Meet Sue O’Hara
From ByKay Carriers
Can you tell us a little about your background before your children…
I spent nearly 20 years in the Fashion/Apparel industry (eeek – that makes me sound so old!). I kind of fell into the baby/nursery industry really. At university I was studying business accounting and then decided to get a job and go to Uni part-time. My first job was with Bonds – oh so very long ago!
ByKay carriers – how and why did you get involved in these beautiful carriers?
After the international trade shows late last year, there was a lot of buzz about babywearing and wrap-style carriers. I looked into it, contacted about 5 international companies about their products. Incredibly, all 5 came back and were interested in us Distributing for them here in Australia. I fell in LOVE with the ByKay range. It was the only Brand that offered both the jersey and woven products, and the denim is gorgeous – we have a carrier to suit everyone for every situation!
What do you think the benefits are of using a carrier?
Where do begin? First and foremost I think the main benefit is having your little one close. Research shows that it’s the best for mum and bub. Worn or carried babies sleep better, feed better and even develop better – it’s amazing.
I recently read an article from the USA that detailed research showing that when your baby is close to you, their antibody production can increase to help them fight off illness; it’s part of the reason little ones become clingy when they’re unwell.
Can you describe some of the features that ByKay carriers have that other carriers may not..
ByKay carriers are outstanding quality. The fabrics are Oeko-Tex 100 approved, so you can be sure they’re safe for you and your baby and all of the carriers are made in Europe.
The Denim woven collection – Wrap-Style Carrier, Mei-Tai and RingSling are very unique. They’re made from a lovely cotton/linen blend, so they’re nice and cool to wear, yet sturdy and safe. And best of all, they look GREAT!
Which carrier is your favourite and why?
My favourite ByKay Carrier would have to be the Mei-Tai Deluxe Denim. It’s such a versatile carrier… you can use it from newborn right up to 20kg+. It’s perfect for all types of carries – front, hip or back and so easy to use.
How do you juggle working and a family?
Juggle is the perfect word – isn’t it? I have 3 kids (12 years, 9 years and 5 years). My husband and I work as a team to ‘make it all happen’. We have a BIG whiteboard in our kitchen that tells us what’s on each day (and a week in advance). If it ain’t on the whiteboard, it ain’t gonna happen!
Do you think parenting is different from when you were raised? How?
Of course in some ways it’s the same. But I think the challenges parents face today relate more to being time-poor and keeping on top of what’s going on in each of your kids’ lives at any one point in time. This sounds like it should be simple, but it’s not. For example our 12 year old started high school this year and she’s a little younger than most of her classmates. They’re all on facebook etc… and she’s not… yet! We don’t want her to feel left out from her friend group, but at the same time we want to ensure we set the right example and create fair and reasonable boundaries for her to be happy and SAFE.
Have your own self expectations changed since having children?
I think so. Sometimes I think we’re too hard on ourselves as parents. I try to remind myself that I’m only human and it’s the basics that my kids need… love, attention and food/water of course.
What is one thing you swore you would never do as a parent …. and now do?
Use sayings that my mother used to use when I was a kid… like ‘money doesn’t grow on trees you know’… the kids just look at me like I have 2 heads. And my 5 year old recently came back with: “we’ll have to get one of those trees then Mummy”.
Can you walk us through a typical day for you…
I wake up at around 6.30am each day, make myself a green tea and check emails. Because we deal with Europe, a lot of the communications come through overnight. I then spend about 15 mins putting the final touches on my plan for the day and start getting the kids school lunches ready.
The kids are up by about 7.15am, they have breakfast and we all get ready for school/work. I drop the kids off at school at around 8.30am and either head out to appointments or back to the home office for more emails and any other sales/admin stuff that needs to be done. For ByKay, we pick and pack our own orders, so pretty much most days involve a little of that.
It surprises me every day how quickly school pick up comes around.. so I need to make my way to the school by around 3pm.
My kids play quite a bit of sport, so generally each afternoon one or all of them have some type of training etc….
Start dinner at around 5.30pm – eat at around 6.45pm, watch a little tele until 8.15pm; kids to bed at 8.15 with 15 mins reading time.
Then the fun begins – ironing school uniforms, completing school forms for excursions/photos etc… for the next day. And back to the computer for a few more emails or maybe a skype call to The Netherlands or the UK.
I’m generally in bed by about 10.30pm.
Hmmm – reading back over this doesn’t make my life sound too exciting! It is though. I love selling ByKay and working with people on marketing the products etc….
What is one resource that has kept you sane and helped you on your journey of motherhood? Eg…. book, person, website
I’d have to say my Mum. I’m one of 6 kids (she had all 6 of us over a 10 year period)… she’s not a ‘pushy’ advice giver. She’ll normally wait until I ask for it. But she ALWAYS makes a point to tell me that I’m doing a good job! That my kids are gorgeous and that she loves us all VERY much. Oh and I read the Kaz Cooke book with my first child – LOVED IT!
And one tip for us all on keeping it real…
The KISS principle – keep it simple stupid. I tell myself this in relation to parenthood and my business every day! Don’t overthink it and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Find out more about BYKAY Carriers..
At flower child we stock all the denim Bykay carriers so that you can come in-store and try them on. x