A new interview in the Mommin' It Business Series is here! Featuring mom owned businesses that support pregnant and new moms.
Today I’m speaking with Elysia Contreras Springer, owner of ReggioBaby LLC. Elysia is an artist, educator, and mother of two little "studio assistants." She founded ReggioBaby while developing provocations and creative experiences as the atelierista at an early childhood center in St. Paul, MN.
Tell us about your business. How do you help expecting or new moms?
ReggioBaby houses a collection of beautiful, high quality sensory toys for infants, toddlers, and people of all ages and abilities that are greatly inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early education. We help new moms by providing uniquely curated toys for their infants and toddlers to safely explore a wide range of materials.
What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?
What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?
Time management is undoubtedly the hardest part of running my business and being a mom. We chose to homeschool and virtual school which has certainly been a shift that wasn't anticipated these last two years.
I carry a lot of guilt when I feel like I'm not "getting enough done," or that I "should be working." I have to remember that being a mom is a full time job in and of itself, and that I won't get this time back. I am learning to treasure the moments in play where I take in the spark in their eyes.
What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?
What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?
What advice and words of encouragement would you give to expecting or new moms?
How has motherhood changed you?
What is one toy, item, product, book, resource, podcast that you would recommend to a new or expecting mom?
About Elysia Contreras Springer
Elysia Contreras Springer, owner of ReggioBaby, LLC, is an artist, educator, and mother of two little "studio assistants." She founded ReggioBaby while developing provocations and creative experiences as the atelierista at an early childhood center in St. Paul, MN. After relocating to Bentonville Arkansas in 2019, Elysia took the leap into running her handmade business full time.
Elysia started her business as a solution to the challenge of finding safe materials for babies to explore that were provocative and easy to clean. When she saw how much they were loved, and how well they held up to wear and tear, she knew she had something to run with.
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