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Smart Mama's Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child's Toxic Chemical Exposure

3.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  23 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Parents often feel overwhelmed and defenseless against a never-ending recall list of toys and baby products. Deciphering unpronounceable chemicals they encounter every day can be daunting if not impossible. With environmental exposures being closely linked to 70 percent of birth defects, new parents faced with the overwhelming responsibility for their babies' health freque ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 24th 2009 by Center Street (first published June 4th 2009)
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Jun 30, 2009 Sheila rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this through GoodReads FirstReads. Author Jennifer Taggart does a thorough job at covering a wide variety of toxic chemicals that your child may be exposed to, and gives many suggestions and ideas for reducing exposure. Items covered include things in your house (radon, flame retardants, mold, etc); lead exposure from a variety of sources; plastics and phthalates; foods (organics produce, mercury in fish, etc); toxic household cleaners, chemicals and pesticides, etc. But whi ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Jazmin rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: neurotic parents
This was a well-intentioned, informative book gone horribly awry. Instead of alerting parents to the dangers of certain chemicals and showing ways to avoid exposure/overexposure in a concise manner, it was a lengthy book that read like an unending procession of horrors. It was alarmist and I felt tense, not informed, while reading it.
To be fair, it does present a wide range of detailed information. It seems to be very well-researched and thought out. However, I take issue with the manner of exec
Aug 05, 2009 Angela rated it it was ok
I was happy to receive this book free from the Goodreads giveaways. I thought it would be right up my alley of trying for a greener way of parenting. I was wrong. I had to force myself to finish it. I was very turned off by Taggart's alarmist style and bored by her dry prose. While the book contains a lot of good information, you have to slog through far too much text to find it. A chart of things to avoid and recommended products/companies would have made the book much more helpful. I also did ...more
Oct 29, 2009 aubrey rated it did not like it
no. i would definitely not recommend this book. i didn't understand where the STEPS part came into play in this book. it was just a lot of horribly, scary facts of what toxic chemicals we breathe, put on our bodies, put in our bodies, have in every product we use or sleep on or wear. and no hope. no tips. just the facts and good luck. no, not even good luck. just the facts. dumb. i just got the book Raising Baby Green which is what Sarah recommended as an alternative to this book.
Jul 28, 2009 Holly rated it liked it
This book is packed with information despite being only 217 pages. There is a lot of information, but having the book handy will be helpful. It is written in a way you can read it front to back or just use either the table of contents or index to find specific parts of current interest. I would suggest this not only for people planning on children or who have children, but also for people without children just interested in reducing toxins around themselves.
Jan 27, 2012 Libby rated it did not like it
Won a free copy of this!! Excited about reading and then reviewing!

Stopped around chapter 3--not sure if I will get back to or not...I don't find it too terribly alarmist, but I just don't have the time or motivation to make all the changes suggested, and this may be a case of "ignorance is bliss."
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Jul 13, 2009 Amber Decker rated it liked it
Full of smart practical ideas, written in a very straightforward manner. Not my usual fare, but I enjoyed it very much, and though I currently have no children, I'd definitely keep this book in mind when and if I would decide to start a family.
Michelle Lemaster
Wow!!!! I just won ANOTHER book! Thank you Goodreads and Goodreads publishers!
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