Bear’s Little Fish, which has just released Ireland’s only full range of bamboo muslin products, creates high quality goods for your young family with a focus on durability.
Eco conscious parents will rejoice as Bear’s Little Fish has launched their premium range of Muslin-based products, which are comprised of 70 per cent (pc) bamboo and 30pc cotton, making them sustainable and one of the best possible choices for baby’s skin.
Necessity is the mother of invention and this was certainly true for MaryAnn Mesbur, who set up Dublin-based Bear’s Little Fish, after her twin boys suffered from sensitive skin and baby acne.
She discovered that bamboo-based muslin was a good fabric to reduce irritability but there were no Irish-based ranges available, so she set about creating her own.
“I wanted the range to be a more sustainable alternative to cotton, but they also had to be easily washed and dried to be practical with a busy family life”
Bear’s Little Fish feature a range of muslin sleeping bags, blankets, bassinet sheets, hooded bath time sets and bibs. The superior fabric composition and the fact that they are designed with practicality in mind is the beauty of this unique Irish brand.
“I designed these products because there was simply nothing else like it on the Irish market and I needed these products for my sons’ sensitive skin,” MaryAnn said.
“I created each piece to make parents’ lives a little easier. For example, our sleeping bags have two-way zips to allow for easy nighttime changes and all products in the range can be washed at 40 degrees. I wanted the range to be a more sustainable alternative to cotton, but they also had to be easily washed and dried to be practical with a busy family life.”
MaryAnn, who spent ten years working years with children and teenagers with disabilities, says starting the business was “a huge learning curve”, but admits that she was able to lean on her previous role for guidance.
“I know it (previous job) sounds extremely different to product development, however, a lot of my work involved adapting children’s environments to create more inclusivity for them in society. This skill set of adapting a setting or environment to suit a need really lends itself to product development I found.
“The product design and development process took so much longer then I envisaged, and it took several samples and months of using them with my own children to get it exactly right.
“Finding a manufacturer who shared the same ethos as my business as well as being able to provide the fabric specification I was looking for was also hugely time-consuming. But I’m really glad I took that time because I’m really proud of the range,” she added.
“There has been a huge shift towards shopping local and I would like to see our range availability reflect this”
MaryAnn says her aim for 2021 is to see her range on the shelves of retailers across the country, and hopes to take advantage of the wave of support for local businesses.
“There has been a huge shift towards shopping local and I would like to see our range availability reflect this. I would love to see our products in independent children’s boutiques across the country.
“Additionally, I wish to expand the range and designs of products that are available in the range. I started this range with just one product and have grown from there. There are now 16 different products types or designs available for customers. I want to continue this momentum,” she finished.
With Ireland experiencing further Covid-19 restrictions, Bear’s Little Fish products could make an ideal gift this Christmas, with all items coming beautifully gift boxed, with the option to add a personalised note.
For more information on Bear’s Little Fish, or to browse their full collection, visit www.bearslittlefish.com.
By Stephen Larkin
Published: 28 October, 2020