|Mom, does this diaper make me look crunchy?|
A few weeks ago on the Baby Center birth boards, a woman posted that she had created a new forum for people to join who were "semi-crunchy granola." This led a fare number of women to ask for some guidelines of what made someone semi-crunchy instead of full on crunchy. As someone who considers herself to be in the semi-crunchy category I was interested to see how the woman defined the group. She responded saying that a person is semi-crunchy if they do ONE of the following: breast feed, cloth diaper, co-sleeping or baby wear. Crap. I do all these things. Does this mean I need to just give in, buy a tie dyed wardrobe and learn praise songs for the mother goddess?
While I find my new apparent status of super crunch pretty amusing, I don't really believe it myself. Well, I should say I didn't. Today I added yet another thing to my list of earth friendly practices. I bought reusable breast feeding inserts. I didn't even know they made them, but I must admit I have felt a little bad every time I throw another set of them away. I'm pretty sure they are made out of the same stuff disposable diapers are, so it seemed a bit hypocritical for me to use them. I also must admit that the little hippy that lives inside a hallowed out tree in my soul jumped for joy when she saw this product. So here I go, further down the crunchy brick road.
I do want to add, there are some lines I will never cross. I am aware, for example, that reusable feminine hygiene products exist. No thank you. I don't feel quite guilty enough for that, but reusable breast feeding inserts. I think I can get on board with that.