ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
MEET KELSI, CO-FOUNDER & CERTIFIED BABY WHISPERER
Kelsi has worked with children in some capacity in every job she’s ever had. That includes having cared for 20 different kids between seven different families. She’s changed a ton of diapers and washed load after load of baby clothes.
During that time, she’s seen families faced with a lot of problems finding ideal clothes and essentials.
Baby clothes made from organic, sustainable fabrics are usually incredibly expensive. And when you know your baby is only going to fit a size for a matter of weeks, it can be hard to squeeze that 100% organic cotton onesie into your budget.
As you know, parents can also spend countless hours searching online to find items for their baby that are truly safe and environmentally-sound. And, often, baby items are made in factories with little oversight — possibly using child labor.
When it comes to disposing of baby clothes, there are very few options: either throw them away, send them to the second-hand store, or give them away to other families.
There’s one big problem with that — parents don’t get a lot of choices. These hand-me-downs are usually made from toxic, synthetic fabrics and don’t usually fit the tastes of Mom or Dad.
During her work with children, Kelsi was working on a master’s degree in Epidemiology with a focus in Environmental Health. A degree that let her see into the world of Child Development research.
Scientists have been studying what’s best for your children for decades. But despite a huge amount of research — only a small amount of that knowledge is actually applied in the real world. And very little is being done to help parents keep up with new science.
That’s why at Bodhi Baby, we work to help parents access this new knowledge — and we only add scientifically appropriate items to our collection.
Kelsi obtained her master’s degree in 2018. She had always planned on pursuing a PhD — but the idea of solving problems for modern parents remained in the back of her mind.
Eight years after beginning her adventure in child care, Kelsi found herself sorting through used baby clothes one day, hoping to find something to send to a friend — a soon-to-be-mom. Item after item was either made with synthetic fabrics, made in questionable factories abroad, strongly gendered, or not cute at all.
That’s the day she decided to start Bodhi Baby.
For Kelsi, this company is the best way to tackle rampant consumerism and conquer the misinformation around what’s best for baby.
Bodhi Baby is all about giving parents a helping hand.
Our goal is to help every family access high-quality baby clothes — fair trade, eco-friendly, and even gender-neutral. Through our rental system, parents get to save on their budget while helping save the planet.
And on our blog, we’ll be breaking down the latest child development discoveries for you.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH HAS ALWAYS FASCINATED ME. iN COLLEGE, I VOLUNTEERED IN THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY LAB, WORKED AS A MOMMY AND ME TEACHER, AND SPENT A LOT OF TIME CARING FOR KIDS.
BUT, AS A TRAINED RESEARCHER, I WANTED TO KNOW, WHAT DID PARENTS USE? WHY? HOW? WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY IS BEST? I LOVE KIDS AND HAVE A PASSION FOR SCIENCE. I WANT TO HELP MORE FAMILIES BY COMBINING THE TWO.
— Kelsi, Co-Founder and CEO
MEET VICTORIA, CO-FOUNDER & PROFESSIONAL DREAMER
Entrepreneurship is not easy, so Kelsi began searching for a partner to help build Bodhi Baby. She recruited one of her oldest friends to join her in the mission
When Kelsi told her about the idea, Victoria instantly knew they had to make it a reality.
Victoria knew that if even adults had trouble accessing organic, ethical, and fair trade clothes — she’s been searching for her own ethical and organic wardrobe for a long time — then those options were definitely lacking for the little ones.
Victoria has a background in Ecology and Natural Resources Management. While gaining her degree, climate change was a topic discussed almost daily. For her, Bodhi Baby is an opportunity to help people help the planet.
Climate change and environmental degradation are no doubt depressing topics. But Victoria believes that it’s only so depressing because there are hardly any opportunities for us to actually do something about it.
At least for parents, now there’s something they can do — when it comes to "starting with one thing", our baby clothes rental service is an excellent option.
Bodhi Baby still has some distance to go before you can get your first rental box. Kelsi and Victoria are working hard behind the scenes right now to make this rental service a reality.