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The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care (+Giveaway!!!)

I feel like I’m part of a secret club. There, I’ve said it out loud. Becoming a mom has made me feel privy to a world I never knew I was missing out on because, well, I never felt like I was missing anything. And, truly, a life without children in it can be an absolutely wonderful thing, full of interrupted bathtub soaking, and novels and magazines that are expediently read (instead of sneaked at, sporadically, over the course of months), and late, late nights out that don’t involve the need to cast furtive glances at your cell phone for calls from the sitter. A childless life can be just grand, without question.

But when Huxley came along 2 1/2 years ago, well, for me, life just got better. It got sillier and messier and less predictable and exasperating and, most importantly, overflowing with love. The first time my son told me he loved me, unprompted, I swear, a unicorn stepped into the yard, a leprechaun came out of hiding from behind a rock, fairies sprinkled pixie dust over our heads, and a choir of angels serenaded us from on high. All true.

You get the gist of it. I fell in love, in a completely new and fascinating and exciting and unconditional way, forever. As this was my first child, though, I also encountered a super steep learning curve when it came to determining what felt like the best way to feed, nurse, dress, diaper, sleep, and otherwise care for my wiggling, glorious, tiny babe. I’d looked to the writings and research of Sally Fallon before, when employed as a medical assistant and nutrition consultant at a medical practice in south Asheville and found that everything she had to say completely resonated with me.

A few months ago, Fallon, alongside Dr. Thomas Cowan, published a book on caring for babies and children. Now all of the health and dietary recommendations I’d been applying to myself for the past few years has a companion for kiddos. I’m so smitten with this book. Whether you’re looking for dietary, medical, or dental suggestions, it’s all here.

I’d like to share my enthusiasm over The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care by giving away a copy of the book to one small measure reader. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment stating a natural parenting practice you currently employ or intend to someday employ. If you don’t have children but know someone that might appreciate the book, feel free to enter; simply leave a comment about a childhood memory of baby or child care you recall experiencing personally.

I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Thursday, May 16th, at midnight EST. This giveaway is open to residents of North America only. In your comment, please be sure to leave a means of contacting you should you be the winner, via either a link back to your own website or blog, or by including your email address in your comment.

While I in no way feel that life without children in it is in any way lacking, I can only speak for myself when I say that adding Huxley to the mix has enlightened (and challenged!) me in ways I’d never have imagined. I regularly tell soon-to-be-parents friends of mine that parenthood is the hardest work I’ve ever done, with the biggest payoff. I adore being Huxley’s mom and can’t wait to see where our journey together takes us.

78 Responses to The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care (+Giveaway!!!)

  • Yasmin F. says:

    This blog entry couldn’t be more well-timed! My husband and I welcomed our first-born into the world almost 4 weeks ago. We want to employ natural child care practices and are in the midst of learning what we can. While it has been an exhausting few weeks, this little boy has already stolen our hearts!

  • melissa says:

    like many parents today, we cloth diapered our twins and made their baby food from scratch. now they are busy three-year-olds, and we try to use natural first-aid remedies for the cuts, scrapes and booboos they are always getting these days.

  • Sarah M says:

    We are out of the baby stage (I have a new niece I could this to her mama :) but we eat a lot of homemade items, and my daughter LOVES to help me cook and bake!
    Sarah M

  • Rachael says:

    I’m 34 weeks pregnant and just switched from a tradition ob/gyn practice to a midwife and couldn’t be happier with my decision!

  • Annie says:

    We are/were ardent baby wearers. I’d love to incorporate more natural activities into our lives, though.
    zophiel dot parker at gmail dot com

  • Holly says:

    Whitman, my 13 month old, was born at home and is still nursing (and will be until he’s ready to stop).

    I’d love to receive a copy if this book, thanks for the generous giveaway!

  • Morgan says:

    What a great giveaway – We like to play in the grass and dirt, even at 6 months old!

  • Gretchen says:

    I have an 18-month-old and have been slowly incorporating Fallon and WAP ideas into my family’s diet–would love to read more specifically about little ones!

