Joyful Bundles was created because as a new mom, I found myself overwhelmed by the number of products to choose from for my daughter, Sydney when she was born. As a default, in most cases, I either used what the hospital gave me or what people I knew used. However what the hospital used didn’t always work for me and everyone I knew seemed to use something different. For every person that told me to buy something that was the absolute BEST, there was someone else saying the exact same thing about something else. It was all very confusing to say the very least. It wasn’t that one particular product was right or wrong, but more so that every baby is different and what works well for one baby may not work at all for the next.
While some things like lotions and shampoos were fine for us and I was able to use the first thing I purchased, other things took a lot of trial and error to find the right fit. Sydney didn’t take a bottle, which meant I wasn’t able to leave the house for more than a couple of hours at a time. It also meant that the sole responsibility of feeding her for the first few months before she started eating solid foods rested solely on my shoulders. I was desperate to find a bottle that she would take and bought just about every different bottle type that was recommended to me. If you’ve ever bought a bottle, you’ll know that it's not very easy to buy just one bottle. You typically have to buy at least a two-pack, but often 3, 4 or 5 bottles at a time. Sydney also didn’t take a pacifier and I was desperate for her to do so. Not only would a pacifier have been nice on those days when we were out and about and she was fussy but she wanted to use me as a pacifier and it made me less enthusiastic than I wanted to be about being able to breastfeed my daughter. Pacifiers also come with the same issues as bottles and you can’t just buy one at a time.
Sydney was sensitive to wipes. We originally purchased a sensitive skin brand because that’s what everyone I knew did and it didn’t take long to realize that her bottom would get red. She never got a diaper rash, just a little red. Originally, I thought it had to do with how wet the wipe was but was later educated by a friend about chemicals that exist in wipes that are skin irritants and came to the conclusion that was causing the redness. Prior to figuring it out, I went through a few different brands and ended up buying large packs of wipes that never got used. We left the hospital with the brand of diapers that the hospital gives out and for our registry, I thought it would be a great idea to register for diapers because its something that’s always needed. We registered for the popular hospital brand and got a couple of months worth of diapers only to realize that I didn’t like them that much. While they were soft like they promised, they did absolutely nothing to protect against leaks and we were having them on a pretty regular basis, including nighttime. As Sydney got a little bit older, we went on the search for an overnight diaper that would prevent leaks and had to go through several brands before finding the one for us.
As you can imagine, trying all of these products did not come cheaply and during the process of trying to find the right products for Sydney, I wasted a ton of money, time and space.
While trying to “figure it out” as a new mom, I learned that a lot of moms face similar issues. They may not have been the same exact issue; maybe they had trouble with sippy cups and a baby with sensitive skin or maybe a baby that didn’t take too well to eating solid foods and got diaper rashes often, but we all seemed to go through a period of trying to find a good fit. Additionally, there were just things that weren’t super important but that would be nice to try. I’ve definitely run across a sunscreen, bubble bath or lotion that I wanted to try but didn’t end up buying because I didn’t want to buy a 12 oz bottle of something to only find out I didn’t like it.
Being a mom is already tough enough without the added uncertainty of what to buy. Shopping is supposed to be fun! I wanted to create a way to help moms find the right products for their babies in a fun, easy and efficient way instead of the tedious and time consuming “trial and error” process that exists today. I wanted to find a way to help new moms feel confident about the choices they make instead of uncertain and overwhelmed. I wanted to give moms a way to try different brands and find the ones that were a good fit and that they absolutely loved instead of feeling as if they had to settle for what they were already using because they were hesitant to try something new for fear of disliking it.
Joyful Bundles is a business but its also a community. While doing research for my company, I discovered that a lot of moms I talked to felt the same kinds of emotions like guilt and inadequacy (despite the fact that they were amazing moms) and decided that the last thing I wanted to do was to create a community for moms that allowed us to talk about the issues we face as moms. A community that allowed us to tackle the range of emotions that we face on a daily basis without fear of being judged and to create a safe place where moms could come together and relate to one another and empathize with one another and discover that they are not alone in the way they feel. Motherhood can be amazing but there are also times that it can be miserable and feeling this way doesn’t make you a bad mom, it just makes you human. I’m happy to say that I’ve accomplished all of this and I’m thrilled to introduce you to Joyful Bundles as we open our website to our consumers and our community!