As mothers, we understand the joys and challenges women face when becoming a mother for the first time. For us, motherhood is our most important and precious role – so much so, that we felt the strong desire to share our experiences of parenthood with other mothers.
We met in a Baby & Me Yoga class. We bonded over the fact that we both used slings to carry our babies and then found many other similarities in our experiences: we both were breastfeeding, had home births, were cloth diapering and co-sleeping. These were elements that set us apart from others to some extent, but because we found such joy in this style of parenting called Attachment Parenting, we felt there must be a way to share it with others who may not be aware of their options as parents.
Early one morning, Kathy had an inspiration: what if we created a place where mothers could find all of the products they were looking for and the community they were seeking under one roof? She asked Courtney to join her and, together, we partnered up to create the place we wished had existed for us when we were new mothers: Be By Baby!
Thousands of mothers and fathers have found a home in our Chicago location; taking classes, talking to us and staff about parenting questions; chatting with other mothers in our nursing chairs; and finding the products that they needed, all in one place. It has been a pleasure to watch our dream come to fruition and see the joy on other mothers’ faces when they feel advocated and reassured in their parenting choices.