Confessions of an Attachment Parenting Convert

There was a time when I thought Attachment Parenting (AP) was stupid.  Yep, I did.  I bought into the mainstream ideas spewed by parenting magazines, mommy forums, and pediatricians.  I agreed with the idea that AP makes babies clingy, less independent, spoiled, and fussy, even though I was a first time mom with zero experience in any form of parenting style.  Boy was I wrong!  I raised my first two babies very mainstream.  I used disposable diapers, bottles, formula supplementation, a nursery with a crib, cry it out (CIO), strict feeding schedule, and strollers.  Hear me now. . .this is is important: I am not saying there is anything wrong with any of these things.  What I want to do is tell you how my life has changed since become an AP mom.

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What is “Crunchy”?

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I’m what people around here call “crunchy”.  It’s a synonym of “granola”, used to describe a lifestyle that revolves around natural things.  That includes a whole host of different things, such as natural medicine, natural baby feeding (breastfeeding and baby led weaning), natural eating (anything from clean eating, whole foods, organic, to gardening and fermenting), natural birth, attachment parenting, babywearing, cloth diapering, et al.  There are differing degrees of “crunchiness”.  There are some of us who do a few things, but not that many.  Some are more middle of the road, and others still are all out full crunchy. Some people like to call us “hippies”.  I’ve never liked that word personally, because it evokes in my mind visions of the 1960s, with all the “make love not war”, free love, dope smoking crowd.  That’s not me.  At all.  So I much prefer crunchy over hippie.  Sometimes my husband calls me a hippie just to get a rise out of me.  He’s a big agitator, that man!

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