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: Emlyn Whipple
Children: 1 girl + 1 on the way
Pets: 1 dog – labradoodle
Titles: Crunchy Granola Mommy, Babywearing Mom
Proud mommy, Emlyn enjoys babywearing & providing an eco-friendly, organic lifestyle for her family.
Hi, my name is Emlyn Whipple. I am a wife to an amazing man named, Brad, and mother to the most wonderful 2 year old named, Alivia. I am currently pregnant with our second daughter, who will arrive this spring. We also have the sweetest labradoodle named Remington. Prior to becoming a mom and deciding to stay home, I was a mental health therapist and would say I was very career driven. Now, my family is my biggest drive and keeping us all healthy and happy are my main focus.
I would say that becoming a mom was my turning point. I quite quickly discovered that I was sort of “crunchy granola” as soon as I became pregnant really. All of a sudden I was interested in understanding my food and environment more. I began to eat organic and tried to stay local. I was mindful about reading labels, staying away from chemicals, using natural remedies for maladies, making our beauty products, and reducing my carbon imprint. I also decided on cloth diapering, gave birth naturally, baby wore as much as needed, and breastfed my daughter until she was 22 months, only stopping because I became pregnant with our second and had awful aversions while struggling with a touch of hyperemesis garvidarum.
Honestly, the hardest challenges for me were the critical and facetious comments from friends and family. I had loved ones ridicule me for wanting a home birth as well as eating organic and being very careful about what I let my daughter eat or how long she breastfed. I found that developing a community of like minded friends to be incredibly helpful.
I think about this often… I would like to believe that I would meal prep, maintain a spotless house, and grow our food.
I can’t say I’ve mastered the skill of balancing. My social life has changed drastically over the years and I seem to have made new friends since moving to south Florida and becoming a mother. I chose to stay home with my daughter and it has worked out great for our family. This does not mean that I haven’t had moments where I’ve felt like I was “supposed” to return to work. Luckily, I have a saint for a husband who is super supportive and stands by me during my processes towards clarity. We spend most of our time having fun as a family, but we also try to be social with other families with little ones and visit with our relatives as much as we can.
The most important thing when I’m thinking about our health is maintaining a diet with diverse and organic sources, love, and exercise.
We recycle and reuse/repurpose so much in our home. We use low energy light bulbs, turn off lights when they aren’t needed, and “rescue” bugs by placing them back outside where they belong. We also go for walks and create lots of art projects with our recyclables.
My daughter’s favorite healthy snacks include fruits (clementines, apples, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries), brie and hard cheeses, peanut or almond butter on apples or celery, hard boiled eggs, pistachios, and avocado slices.
At the Eco Baby Expo, I would like to see healthy recipes and all natural beauty products.
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