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Must haves for a natural parenting store? OT PIOG

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 3:35 PM
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My sister and I are trying to compile a list of things to carry in our natural parenting store... What would be your list of must haves for a natural parenting store. Wool wash? Cloth diapers?Parenting books? Which ones? Natural toys? Carriers?

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 3:35 PM
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by Member on Jun. 27, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Breastfeeding supplies - like nursing pads, soothies, nursing bras/tanks, etc. The Dr Sears library of pregnancy, birth, baby books.

Here's a huge list of books that are my faves! sorry so long, just did a cut and paste!


Must See DVD's!:

Business of Being Born (this is a really good one to show dads)

Pregnant in America

Orgasmic Birth



Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler  

Prenatal Parenting, by Frederick Wirth 


Pregnancy  (AVOID all "What to Expect" series books)

Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Mayo Clinic  

The Pregnancy Book, Dr. Sears

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth by the Boston Women's Health Collective 



*The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer

*Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

*Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England


*If I had to choose three books to start with, or only three, these would be it. Also see the films above.


Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

A Good Birth, A Safe Birth by Diana Korte

Childbirth without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read

Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper

The Birth Book By Martha Sears

Having a Baby, Naturally By Peggy O'Mara

Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method By Marie Mongan

The Birth Partner by Penny Simpkin

A Wise Birth by Penny Armstrong

Husband Coached Childbirth by Robert Bradley

Mind Over Labor by Carl Jones

Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake

Back Labor No More!, by Janie McCoy King

Special Delivery, by Rahima Baldwin

Journey into Motherhood by Sheri Menelli.


Unassisted Childbirth:

Unassisted Birth by Laura Shanley

Hearts & Hands by Elizabeth Davis

Holistic Midwifery Vol 1 by Anne Frye (for pregnancy)

Holistic Midwifery Vol 2 by Anne Frye (for labor &  postpartum care)


VBAC & Cesarean

Artemis Speaks:VBAC Stories and Natural Childbirth Information By Nan Koehler

The Silent Knife by Nancy Cohen


History of Childbirth

BIRTH: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy

Lying-in: A History of Childbirth in America by Richard Wertz

Brought to Bed: Childbirth in America, 1750-1950 by Judith Leavitt


Maternity Care System

*Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed To Put Women & Children First by Marsden Wagner (A MUST READ!)

*PUSHED: The Painful Truth About Childbirth & the Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block


Obstetric Myths Vs. Reseach Realities by Henci Goer

Birth as an American Rite of Passage by Robbie Davis Floyd

Pursuing the Birth Machine by Marsden Wagner


Midwifery (learning about the practice of midwifery)

Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent

A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong

Hearts and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth by Elizabeth Davis

Birthsong Workbook by Daphne Singingtree



The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins

The Breastfeeding Book by Martha Sears

Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jane Bumgarner

So That's What They're For: The Definitive Breastfeeding Guide By Janet Tamaro

How My Breasts Saved The World: Misadventures of a Nursing Mother By Lisa Shapiro  Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts by Fiona Giles

The Ultimate Book of Breastfeeding Answers by Jack Newman



The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost By Jean Liedoff

The Natural Child: Parenting From the Heart By Jan Hunt

The Baby Book by Dr Sears

The Attachment Parenting Book by Dr Sears

The no-cry sleep solution, by Elizabeth Pantley

Mother Rising The Blessingway Journey Into Motherhood Natural Family Living by Peggy O' Mara

Unconditional Parenting, by Alfie Kohn


by Member on Jun. 27, 2010 at 8:38 PM


by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 8:47 PM
Slings, wraps, wooden toys/rattles, cloth nursing pads, cloth diapers/wipes, natural rubber pacifiers, natural soap for washing dipes, organic layette/toddler clothing, waldorf toys, organic beddings and mattresses, wool wash, wool shorties, amber teething necklaces, various Hyland's natural remedies .. .

Ummmm I'm runnin out lol just trying
to think of things my local organic baby store carries :)
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by Member on Jun. 28, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Thanks ladies! We have a running list of things just trying to make sure we don't forget anything, and make sure we hit the most popular items with more inventory :-)

by on Jun. 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Wood toys, blocks w/ soy paint, cloth diapers, wipes, glass or bpa free small storage containers for homemade baby food, cookbooks for homemade babyfood, books from recycled materials, charlie's soap or Allens Naturally, breasfeeding support supplies (freezer bags, sterlization bags, fenugreek, oatmeal, Lansinoh latch assist, breast pads, nipple creams etc) books on vaccines.  Thinking woman's guide to pregnancy, Ina May Gaskin's books, prenatal yoga DVDs & mom & baby yoga DVDs, Business of Being born DVD. California Baby products...we use their shampoo, diaper wash spray (LOVE THIS), powder, diaper cream & spritzers (love them with cloth).

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