Ever since I found out I was Pregnant I knew instinctively there were things in this World to worry about and things that would be better not to. To me worrying about what goes in and on my baby were top of the list. Obviously you worry about overall safety and security as well…thats why I practice attachment parenting, baby wear Lochlan and my wonderful Hubby has a great job and works hard to keep me as an at-home mom for the majority of the time. But, it’s the “man-made” things that have me consumed with research day to day; the products, toys, formulas, etc that have gotten away from how nature had intended. Especially plastics, toxic chemicals, fragrances, dyes, carcinogens, ingredients that trigger allergies, vaccinations ( we won’t get into that this time), materials, pesticides, antibiotics and the list goes on and on.
What goes in: Breast Milk Only! If I wasn’t able to nurse my son for whatever reason, the answer would be donated breast milk only! Human Milk 4 Human Babies. I plan on practicing baby-led weaning and making my own baby food from organics fruits, veggies and meats when the time comes. Recipes will be posted in the future. The other things that go into babies mouths are toys, teethers, blankets, etc. I wanted to steer clear of plastics and fabrics ridden with chemicals, amongst other things. I chose to register for and buy only natural rubber teeters, toys and pacies (he won’t take a pacifier anyway), toys made by organic cotton or wood, food-ware made from corn, potato or silicone. His bottles are all glass and silicone. No formula, No baby cereal, No plastics.
What goes on: This is a little harder to manage….clothing, a good majority of Lochlan’s clothing is organic cotton. But you know as well as I do it is expensive, hard to find sometimes and not the most practical for all things. Family and friends love to buy baby clothes and there is a lot of cute stuff out there, so I try NOT to be too picky about his clothing. However, his bedding sheets, comforter (doesn’t use yet), crib mattress and several blankets that he is on day to day are most definitely organic cotton. Products such as body wash, shampoos, lotions, diaper creams, laundry detergents, dryer sheets and occasionally sunscreen (still too young) are all EWG zero rating. This is soooo important, products placed on the skin can create a barrier preventing the skin from breathing and traces of ingredients can be found in all major organs within seconds, spend the extra cash for good, safe, healthy products and use EWG.org for help! What else…DIAPERS! Have you read what is in disposable diapers!? If you have, you would never put them on your baby. I refused the hospital provided disposables and brought my own ME approved diapers in our hospital bag! READ THIS for more information on the harmful chemicals in disposable diapers. My choice was Cloth Diapers for many reasons: Money saving, Eco-friendly, no chemicals, I know what they are washed in and they make them sooo easy now! I use some disposable still when we travel with no laundry opportunities and I use healthy wipes from companies I trust as well. Most of the time at home I use a water spray bottle and dry cloth wipes. A lot of the time I use Coconut Oil for diaper rash (which hardly ever occurs).
Something else that is always on him now is his Baltic Amber teething necklace and so far has done a fabulous job, no Tylenol or teething tabs here!
Things I have decided not to worry about as a Mom: Pet Hair-it’s everywhere, no matter how often or well I clean. It’s in his mouth, on his clothes, it’s life with pets. Germs-I have never been a germ-a-phobe anyway, germs are good for developing the immune system. Dirt-never killed anyone to get dirty and you can always get clean; also good for the immune system. A strict schedule-Life is not like that! The only thing that I worry about is bedtime is on-time.
I’m sure there are things I have forgotten but there will always be more to add in the future as well.
A site that has been absolutely, fabulously helpful and stands for everything I am as a Crunchy Livin’ and Lovin’ Mom is Green Mom Guide and I am so happy to be working with them now! Look for product reviews and give-aways in the future!
Overall, I try not to get on my soapbox about things and judge parents that make different decisions from mine. I pray that I can do the leg-work for busy moms and dads to provide the education on these subjects so that we can all do better for our children. Green Mom Guide will be a great help!
1 Month vs 2 months!
I started out a 9lb 8oz Well-cooked Baby and look at how I’ve grown already!
I can’t believe it! Where did 12 weeks go! That is essentially the equivalent of how fast your 1st trimester goes…but for me I wanted to get that over with as soon as possible! This time last year we did not even know about our sweet baby boy’s existence and now just like every other parent says, we can’t imagine life with out him! Here’s my BIG, happy, crunchy baby boy!
Breastfeeding Moms, there has been a lot of talk in the news recently on attachment parenting, baby-led weaning and prolonged breastfeeding. The question is, how long is too long to breastfeed your child? I watch this and wonder, why is there a time limit placed on it to begin with? Why is it considered so inappropriate to nurse your child past 1 year of age? Why do people who have nothing to do with parenting YOUR child care and get so emotional over it!? Personally, I can’t speak from experience…yet. My son is exclusively breast-fed on demand, but is only 8 weeks old today. I have no idea how long I will breastfeed him, but I do know that I want it to be as long as he wants. However, I do have close personal experience with a critic already…my mother-in-law, dun dun dunnnnn. She never breast-fed her 2 sons (1 being my husband of course) and neither did my mother or hers. So for them, drinking cow’s milk at 1-year-old on the day is a normal transition from formula. She has told me multiple times that she will “put her foot down!” if I continue to breastfeed him to a time she deems excessive or inappropriate. Seriously! You come pry him off my boob, I dare you! I love my mother-in-law to death, but she is just as opinionated as my husband and myself in her own ways. We all do what’s best for our babies and other people’s emotional reasons for doing this or that should not even need to be expressed. I saw a onesie on Pinterest that said “my mom does not want your advice!”, thought that was too funny. The funniest part is that those people running their mouths were all there once too and didn’t want anyone else to tell them how to raise their children either. Someone said to me this week, “well isn’t there no VALUE in breastfeeding past 1 year of age?” As in no nutritional gain or benefit after that time. No fault to her for asking because she does not have kids yet and it’s just what she was told or is “word on the street”. Seriously where does this informational rumor come from? Of course there is benefit after the age of one! There is wonderful fact based information on this on a fabulous website http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/ebf-benefits/
Here it is! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child… Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother… There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.” (AAP 2012, AAP 2005)
There are soooo many benefits for both mommy and baby! The only harm is the lack of support, especially from other women around us! As women we NEED to lift each other up and support each other.
Lord, I pray for strength to stand up for what I know is right and best for my child. I pray that other woman can feel the comfort and support to do the same. I pray that I am a woman that supports others instead of criticising them. Thank you for giving me motherly instincts. Thank you for all of your blessings. Amen