Lactivist is really pleased to welcome a new site sponsor – Monkey Mama Necklaces join the list of Lactivist Friendly Businesses.
Nat, mama to a 17 month old nursling, Isaac, and the woman behind Monkey Mama Necklaces says:
“My little boy is a twiddly little monkey, which can drive me craaaaaaaaaazy, but I’ve turned it into a positive by using him as inspiration for a range of baby safe necklaces, specifically designed with nursing and babywearing in mind.
I took ages to find the right beads for these necklaces. I wanted them to be non toxic, because invariably, they will end up in the mouths of our little ones, particularly when we’re babywearing. I came across lots of non toxic acrylic beads mass produced in Chinese factories, but wasn’t comfortable with building a business on that kind of exploitation. I finally found gorgeous resin beads that are handmade in a cottage industry in Java and fairly traded to the ‘West’. They’re so lush, plus they’re robust, lightweight and non toxic, and make lovely ‘grown up’ looking jewellery. I’ve yet to find another nursing necklace that meets all those criteria. Each necklace is strung onto robust cotton thong and designed with a series of secure knots. The necklaces are also adjustable in length so that you can adjust for style and function – shorter or doubled for babywearing/general wear, and longer for nursing.
Monkey Mama is a very young, but growing business. My necklaces have been met with great enthusiasm – you can read how happy my customers are on the Monkey Mama facebook page. By far the most popular range is my ‘twiddle buster’ pendants, which are specifically designed to occupy twiddly fingers. This was the original Monkey Mama design, created out of necessity to save my sanity! After a few prototypes, I reached a design that uses twiddly twistable beads inside highly ‘grabbable’ frames that are on the perfect scale for little hands and fingers. These necklaces are the only thing that my little monkey is happy to twiddle other than me. It’s made NIP with a toddler a much more pleasant experience.’
Beautiful: Each necklace is created with handmade resin beads, with the lush colours of a candy store and the visual softness of seaglass.
Functional: Originally designed for nursing and babywearing mamas, Monkey Mama Necklaces are perfect for any mama who wants jewellery that offers style, safety and durability. The length of the necklaces is adjustable for style and function, and the lightweight nature of the resin beads makes the necklaces easy and comfortable to wear.
Safe: Monkey Mama Necklaces are created using super tough cotton cording and incorporate strong knotting techniques for extra security. The feature resin beads are completely non toxic and highly durable.
Ethical: The beads that make up Monkey Mama necklaces are handmade in a small Indonesian craft business. They are fairly traded on every step of their journey to you. Monkey Mama necklaces were inspired by my own little monkey, Isaac, born February 2010. They are stylish, safe, grown up necklaces, designed with nursing and babywearing mamas in mind.