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Changing Diapers: the Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering

Monday, March 22, 2010

Cloth, Reflux, and a Crispy Mama!

My husband just looked at the title of my new blog and said, "Okay...". I had to explain to him the term "crunchy", and how I consider myself as "crispy". To me, a crunchy mama breastfeeds, holds off on starting solids til 6 months or later, delays or skips vaccines, co-sleeps, wears her baby, makes baby food (rather than buying the jarred stuff), cloth diapers using only organic materials, and uses organic products and eats all organic food. She does everything she can do do her part in saving the environment. In other words, she's "gone green".

I'm crispy. I breastfeed, but will start solids before 6 months. My kids are both fully vaccinated, and on time. I will make Elijah's baby food, but a big reason in because it's cheaper, I'm not opposed to jar foods. I do wear Elijah in a sling or baby wrap, but he also loves his stroller! Elijah sometimes sleeps with me, but mostly in his bassinet (which he's outgrowing fast!). I have recently started cloth diapering Elijah (4 months old now), but again, for money saving reasons (and the cuteness factor!). I buy cloth diapers with synthetic material, but do have some organics. I try to use organic or all-natural products and foods, but it's not a must. My almost 3 y/o, Riley, is still in disposable diapers (potty training is up and down for him), but he likes to wear "Eli's diapers". I try not to waste things, if possible. If my efforts make the world a better place, it's just a huge bonus for me!! I think we should all do our part for the environment (I recycle, do you?), but I also understand that there are certain products that are way more convenient, and honestly, cheaper, that are not "green". In other words, I'm crispy.

I have become a cloth diapering addict (more on that later)! I've even used the term "I'm in love with this diaper!" That's a bold statement, but oh-so-true!

Elijah has recently been officially diagnosed with reflux. I've had a hunch since he was born, but his old pediatrician never gave it much thought, or even listened to my concerns (she's no longer our dr). He's now on medication twice a day, and it seems to help some days, but not so much on others. It's a horrible feeling to know that he's in pain and there's only so much I can do to help him.

Riley is, well, he's 2! He acts more like a 3 year old, though, and does everything he can to see how far he can push his boundaries. He definitely keeps me on my toes!! He is the sweestest, most loveable and huggable little boy, and the best big brother! But I wish I had just an ounce of his energy!!

There's so much going on in our life right now. I'm not quite sure where to start, that's why this, my very first blog, is a little all over the place! Life is definitely interesting around here, and it seems we have a new adventure everyday!


  1. Great blog! Hope to see more of this.


  2. I just came across your blog...I'm on the baby center boards. I'm gonna have to steal your "crispy" line...too cute. I guess that I fall into that category as well. :) I love the blog and your kiddos are cuties... :)

  3. I can imagine Ryan's quizzical look when explaining "Crispy" When I first saw "Crunchy" on the message boards I had the same look. Finally found out what it meant when looking at a glossary. I think they used to call that idea granola or even more way back, hippie!

    I think everyone has to make their own informed choices on all the things you mention. It's not an all or nothing deal. As you know even better than I, every baby is different and you have to do what's good for them.

    Looking forward to more posts!

  4. Your definition of crispy/crunchy pretty much described us for the most part hehehehe. It's nice to meet fellow crispy mamas :-).

  5. Just found your blog! I just started one (ChewyGranolaFamily) - and dh and I decided we were "Chewy" For a lot of the same reasons! Can't wait to see more