(Note: There are many names for a “crunchy” mom!)
A naturally minded mom is a mom who is willing to go against the grain and do what is best for her child and her family. She willingly does her own research for pregnancy and birth, breastfeeding and baby wearing, and vaccines and solid foods. Because of her research and dedication to give her child the absolute best of everything, a naturally minded mom may have a natural birth, practice extended breast feeding, baby wearing, and baby led weaning and introduce solids at a later age. A naturally minded mom will do her own extensive research regarding vaccines and decide which ones, if any, her child will receive. Naturally minded moms understand that attachment parenting and co-sleeping are beneficial for both the baby and the parents and that allowing their child to cry it out may do more harm than good. These moms have a strength all their own as they often have to pick their battles with friends and family over these issues and many more. These moms support all moms, even if their opinions differ. They believe in encouraging EVERY mom and they understand that each mom has different needs and beliefs. Best of all, they love to share all they have learned with everyone they meet!
Personally, being a naturally minded mom is about embracing the health and well-being of my family from a natural perspective. Every day we learn something new. It may change the way we parent as naturally minded moms. As many have said before, if we know better, we do better. We have the right, the privilege, and the duty to change our minds based on what we learn and to choose what is best for our family.