My light bulb moment: Mumpreneur Emily Sunderland Sutter
on creating teething jewellery
- Emily Sunderland Sutter, 34, is the founder of a teething jewellery company
- She lives in London with her husband Stefano, 44, and their children
- Her lighbulb moment was when she noticed a baby playing with his mother’s necklace
As a girl growing up in Canada, I loved fashion and art and as soon as I could, moved to London where the design industry was much bigger. For a while I worked as a personal shopper at Harrods.
At the age of 28, I got pregnant with my first child: life couldn’t have been more exciting. And then suddenly everything came to a terrible halt. Within hours of her birth, our daughter Carlotta began to have what looked like seizures. No one knew why and she was moved to neo-natal care.
In the end, she was diagnosed with benign neonatal sleep myoclonus, a non-harmful condition that babies grow out of. It was the best possible news, and yet I left that unit with a profound sense of empathy for any parent who undergoes a traumatic birth. I decided I couldn’t go back to work full time. Instead, I’d find an outlet for my creativity.
One day, I noticed a baby playing with his mother’s necklace. It was my light-bulb moment. I went home and drew a range of funky necklaces and bracelets that women would love to wear and which would soothe their babies.
For the beads, I used medical-grade silicone and sought the opinion of paediatricians.
I’ve since expanded the range and my family has also grown: Carlotta, six, has two brothers, Martino, four, and Arturo, two. Sometimes as I’m unpacking the boxes of jewellery piled high in our hallway, I look at the pushchair parked next to them and think back to those weeks in hospital. And remember how lucky we are.