Emma Bunton is best known to most of us as 1/5 of the Spice Girls but in 2017, TV and radio presenter Emma also co-founded Kit & Kin, offering families a range of safe, eco-friendly and affordable baby products. We caught up with her to chat about being a mum to her two boys Beau and Tate and why being eco-friendly is so important
I adored being pregnant
My partner, Jade, and I have always wanted children, so the thought of being pregnant was always very exciting for us. I fell pregnant when I was probably at my fittest, while competing in Strictly Come Dancing. I know being pregnant isn’t for everyone, but I loved it! Carrying my children and being spoilt rotten was my idea of heaven. Lots of women can have difficult pregnancies, so I was very grateful to be able to enjoy the time – it really is amazing how you adapt to all the changes your body is going through.
Parenting is a whirlwind
My children are very different from each other, and both have taught me so much. Being a parent can be very challenging, and it’s all a learning curve, but I’ve never known love like it. We laugh and share everything with each other, and my children make me so happy. I really do believe parenthood is the most rewarding job in the world! The highs far outweigh the lows, and you learn so much along the way about what’s important in life.
Family means everything
I think any parents have the same struggles with balancing work and family life – it’s not easy, but you have to try and find a routine that works for you. I’m really lucky that I have a very supportive partner in Jade, which allows me to continue working – I love what I do and I’ve always had a strong work ethic, but family comes first. I think it’s important for us to keep weekends free so that we can all relax and spend quality time together.
Motherhood definitely isn’t easy, and I think one of the main ways in which I’ve changed since having children is that I worry a lot more about things now, and I feel such a huge responsibility in keeping my babies happy. As any parent understands, all you want is for your kids to be safe and healthy and content, but not everything is always under our control, and that’s something you learn particularly as they grow older. We have to remember not to be too hard on ourselves – there’s no one way to be a good parent.
Babies grow so quickly
Now our children are older, Jade and I miss those first words and first steps, and we are constantly telling our children to stop getting big! They grow up so fast – it feels like not long ago they were just tiny babies. Jade would have a lot more children, but at the moment our two are keeping us very busy!
It’s important to be eco-friendly
I am unbelievably excited about the launch of Kit & Kin’s reusable cloth nappy. It’s made from an amazing material called Econyl, which is a regenerated nylon from recovered fishing nets and other nylon waste, helping to clean up oceans and landfills around the world. And the inner layer of the nappy is made from sustainable and plant-based material Tencel, derived from tree sap and hemp – the combination of these two creates a super-soft and highly absorbent core to keep bottoms dry and comfy. It’s been quite a journey to get to this point, and I am so excited for the response – I hope parents love it as much as I do!
We’re loving the super-cute designs of Kit & Kin Reusable Cloth Nappy; with fox, zebra and tiger motifs to choose from, cloth bums have never looked so adorable. Made from Econyl – regenerated nylon from fishing nets and other waste nylon from the oceans – it’s a positively planet-friendly range. With high levels of absorbency and breathable fabric, these nappies will keep your baby’s bottom dry for up to 12 hours.
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Having worked for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news and product pages, features and interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton and Alex Jones, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online.
A fondness for travel, chocolate and her sausage dog Luna, in her spare time. Emily also runs the lifestyle blog, Musings & More.
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