Welcome to Bon + Bear
We are all about making it easy for the new mama and making sure she feels supported in the 4th trimester - that 3 month blur after baby arrives. Yes all the focus is on the baby, but it should be about you too and comforting your baby whilst boosting your confidence shouldn't be a compromise.
A little bit about me
I’m MJ, Mama to a Little Bear who is 2.5y old and our baby girl who was born in May 2021.
I had a difficult start to motherhood - including a traumatic labour - a week in hospital, limited skin to skin contact and starting on bottles the first few days as both LB and I were too ill to nurse. As well as a scary admittance for Pneumonia on the Children’s Ward for 3 days, after only being home less than 12 hours. It’s safe to say I had some PTSD/Post-Partum Depression from everything and an uphill battle to our feeding journey already!
My experience as a new Mama
One thing which I always struggled with - even though I was more than happy to nurse in public - was the anxiousness of being ‘exposed' both by my expanding breasts and new wobbly mum-tum hanging out. I spent many outings finding a back corner of a coffee shop and shielding behind the pram, because I never wanted it to stop me from getting out of the house and socialising either, which is so important for your mental well-being. In addition, I always put off skin to skin time because I would constantly worry he would be too cold and with a revolving door of visitors or family in and out, I didn’t want to be semi-naked either.
On top of this we suffered with Colic, Reflux & CMPA pretty much from the outset so spent the 4th trimester with very little sleep and a very unsettled baby. After endless googling “how to settle baby”, I learned that babywearing was proven to ease these symptoms and even increase the duration for which Mama's typically breastfeed!
The big idea
I thought, why not have a baby wrap which will make me feel put together - as well as giving me hands free time - but also a nursing cover which was super easy to throw on for breastfeeding and look stylish too; not like a sack! So I spent days sketching and writing up all my ideas about how I could make this FOR the mama and not the baby.
I knew I wanted the design to feel modern, easy to use, soft and free of harmful chemicals. But also, not detract from my own identity and make me feel more ‘me’ – cue our leopard print!
I still don’t know what constitutes success, but my only objective when I started this was to help at least one Mama and as long as I keep doing that then I will keep on growing this little company. You've got this Mama!
I ramble I know, but hopefully you made it this far…
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