On her Instagram profile she labels herself as an art lover, design freak and lipstick hoarder. Mum to Harvey. Wife to Dave. CEO and Co-Founder of The Out & About Baby Company. And that pretty much says it all really.
Out & About Baby began with Laura’s search for clean baby change rooms in locations that served really good coffee and avo toast. For the answer, she travelled far and wide, drank a lot of coffee, changed a lot of nappies, breastfed in lots of strange places and talked endlessly to her mothers’ group. On any given day, she is discovering, reviewing and approving the best of the best when it comes to going out with your baby.
What’s your favourite restaurant to go for a special occasion with the family?
Acre Eatery in Camperdown is fantastic. There is a massive outdoor grassed area to burn off energy when the weather is good and the kids menu is one of the best I have ever seen. Salted Caramel Paddle Pop anyone? The Avalon on the Beach is also one of my favourites if the weather is good. Great views, the staff are wonderful and the food is delicious.
What’s your favourite local cafe?
Copo Café and Diner in Drummoyne is almost a second home for me. On any given day at least one family member, immediate or extended will be there.
And what’s that one special spot you go for a little ‘me time’?
On Sunday afternoons my husband and I try to make a point of spending some time together and hanging out. It might only be for an hour or two before we have to go back and rescue the little man, but I think it’s really important. My favourite thing to do is head to Cronulla and take a long walk around the headland. The last time we went we stopped at a new little restaurant and wine bar called Next Door and it was great to just chill, drink some rose and listen to live music.
The best thing about being a mum is:
The cuddles and the laughter. There is no better sound in the world than when your little boy is giggling his head off and he runs up for a massive hug. The best warm and fuzzy feeling ever.
The hardest thing about being a mum is:
The isolation. I struggled so much in the early stage of being a new mum with breastfeeding and feeling like I was on my own and house bound. Of course I could have packed up the pram and gone for a walk whenever I wanted, but it always felt like such a huge hurdle in those first few months. And most important to remember is that you are never alone. Raising a child takes a village and the sooner you accept the help and stop feeling guilty about it, the better you will feel.