Today is Gentle Mamas' first birthday!! Where has that time gone?! Our business baby grows just as quickly as our real babies it would seem :-)
We are so happy to celebrate this day that was such a long time in the making, and so proud of all that we've achieved in the past year. Our highlights are definitely winning Jacqueline Gold's WOW award (what an incredible honour), featuring in Vogue, winning business of the week on Twitter's Early Years Hour and sending so many Gentle Mamas boxes to lovely mums up and down the land. Hearing how much you all love the amazing goodies in your boxes is definitely the best part for us.
A huge thank you must go out to all our beautiful customers for their support, our amazing husbands for helping us in so many ways and to all our suppliers for making the most incredible products that we are so proud to have in our boxes.
Running a business and a family is no easy feat, but we love helping pregnant ladies and mums find their feet, source the best organic and natural care products and feel taken care of at such a delicate stage of life. We hope to continue to serve you for many years to come. Much love, Marianne and Jackie.
Green People have offered as an amazing 10% discount code for all our lovely customers so please feel free to use it: Here's 10% off your next order for you and your followers - use code IGLOVE
Any Gift boxes or subscriptions purchased today will also include a special birthday gift from us to you - we know you'll love it xx
We decided to introduce ourselves and share with you all how and why we started on this Gentle Mamas journey. Please follow us on Instagram or Facebook and join our mailing list if you would like to follow our journey and learn, as we do, more about living naturally and reducing toxic chemical exposure. In this post Jackie talks her personal reasons for wanting to create Gentle Mamas. Marianne's video will soon follow.
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My sister and I became first time mothers within three months of each other and I couldn’t be more grateful for it. Those early months are a fog now, but when I was in the thick of it I was struggling, all day, every day, and it was great to have someone close who just got it and could offer advice, tips and tricks as they were learning them themselves.
We both became dissatisfied with mainstream products that were irritating our babies’ skin and increasingly concerned and more importantly aware of what chemicals we were blindly putting on their delicate skin. It is alarming and unpleasant research but we both felt moved to do it.
Truly disgusted by what we discovered about lots of the known and trusted brands we went on individual searches to find natural, safe products and would then share our discoveries and experiences with using them. The idea for Gentle Mamas was born when we decided we really wanted to share that information with as many mothers as we could.
I struggled a lot with an anxious, colicky baby who was intensely high needs and found when I was just not able to sleep from my own anxiety or stress that rescue remedy (Bach Flower Remedies) helped enormously. That’s why I was delighted to discovered Calm-a-mama drops which are herbal and flower remedies designed specifically for mothers and babies. I would have given anything to have tried them in those trying months and would have preferred to spend a lot less on something natural than spend loads on yet another toy/pillow that promises to solve my problems and doesn’t. That’s why I absolutely insisted on their inclusion in our boxes. How is nobody in Europe making anything like this? This is how all product selection went and everything in our boxes is there to answer a specific need you may not be aware you will even have, but we are really excited for more and more mothers to get a helping hand finding the best natural products.
I know we’ve all heard the older generation say ‘I used it on my babies and it was fine’, and that may well be the case but the world has changed in the interim, and never before in the history of humanity have infants been exposed to so many chemicals and such high levels of them. We are part of a global experiment and won’t know the results for years to come, but the signs (childhood obesity, high incidences of allergic illnesses in children, vast increases in gluten and dairy intolerance and the abundance of cancers in younger and younger people) are disturbing to say the least.
We are both realists and know it’s virtually impossible to eliminate all chemical exposure from anyone’s life but reducing it is possible and doesn’t’ have to cost the earth. The air is polluted, our water is chemical laden as is the earth our vegetables grow in, so why bother you might think. And that is a reasonable argument and a thought that we have both had on occasion. For us it’s about reducing the unnecessary toxicity from your life, which may not yield amazing short term results but will undoubtedly help in the long term.
