Book Review: The ECO-nomical Baby Guide


One time I came home from the library with a book on cheese. One time I came home with a book on butchery. This time I came home with a book on WW II and a another titled, “The ECO-nomical baby guide.” We are NOT expecting a baby. I simply enjoy the wide selection of literature in Maricopa county. I enjoyed this “Down-to-earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet” book so much that I want to share it with you guys.

It is written by two awesome ladies, Joy Hatch and Rebecca Kelley. They are balanced, insightful, DIY-geniuses and above all, refreshing. Whether your main concern is saving money or saving the planet, this book can be of huge help. Do you want to know how to save more than the average $6,000 spent in a baby’s first year? Do you want to know how to compost left over food found in the high chair? Maybe you couldn’t care less about compost and you find it thoroughly disgusting. Maybe you already have a compost pile hidden in your garage. Wherever you land on the scale, I still think this book is for you.

I think this book can be helpful to all families, in all walks of life, on all scales of income, on all scales of “green” living (or maybe even “brown” living) because these woman offer a radical paradigm shift. This book is a call to reevaluate. To re-prioritize. To stick it to the man.

My sweet Grandpa Jim was an unexpected baby succeeding three, much older daughters. He was born on a farm and slept in a dresser drawer. And you wanna know what? He turned out more than alright. Between pack-n-plays, jumpers, saucers, bouncy chairs, light up toys, teethers and booties, we are constantly being bombarded by gadgets and gizmos we think (or are TOLD) are neccesarry. Hatch and Kelley offer a more simplified approach and break down a baby’s necessities into,

A place to sleep

A way to eat

A way to diaper

A way to keep warm

A way to care for health and safety

They give practical tips for showers, registries and “thrifting.” Want to shop for a second-hand car seat? They offer you the “need to knows” and expiration dates to make sure it’s safe for your peanut. Want to know about cloth diapering and pinching pennies on wipes? They have a plethora of resources and diagrams (my favorite is a diagram that breaks down the constitution of disposable diapers). What about food? Sippy cups? Cribs? Craigslist? Bottles? Pumps? Breast pads? Pacifiers? It’s all here. In this handy guide. They offer great ideas in regards to sharing with other moms, holding swaps, how to do less laundry . . . maybe it’s so cool to me because I have yet to walk this road but I hope it’s “cool” to you as well. If you are already a seasoned mama with simple, quiet, ingenuitive wisdom such as these ladies, you don’t need to read this but I do urge you to share the wealth. Share the tricks, the coupon, and joy found in simplicity. Pinterest isn’t helping.

Kelley and Hatch offer gracious wisdom. They are in no means aggressive. They are practical, thoughtful, and down to earth. I also believe they are revolutionary . . . for once, women telling other women to chill out. Be creative. Spend less. Breathe. Whether you need to pinch pennies or simply want to pinch pennies . . . whether you love mother nature or are sure recycling is a scam . . . I still think this is worth a read or flip through.


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