating a pregnant woman who is ecstatic upon finding The Eco-nomical Baby Guide under the tree.

We packed it with information we wanted to know when we were pregnant or immersed in those early days of parenting, from how to outfit the nursery to the ins and outs of eco-friendly diapering and feeding. This book will save parents thousands of dollars in their baby’s first year.
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The Best Eco-friendly Baby Holiday Gift Ideas

In search of the perfect holiday present for the newest member of the family? We’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend The Eco-nomical Baby Guide first thing! But what if you have our masterpiece already, or you want to spend more than $13.95 on your baby’s gift? Here are some more eco-friendly choices:

First you might want to check out Joy’s baby splurge posts, in which she reveals the top three convertible high chairs and the best eco-friendly strollers. Looking to spend a little—or a lot—less this year? Perhaps your baby would enjoy one of the top ten baby board books this year. Goodnight Moon is always a classic!
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Top Ten Baby Board Books

Don’t forget to enter our huge giveaway of eco-baby gear!

Books are the perfect green baby shower gift. Unlike some plastic gizmo that winds up broken in a landfill after a couple months’ use, books can be passed from child to child and cherished for years. Here are Amazon’s top-selling board books:

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    goodnight moon
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    The very hungry caterpillar
  3. The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
    the going to bed book
  4. My Big Animal Book by Roger Priddy
    my big animal book
  5. pat the bunny (Touch-and-Feel) by Dorothy Kunhardt
    pat the bunny touch and feel
  6. Big Board First 100 Words (Bright Baby) by Roger Priddy
    first 100 words
  7. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood and Audrey Wood
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Even More Gift Ideas for the New or Expecting Mother!

Here’s how you assemble a wonderful gift basket for a new mom. Still need ideas? Here are some more:

A Boppy pillow. Both of us managed to raise our babies with very limited baby gear—and we both had Bobby pillows. They make breastfeeding easier by propping the baby up to the right position, easing the strain on the back and arms. As baby grows older, you can use it to prop him in a sitting position.
baby sleeping on boppy nursing pillow
Note: You aren’t supposed to let your baby sleep on the Boppy! We kept our eye on her–just a week old!

Kindle. A Kindle—are we kidding? Well, a ways back we wrote this post, posing the question: Is a Kindle greener than regular old books? Sure, it saves trees and shipping fuel, but a wireless reading device uses batteries and may end up clogging a landfill one day. Still, we’d heard that it’s perfect for reading books while breastfeeding–turn the page with the click of a button! Avid readers who like to buy all their books instead of borrowing from the library claim to save money in the long run.
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Make a Gift Basket for a New or Expecting Mother

What gifts are you going to bestow upon the new mother in your life this holiday season? My cousin wanted to put together a gift bag for her expecting sister-in-law. Because her sister-in-law planned to breast feed, my cousin chose a “nursing mother” theme. She was going to package everything in a cool eco-friendly diaper bag but ended up forgoing that idea. (Good thing, too, because her sister-in-law already had a couple!)
Lassig messenger eco-friendly diaper bag

Bonus: Put all the new mother’s gifts inside this beautiful Eco-friendly Lassig diaper bag!

Here’s what my cousin ended up putting together:

The New Mother’s Gift Basket

The Saturday Question: Best Green Baby Shower Gifts?

We’ve written a bit about baby showers on the Green Baby Guide, including two articles about book baby showers. When you get a baby shower invitation, do you have a go-to baby gift? Or if you’ve been the lucky recipient of baby gifts, which ones did you find the most useful? Any green gift ideas we haven’t thought of?

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