For our Super MAMA features, resident Sistrhood mum Joanna speaks to mum’s who are spending their days balancing sleep deprivation, nappies, baby puke and chores alongside their passions and creative outputs.
SUPER MAMA : YOUNG_GUMS
Super Mama Beth Bentley, aka @YOUNG_GUMS, is whipping up an Instagram storm quite literally in the kitchen with her badass baby food. Posting seriously aesthetically pleasing images of her full-of-goodness recipes, Beth, an East London brand strategist and ex-consumer journalist is spending her maternity leave having fun weaning her six-month-old baby girl, who even with the yummiest food going, still loves to throw a little bit of her grub at her mama. What baby doesn’t? And we don’t blame them, weaning is the best way to have messy fun.
I’ve tried and tested some of Beth’s recipes with my own babes, (the hummus and baby pina colada are such great summer wins for both toddlers and teenies) and I was definitely gutted that there were no leftovers. (Although I did save a bit of the baby pina colada to add rum to one evening, how convenient!)
We did a Q&A with Beth to talk about becoming a mama, her YOUNG GUMS concept, and favourite Sisterhood moments.
When did you become a mama? How did you feel when you found out the news?
Nearly seven months ago. We planned a home birth but on the night, I ended up in the operating theatre. Finding out I was pregnant was one of those real-life-movie moments when time goes bendy. There’s just no excitement like it.
How did becoming a mama affect your lifestyle? Were you ready for it?
Life is SO different now. I chose to have very little time off before the baby arrived so I was heavily pregnant and busy working full-tilt. At home we were powering through the messy end of a year-long renovation, so life was hectic but thankfully I’d done a hypnobirthing course, loads of pregnancy yoga and pilates, and had a doula, so I had plenty of help to prepare my body and mind for mama-hood. When the baby arrived I immediately saw the world differently – it was like we’d moved to another planet. I shut off from everything and slowed right down for the first time. I noticed stuff I’d never spotted before (nature-y things in the park, streets I’d never been down) and started feeling part of a community I didn’t know existed. Since then I’ve kept life nice and slow, but like all mums I’ve learned to speed up in a thousand other ways. I can now multi-task like a trooper, and of course…cook with one hand.
What led you to the concept behind YOUNG GUMS?
At home, we scratch-cook and eat pretty consciously. Living in London Fields it’s impossible not to be interested in food – we’re surrounded by an incredible food scene that seems to evolve on a weekly basis. Despite my love of cooking I actually wasn’t counting the days til my baby started solids. I was loving the connection and convenience of breastfeeding far more than I ever expected to, and real food felt like the end of an era. I thought if I made feeding into a creative project to share with other mamas then it’d feel like an adventure.
What made you go for it and share your knowledge with the world?
How has it made you feel being able to pass on guidance and recipes?
How has your mindset and attitude to life changed since becoming a mum?
Has motherhood led you to meet any Mamas with a similar outlook?
What does Sisterhood mean to you?
What’s your most memorable ‘sisterhood’ moment?
That time my mum arrived, soaking wet from a freezing rain downpour, with a handbag full of chocolate biscuits and a beautiful hand-knitted baby cardigan. She made pot after pot of tea, cooked dinner, bathed the baby, magically induced a nap, then did my ironing. If that isn’t sisterhood, I don’t know what is.
Top 5 mum tips :
1. Be kind. To yourself, your man, and other mums.
2. Slow down. When we’re old ladies we’ll think this was a golden time in our lives. Don’t let it be a blur of stress and anxiety.
3. Speed up. 30 seconds absorbed in a toy = full hair & make-up. 45m naptime = solve world peace.
4. Yoga. Conjure up two mins a day for yoga stretching and breathing.
5. Learn to cook one-handed (I can help with that one)
Check out Beth on Instagram @YOUNG_GUMS and if you need some inspiration, we’ve popped her most popular recipes below. All images are from YOUNG_GUMS feed.