As I mentioned the other day, I just finished reading Green Babies, Sage Moms, by Lynda Fassa. I'm interested in the "green baby" movement, though I feel like I need to have a kid and hop on the bandwagon before it gets too cliche. The name of Lynda's book, besides being clever, piqued my interest - and it was in the clearance section at Half Price Books for $2.
This book is packed with good info, most of which I want to try out. Using baking soda for laundry detergent, a homemade foot scrub, easy recommendations for different levels of committing to cloth or not-your-average-disposable diapers. It's peppered with interviews from various "green gurus" whom the author knows, and she herself founded one of the first organic cotton baby clothes businesses.
What this book is really good for, in addition to all the tips and advice, is inducing panic. She delves very deeply into every level of your life (whether pregnant or with an infant or toddler) and talks about all the dangers. Anything on the skin can soak in and transfer to the developing baby during pregnancy; makeup, nail polish, shampoo, etc, are all filled with "probable carcinogens." And that's just the tip of the iceberg. More than once, I caught myself wondering how any baby ever survives.
For me, that was one of the biggest downfalls of the book. It had good info, but there was too much fear-mongering, though I doubt that was the author's intent. Her style wasn't overly readable, broken up as it was by different interviews and offsets, and the overall effect was a little too intense for my taste. I gleaned useful advice and recipes, but it's not a book I'd recommend, especially not to a pregnant mom - she'd go into hiding immediately!