Friday, October 10, 2008

Outlining the Crunch

I think a lot of people get confused at what is Attachment Parenting and what it isn't. Where's the line between crunch and AP? I'm going to try to outline it.

What is AP?
I've mentioned what AP is to me. I'll reiterate: respecting your child as a person. Basically it's a general attitude that can be applied to how you interact with your child in feeding, sleeping, playing. Attachment Parenting International's website outlines it well.

Now I'll outline "crunchy" things. You can give respect to your baby and be AP without being "crunchy." There are people who are both crunchy and AP. You can be as crunchy/non-crunchy as you want and still practice attachment parenting.

Things that crunch:
Not buying processed food, eating organic, vegetarian to different degrees, raw food, Lactivism, Recycling, Re-using, Reducing, Loving the Earth, cloth diapering, buying local, fair trade, alternative energy, being self-sustaining, elimination communication, not circumcising, delayed/selective vaccinations, no vax, herbal remedies, alternative care doctors such as chiropractors, naturopaths, homeopaths, drug-free births, homebirth, birthing centers, midwifery, unassisted pregnancy and birth

Other things of note: Co-sleeping is simply sharing a room. Bed-sharing is included with co-sleeping, but you can co-sleep without bed-sharing. Also, although breastfeeding is very AP it doesn't have an AP monopoly. At the API site, it discusses how to bottlefeed using AP practices.

If you want to add to the list of crunch, let me know.


  1. I agree with your assessment. Our local group is combined AP/Natural Family Living and definitely some of the AP people don't do the NFL stuff.

    To the "crunch" list I would add anti-commercialism, living simply, and avoiding tv.

  2. Avoiding TV? Completely? Hmmm ... I like the Office. And CNN. I guess everyone picks and chooses what suits their lifestyle ...


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