When you're pregnant, you'll likely do a lot of research about everything. If you're familiar with a lot of the mommy communities, especially if you have any kind of food intolerance or allergies and are familiar with that circle, you have likely run across terms like "crunchy" or "scrunchy." What exactly do those terms mean? If it's a lifestyle you're interested in, how do you become one?
"Crunchy" is the term used to describe the most natural choices in parenting- breastfeeding, growing veggies, making baby food instead of buying, cloth diapering etc.
"Silky" is the polar opposite- formula feeding, medicated birth, disposable diapering and everything else modern.
"Scrunchy" is a mix of silky and crunchy- so basically, everyone is one of the above or in this category. If you're in this category, how can you make the shift and enter the realm of crunchy?
Cloth diapering is one of the recommended ways of cutting back on expenses related to having a baby. It's what they always did before disposable diapers were made and a lot of people swear by it for potty training. It's generally cheaper- you only need the upfront diapers and pins, and then you wash and reuse them. It's great if you have a washer and dryer but if you're renting and having to take your laundry elsewhere, they do make handheld washers and you can hang them up to dry.
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I choose to breastfeed, but the most important thing is that a baby is fed. Not all moms have the opportunity to breast feed, and it is definitely hard/painful to do for the first 2-3 weeks. Once you get over that hump, you will find it is easy, convenient, and overall, beneficial to both mom and baby. Of course there are many reasons to breastfeed, but here are some of my top reasons. • —The expense. On average, breastfeeding for one year saves around $1700. Depending on the formula you get, it can actually save up to $5000! —Breastfeeding helps mom lose weight and contract her uterus to its normal size faster. —Helps prevent tummy issues in baby because it is easier to digest. —The skin to skin contact is reassuring to a newborn and helps them bond with the mother. —It helps the baby’s immune system since all the mothers immune factors are passed through the milk. —If your baby gets sick, breast milk morphs to meet your baby’s needs. This helps them recover quicker as an infant. • • P.S—Don’t you love when your baby projects all your breast milk all over himself and you? 😂 • #breastfeedingmom #crunchymom #crunchydad #natural #healthybaby #freethenipple #momsencouragingmoms #newmomlife #newmom #boymom #baby #breastfeeding #holistic #naturalbirth
There are plenty of blogs, magazines, and resources out there to help even urban apartment dwellers grow veggies, herbs and other things at home and in containers. If you live in a small town home or apartment, you may not have the yard to grow everything- that's where farmer's markets come in and if both of those aren't possible, organic will be your next best option. Remember, grass-fed meats are best as well for this lifestyle and limit (or take out) the highly processed foods.
Once you give birth, a lot of people in this lifestyle choose a natural home birth- if you can't have a baby at home, nixing the pain meds is a must.
Disclaimer: we will never advocate for skipping out on vaccines, but we will mention that it's part of this lifestyle. We will never tell someone not to vaccinate their child unless there is a medical reason to skip and if a child has an infection, antibiotics are a necessary evil- at times. Regardless, another key factor is going the natural remedy route before rushing to the doctor for medications. Holistic and homeopathic remedies are favored- the child has colic? Natural remedy. Has trouble sleeping? Cutting teeth? Natural remedies are tried first.
Another aspect of crunchy parenting is that these moms believe in breastfeeding longer than the recommended 6 months- until baby weens him/herself. If you can't breastfeed, pumping would be an option that would have you walking the line of scrunchy- but not everyone can breastfeed.
There is no way of parenting that is best, it's all up to different people who lead different lifestyles but if you think it's for you, there is nothing wrong with researching it.
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