Who are you?
Jenny Walker, co-founder of www.topfivebaby.com
Top Five Baby is a baby kit review website where we have created a shortlist of the best in every category to save busy parents the time, effort and stress of figuring out what you actually need for your baby.
Where are you from?
Sheffield, then I moved to London in 2007 (that’s where I had all my children) and now very happily back north again as I promised myself I’d not bring them up in The Smoke.
What do we need to know about you?
I studied and qualified as a lawyer before being made redundant whilst pregnant with my second child. This turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me, as there was no way I could have returned to my job after our little boy Elliott came along. He very sadly died aged 10 days old of a rare genetic condition that we had no idea about and I have spent much of the time since them coming to terms with his death and learning how to live life according to how I want to, in a much happier, simpler way with my children and husband.
Fundraising in Elliott’s memory for Great Ormond Street, the hospital where he was treated, has kept me going too. More recently me and my husband, Michael, have invested any of our remaining spare time into growing Top Five Baby, but we’re still on with our fundraising and I’m not sure we’ll ever stop. I have two healthy girls and am I’m pregnant with our fourth child!
Where can we find your business/product?
Our website is www.topfivebaby.com
We’re on Facebook at www.facebook.com/topfivebaby
What is your favourite thing to do as a family?
Luckily loads of stuff as our girls are still young enough to enjoy being with us and us with them. Snuggling in bed with books, going for a walk, digging in the garden, cooking, colouring, making dens are just a few things the girls love doing at the moment.
What is your top mama tip?
Ask for help if you need it. I’m terrible at this but trying to get better. Being a mama can be really hard when you’re doing it all on your own, and an hour or so off can make all the difference. You’ll enjoy things all the more when you’re reunited. And be kind to yourself. Try not to feel guilty about the stuff mums generally punish themselves feeling guilty about, just doing your best is enough.
I taught my 4 year old to sing Mummy Superstar to the tune of the chorus of Ghetto Superstar / Islands in the Stream. It’s super cheesy but it gives me an amazing boost that she thinks I’m a superstar even if I’ve told her to sing it! I’m clinging to this as long as I can get away with it.
Jenny is coming in to speak at the Mama Social session on September 30th. 10:30-12 at The Showroom.