By Jen Wittes
Vicki Lansky’s first best selling book, Feed Me I’m Yours, is still one of the most popular baby and toddler food books in the country. She is a pioneer in the field of parental advice literature and has appeared on Phil Donahue, Oprah, and The View. Doula Jen had a quick chat with Vicki–about her career, going green, and the two household items that helped make her a household name. Welcome Baby Care salutes this extraordinary mother. We are thrilled to announce that she’ll be joining us at our Growing Green Babies festival this Saturday.
Jen: What book or project are you best known for?
Vicki Lansky: My first book FEED ME I’M YOURS seems to remain the one most folks know me by. It was published in 1974 and has sold over 3 million copies. It got me on Phil Donahue show and many others in the ’70s. And each book let to the next.
Jen: We’re so excited that you’ll be participating in our Growing Green Babies festival in conjunction with the Great Cloth Diaper Change. What prompted you to get involved? Is green parenting important to you?
VL: Writing about baking soda and vinegar raised my conscientiousness so I have very few chemicals in my home.
Jen: Do you think that parents are more environmentally conscious today than they were 20 years ago? If so…how?
VL: I remember a surge of interest in cloth diapers 25 yrs ago but that seemed to have faded. But it has come back. As well as a whole surge of new environmentally friendly products which I read about but don’t use as I’m no longer in the market, because my granddaughters live in Sweden.
Jen: One way to “go green” for baby is to use non-toxic, homemade cleaning supplies. You’ve written two bestsellers dedicated to vinegar and baking soda alone! Both, as you know, are great for cleaning projects around the house. Is there another common pantry item you like to use for cleaning?
VL: I use very few products beyond baking soda and vinegar. I don’t even bother mixing it tog ether. We also use a castile soap we find at the food coop. I usual occasional wipes. But mainly water and elbow grease.
Jen: What’s the next project on your horizon?
VL: We’ve been turning our back list titles into eBooks and updating some in the process. Yet there still stills to always be something to do, even as I downsize by business. I don’t really have new books in the pipe line as I am working toward a more retired lifestyle. I remarried 4 yrs ago and that has changed my use of time.
Doula Jen likes to add a little Tea Tree Oil to her own vinegar and baking soda solutions. Tea Tree Oil smells wonderful and has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. But be careful! It’s strong and might irritate the skin if not properly diluted. A little bit goes a long way. Lavender is another essential oil that works wonders around the house.
Making your own home and beauty products is a great way to go green for baby! Not your thing? Check out Seventh Generation, Moss Envy, Method, Ecover, and Mrs. Meyers for store-bought products that are environmentally friendly and non-toxic.
Visit Vicki Lanksy at www.practicalparenting.com. Or like her on Facebook!