Q&A With Michelle Kennedy

Q&A With Michelle Kennedy

We recently had a conversation with Michelle Kennedy. Michelle is the founder and CEO of Peanut, an online community for women who are planning to become pregnant, women who are pregnant, women who have had children, and women who are experiencing menopause. Mum on a mission, we chat to Michelle about her first steps into motherhood...

What is one piece of advice you wish you knew before you became a mother?

I wish someone had emphasised the importance of trusting my gut more. There's so much advice out there, but ultimately, every baby is unique, and what works for one might not work for another.

What inspired you to create a business around new mums? 

Peanut was inspired by two key factors. Firstly, my own experience of feeling lonely after becoming a mum. Despite having a fulfilling career and a wide social circle, I found myself craving connections with other new mums who could relate to what I was going through. Secondly, I was frustrated by the existing products on the market aimed at mothers. As someone who used apps to order food, book transport, etc, I valued modern design and user experience. There was an obvious gap for a product aimed at women that spoke to the realities of motherhood and offered a modern way to connect.

What is your best advice for making friends as a new mum?

The first step is always being open to reaching out and making connections, even if it feels daunting at first. Remember that other women are likely feeling the same way you are, so don't be afraid to initiate conversation or suggest meeting up for coffee or a walk in the park. And be patient – forming genuine friendships takes time, so don't get discouraged if it doesn't happen overnight.

Do you have any secret tips that helped your baby sleep? 

One thing that worked wonders for us was setting up a consistent bedtime routine. Having a set sequence of activities before bedtime helped signal to my baby that it was time to wind down and get ready for sleep. My babies loved a soothing bath and a gentle massage, but find what works best for you and your baby.

What are your self-care non-negotiables as a new mum?  

When I was in the depths of postpartum, taking time for myself, even if just a few minutes here and there, was crucial for my mental and emotional well-being. Whether it was running a hot bath, putting on a face mask, or simply enjoying a cup of tea in peace, carving out moments of self-care helped me recharge and be the best mum I can be.