Eastleigh mums’ new business makes weaning child’s play

Katherine Bell and Hayley Murphy founders of Dotty Roo

Katherine Bell and Hayley Murphy, founders of Dotty & Roo

Moving from milk to solid food is a milestone moment in the life of any baby and thanks to two Eastleigh mums, providing delicious and nutritionally balanced meals has never been easier.

Dotty & Roo was born out of a passion to feed babies well. Having recently been through the weaning stage with their own babies, Dorothy and Rupert,  Hayley Murphy from Eastleigh and Katherine Bell from Bishopstoke were confident there was a better way.

Created with the help of local nutritionist Janine Mcgee, Dotty & Roo offers a range of freshly prepared meals for each stage of the weaning journey. Products are delivered directly to customers’ doors, with delivery currently available to any address in the SO postcode area.

Co-founder Katherine Bell, commented:

‘It was just before I went back to work from maternity leave that I was speaking with Hayley about how bad I felt for not preparing all homemade meals for Dorothy, like I had done for my eldest.

‘I was feeling lots of mummy guilt, but there just wasn’t enough time in the day or pots in my cupboard! We knew there was a better way and that’s when Dotty and Roo was born! After talking to other mums, we knew there was a market there.’

Dotty & Roo products are available in three stages – 4-6 months, 7 months+ and 10 months+ – and include a range of purees, dips, soups and risottos. All the ingredients used are organic and locally sourced and make the most of seasonally available produce.

Items are transported in eco-friendly, temperature-controlled packaging that ensures they are received in perfect condition.

Co-founder, Hayley Murphy from Eastleigh, explains:

‘In the first 1000 days of a baby’s life, nutrition is the most important factor in their development. Creating healthy, balanced meals from scratch is the best thing you can do, but as parents ourselves we know juggling work, older children and a multitude of other commitments can mean time is often in short supply.

‘We have turned our passion for good food into a solution for busy parents, by providing freshly-made and nutritionally-balanced meals that are delivered directly to their door.

‘It has taken a lot of hard work and late nights over the last six months to get to this point and it is an amazing moment finally getting the website live and starting to take orders! The response and feedback we have already received has been fantastic.’