  • Alicia says:

    I don’t have any children, but I know someone who would like this book. I have also worked with children in an alternative daycare setting. Cloth diapering, different approaches to diet and medical care – this book sounds like a gold mine. I can be reached at

  • Megan says:

    I’m not quite there yet, but am very interested in raising my babies with natural practices! We’re planning on cloth-diapering, making baby food and lots of baby wearing. My email is

  • Renai says:

    Lots of new babies in my life, but not my own quite yet! Favorite shower gifts this year have been cloth diapering accessories, books on homemade baby food, and handmade toys – going to have to add this book to the list as well!

  • jen says:

    5 weeks until my due date…perfect timing! We try to live a natural lifestyle ourselves and bringing a baby into our house won’t change that. I would love to avoid mistakes and pitfalls if I can though! :)
    We’re planning to cloth diaper, we have bleach free and organic clothing, diapers, wipes, cloths. Breastfeeding intentions (which means i get to transfer all my healthy and natural eating to the babe!), baby wearing, all that jazz. Would love this book, sounds like it’s right up our alley.

  • Jenny says:

    Baby wearing and co-sleeping are two of the most important parenting choices we have made with our boys. I can’t imagine raising my babes without doing either!

  • Rachel says:

    I intend to use a midwife and make my own baby food. I am also interested in the possibility of homeschooling/unschooling : )

  • Lauren says:

    Our first is now over the two year mark and our second is weeks (days?) away from joining our family. While we had all of the best intentions with #1 (we cloth diapered, breastfed, natural-remedied and baby-wore), I am happy to say we’ve weathered the first couple of years and would like to have some literature to support all of our non-traditional (although truly traditional) child rearing!

  • Reilly says:

    I’d love a chance to read this book cover to cover! We have a two year-old and another one due at the end of the summer. If it tends toward the “natural” I’ve tried it. :o) Co-sleeping, babywearing, and cooking from scratch are probably our most loved practices around here. My daughter loves bone broth and requests it a few times a week even when she’s not sick!

  • milly says:

    The most amazing gift of natural living we can offer our 5 year old is to live outloud, being fully alive and honest about who we are..everyday. and chickens. Cause they are fun.

  • Michelle says:

    I cook from scratch, use hyland homeopathic meds, natural cleaners, and buy used or organic clothes to try and keep the kids away from chemicals in clothes.

  • Jen says:

    We spend as much time outside as possible – in the garden, in the forest, in the parks!

  • Erin Barr says:

    My natural parenting practice is that I listen to my intuition. I can’t say that she has always been the easiest voice to hear as she can get drowned out if you don’t stop and listen. It is something I have learned to hear better, a voice that has become louder and more confident the more I’ve practiced. She is the one who tells me to listen to my child FIRST, but also to the other mothers and fathers who have come before, and evidence-based research as well. She coaches me on how to be a better person so that I can teach my child to be his best person…To care for his environment, live and love to the best of his ability and to pass that on to the next generation. I am so grateful for all of it. Happy Mother’s Day, Erin

  • Joanna says:

    Not a mom yet, but hoping to someday. I just want to be the best mom I can be and would love to read the book and share it with all the moms in my life!

  • Erin Barr says:

    Erin Barr…. I got so excited about this I forgot my contact info :)

  • Molly says:

    Natural parenting practices: cloth diapers, outdoor play, gardening, co-sleeping.

  • Kristin Smith says:

    Ok – this one might seem a bit questionable – but I have the strongest memories of my mom comforting me when I had a cold with tea, lemon, honey and a bit of Southern Comfort. I can remember being 6 or 7 years old sipping on a hot mug of “medicine”. It really did taste like medicine and did the trick of coating my soar throat and helping me fall asleep. I still keep a bottle of Southern Comfort in the house to soothe my own cold ailments. Turns out, this method of medicine was passed down from my mother’s parents to her. So glad she didn’t make us takes doses of cod liver oil and black strap molasses as her mother made her do. My grandfather was convinced a shot of S.C. could kick any sickness out of you and he did live to 99.

    • Kristin Smith says:

      Forgot to mention I have a 3 month old, my first, and probably won’t be pulling out this remedy for a few years. But I have heard rubbing a little spirits on teething gums might work – not sure about that one.

