Better for our babies, better for our planet.
Eco Baby Expo is all about the natural, organic, unprocessed lifestyle. We wanted to take a moment to showcase those who are raising their children to be responsible and eco-friendly, those who put their family’s health first, those who make an impact on our children’s future, and those who live a healthy lifestyle that may inspire others.
By sharing their stories, we hope to bring inspiration to our like-minded followers. We hope you can share in the joy of motherhood, fatherhood, and the joys that growing up green can bring! #GrowingUpGreen
Name: Heather Duncan
Children: 1 boy
Pets: 2 rescue dogs
Titles: Crunchy Mommy, Business Woman
Founder & Co Owner of Eco Baby Expo
My name is Heather Duncan. I have a beautiful family consisting of my amazing almost 2 year old son RJ (who is my inspiration for living healthier), my two rescue dogs Carlos (laziest English bulldog on the planet) and Moose (160 lb mushy, lovable, lapdog Great Dane), and last but certainly not least their daddy Ryan who is the glue that holds the chaos together. I’m so fortunate to have his support while I chase my dream of creating events that help families learn more about how they can live more sustainable and bring awareness to the struggles of the maternity care in the U.S. and empower women to take control of their births and feel confident in making the best choices for their family.
I had a natural childbirth at home and it was the most life changing moment I have ever experienced. Not only was it the more sustainable option but it jump started my passion for living a healthy lifestyle for my son and wanting other women to know that there is nothing to fear. Trust me… If you talked to me before I got pregnant and told me I was going to give birth at home and I was going to cloth diaper I would have looked at you like you had lost your mind. After educating myself I realized it was the best option for me and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
One of my biggest challenges I face is giving in to the ease of some of the not so healthy options that may be more convenient because starting a new business while being a stay at home mom can be very time consuming. I have had to get creative and plan ahead for our meals. I will say that being “green” is not always the easiest option and on occasion we slip up but we do the best we can and that’s what matters.
OH BOY!! How I wish I had more time in the day and also maybe a sister wife haha! I would have a potty trained toddler, 3 meals and 2 snacks a day prepared perfectly waiting in the fridge, and I would probably get a pedicure.
I have to say I have an extremely supportive man who is always willing to let mommy get a break when she can getaway. With us not having family here at all it’s so important for us to be supportive and encourage each other to maintain some sort of social life when we find the time. I am very fortunate that I get to work on my business and raise my son at home for now but at times that can be a little isolating so it’s important to do the things that make me happy beyond my work and family when I can fit it in.
We are what we eat and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to our children. One of our big “no no’s” is refined sugar and it’s probably one of the hardest to avoid especially when we travel. But above all I think the most important thing is that we continue to educate ourselves because you can never know too much and the more you know the better you do for your family. Don’t be afraid to question what’s considered “normal” if it doesn’t seem right to you.
We recycle, breastfed, and did cloth diapers which are the 3 that stick out the most. I would love to start our own garden if I could figure out a great way to keep the hundreds of iguanas out of it in our rental house, so for now we buy mostly organic and frequent the farmers markets. I want my son to know that everything he does leaves an impact and its up to him to make it a positive one.
He LOVES our morning “green smoothies” which I love because he is getting pickier in what he will eat and I can hide all the good stuff in our smoothies.
Find a good support group with like minded moms and share ideas. I learned from women who paved the way and I pass it on to help other moms.
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