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Bringing curiosity, today’s research, and traditional wisdom to support healthy childhoods. The Green Mama brings 20 years of green consulting and design-thinking, research, and lots of humor to help thought-leaders, institutions, and parents. She’s been called the “green guru” anddefinite, but not absolute.Ask her your question, join the tribe of the eco-curious, and check out her services. And now a book!

[Green Mama: Giving Your Child a Healthy Start and a Greener Future published by Dundurn,] is a how-to book, but it’s also a manifesto of sorts: a manifesto declaring that no corporation or manufacturer is the boss of you, and that you have more control over the development of your family than an advertise-and-buy economy would have you believe.” —Jordan Yerman, Vancouver Observer.

The Green Mama helps parents become what they were always meant to be: experts on the care of their own families.

Ask the Green Mama!

Award-winning author, researcher, & Green Mama uses her expertise to answer YOUR questions.

Last Week's Question:

Hey, quick green mama advice? Our cloth diaper service is $36/week. That’s a lot. Abe is now 19 mos, we do a lot of “nekkins” time at home, during which he pees on the floor and points to it and says “Pee pee!” He’s also beginning to say “poop” when he either needs to or has already. But he will not sit on the potty, and has not sat on it since he started walking. I caught him trying to sit on it the other day when he was playing by himself in his room, but other than that, nada.

I’m trying to tighten up the budget and about this close to cancelling diaper service. Would you try to convince me otherwise, that the cost is worth it, or will it not make much of a difference in terms of EC at this point? (I know the enviro factor is better, but when we’ve traveled and used 7th gen I can leave 1 diaper on for hours, way longer than with cloth, so I only use a few per day).

Last Week's Answer:

My advice. Buy a couple cloth diapers that come on and off easily and potty train him NOW. Don’t do the disposable unless traveling as it will reverse your EC (baby potty training) gains fast. Instead get your little potty and put it where he’s playing AND put him in a cloth pull-up diaper. Get…
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