I have been told that I am a very "crunchy" momma. While, yes, I do subscribe to some of the crunchy momma choices, I never considered myself crunchy. I'm not trying to be eco-friendly. I'm not overly concerned or aware of the chemicals in processed baby food or disposable diapers. I'm not concerned that formula feeding isn't as good for my babies, or that "breast is best" as they say. I'm cheap.
I made my own baby food because it was a hell of a lot cheaper than buying hundreds of tiny jars of food and it was an easy thing to do on a Sunday while Hubby was at work and Connor was tiny and easy.
I breastfed for as long as I could because that's what boobs are for. That's why women have them. They produce milk to feed the babies. Just like cows, cats, dogs, sheep, whales...pick a mammal and you'll see the females have boobs to feed the babies. It never occurred to me to do anything different. We formula fed because my supply dried up when I went back to work. Most expensive parenting move we've made, to date.
I wear my babies because I'm selfish. It has nothing to do with money, like my other examples. I loved holding Connor, and he loved being held (still does), but I need to use my hands! I strapped him to my chest and I could grocery shop, cook, clean, etc. He was happy, I was happy and functional. Everyone wins. I will do the same with Kylar because I need to be able to use my hands, dammit, and it's not fair to them if I make them sit in the swing or bouncer and cry just because I need to use my hands. It's a win for everyone.
Cloth diapers are cheaper than disposables. There are a hundred different sites that will break down that math for you, but over the life of your diaper-wearing baby, cloth lasts longer (obviously) and therefore is the cheaper long-term investment. Yes, it costs more upfront, but spending $300 once, or $40 every week, or even every 2 weeks for at least 18 months (typically longer)? Cloth wins, y'all. Either way, you'll end up with poop on your hands at least a couple times, that's just parenting. Either way, you'll have a blow out diaper. Why not save yourself some money in the long run? I haven't had to spend money on diapers in over a year. It's fantastic. We used disposables in the beginning with Connor, and we will with Kylar as well. People gift diapers at baby showers. My sister made us a HUGE diaper cake. We used every single one of them, because newborns go through 12 diapers a day and I didn't want to have to do diaper laundry every single day. Plus, in the beginning, I was very nervous about cloth. We switched with Connor was about 4 months old, and I plan to do the same with Kylar.
I do prefer to do some things that crunchy moms do, but not for the crunchy, eco-friendly reasons, so I don't call myself crunchy. I'm just a cheap chick looking for the most cost-effective way to raise my boys. :)
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