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I'm pretty crunchy, I breastfeed past a year or even 2. We co sleep and I always have a kid on me. I have cloth diapered but don't with Ryder because he has issues with them it seems whenever I do he gets a rash, so disposables for him. I do make my own baby food ie mash up whatever we are eating. I don't homeschool though did for one year and that was enough for me. I also don't home birth just because I really like the hospital where I give birth and I like the break and bonding time with just me and the new babe. I do put off going in as long as possible like at least 6+ cm. I also delay/don't do vaccinations.
I am bonafied certified granola crunching baby raiser. Ha. Without even caring or trying for the title, lol. Our house might as well be "Little house" in the city (instead of prairie).
I know so many moms who this title is so important to. I couldn't really care less. We homebirth (does water birth give bonus points?!), I encapsulated my own placenta, homeschool, babywear, cloth diaper, feed babies straight from the tap, room share (with boundaries), co-sleep when necessary (with boundaries), eat organic, cook from scratch (freezer meals in my house are made with love by hand, not found in the freezer section), delay solids (no need to make baby food from scratch- we just wait till they can feed themselves), my extended family are farmers (going generations back) and we join them in Tenn every harvest and help with canning in exchange for food (this is awesome because there is no space for a garden in our small lot), we do not use birth control (anymore), make our own soaps/shampoos/moisturizers, live minimalistically, recycle, shop second hand, and more.
But- I have short hair, tattoos, wear make up, live in the city, and don't look like a hippie.
Do I do this because of my 4 kids? No, not really. I was like this before I had my first (although she was not a homebirth). I think in some ways being crunchy makes things harder than easier (cooking/laundry/etc). But the grass is always greener on the other side, isn't it? It's not so much of a burden that it will change my lifestyle. I'm convicted for many reasons on the way I live my life, but my religion plays the biggest role: my philosophy of health and wellness and efforts to care for our beautiful earth.
Previously known as ~~Que~~
Student Midwife, Doula, Placenta Specialist, and Lactation Counselor
Yes, I'm a crunchy mom but like Que - not into labels. I simply followed my extremely young parenting instincts and went with that (I married at 17 and had my first at 18). It wasn't until like #5 or something that I heard the term crunch. So since I started with the first one it definitely wasn't for my family size.
I literally breastfed because that's how it was done in the Bible - later I learned all the benefits and became a lactation educator and councelor.
I drug-free birthed in a hospital until I learned that you could actually give birth in a home - ON PURPOSE! I chose to one in the hospital after that due to so many complications during pregnancy - but because I owned the birth, it still turned out pretty stinkin' excellent (and everything was perfect - no issues) - those doctors didn't know what to do with me.
I don't vax, vit k, or do the eye goop or allow babe away from me at all. If they are getting weighed, I put them on the scale, etc. I don't follow hospital "rules" for keeping babe in basinett either or any of that stuff "they" want. I followed my instincts and let it be at that.
I co-slept because I instinctually felt I should. Sleeping apart felt unnatural. They all left for their own beds in their own time.
The only thing I followed at first was when to intro solids - it didn't feel right to do it so young but what did I know at 18. With subsequent children I followed my instinct more and more until I skipped baby food altogether and went straight to table foods. Umm, I also don't follow the typical introduction schedule either ... I follow introductions by which types of teeth erupt which indicate which enzymes are being produced therefore they are ready for certain types of foods.
I cloth diapered. It's actually hard to say why I started. Only a little bit of it had to do with saving money (and yes they do save money even with all the washing - I've added it up including the laundry detergent - which I make). By the time number 5 came around I was making my own and having a ball.
I use cloth, the keeper, and sea sponge tampons. I did it for health reasons. Saving money is only a side benefit.
I make all my own cleaners, hygiene products, etc. That also has to do with health. I changed one thing at a time until it was old hat and it was simply a part of my routine to make up a batch. Then I moved on to something else until it became old hat.
I was seriously into babywearing... and plan to wear my grandbabies when they are with me I owned a couple of strollers that didn't get much use unless grandma was using them!
I make almost all of our meals from scratch. This was born out of two separate but equal necessities: 1) food allergies; 2) we were a dirt poor military family barely scraping by (with only a couple children). This has now expanded into gardening and raising chickens.... which is still ever expanding.