  • Seedybeans says:

    I devoured the chapter of Nourishing Traditions when our baby boy started food at 11 months. His first food was egg yolk and now loves his protein, butter and eggs. He is healthy and strong and blessed to be still breast feed. There was a time when I worried about him not eating enough vegetables, but some of Sally Falon’s writing reassured me not only that he would eventually eat veggies, but exactly when he could digest them, sure enough at 2 he eats EVERYTHING!! I am so glad to have this book as a well researched resource in a time of diet foods, low fat, no fat this and thats it is reassuring that good old mother’s intuition & butter still works. SO looking forward to seeing this book and more like it on holistically feeding our families. Thanks for putting it out there!!
    Oh and our current favorite natural parenting– Learning to potty train outdoors and of course climbing the huge dirt pile with with trucks in hand, and my personal favorite learning to “help ma’ in the garden but washing our greens together.
    See what we are growing up with at

  • Sarah says:

    We’ve got two boys ages 4.5 and 2. We do a whole range of things around here from home-birthing to home-schooling, but what has made the biggest impact in our family is that we don’t have a TV in our home and keep we the toys high in quality and low in quantity. As we watch them grow into vivacious and wildly creative boys I think that these two practices have had a tremendous positive impact on them.

  • Jennifer Greenfield says:

    I don’t have children myself but I work with folks who are wanting to get pregnant or keeping their kids healthy. Our future depends on healthy kids!


  • Sherrie says:

    Garlic ear oil has helped us to ward off a few ear infections, I’m convinced. A friend was telling me about this book last week- my fingers are crossed! :)

  • chandra says:

    The one I was most excited about before kids was to make my own baby food. My first child refused to eat off a spoon & then so did my second! We do have a big veggie garden and I try to make most things now- just no purees :)

  • Jess says:

    This would be such a lovely gift to give…

  • Olivia says:

    I love your blog and love watching Huxley grow as I have a little one just a few weeks his junior. I am a North Carolina girl living in California and am constantly inspired seeing the life you are making there. As for natural parenting, I’m a midwife so we homebirthed and have enjoyed most all of the groovy ways to nurture a child. That said, my favorite parenting practice has got to be elimination communication, hands down. (Followed very closely by baby led weaning). It was actually fun to toilet our tiny baby and continue to do so as he grew. I feel it really enhanced our communication and connection. And not changing poopy diapers? Priceless for all three of us! Thanks for your hard work and inspiration. We are fortunate to have a community kitchen which dispenses WAPF knowledge and sells great food, but i’d love the info in this book to make more of my own delicious and nutritious foods for my family. Any chance there is a bbq recipe inside? XO from Cali. (In case I’m the lucky one, you can reach me at

  • Elizabeth says:

    The best parenting wisdom anyone ever gave me was to step into my son’s world of wonder. It has made all the difference in the world.

  • Yael says:

    I am a hopeful someday Mama (hoping that my time comes soon!), and I intend to employ many natural parenting practices including cloth diapering, co-sleeping, natural foods, natural play. I’ve also recently been reading about unschooling, and am quite interested in seeing how I might be able to use that for my someday family.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Sage Franetovich says:

    Having Elliott was a dream come true. A dream I never knew I had! Someday I would like to sew him a little pair of overalls…

  • Kara says:

    This book looks great! Hmm I guess it all started with natural births at a birth center with midwifes (oh how lovd these ladies for their gentle care and confidence building!), nursing until age 2 for my first and age 2 and still going with my second, baby wearing, honey for sore throats…. I need some tips and more ideas for the next stages, so I’m looking forward to learning more.

  • Julie says:

    I just found out I’m pregnant so this book would be such a gift! I already follow WAPF principles and will do so with my baby. Would love to add this to my library!

  • mundy says:

    yes! nourishing traditions used to be my favorite cookbook, but i left on the shelf when i left my husband. but this book seems even more amazing! thank you for this offer!

  • Sarah says:

    What a treasure! Would love to add this to my library.

  • Peggy says:

    We always used cloth diapers and we grow our food without chemicals. I love to read your blog.

  • Angela says:

    We have one child and are trying for another. Our first was a traditional sad diet but has adapted quickly.. We have come to realize the importance of diet; therefore our next will have a completely different diet from the start.

