I've only recently learned that I fall into the "silky" mom category. If you're unfamiliar with the term, a "silky" mom would grab disposable diapers over reusable, bottle feed over breastfeed, and typically relies on medical professionals instead of natural remedies. In other words, a silky mom is the opposite of a "crunchy" mom. While I didn't go into parenting with the intention of meeting those qualifiers, here I am. In fact, there are some things this silky mom wants crunchy moms to know, because at the end of the day, we're all just moms, right?
I was raised by what's now known as a "scrunchie" mom, which is someone who's a combination of both silky and crunchy. My mother breastfed but eventually went to a bottle, used both types of diapers, and never made homemade baby food but was adamant about vaccinations and the like. Back in "her day," there were no labels that defined any parent (which I kind of envy), though. They just did what they thought best, and that was that.
After having kids of my own, I had similar intentions. I wanted to stay home, give my babies all that I had, and be as "natural" as possible in my parenting. However, it turns out none of it fit my personality or my lifestyle. I tried to be that "crunchy" mom but, in the end, I'm OK with knowing I chose what worked best for me and my family. There's a lot of prejudgments and shaming going on with just about everything that's parenting related, though, and regardless of whether or not your unique choices are actually what's best for you. I'd love to set the record straight from a place of understanding and compassion. With that, here are some things this silky mom wants crunchy moms to know: