Why be a Naturally-Minded Mom?

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By Simon Howden

(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. […]

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Popular Soft Structured Carriers


Baby wearing has a multitude of benefits, for both the parent and baby. Baby wearing allows your little one to be safe and secure, all while allowing you to be hands free. When you wear your baby, you are allowing them to see the world from your point of view, and yet also allowing them to turn away if they get too stimulated or don’t want to “talk” to strangers. […]

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Crunchy Acronyms

crunchy acronymsLike any organization or group, crunchy families have a whole set of acronyms to describe typical crunchy materials and methods. Here’s a list, although I’m sure I will miss a few!

ACV – apple cider vinegar
AP – attachment parenting
BF – breastfeeding
BLW – baby led weaning
BM – breast milk
BW – baby wearing
CD – cloth diapers
CIO – cry it out (definitely not crunchy, but we advocate against it a lot!)
Circ – circumcision (crunchy fams are typically anti-circ)
CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife
CO – coconut oil
CPM – Certified Professional Midwife
CS – colloidal silver
DF – dairy free
EBF – exclusively breastfeeding, extended breastfeeding, depends upon the context
EBM – expressed breast milk
EC – elimination communication
EO – essential oil
EP – exclusively pumped
ERF – extended rear facing in reference to car seat safety
FCLO – fermented cod liver oil
FF – forward facing in reference to car seat safety
GF – gluten free
GLENS – grains, legumes, nuts and seeds
HBAC – home birth after cesarean
LC – lactation consultant
MW – Midwife
NF – nut free
NFP – natural family planning
NIP – nursing in public
SAHM – stay at home mom
SF – soy free
TTC – trying to conceive
TTO – tea tree oil
WAHM – work at home mom
VBAC – vaginal birth after cesarean

Let us know if you think of any more we should add to the list! […]

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