On Raising a Baby and a Business

On Raising a Baby and a Business

Today Danielle of Chickadee & Hen fills us in on how she started a business while raising a newborn baby.

They say that having a baby changes everything, and as most parents would agree, nothing can prepare you for all those changes until it actually happens to you!  I knew my life would change when we welcomed my newborn son into our family, but I didn’t know he would change the course of my career.

I worked in the medical field before becoming a mom. When I was pregnant, I saw a good deal on a sewing machine and decided to purchase it, never having used one before.  I thought it would be fun to sew some blankets or loveys for my new baby.  I had a lot of fun choosing fabrics and searching for patterns in the store and online. Soon, my little sewing hobby turned into something much bigger as my fabric stash grew and grew!

A few family members and friends were impressed by what I was making for my son and suggested I open a shop on Etsy.  I was hesitant to do so, but I needed an outlet for my creative side and something that made me feel like “me” as opposed to just full-time “mom!”  It’s so easy to lose your identity when you become a mom, especially if you’re at home full-time.  

I decided to open my shop, start a Facebook page, and open a business account on Instagram.  The first few items I created for sale were loveys made from flannel and baby blankets.  I now specialize in custom “wrap scrap” animals, which are plush animals made from babywearing woven wraps, or baby wraps.  I’m also working on a collection of plush animals made with organic fabrics, including organic bamboo fleece and linen.  It’s been exciting to see my business grow from a little shop on Etsy into my own website.

I’ve learned so much since I started this venture last August-- here are my top 3 tips for starting a business while raising a baby:

  1. Take advantage of naptime! You can accomplish so much while baby is sleeping.
  2. Babywearing is a lifesaver.  You can get so much done with baby happily snuggled on your front or back (safely!)
  3. Get some help. Ask family or friends to watch your little one for a few hours so you can accomplish tasks that are impossible with baby. If it's in your budget, hire a babysitter for a few hours a week.

It has certainly been challenging to be the mom of a toddler and run my own business, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  

 
 

Big thanks to Danielle Ben-David from Chickadee & Hen for this piece. Connect with her at www.chickadeeandhen.com or @chickadeeandhen

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