While I hate labels, I would consider myself a relatively “crunchy” mom. That said, there are different levels of “crunchy” moms in my opinion and I tend to fall somewhere in the middle, I think? Of course anyone can adapt crunchy tendencies or take on some granola mom ideals or habits. But, to be a truly “crunchy” mom you probably need to put at least 4 of these seven things into practice regularly. However, I don’t think there is a specific definition. I would also argue that how “crunchy” I am depends on my mood so maybe I am not all that authentic, haha! And, while I am sure this list could be extremely long, here are my top 7 “crunchy” mom things!
- Using food grade or more natural and organic soaps and lotions on yourself and baby
When I was pregnant, well even before I was pregnant but emphasized when I was pregnant, I used all products without harsh chemicals or toxins. I even brought my own soap to work because I didn’t want to wash my hands in toxins like triclosan! I also barely wear any makeup and I am extremely conscientious about the types of products used in our household. Our skin is our largest organ and therefore whatever we put on our bodies we also put in them, and I am so not comfortable smearing myself or my child with unnecessary toxins. We also look for better disposable diapers and wipes such as Naty, Earths Best or Seventh Generation.
Some of my favourite “better” brands include:
- Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
- Making your own
- Eminence Organics
- Giovanni Cosmetics
- Weleda Baby
- Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap
- Honest Co.
- Seventh Generation
2. Cloth, cloth and more cloth
This is one of my halfsies “crunchy” mom things. I cloth diaper and cloth wipe part-time. I also used some reusable bamboo cloth breast pads for a time as well. Cloth diapers have so many benefits from cost to environmental, and they definitely contain the poosplosions way better! I would highly recommend delving into this world. It’s a lot to learn but definitely worth it, mostly for the poosplosions.
3. Himalayan Salt lamps in every room
This one is super laughable to some but, I can dig it. I love the ambiance and their supposed health benefits are great! Because these salt lamps are negative ion generators and all of our electronics and other pollutants are positive ion generators, the idea is that these negative ions from the salt lamp are able to neutralize the positive ions to purify and clean the air. Associated with this is my concern with frequencies and radiation from cell phones, and wifi boxes so, I try to turn it all off or put everything on airplane mode at night (my hubby thinks this is ridiculous). You can read more about salt lamps in this great article from Wellness Mama.
4. Essential oils, I put that shit on everything!
Ah yes, the world of essential oils! These things are true life savers! I used many of them for my labour and delivery and swear by their benefits! I had a completely unmedicated and short labour! You can read more about some of the oils I used, in my birth story. I find they have so many great uses from stress relief to energy and mood boosting, cleaning purposes, pain and tension release, soothing inflammation, immune boosting, cleansing, the list goes on and on! Our favourite is to use diluted frankincense as our “magic potion” on the bottoms of our feet to help us not get sick! I used this on my newborn’s feet to boost his immunity protection out of the womb as well!
5. Define treat…
So, a treat in our household mostly means an energy ball, a green smoothie or beet juice, all organic of course. I know, I know, I sound like I deprive children. I am also all about moderation but sugar is mostly for really special occasions or if mommy really wants some ice cream… Now, obviously these are things that children can have regularly but we call them our treats and we get really excited about our treats! Our baby has been introduced to organic veggies and fruit and some, because I am lazy sometimes, organic pouches from Love Child. We watch out for food dyes, no pop, and eat mostly organic whole-foods. We also love the farmers market!! Oh, and cupcakes are an exception to this rule!
Anyone can baby wear, you don’t have to be “crunchy” for that! But, “crunchy” mamas tend to accumulate a stash of baby wearing items, mostly wraps. While I am a newbie to the baby wearing world, I can see how it becomes addicting. Beautiful organic cotton or wool wraps, cute babies being carried around and insta-calm, what could be better!?
7. Researching the potential harmful effects of everything
Okay, maybe this isn’t crunchy but rather my anxiety and OCD… theres more on that in this blog. This one can get taken to an extreme. Everything really is out to kill us but some things you just can’t avoid. I try to be aware of what I can and then weigh my options. I literally read every label, google the shit out of what the numbers on plastics mean, only use glass bottles, and limit plastic as much as possible. I google how bad certain foam mats can be for your health, flame retardants on furniture, chemicals in clothing and blankets, you name it, I looked it up… some would call that crazy but, I just like to call it hyper-informed. Now, money is a big factor in this one because most of the non-toxic, organic and all natural alternatives are more expensive so, the bottom line is you gotta pick and choose based on what you know and what works best for you and your family!
In closing, I just want to say that no one is 100 per cent and to me it’s about balance. Some days all we eat is mac n’cheese while watching TV but, I prefer to be more “crunchy” than less!
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. All opinions are my own.