Hi I’m Francesca! Owner of Babybamba, married mother of two living on the outskirts of London. This is the first of my weekly blogs. I have always loved reading blogs, and enjoy keeping up to date with other, like-minded, people – especially with others that have babies and kids! I find it refreshing to know there are people out there that share a similar outlook to myself. I wanted this blog to be a memoir of my time raising kids and to tell my readers about my trials and tribulations of trying to be more sustainable whilst living in such a wasteful society.
I want my blog to discuss a lot of topics that I have spent time pondering whilst raising my children. And to my readers, please, I would love to hear from you if you have any topics or areas you would like me to blog on! But first, let me introduce you to my brand, Babybamba, and my vision for children’s products.
The idea of Babybamba was inspired at the start of my pregnancy with my first child Henry (Two years old). The idea of being a mother was so new and exciting, but I must admit... I became increasingly humbled during the 9 months of pregnancy.
Pregnancy made me contemplate the idea of what world was I going to bring my child up in? Do I want my children to be the product of a wasteful and polluted society? Will my children be able to see wonders of the world that haven’t been ruined by the effects of global warming? At this rate probably not, look at how the polar ice caps are melting, our children will be lucky to see the Great Barrier Reef in their lifetimes. Is this not a selfish future to gift to someone? (Just for the record, I’m not a devoted tree hugger, but I developed a completely different outlook as a result of my pregnancy).
As a young mother in a complex society, our responsibility to create better futures for our children has never been so pressing (Sorry for the deepness – All the fun will be soon to follow, I promise!!).
I felt it my obligation as a mother, naturally, instinctively to raise my children in items and clothing that are completely eco-friendly, sustainable and still extremely stylish!
After the birth of Henry I became frustrated by the lack of information big brands were providing in their baby products. Looking at the market it dawned on me that there was little eco-friendly baby products available and the lack of sustainable options caused me increasing concern. After many nights of research into what is environmentally friendly and good for both my babies and the environment I realised Bamboo was the answer!
Having two young children: Henry (2 years) and Amelia (9 months), I was faced with a combination of thoughts and problems and trust me, I mean a lot! As a mother I’m always looking for ways in which I can make life easier for myself managing my new born’s. So that’s why Babybamba was created! With a vision and belief in mind to implement bamboo as the core material in every single product that we stock.
Bamboo is a brilliantly versatile, eco-friendly alternative to conventional wool. Not only is it soft but also safe for allergy prone skin, perfect for Henry, Amelia and children worldwide!
Now a muslin, to many may sound like a Italian Art Renaissance movement, but let me assure you, it’s connotations are far simpler. Using the Babybamba products myself after the birth of my first born, I soon realised that they might just be one of the best remedies to cure a screaming baby at 4 o’clock in the morning! I get great joy in knowing my baby is comfortably swaddled in a high quality, lightweight and extremely soft muslin blanket. Aside from how adorably cute babies look when they are wrapped, the bamboo infused muslin blankets come with so many more additional benefits.
Bamboo clothing is 100% biodegradable and can be completely decomposed in the soil by micro-organisms and sunlight
Reduce Greenhouse Gases
Bamboo plantations reduce greenhouse gases. They absorb about 5 times the amount of CO2 and produce about 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
Kind to Skin
For allergy prone skin, bamboo fabric is perfect. It’s anti-static and sits well next to your skin. No Irritation.
Bamboo fabric cuts out 98% of harmful UV rays, so perfect for holiday/travelling cover-ups.
Bamboo fabric is insulating, yet it is also breathable. This means it performs well in all temperatures.
Apart from having all the functional benefits that ensure your babies every need, they are still extremely stylish not just eco-friendly, stocked in an array of different colours and styles.
In February you can see Babybamba’s television debut on ITVBe’s Sam Fairers the ‘Mummy Diaries’! I want Babybamba to be the most eco-friendly yet on trend clothing for all babies!
Call it the fashion revolution!
Stay tuned for next week’s update on our family trip to Lapland and also, tips for a more environmentally friendly Christmas!