  • Dawn says:

    This book has been on my wish list since it was released – would love to win! My husband and I have two boys aged 1 and 2 years. We live much like most of your other readers employing baby-wearing, co-sleeping, home-grown/raised food, natural cleansers and remedies, living most of our lives outdoors getting dirty (immune-system building, I call it), no TV, lots of dancing and live music-playing, sewing, buying all things second-hand, etc. But, one of the best things I think we have done is to have the boys be outdoors (even for naps) as much as possible and regardless of the weather. My Norwegian grandmother says, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” I am convinced that all this exposure to Mother Nature and her elements has kept them so healthy. At 1 and 2, they have only had one very short-lived ear infection each and no other illnesses whatsoever. Thank you for the giveaway and for sharing your life with your readers, Ashley. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Ann says:

    When I came home from the hospital with my first child I knew nothing of being a mom. My aunt told me not to worry,
    that by the first month she’d be on a schedule. It’s true, she made her own!
    Thank you!

  • Sarah R. says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! It’s funny how much of my “natural” parenting (cloth diapers; mostly healthy, whole foods; lots and lots of time outside in nature and in the garden; etc.) is the same as what I remember from my childhood (and the childhoods of my younger siblings), but I don’t think my parents would ever have thought to describe their style as “natural parenting.”

  • Lisa C. says:

    I have a just-turned 2 grandson and a 2-month old granddaughter. This book would be so helpful to me and my daughter.

  • Tricia says:

    Would love this book! Great giveaway!

  • Lisa says:

    We hadn’t intended to bed-share, but it’s what’s worked for us so far. I expect we’ll need more elbow room in the mugginess of summer, so we’ll see… Breast-feeding on demand, cloth diapers, homemade baby food, natural cleaners… those, we did intend. I’m so knee-deep in this I’d forgotten how crunchy I seem when you list them all out!

  • sarah r lavigne says:

    love sally fallon! Fish oil sour craut, butter oil :)

    lavignephotography(at)yahoo(.) com

  • Julie says:

    I loved reading everybody’s input and memories. I think there’s one that everybody meant to add, but in true mommy brain style, forgot: BOOKS! Reading and snuggling, library trips, etc.

  • Pam Holland says:

    Thank you! Would love this!

  • Melanie says:

    My husband ad I just try to do what feels right and natural for us, esp when it comes to raising our daughter. She is almost 2 now, but we still cloth diaper, do our best to eat locally and organic, natural remedies when sick or get an ouchy, etc. We would like to add to our family soonish, I’m sure there is a ton this book could teach us!!

  • Chelsea Wipf says:

    Would love this book…we are raising our children to be active in the natural world, to know where their food comes from, and to know what is good for their bodies and what is not.

  • Deb says:

    Ooooo! This book looks awesome! My kids are 4 and 1…. we have a lot of food allergies around here, so we grow a lot of our own food in our little suburban garden and can and/or freeze as much as possible. I also make our own tick repellent (we’re in the NE so lyme’s is a very scary reality), our own “vick’s” chest rub for colds, as well as household cleaners. There is nothing more amazing as when my 4 year old yells that he just saw a fairy in the garden!!! :)

  • sam says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Ashley!
    It was hard to think for a minute about what we do as a natural parenting family, because at this point it’s just what we do, y’know? I could talk about extended breastfeeding, babywearing, growing our own food, cloth diapering, all that stuff….but my favorite “natural” thing I’ve done for my little ones is to chew up my food and put it right in their mouths until they can do the same for themselves. Seriously I didn’t know this was disgusting until everyone freaked out about Alicia Silverstone doing the same with her young son, and then I wondered which family members I had alienated at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter gatherings, etc. So yeah, we don’t need no Baby Bullet!!!!!
    Oh, and my daughters will eat ANYTHING. :)

  • Rebecca says:

    Wow…That’s a nice giveaway! I would love that book.

