Dominique, founder of Bluebell + Bear

In 2016 I suffered badly with Post-Natal Depression when I gave birth to my second baby boy. Turns out I’m not the only one.  One in ten parents suffer from PND which is a statistic that shocked me.  

This was a really dark point in my life, I had two children under two and the world I knew and loved pre-kids seemed like a bit of a memory.  One night I sat feeding Teddy on the bathroom floor, looking up at the stars and thinking that I needed more, I deserved more, I wasn’t just a milk machine.  I feel terrible saying this, but being a parent can be lonely; it’s finding the courage to speak out and seek help. 

It wasn’t until I had my third baby that I was able to process these feelings and channel them into something positive.  I wanted to take control of my life and use this precious time with my children to create something they would be proud of. To build something for their future that would give me the energy I need now.

Gender neutral children's clothing

So, here I am.  I have moved from the bathroom floor and have set up camp in the corner of our playroom, carefully constructing Bluebell + Bear between fish fingers, feeds and the occasional crayon injury.

Before I became a full time Mum I was a fashion buyer for some of the UK’s biggest high street brands.  Clothing and fashion is what I know and kids wear is what I love.  Using that as my anchor, because we all need something to cling on to sometimes, I decided to start my own label.  Bluebell + Bear is where I get my me back and hopefully, where I get to spread a little happiness, one pair of leggings at a time.  Because in all honesty, sometimes that’s all it takes.

Dominique x