Leonora Bamford is founder of MyBaba, the ultimate blog for mums which covers pregnancy, parenthood, food, interiors, holidays, the lot!
She lives in London with her husband and their two children, Caspian, 5, and Scarlett, 4.We catch up with Leo about her blog and how she balances work and motherhood…
You come from an entrepreneurial family, how did you have the idea to launch MyBaba?
I started having children before most of my friends and I seemed to spend most evenings writing long essays to pregnant friends who were asking advice. My husband actually had the idea for me to put it all up on a simple blog, and for some reason it got a bit more traction that I’d expected and it’s organically grown to what it is today, mainly due to our incredible contributors and experts.
It’s the age-old question, but how do you juggle work and little ones?
It’s much easier now because my daughter’s at Kindergarten and my son’s at school. I’m very lucky because I get to keep my own hours, and as long as I have a computer, I can pretty much work anywhere. I do however, try not to confuse the two, even though I work in the children’s world. When I get home, I try to take a leaf out of Arianna Huffington’s book, and leave my mobile by the front door. We ran an inspiring interview with Holby City’s Ben Hull this week, and he said not to waste those precious moments looking at Twitter – children grow up in the blink of an eye and it really is such a short window. As my mother-in-law always says, our children are only really lent to us, so enjoy every minute.
Love Boo is all about pampering for Mummy and Baby – what are your pampering essentials and what treatments do you try to squeeze in?
I love yoga and pilates and I don’t know if you can call it a treatment or not, but having an hour to myself every week is important to me. The wonderful Keah Lan from Mobile Healing gives me reflexology once in a while, and she tends to rebalance my whole outlook. I’ve always massaged the children before bed and as well as being a very bonding experience, it calms them down and sets the right tone for bedtime. I use baby oil and Love Boo’s Magic Balm for any extra dry bits.
You must have learnt a lot of tips from speaking to so many experts on MyBaba – what are your favourites?
(one of ours is ‘How to make flubber’ by Nanny Anita!) I get inspired every day when I’m editing our content, and Nanny Anita has to be one of my favourites, I always smile when I see what she’s doing. I’m mad about food and healthy eating for children, and we’re so lucky to receive so many wonderful and interesting things to try. We interview lots of celebrities and one of the questions we always ask is what their favourite family recipe is – I love reading those. We cover so many topics on MyBaba from breastfeeding and development to cleft lift palates and education, I really am learning every day.
With summer holidays approaching, how will you be keeping your little ones entertained?
It’s really funny, so many mothers I see say that they’re dreading the holidays, but I absolutely love them. I know that I’m lucky to be able to keep my own hours, and summer time for me, providing the weather’s good is absolutely heaven with the children. We spend most of the time with the children in the country where we have a lovely walled garden so the children spend most of their day keeping themselves entertained outside. I’m really into old fashioned games and sports, and someone recently brought us an old rounders set, which has already had lots of use.
What do you always take on long car and plane journeys?
This is the one time that I let the children loose on iPads and Nintendo, but I also turn to Nanny Anita and her wonderful busy bags. Most long journeys inevitably end with a good old game of I Spy! Check out MyBaba and read our previous Love Boo Meets… with fashion editor Erica Davies and Red magazine’s Rosamund Dean.