  • Nicole Dow says:

    We are hoping to get our own chickens and starting being responsible for our own food as much as possible. I would love this book. My third has such a stomach and we can’t figure it out. I feel so frustrated about it all right now. Thanks for the chance

  • heather says:

    cannot wait to read this! as a doula (no little ones of my own yet) I would love to be able to provide this as a resource for new parents! I always remember my grandma concocting some magic potions for our ailments..

  • Lisa L says:

    I will share this blog with my daughter who is pregnant with her first baby.

  • Lacy says:

    My cloth-diapered, midwife-delivered, breastfed 8-week-old is snoring in my lap right this minute. His birth was the best day of my life! I’ll never forget how happy and excited I was humming away through my contractions in the tub, or the first time I held his slippery, squirmy little body. I’d been in labor for two days with no sleep, but I stayed up all night after he was born just gazing on his beautiful little face. :) Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Kendra says:

    I am pregnant and working on an organic farm so we are hoping to raise our kids with healthy food traditions, including lots of bone broth. I would love my own copy of this book.

  • Ashley English says:

    hello there ashley english… ashley english here! just stumbled across your blog and love it. i’m mother to a beautiful 4 month old boy and am constantly on the hunt for solid natural parenting resources. appreciate the suggestion here! i’ll say that the most challenging but also most rewarding practice has been breastfeeding my son. it’s a gift that gives exponentially to both of us.

  • Diane says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have a 2 year old daughter here on earth and a son in heaven and every day I strive to do better for both.

  • domestic diva says:

    My little one will arrive soon, but I will baby wear and cloth diaper, as well as breastfeed.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Jess says:

    Nursing both of our little ones over a year…

  • desiree says:

    We breastfeed here (and cloth diaper, co-sleep, etc) & would love a copy of this book! –

  • katherine says:

    we don’t have a baby yet, but plan to one day… and to home-make all his/her baby food and use cloth diapers. 😀

  • Rachel says:

    Extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, following the WAPF/Nourishing Traditions way of eating and natural remedies top our ‘natural ways’ with our littles!

  • erin says:

    great giveaway! this looks like a book i could really put to some good use!

  • Britty Wesely says:

    I am a brand new mama to a darling, spirited 2 1/2 year-old boy via foster-adoption. Since we were placed with him rather quickly, we didn’t have much time to prepare – which meant many of the toys and “must have” items weren’t purchased. He didn’t have many toys or books, and he still doesn’t. He’s more interested in us and our day to day activities. Our family rhythms are his biggest influencers. He learns more by helping us sweep the floor, plant the garden and cook dinner than he ever would from Baby Einstein!

  • Nick Letts says:

    We have used so many different modalities in different situations. Herbs, homeopathy, massage, sunlight, etc. For us the big picture is the old saying of you can pay the farmer now or you can pay the hospital later. If its not from nature it probably wasn’t meant to be consumed by animals. I can’t wait to see this book, if we win it or not. Thanks

  • Paula M says:

    I have the original Nourishing Traditions book and would love to have this one! We try our best to raise our child in a more natural fashion. We use cloth diapers, avoid plastic as much as we can, have all-natural skin care products, etc. I wrote a post about our choices with a few practical tips on my blog:

  • chiara says:

    breastfeeding, mostly of all, besides birthing babes(one day) in the safety and comfort of my home. unfortunately for NC residents, midwifery laws in the state are archaic. grace that eventually it won’t be against the law for a CNM to freely (capably!) assist the home births of mamas in this state. I also am really digging what I’ve read about elimination communication. one day:)

  • Lisa K says:

    We have a little guy who is turning one this week. We cloth diaper, made most of his baby food, and are just starting to venture into the realm of green cleaning. This book looks like it is full of things I’m interested in reading about.

  • Rachel @ Intentionally Simple says:

    Cloth diapering, extended breastfeeding, natural remedies and following the WAPF/Nourishing Traditions way of eating are our big natural parenting choices.

    My website (for contact info):

  • Monica R says:

    ooooo – I have and love Nourishing Traditions, and with a 2 year old and another baby due in September, this book would be a fabulous addition to our library. We are avid baby wearers, practice extended breastfeeding, and try to eat lots of whole foods etc. Thanks Ashley!

  • Kelli says:

    We cloth diapered our little one and lived it! I hope to add even more traditional practices with future babies. Thanks!