Top 10 Ways to Know You Are a Natural Parent

Written by NPN_Admin on March 8th, 2011

Attachment Parenting, Parenting Philosophies

Welcome to the March Carnival of Natural Parenting: Natural Parenting Top 10 Lists

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared Top 10 lists on a wide variety of aspects of attachment parenting and natural living. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


We know this has been done before,1 you can even take quizzes to see how “natural” you are,2 but we thought it would be fun to ask our readers some ways to tell that you are a natural parent.3 Below are some of their responses.4

Top 10 Ways to Know You Are a Natural Parent

  1. Contrary to popular belief, you do not think that McDonald’s is a place for eating or that Wal-mart is a place for shopping.
  2. Breastmilk is used as the first line of defense for many maladies: earache, eye infection, cold, etc.
  3. Not a single processed “nugget” item can be found in your freezer.
  4. Your mother-in-law offers to buy your little one a crib – and you decline – for the umpteenth time (note: your baby is now approaching the two year mark).
  5. You have no idea what is on the baby aisle at your local store, since you rarely (if ever) had to visit it.
  6. Your toddler offers your breast to a random crying child (and you secretly wish you could nurse him).
  7. When someone in your family has a scrape or a bruise, you have a selection of medicinal plants to select from to aid the healing, but not a single tube of Neosporin in the house.
  8. You refuse to alter, inject, or otherwise change your child’s body in any way without knowing more about the procedure than the doctors who will perform it.
  9. Your children own almost as many slings for their babies as you do for yours.
  10. Your older child knows how babies are born – because they’ve seen it themselves.


Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  1. By Mama Eve, for example, one of NPN’s fabulous editors!
  2. Ok, it’s actually how “crunchy” you are, but it’s basically the same thing.
  3. Many thanks to the readers of Natural Parents Network, Code Name: Mama, and Hobo Mama for their contributions to this list.
  4. Keep in mind that some of these are tongue in cheek, and as with any article on NPN, it comes with the disclaimer that we embrace you no matter where you are in your natural parenting journey. Whether 1 or all 10 of these resonate with you, you are welcome here.

25 Responses to Top 10 Ways to Know You Are a Natural Parent

  1. Janine  

    Eew, McDonald’s isn’t a place for ANYTHING in my opinion. I think there are some good things at/about Walmart though.

    I think about nursing other people’s babies all the time!

    I love the Neosporin one!

  2. Amy  

    Ha! Those are comical. I imagine we all can identify with at least one of those…

    Walmart is the only place to get a selection of anything in the rural area where I live. I used to boycott Walmart and then I did some research and found that it’s not completely evil.

    McDonald’s certainly could increase the quality of food offered.

    What I love about “natural parenting” is that many of the practices really do come naturally once we undo societal stuff around parenting.

  3. Megan L

    Ha! Number 4 made me laugh. Everyone is offering to buy us a crib and we just keep refusing!

    • Dionna  

      Don’t do it!! I finally broke down and let my mom get us a crib, and it sat gathering dust. I finally sold it on craigslist for less than it was worth – and it was brand spankin’ new.

  4. Mj

    What a cute fun list!! I agree with the McDonald’s comment. I use to think the same about Walmart, but unfortunately many families need it to get by…

  5. mamapoekie  

    Love it… oh and the ‘baby’ actually surpasses the 2y mark (almost three)

  6. Brittany@Mama's Felt Cafe  

    Awesome list! Luckily for me, my mom did pretty much everything on this list, so it wasn’t very hard for me to do them too.

  7. Liam  

    I like the comment about the crib. We had a crib for our middle child, but it served more as a laundry-holder than a baby-holder. She went in there a couple of times to play.

  8. Amanda

    I shop at Wal-Mart because they’re the only place that carries Classico’s Sun Dried Tomato Pesto, which I use to make Naan bread pizza :(…and they also carry a jumbo size of Smucker’s natural peanut butter, which I eat every day :). Other than that, I wouldn’t need to go there 🙂

    I love everything else!

    • Dionna  

      Amanda (and everyone else who said something about Walmart) – I can’t call myself a WM snob, because we shopped there religiously until last year. And even now if the budget is tight, I still go there occasionally. However, every time we do, Kieran says “but MAMA, WM is not a NICE store!” 😉

  9. Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama

    This is such a great list! My daughter will be two on Saturday and both my mom and I purchased doll slings for her. She is going to love them! Her doll Beco is adorable!!!!

    I also love the using breastmilk for everything comment. I have been known to chase my husband down and squirt breastmilk onto cuts and scrapes. He’s getting used to it by now.

    Great, creative list! Thanks!

  10. Luschka @ Diary of a First Child  

    Urgh. My sister and I argued today because she says it’s gross to bf someone else’s baby, even if it’s starving 🙁

    I nodded and smiled for all but number 10 – since I only have the one baby! 🙂

  11. Jenn Collins @ Monkey Butt Junction  

    That McDonald’s one is so funny – I really don’t think of it as a place for food. I noticed one with a big play area the other day and I thought it would be fun for my toddler but I resisted going in because I was afraid that we’d have to buy something there. Even their so-called healthy selections like the fruit and walnut salad seem suspect to me.

  12. Charise@I Thought I Knew Mama  

    I foresee #6 in my future once my babe is a bit older 😉

  13. Jennifer  

    I know what is in the “Baby Aisle,” I go there when I am broke and count my blessings I don’t need anything!!

  14. Nev  

    Great list. We’re asked now that she’s 6 months: ‘so, you’ll be needing/buying a crib then soon?’ Uhm, nope. And we don’t do drugs..andandand…


  15. Heather

    Haha! I laughed at #4 because that definitely happened.. inlaws trying to buy us a crib for the umpteenth time!

  16. Momma Jorje

    I love #8! I know people think I’m a bit neurotic about it sometimes, but oh well! I can never simply “go with the flow” – I always have to be difficult. 🙂

  17. stefanie at very very fine

    oh, but Morningstar “chicken” nuggets… so delicious. so crunchy. so bite-sized.

  18. Isil  

    I love this list, laughed a lot at number 6 🙂

  19. Mrs Green @  

    Oh wow, fab list, but suddenly I don’t feel so much the natural parent anymore; I feel a bit inadequate LOL! But I can definitely hold my hand high and proud for nos 3,7 and 8…

  20. Leah

    Trader Joe’s sells Fish Nuggets…LOL
    If I live where Wal-mart is headquartered, does that count as shopping locally? J/K…though they do a LOT for the area-playgrounds, library resources, newspaper subsidies, etc. They are not ALL bad, but I don’t care to shop in the big box stores if I can help it.