Our passion at Munchkin & Bear is creating children's homewares for stylish families to enjoy in shared spaces around their homes. Our best selling products are designed with a clean, modern aesthetic and soft muted tones, to complement any room of your home. They are designed with safety, practicality and affordability in mind.
Munchkin & Bear was born after our founder Alana had her second child. Whilst she adored motherhood, she felt her home was beginning to look more like a crèche than a nurturing space. You know that suffocating feeling from all the primary colour baby gear creeping in?
With her background in Marketing and Product Development, Alana set out to design a practical, affordable baby play mat that her stylish mumma friends would happily leave on display in their living rooms. Basically the opposite of the pull apart garish coloured puzzle pieces mats. After 7 wonderful years in small business land, our gorgeous play mats are now in over 100,000 homes globally!
Alana is the driving force behind our innovative and stylish brand. Her ability to always see the big picture along with her eye for the finer details have been key factors in the success of Munchkin & Bear – she is always one step ahead of us! While her own little munchkin and bear might have been the inspiration to create our products, Alana thrives on the wonderful feedback from our customers and is always seeking the next stunning addition to our range.
One of Alana's proudest achievements has been creating an inclusive office for working mums, allowing them to kick professional goals while also being there at the school gate or assembly when they need to be. Alana is our mother hen who is always in charge but never loses the ability to laugh at herself!
Jana joined our team just as we celebrated our third birthday and thank goodness! She certainly brings the laughter and fun to our busy office. With her boundless energy, Jana lives for unload days (no gym needed this week!). Her favourite part of the job is interacting with customers whether over the phone or in person at expo days.
As a mum of three gorgeous kids, Jana knows what matters to families and her thoughtful contributions to our team are always appreciated. Plus, if you are ever lucky enough to meet her, there is every chance she will steal your bubba for a squeeze – she is our Cuddler-in-Chief!
At the start of 2020, Sally joined our little team and what a year it was to start! She is a mum of two beautiful children, and always has a caring comment to give. Her genuine nature is so calming to our office and we'd be lost without her eye for detail and interior style.
Sally loves chatting to our wonderful customers over email and works hard to curate our Pinterest boards! If you ever spy Sal on one of our huge unload days, chances are she is busting out a funky dance move or two!
After coming to (and absolutely smashing) a few of our container unloads, Taylor joined our team on a more regular basis towards the end of 2019. She is the mastermind behind all the videos and reels you see on our social media (and if you have had a particularly lovely DM reply, it might have been Taylor!).
Taylor studied a double degree of Business / Creative Industries so has a plethora of skills that don't go unnoticed when preparing for photoshoots or designing marketing collateral. Don't know what we would do without her "can do" approach to helping out around M&B HQ!