What Does “Crunchy” Mean?

We often get asked – what does “Crunchy” mean?

The definition of Crunchy:

Crunchy refers to the crunch of granola, which (as goes the stereotype) hippie-esque people are likely to eat. To be crunchy is to be along the mindset of all-natural. There’s a very broad spectrum but here are some topics associated with crunchy mommies:

Natural birthing, home-birthing, placenta encapsulating (we have a video on this), breastfeeding, babywearing, baby-led weaning, cloth diapering, ECing (elimination communication), co-sleeping, bed sharing, non or selective vaccinating, anti-circumcision, attachment parenting techniques, homeschooling or un-schooling, natural medicine (lots of probiotics), natural living, organic eating plus many more that would fall into that same train of thought…

What are the other groups out there called?

The opposite of a crunchy mom is refereed to as  “Silky.”

The definition of Silky:

Nicknamed the “modern mother” who prefers medicated hospital birth, bottle feeding/part time breastfeeding, uses rice cereals, disposable diapers, crib sleeping, is pro-circumcising, pro-vaccinating, mostly stroller using and one who closely follows the advice of established medical authority. Silky moms often tend to be moms who use sleep training methods like “CIO” (cry it out) & rely on modern products for convenience .

What if you are somewhere in the middle??? You are known as a “Scrunchy.”

The definition of a Scrunchy:

A mom that is a mixture of both a silky and crunchy mom. For example, a scrunchy mommy may formula feed, and vaccinate as well as hospital birth but may use cloth diapers and make their own baby food.

We want you to know that whatever you are, you are welcome here and we hope you find us helpful. Like we say, the mom journey is hard and its great to have people to share it with!

Love & Peace,

Krystle K & Whitney J

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