How can I be so sure? Well, the body is 100 percent organic, much like a plant. I’m no scientist or doctor, but I don’t need to be to know that if I pour a 90% coca cola and 10% water solution on my plant every day, it is not going to thrive, will become ill and die quickly. If I pour a 50/50 water/coke solution it will last longer, thrive better, but never reach its full potential and so on and so forth. SO while it may not be possible to get to a 100% chemical free life for you, or your child, we believe you should be informed and able to tip that balance as far in your favour as you can and want to.
We also absolutely insist that this is done in a guilt-free way. Lord knows, there’s enough guilt that already comes with motherhood – we have no desire to create anymore. We believe every mother is doing what she believes is best for her child, in each moment, based upon her own experiences, economic situation and knowledge, and that should always be respected.
The road from those initial conversations to where we are now has been long and hugely fun while also full of ups and downs. Learning absolutely everything as you go is hard, but we feel passionately about our offering and that is what has kept us going. Growing our own business has always been about children; ours and others as becoming a mother has made me feel much more responsibility to all children than I did before.
We hope to help educate women, help them to question what is taken for granted and make it easier for them to find and access ‘the good stuff’. With much love,
Gentle Mamas xxx
1. Spending more time with your children just has to be number one. Hours lost on long commutes or in pointless meetings are difficult before you have kids but become soul destroying after. Listening to someone waffle on while you calculate which evening activities you are going to miss and if you’ll be home before bedtime no longer has to happen. Big plus.2. Never having to do another interview. Oh yeah!!!3. If any interviews do take place you get to be the one asking the questions and making the ‘thoughtful’ face at the appropriate times :-) You can also choose to work with people who are uplifting and positive and whose whole being is aligned with your business and ethos.4. Having something that you created to love and nurture and grow that doesn’t throw tantrums or excrete improbably vile substances at the most inopportune moments.5. Being able to spend one hour (or more)sitting by your baby’s bedside holding their hand or patting them while they drift off to sleep without stressing about being at work in the morning.6. Always feeling challenged. You can’t get bored when your role is all encompassing and you are the driving force behind the whole show. The greatest challenges in life show you how much you are capable of.7. Is my favourite number and thus I have saved the best for last: the amazing, support, positive, uplifting mumpreneur community. There are so many kind, helpful, caring and supportive women in this community and I am continually surprised and delighted to be a part of it. I could never have imagined such a community existed and would encourage any hesitant mumpreneurs to dive in. You won’t regret it!
Let me qualify that statement; I am a leading expert in my infant’s sleep. I dived deep and drowned in the plethora of information on the web from ‘leading experts’ about what I should or shouldn’t be doing, negative sleep associations and all the ‘rods’ I am making for ‘my own back’. But here’s the thing – every infant I know is different. They all have different needs, likes, habits and temperaments etc so how should one know who to listen to? Who is the real leading expert?
After spending hours, over weeks, researching sites with conflicting information I discovered that it was me all along. No one has spent as much time with my child as I have. No one knows what every little noise means and how to interpret all her different cries. Not only that, but I know myself better than any outsider. I know what my spirit can take and what it can’t. Everyone draws the line at a different place; no breaking point is identical. Raising a child is a huge, challenging responsibility, and while reading up and getting some tools that you can use if you feel like they suit is a valuable resource to have available, I feel too much pressure is applied on mothers to follow something that doesn’t exist; the right way to do anything. If my journey through motherhood has shown me anything it’s that there is no right way. There’s just the way that is right for you, right for your child, right for your family and you are the only expert with the qualifications to make those decisions.
So be kind to yourself and respect your instincts, but also be kind to others who have different ideas and needs and instincts. We are all doing the best we can. Be the friend we all need from time to time who listens without judging and makes us feel less untethered at sea, and more grounded in who we are and our new role as mother to a wonderful new life.
Congratulations to our Winner of our Facebook competition. Your gift box has been lovingly hand packed and is on its way to you. We love the idea of introducing new mamas to safe products by companies that they may not have known of before. We know how intense and stressful the first few weeks, actually months, of having a newborn are so we hope worrying about chemicals and toxins is one thing we can reduce from the worry list!