What’s the hardest part about being a parent?
Finding time for you. I saw this quote the other day on Marcia's Instagram (@notsomumsy) that read "you were someone before you were their mum, and that person matters". That's 110% truth. Finding, and more honestly, prioritising, time for self-care and things that light your fire outside of mamahood is probably the hardest yet most important endeavour.
What’s the one thing you wish you’d been told about being a parent?
That it is flippin awesome!! In my experience (and I've heard this from lots of other Mums), people spoke about parenthood in quite a negative sense, think "once the baby comes, you will never get to [insert sleep, shower, drink hot coffee, wear nice clothes, have an epic career etc. here]. I think it came from a good place, people try and keep it real and manage your expectations. For me, I wish I had heard more positive stories about how you really can create whatever kind of life you want as a parent. Yes, it comes with a massive set of challenges and adventures but they are so magical and they change your life.
What’s the most unexpected thing about being a new parent?
Probably similar to the above. I didn't think one tiny human could make me a better version of myself from the inside out. Being a busy Mama to Luka is not an excuse for not living my life with passion and purpose, it's my reason why.
What’s one thing you do to sometimes just get through the day and make things easier?
Drink coffee, haha. These days, staying healthy and vital is key for us - when you nourish your bodies and get moving, everything is easier. If we're having a crappy day, we head outdoors, whether it's the local oval, playground or even the backyard, fresh air makes everything better. Also, I try to single task as much as possible. On my days off with Luka, I keep distractions from work to a minimum. It's a work in progress, but I do my best!
What are the key things you look for in babycare products?
Definitely products made with premium, natural ingredients. Luka has sensitive skin and is prone to eczema so gentle yet effective products are key for us.
Ina's questions for Thankyou
What kind of projects does the money from Baby Care support?
At Thankyou, our aim is to help end global poverty, that’s why we commit 100% of the profits from our products to it. Our personal care range (hand wash, body wash, coffee scrub, sanitiser and lotions) help get water, sanitation and hygiene to people in need while our baby range (nappies, shampoo, wipes, lotion, balm, ointment, bath milk) help fund safe births and healthcare for mums and bubs in need.
We fund safe births and healthcare because every 103 seconds a mother dies in pregnancy and childbirth (with 99% of these deaths happening in developing nations), and globally 2.6 million babies don’t reach their first month of life because they don’t have access to basic health care. Our funding goes towards providing access to antenatal and postnatal care, building or improving safe birthing centres (upgrading beds, electricity, lights, access to clean water, medical supplies, malaria nets, safe birthing kits), training and education for governmental health officials (doctors/nurses), skilled birth attendants and female health community volunteers and advocating against harmful cultural and historical practices to educate mothers and families about healthy behaviours during and after pregnancy.
Can you confirm that your products are not tested on animals?
We can definitely confirm that are products are not tested on animals :).
“Ahhh, too hard to choose a fave!! I was privileged enough to be involved in the development of this range from the very onset so I am incredibly proud of the whole range. The wipes and the bath wash are probably my fave as they are in high rotation.”
Ina's fave Thankyou Baby Care product
Our ingredients are derived from nature, baby.
Helps to retain moisture and soothe skin
Helps soothe eczema, itchiness and skin irritations
Antibacterial and antifungal. Gets in deeper than most other oils to moisturise
Rich in vitamins A and E. Anti-inflammatory. Gives a skin a silky softness
Calms and soothes skin and mind. Kills bacteria.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Protects against irritants. Helps treat skin irritation
Calms and soothes skin
Helps to heal wounds, soothe eczema, and relieves nappy rash
Rich in fatty acids. Contains potassium and lecithin to moisturise skin