Sunday, February 26, 2012

natural parent blog carnival


Welcome to the "I'm a Natural Parent — BUT..." Carnival
This post was written for inclusion in the carnival hosted by The Artful Mama and Natural Parents Network. During this carnival our participants have focused on the many different forms and shapes Natural Parenting can take in our community.
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I’m a natural parent - BUT…
we use disposable diapers at night. Our cloth diapers (BumGenius 4.0’s plus a few econobum’s) get used a lot but when we’re away from home for a day or more we use disposables. Also, Devon’s a heavy wetter at night, he leaks through everything so we use disposables to keep from changing our bed sheets every day since we co-sleep.

I’m a natural parent - BUT…
I use disposable menstrual products. I know there are lots of natural moms that like cloth pads or the DivaCup but it’s not for me. Luckily though, I haven’t had to worry about that since Devon was born; because I’m nursing two kiddos I haven’t gotten my period back…yet.

I’m a natural parent - BUT…
we’re looking at buying a second car. Yup, the days of being a one car family are numbered. Usually if I need the car we’ll just bring Aaron back to work after lunch and then pick him up after. During the warmer months he’d ride his bike to and from work but we’re not winter bike riders. Since Tyler’s decided he wants to take naps again (Yay!) we’re having a more difficult time doing the car switch since he usually naps between 11:00 and 1:00. So, we knew we wouldn’t always be a one car family and we’re glad we could do it for a while but it’s time to look at getting another. We’ll still ride bikes to pick up our CSA, to festivals in town, and lot of other stuff but a second car will be nice.

I’m a natural parent - BUT…
we eat out way too much! I try to encourage healthy foods for both us and the kids but it doesn’t always work. Sometimes it’s been a crazy day at home and I don’t feel like cooking and other times it’s planned that we’ll eat out to save time so we can get somewhere quickly, like to music class. But we’re trying to do better! We’ve signed up for a CSA so we’ll get lots of fresh produce this summer and that makes it easier to whip up a stir fry or try something new we’d never try otherwise!

I’m a natural parent - BUT…
we vaccinate our kiddos. We’ve decided to do a delayed schedule, the Dr. Sears schedule. This is what we’re comfortable with but I know it’s a sensitive topic for many families so I urge you to do your own research and make your own informed decision.

I’m a natural parent - BUT…
I sometimes forget to bring in reusable shopping bags when getting groceries. I wish they’d charge for the plastic bags instead of giving 5¢ off for each bag, that’s just like a coupon and I’m no good with coupons! Aaron just told me that plastic shopping bag use dropped 90% in Ireland when they started charging 15¢ per bag! And by the way, you can get your own Daisy Pedals reusable bag by clicking the “Buy Now” icon in the side bar! Hint, hint.

I’m a natural parent - BUT…
I still use lots of terrible chemicals to clean our house. I’m trying really really hard to switch over to more natural methods but since I had stocked up on some things we’re just using up the last of some cleaners. Once we switch over completely, I'll set up little baskets with a natural all purpose cleaner and some cloth rags, one on each level (one in each bathroom and on in the kitchen).


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I'm a Natural Parent — But … Blog CarnivalThis carnival was created by The Artful Mama and Natural Parents Network. We recognize that "natural parenting" means different things to different families, and we are dedicated to providing a safe place for all families, regardless of where they are in their parenting journeys.

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