We were lucky enough to shoot our summer collection with Courtney in Byron Bay when we were in Australia, so we took the opportunity to chat to her about Babyccino, parenting, travelling and the importance of mama friends...
Courtney wears the Kate Mini in natural stripe
Babyccino is celebrating its 10th year! What has been the biggest highlight for you since starting Babyccino? What do you hope the next 10 years will bring?
I think the biggest highlight has just been watching our little company grow and evolve in ways we never could have imagined. Babyccino started out as a tiny blog between mum friends -- an online diary for us as new parents to share tips with each other. We never imagined we’d be where we are in ten years with a shopping portal, city guides, and live shopping events hosted in cities around the world! I guess what I really love is that, despite all the growth, the heart of our company is still the blog we started ten years ago, still written by three friends, and we’re still sharing parenting tips and advice with each other.
As a mama to five I’m sure you’ve had your fair share of parenting advice! But what is the one piece of advice that you come back to time and again?
I think my best piece of advice is to stop seeking advice! :) As parents, we can be constantly inundated with different (and often conflicting) advice -- from parenting books to unsolicited tips from other parents. I think that in most cases the best thing we can do is to simply trust our own instincts, listen to our children, and to know that what works for some families doesn’t always work for others. Having had five babies, I have become so much more confident over the years… and really, that confidence is one of the best tools a mother can have!
Courtney wears the Kate Mini in Blue Grey
You left London, traveled the world and ended up settling with your family in Byron Bay. Apart from the beautiful beaches and glorious weather, what made you choose Byron?
When we left London we were searching for a slower way of life. We wanted to give more time to our kids and find a better work/life balance. We were also hoping for sunnier weather. :) Life in Byron is slow and sunny. It’s peaceful, it’s simple, and it’s idyllic. Sometimes I can’t believe this place exists. I still pinch myself every day!
What I really love is that it’s not just the town of Byron Bay -- the whole region is full of charming little towns, each one with different restaurants, shops, farmers markets and natural attractions. We live in Bangalow, which is 15 minutes outside of Byron. Almost everything we need is within a 10-minute walk, and nothing we do takes more than 20-minutes by car. By contrast, our 2-mile school run in London took 25 minutes—each direction! Our mornings here are much more relaxed, which sets the tone for a more relaxed day in general.
In most small towns I think we’d get bored, but being so close to amazing beaches and bush and other little towns makes this region really exciting for us. Also, the community here really does make this place so special. We’ve made so many wonderful friendships in the short time we’ve been here and continue to be inspired by all the creative, happy people who live here.
You started your business with two close friends and have made some wonderful friendships here in Byron. What is it that makes those bonds with other mums so special?
Having a solid support network of other women is something I value so much, especially since moving to Byron. I really feel like I’ve found my tribe, my soul sisters. There is something so empowering about having the emotional support, wisdom, strength and love from other women and mothers -- to know you can always ask for help, you’re never alone in your mothering journey, and there’s always a friend to listen and support you through everything. It’s not only important for me, but I can see how wonderful it is for my children to feel loved by other families beyond their own. That old saying is so true -- it really does take a village to raise a child.
And finally, you modelled our summer jumpsuits for us, what’s your favourite piece from the collection?
It’s hard to choose a favourite as I love them all, but I love the Byron Jumpsuit. How could I not with a name like that?! :)