The Differences Between a Silky, Scrunchy, and Crunchy Mom

It seems that there are actually a lot more moms that fall into the crunchy category than I thought. Of course there are also some who think they do but actually realize they are more scrunchy than crunchy. Then there are the silky ones who try not to worry about a whole lot and just live it up! So which one do you think you are?

One of my friends loves to talk about all the different discoveries she’s made. She wants to be considered “fully organic and all natural,” knowing all the ins-and-outs of things that could be helpful and harmful for your child. Sometimes though, I can’t help but laugh when she can sit at a restaurant with me and order the fattiest, most delicious looking meals on a restaurant menu, regardless of how unhealthy it can be. I think she would truly love to be a crunchy mom, but fall more into the scrunchy category.

What is a Crunchy Mom?

Crunchy - Bum Genius Cloth Diapers

Crunchy – Bum Genius Cloth Diapers

In an easy to understand definition, a crunchy mom is a mom who practices natural living. She is an advocate of natural birth, non or selective circumcision, not vaccinating, babywearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, cloth diapering, attachment parenting, homeschooling, organic and green living, etc.

What is a Scrunchy Mom?

Silky - Green, disposable diapers by The Honest Co.

Silky – Green, disposable diapers by The Honest Co.

A scrunchy mom wants their child to live in a more natural, organic environment, but can’t quite commit to all the activities and practices involved in being a crunchy mom. So they do some, but not all of it. They are in between crunchy and scrunchy.

This is the category I think I fall into, because I have a very low tolerance for pain and wanted to have a fully medicated c-section. I also have not gotten my son vaccinated. We had been co-sleeping, but recently just graduated into an independent bed in his own room. We didn’t use cloth diapers, but I did make sure all of his diapers were non-chlorine. He hasn’t been circumcised and I did practice babywearing and prefer organic food, but sometimes do binge on non-organic treats. I’m also a major label reader.

What is a Silky Mom?

Silky - Pampers Diapers

Silky – Pampers Diapers

A silky mom bottle feeds part or full-time, uses disposable diapers, pro-circumcision, pro-vaccination, takes all advice from medical professionals, don’t care too much about labels and buy most products out of convenience, homeschooling is not at all considered, and practice little or no green or organic living.

So … which category do you think you fall under?

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  1. says

    I’m silky, but I’m working on being a little more scrunchy. I’ll never be crunchy though as I tend to fall in the middle of things, never on an extreme.

  2. says

    I’m in between crunchy and scrunchy. I am starting my 2nd year of breastfeeding next month, cloth diaper (and use disposable), co-sleep, baby wear half of the time, don’t vax, don’t circ., try to do organics when I can, try to be chemical free as I can, etc.

  3. Maria Oller says

    It seems since there is lack of option I’m silky tho my kids are vaccinated but my son is not circumcised, we eat all organic and gmo free, i am a mix of cloth and disposable diapers, my kids are not home-schooled but I keep a close eye on everything. I guess we need 1 more between scrunchy and silky

  4. says

    I love this! I’m moving more and more towards being a fully crunchy mom. I am scrunchy I would say because I don’t cloth diaper yet. I have just one baby who is almost out of diapers so if we have more, I plan to explore this with future babies. I’m also pro circumcision but not by these medical crazies lol. We circumcise because of our beliefs on the 8th day, but preferably get it done by a mohel. They are much more gentle and they don’t take off as much skin so I’ve heard. If we have boys in the future we will be going that route. :)

  5. Laura says

    Somewhere between scrunchy and silky. I try to be environmentally friendly but totally love convenience products. Now if I had a maid and chef I’d be more on the crunchy side. I have 5 kids and homeschooled for 10 years. I get overwhelmed easily hence the silky. Keeps me sane.

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