Born out of a love for supporting local at markets, maker and creator Carin Archibald started her proudly South African baby brand of pretty but functional ‘momssentials’, Button & Bear, after noticing a gap in the market for locally made products that she could only find commercially. It wasn’t long after her mom started making items for her daughter that Carin’s friends and even strangers started asking where she found them. A few baby shower gifts made for friends and friends-of-friends later, the idea behind Button & Bear was born.

With every product in her range conceptualised from her own mom experience: whether it is from the ease-of-use, the choice of fabric, the versatility, and the desire to have designs that are both aesthetic and functional, Carin’s range of stylish yet practical essentials include:

  • The Messy Baby Bib – a plastic coated, wipe-clean bib for fuss-free first foods exploration through to toddler ‘feeding-myself’ mastery.
  • The Burp Cloth – comfort shaped 100% cotton with a soft absorbent towelling lining. This is a nappy bag and feeding essential.

The latest Button & Bear range is locally printed on 100% cotton in Cape Town and then manufactured by a small CMT in Soweto. Carin’s philosophy has remained true to local sourcing and manufacture with the aim of creating opportunities in needy communities and collaborating with other small businesses.

“I want my girls to grow up in a world where they feel empowered and believe that anything is possible if you put the hard work in, that any dream is attainable. I want to be that role-model for them, one of the women they look towards as an authentic example of a learning and growth philosophy, to never be satisfied with the status quo,” says the Sandton based entrepreneur.

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Written by: Monique De Villiers-Delport AKA Being Maddie’s Mom

Author: Monique De Villiers-Delport is a former award winning Caxton journalist, who works full time as a digital marketing specialist for a North Coast shopping centre. The Durban based influencer spends her evenings and weekends running her successful travel, lifestyle and parenting blog. Sharing her journey of motherhood while touching on topics of interest in the mom community, Monique’s focus is on reviews and showcasing some of the best products and services on the market as well as places to take kids, family friendly travel destinations as well as local gems. Monique is married to her husband Brett and together they have a four-year-old daughter named Maddison and are expecting their second daughter in October 2020

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