I’m a scrunchy mom and proud.
What’s a crunchy mom? Urban dictionary defines a crunchy mom as “Neo-hippies” who “generally believe (for varying reasons) that there is something bad or less beneficial about buying mainstream products or doing other common activities in the mainstream way.”
The word “crunchy” stems from granola bars, which is amusing because it must be a staple in moms diet. I will not lie, I thrive off of my crunchy, grain-free granola bars.
Examples of things a “crunchy” mom might do are:
- They are vegan/vegetarian.
- Breastfeed past 6 months.
- Buys their foods from farmers markets, grow it themselves, or from health food stores.
- Gave birth at home (by choice).
- Choose not to use birth control.
- Makes their own jams, jellies, breads, etc.
- Uses only organic skincare and health products.
- Prefers natural remedies.
- Doesn’t buy mainstream products at stores (shampoos, lotions, medicines).
- Wears their baby (my Boba and baby carriers are the best!)
- Avoids junk food or processed food and doesn’t feed it to their family.
So where did the term “scrunchy” originate? It’s a mixture of a “crunchy” mom and a “silky” mama. According to Urban Dictionary, a “silky” mom is: a “Modern mother who prefers medicated hospital birth, bottle feeding/part time breastfeeding, disposable diapers, crib sleeping, etc. One who follows the advice of established medical authority; often tend to be working moms who rely on modern products for convenience and time management.”
Examples of things a “silky” mom might do are:
- Sleep train her babies to sleep in their cribs or own rooms.
- Uses disposable diapers.
- Prefers formula or does a combo of both.
- Believes in doctors and vaccinations.
- Hospital births/medicated.
I fit into boxes for both categories because although I don’t follow mainstream ideas and practices, I still choose disposable diapers over cloth ones and I don’t know where I would be without my OBGYN and epidurals.
My scrunchy mom adventure began after discovering my youngest daughters allergy to dairy, eggs, and soy. In order to continue breastfeeding I eliminated those foods from my diet, tossed out the processed junk, and the mainstream health and beauty products; It sent me down a wonderful path of discovery.
I do not consume dairy or eggs, and I eat meat once a week. I purchase my beauty and health products from small shops on Etsy and use natural remedies to cure any ailments or sickness’ myself or my family may have. However, I understand the importance of vaccines and routine checkups so I wont give up my rights and privilege of having access to modern medicine.
Here’s the thing, our world needs more “scrunchy” moms. Why? As parents and humans, we have forgotten how to tune into our natural instincts and now depend on outside sources to tell us what we need. We follow the masses and lost touch with our nurturing side, we’re all about time management and independence. Children don’t need that, they need love and stability. Just because it’s mainstream, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
Parents have replaced nipples with pacifiers, labeled co-sleeping as needy and dangerous, letting their kids cry-it-out because we want them to be independent while scarring them in the process, we’ve been ripping off our sons foreskins, replacing food with sugar and chemicals, and distancing ourselves from our natural roles as caregivers and nurturers, we need to revert back to our roots.
Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not a perfect parent. I have been purchasing disposable diapers for my daughters since birth, and my toddler gets a Happy Meal at least twice a month. I won’t convince you to buy essential oils, or strap your baby to your back, although my little koala is always attached at my hip. Hell, I won’t even try to convince you to have a homebirth because OMG epidurals were amazing for both of my births. But! It’s healthy to incorporate a little “crunchy” into your parenting style because when it comes to raising tiny humans, it’s not all about convenience.
There is endless information accessible to us at our fingertips, yet we continue to be ignorant. It’s important to educate ourselves on what we’re consuming and how we can grow and become healthier happier versions of ourselves. I admit, I was guilty of turning a blind eye and I have worlds more to learn but we have to start somewhere.
I’m grateful for my opportunity to stay home with my children and raise them, I cherish this season of my life. I co-slept with my oldest daughter until she was two, on her second birthday we transitioned her to her toddler bed. However, her bed lays along the side of ours so she’s still within the safety of our arms reach and the four walls of our bedroom. My youngest daughter currently co-sleeps with us on my side of the bed, we dreamfeed often; when she’s two years of age, we’ll transition her to a toddler bed as well.
I chose to breastfeed past six months because my body produces food specifically for my daughters growth and development, I refuse to let my body down and feed her man-made formula. I won’t say that formula is evil but it isn’t the best milk for your baby, if you read the print on each can of formula no matter the brand, they always state that breast milk is best. However, I understand not all moms can breastfeed, but that’s another conversation.
I understand my privilege and I take advantage of my resources. My family and I consume whole foods and limit our intake of processed ones, we don’t take over-the-counter medications, I tossed aour store bought health, beauty, and hygiene products, and replaced them with organic, handmade, and sustainable options.
If you have been following along on my motherhood journey, you’re aware of my switch to clean beauty products. TroveOrganics was my second step towards this new lifestyle, eliminating toxic foods was the first. I discovered Kelly’s shop on Etsy when I was searching for vegan, organic, and clean alternatives to my usual beauty products (lotion, soap, facial cleanser, and serums). As time progressed I educated myself on herbs and oils beneficial to our well-being and I filled our home with said products. I tossed and donated my children’s skincare products, diaper creams, and sunscreens, and replaced them with beneficial alternatives.
Styrofoam and plastic aren’t used in our day-to-day lives, I’ve replaced our dinner ware with recycled eco-friendly materials, our cups and storage containers replaced with glass, and even implemented bamboo utensils and straws into the mix. I carry a reusable tote wherever I go and do my best to minimize waste when we go out to eat or I grab a coffee from my favorite shop! I use a personalized Starbucks cup that I purchased from Etsy 🙂
I am a “scrunchy” mom and I prefer not to follow the main stream because it isn’t beneficial to us. We all approach parenthood the way we deem fit and I believe I’m instilling wonderful behaviors and ideas into my children by educating them about living a sustainable life and allowing nature to do its thing. Nonetheless, “crunchy” parenting isn’t only about holistic living, or being eco-friendly, it’s also about attachment parenting and raising kind humans who are more in tune with themselves and our planet.
Are you a “scrunchy mom”? Do you teach your kids about sustainable living? What’s your parenting style?
A Scrunchy Mama!
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