On average, new parents spend almost $7,000 gearing up for a baby. Isn't that nuts? I know when one reader first found out she was pregnant and was wondering what all she needed to buy to prepare for the baby's arrival, I joked that all she needed to get ready for her baby was her boobs.
Because, really, everything else is overkill. Oh, if you want to get fancy, sure some clothes are helpful. In many cultures, diapers don't exist, they have alternative methods of dealing with baby waste, as it were.
Anyway, how would you like to learn how to spend way less than $7,000 but without totally being an ascetic about it? Well, authors Joy and Rebecca of the new book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet, shelled out less than $1,000 each for their babies by going green. These two English teachers (who probably need to save their pennies) show you how to follow in their footsteps by emphasizing easy and practical steps that parents can take without sacrificing comfort or convenience. And not spending a diaper-load in the process.
In this book, they cover things like eco-friendly diapers, daycare, safety, homemade organic food and more. Ideas like holding a "second hand" baby shower helps reduce the consumerist aspect of new parenting and buying gender-neutral clothing and baby gear helps stretch your investment to more than one child.
If you are new parents, pregnant or know someone who is about to have a child (or even an additional one!), this book would make a great reference source for how to make sure you are ready for baby and how to do it in an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to boot. Make that bootie.
If you would like to enter the giveaway for this book, add your name to the comments of this post for a random drawing. You have until midnight Saturday, March 13th, PST to enter. Good luck!