BY KELLY BARRIBALL
Lets be real for a second, this parenting gig can be hard work at times – and I don’t just mean the fact that we have little people 100% dependent on us which makes even going to the bathroom an effort at times, I mean the reality that being at home all day, every day can sometimes be quite lonely.
Enter, Instagram. Love it or hate it, the truth is that it allows people to feel connected to something outside of their own four walls. Whether it’s simply connecting with your friends, family or former work colleagues, stalking your style crushes from afar or joining in on conversations with the collective of mums and dads online, it definitely has a place in modern society.
A creative outlet for many, a whole new world of shopping opens up on the ‘gram once you’re a parent. There are some savvy mamas and papas complementing their blogs, building their businesses or just sharing their everyday lives with enviable feeds. So, I thought I’d show you just a handful of fave feeds so you can get in on the action too – if you’re not already.
Luxe Baby Love @luxebabylove
Scandi inspired, children’s décor made by super mum Kate. Mama to Marlowe by day and designer by night, every piece from Luxe Baby Love is handmade and made with love. I scooped up one of her fab quadruple pom poms to add a little something spesh to Sunny’s nursery and I love it!
Frankie Jones @frankiejonesthelabel
Ethically produced artisan babies and ladieswear, Frankie Jones had me hooked with its knitwear alone. I mean, is there anything sweeter than a knitted romper? I can’t wait to see what’s to come from this newcomer.
Two Tykes @twotykes
Founded by two sisters who became mothers, Two Tykes was born from their desire to buy the best in quality and comfort for their new bubs. Made only from certified organic cotton with no toxic dyes, Two Tykes is my go-to for bibs, wraps and rompers.
The Bib Boutique @thebibboutique
When Sunny hit three months old, she started to drool like crazy! When I couldn’t find bibs I liked, I turned to Insta and was lucky enough to find The Bib Boutique. Affordable, unique and made with love, these fun and vintage inspired bibs are on high rotation in our household.
Kids Creations @kidscreations
Self-proclaimed as ‘vintage knits for modern babies’, the description couldn’t be more fitting. Kids Creations features bloomers, beanies and wraps that will make your heart burst. I’m a sucker for any kind of romper, bloomer or pom pom so was sold on the lacey bloomer from the get go. Oh my heart!
Love, Luck and Wonder @loveluckandwonder
Anyone who knows me knows I have a thing for shoes, so it’s no surprise that I started stocking up on them for Sunny. Luckily, Love, Luck and Wonder ticks several boxes – sandals, moccasins and animal print, it’s like they saw me coming and created a store JUST FOR ME! Did I mention they have Mini-Me mum sandals? WAY too cute.
Fawn and Finch @fawnandfinch
What initially started as a side project during her maternity leave, Fawn and Finch is the lovechild of Meagan Greenland. Bringing you affordable, quality and trendy pieces for your little loves, I am obsessed with the roman sandals – how many are too many?
Pop Factory @popfactoryshop
One of my faves since way before I had a kid of my own, Pop Factory Shop creates kids clothes cooler than my own! The latest collection is based around the designer’s fave musicians, who also happen to be my fave musicians, so it’s safe to say I’m obsessed.
Little Happy Gorgeous @littlehappygorgeous
While I’m not usually the biggest fan of pink, Little Happy Gorgeous has me swooning over its Ballet Bunnies. Seriously, show me someone who doesn’t think they are the sweetest things you’ve ever seen! Handmade by Charlotte Gray, think pears, pineapples and pink flamingoes that you’ll keep for years to come.
Chuck and Taz @chuckandtaz
You could go crazy for gadgets, gizmos and must haves for kids these days, but this is one brand that is pure genius! Mum of two, Catherine, started Chuck and Taz after ferocious attempts to clean her pram failed. Enter the cutest darn pram liners you’ve ever seen. Catherine has since added clutches, harness covers and chuck muffs to the mix and there are so many great prints you won’t be able to stop at one!