I'm very lucky to work with and have a shared mission with amazing people here at Baba+Boo. I thought it was time to put the spotlight on them so you can get to know them. We're kicking off with Sue Walker, our very own nappy guru, who is made up of 100% kindness...
How did your journey with Baba+Boo begin?
My journey with Baba+Boo started way before I officially worked for Baba+Boo, Eve and I go back too many years than I care to mention and so when she started Baba+Boo I helped out a little bit here and there, we did some 'nappy natters' and exhibition stalls together in the early days when Eve needed a side-kick, I was obviously more than happy for my two daughters to be little testers and models too.
What’s the best piece of parenting advice that was given to you?
I can transport myself back to my old living room, when one of my very best friends Lauren, and her mum were visiting my first born for the first time. Lauren's mum said something to me I'll never forget as she cradled my week old baby "babies needs are so few you know, all they really need is food in their belly, clothes to keep them warm, a place to sleep and just lots and lots of love" I have passed these wise words on to our customers many times over the years.
What advice would you give to a new parent?
See above! Don't spend a fortune on gimmicks, the market is saturated with 'must have' items for new babies but the truth is you really don't need that much stuff! Also, don't spend quality sleeping time online, especially "Dr Google" as you will send yourself into a frenzy (like I did!)
What is your top tip for living simply?
Try not to worry about what other people think, don't be drawn into the 'perfect' lives you see displayed on social media - look inwardly and appreciate what you already have.
Best moment with Baba+Boo so far?
Laughing around the big table at Kim's tales of being in a TV show audience. Sending out random acts of kindness - believe me, it gives me just as much pleasure sending it as the person receiving it. And just simply, helping people feel better about stuff, their gratitude for what I believe to be the simplest of things really does make my day.
The Torbay Holiday Helpers (THHN) - a charity founded by an old friend of mine. They organise holidays and outings for families with terminally ill children or parents or families that have suffered recent bereavement of a child or parent. The work they do fills my heart with joy, they are incredible.
Quick fire round:
What’s your superpower? I'm quite good at empathy and putting myself in other people's shoes.
What is your favourite book? Anything written by Lucinda Riley (especially the Seven Sisters series).
Guilty pleasure? Watching reality TV.
Favourite way to spend a Sunday? My best Sundays involve doing a workout, going on a long doggy walk and finishing up by making a roast dinner
What did you want to be when you were growing up? I suffered with food allergies all throughout my childhood and I wanted to develop more exciting foods for people with allergies.
Favourite eco-friendly swap or hack? I love my cloth reusable kitchen roll! We used to go through so much kitchen roll in our house but thankfully not so any more. They double up as napkins too.
Favourite ever Baba+Boo print? It has to be Otto Owl. It was my daughter's favourite nappy and I had to constantly have that one in the wash. I've kept it in her memory box.