In my experience, there are different levels of “crunchy” mommas. Some use disposable diapers but stay away from the chemical laden skin care products and try to eat healthy. And then you have the other end of the spectrum where everything is reusable from the unpaper towels to the family cloth (reusable toilet paper), they eat only organic and make/grow all their food.
I’m personally somewhere in the middle but tend towards the more crunchy side of the spectrum. I know some people may look at our parenting style and wonder what planet we’ve landed on. Are we really that afraid of chemicals and getting cancer?
It’s so counter cultural that many people may be at a loss for what to get us naturally minded parents as a gift come birthdays, baby showers or Christmas. So I’ve put together a list of things that most naturally minded parents would love.
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I’m personally a bit of a minimalist when it comes to toys. I would much rather have a few good quality wooden toys over a room full of plastic toys. That’s not to say we don’t have any plastic toys, because we do a have a few that Noah absolutely loves. But the wooden ones are always our favorites. You don’t have the chemicals that come in the plastic and the wood ones will simply last longer. Some of our favorite toys are from Melissa and Doug and Bannor Toys.
I love getting new books for Noah, especially when they are good classic books. They don’t take up too much space and they’re great for helping along a love of reading.
If you’re looking for a book for the mom, you would probably be pretty safe with any of the books offered over at Bulk Herb Store. My mom got me the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook and Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care, both are awesome resources to have on hand.
Some of the Momma’s who are on the more conservative side of the crunchy spectrum, may not be using cloth diapers. In those cases, its usually safe to get them a gift card to a cloth diaper store. Even if they don’t use cloth diapers, they’ll be sure to find something they could use (i.e. teething necklace, toys, baby carrier). However, if you’ve heard they’re looking to cloth diaper, chances are they’d love a cloth diaper or two.
You can check out my posts on cloth diapers here.
Here are a few of the stores I recommend,
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Most crunchy momma’s have jumped onto the coconut oil boat. It’s such a versatile oil that has antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties as well as great health benefits in cooking. Tropical Traditions has some great deals on their coconut oil and its good quality. And you can always find it at health food stores like Sprouts, Whole Foods and Trader Joes.
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Chances are, the naturally minded parent has at least heard of Essential Oils, if not already using them. Essential Oils are good for about 10 years, so it’s a gift that’s going to last. A good quality source to purchase essential oils from is Mountain Rose Herbs. They offer a Classic Kit that includes a set of 6 of the most popular essential oils for about $30.
Most Momma’s would love a baby carrier. Once you start looking though, there are a lot to choose from and it can get overwhelming. The big thing to remember is that Baby Bjorn should be avoided. They don’t offer proper hip support for the baby (which can cause hip dysplasia). They’re also uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. With that said, there are several great options out there. My personal suggestions are,
Not sure which one to get? Cloth diaper stores usually carry them, so a gift certificate would be great a great option.
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I’m not big on making sure all our clothes are organic. But if the person you know is, H&M has 3 for $12 organic onsies and sweatpants. They’re great quality and make great staples for any wardrobe. I personally like quality clothes and find that Target and Gymboree are great.
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Speaking of clothing, lets talk shoes. Here’s the deal, good baby shoes cost a lot of money. They grow out of them super fast and sometimes it’s hard to justify spending the money on them. But the fact is, good leather shoes now will help their little feet form correctly, helping their joints, feet and back in the future.
Johnson & Johnson bath stuff is full of chemicals that can cause cancer. While a lot of people argue that there aren’t enough of the chemicals to harm humans, most naturally minded parents prefer to play it safe.
Stick with naturally unscented skin care products like California Baby, Jordan Essentials, and Tropical Traditions. I’m personally a fan of the Herbal Baby Bath from the Bulk Herb Store (read my review here).
Not sure what to look for? Check those labels and avoid products that contain sulphates, parabens, phthalates and the word “fragrance” (stick with products that list essential oils if it is fragrant).
Amazon Gift Cards
And if all else fails, you can always get them an Amazon Gift card. They’ll be able to find anything from Baby Carriers to cloth diapers or even a great resource book.
Are you a crunchy momma? Is there something you would add to this list?
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