Zutano supports breastfeeding with their Bring Your Baby to Work Program

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk with Michael Belenky, CEO of Zutano.  The unique baby clothing company stands out not only for their fun, bright, and different clothing for babies and young children but also with their progressive Bring Your Baby to Work program.  Father of 2 grown daughters, Sofia (21) and Ella (23), Michael and his wife Uli understand the challenges parents face.  Placing a high value on family is a foundational building block of the company they started and supporting breastfeeding is a natural part of that to them.  A fitting value for this maker of baby and children’s clothing.

I was curious as to how the Bring Your Baby to Work program worked and how it got started.  Michael was happy to answer my questions and though I already loved Zutanos products, I’m an even bigger fan of their family supportive policies.

The program has really been a part of Zutano since the company’s inception.  Back in 1988 the company was run from Michael and Uli’s dinning room table.  Inspired by their new baby, the couple wanted fun, comfortable, playful prints in baby and children clothes and created their own.  New baby and a new company, it was bring your baby to work from the very beginning.  More than just inspiration, the couple’s children were a part of the business early on.

After moving the company to Vermont, Zutano expanded and when their production manager Denice announced she was pregnant the idea to provide a more physical support for the families of their employees was born.  While they would have supported her taking time of to raise her family, they offered for her to remain at Zutano and bring her son with her after her maternity leave is up, saving the company having to hire and train someone new, letting them keep such a key person in the company, provide a practical application of their commitment to supporting families, and having the added bonus of built in tester of their product.  That product manager not only stayed with the company but has had 3 lovely babies go through the office with her.  Zutano is family.

Since then, over 25 babies have come through the office in Vermont from the end of mom’s maternity leave, up to a year.  With pure delight, Michael shared with me that he really can’t remember a time when there hasn’t been a baby in the office.  If a mother didn’t have a private office where she could close the door prior to her maternity leave, when she returns to work with her baby in tow, they have rearranged offices and set up a crib, even installing blinds if she desires more privacy.  Mothers are free to nurse and deal with whatever they need to deal with for the baby.  Four years ago there was a point where there were 6 babies at one time.  When I asked about how it works out, he explained that everyone is happy to pass the babies around, they all pitch in and help with the babies.

Surely all this baby passing and pitching in has to be distracting?  How can anyone get work done with babies being passed around?

“Anybody that has babies knows that they are incredibly inconvenient but for the most part little babies sleep a lot.  I think it’s a myth that babies are always crying, always miserable and making you miserable but we’ve seen that when babies have that connection with their parents, specially mothers, they feel secure.  For the most part then they are really happy campers.  People find ways to get it done.  That may mean working extra at home at night.  The idea that you hand your baby off at 6 weeks is a problem.”  says Michael.  Babies in a professional environment sounds like an oxymoron and sure, it helps that Zutano is a baby clothing company but Michael explained how everyone pitches in and it is just a part of the accepted culture in their office.  “There have been many meetings where someone was nursing through a meeting, babies crawling on the floor.  It’s just part of what we do, maybe there’s the sound of a gurgling baby in the background, it’s just the music of what it is.”

“Everybody is so great in the office- babies get passed around, customer service is more than just phones they’re always passing a baby around”  Michael shared.  “Breastfeeding is not only about that amazing nutrition, it’s about that strong connection that babies thrive on.  We really see the difference between the babies that are well nurtured through breastfeeding and physical connection.”

But Zutano’s Bring Baby to Work program isn’t just good for the babies, it’s good for the company too.

“The program benefits Zutano in many ways.  Employee retention.  The people that have been in our company the longest, most important to our company are the people that have brought many babies, participated in this program.  From a financial point of view this program costs us nothing.  No liability, babies are with their parents.  Offers a priceless benefit.  Also, for a baby clothing company, it helps us be in touch and know what we’re about.  We literally breathe baby every day.” Says the company’s CEO.  “Having a baby in the office ads a social dynamic.  There’s not been any big issues with resentment but it really has helped bring people together.  You’re sharing a really big part of your life, people are much more connected.  Everybody pitches in.  if somebody has to go to a meeting where they can’t bring the baby, somebody steps in.”

When I asked about someone possibly being offended seeing breastfeeding in public, particularly a professional setting Michael sounded flabbergasted: “I find it astonishing that feeding a baby could ever be seen as inappropriate.  There are people here that are more shy than others, one woman requested shades in her office, Zutano installed them to afford her that privacy.  Having a healthy environment where someone should feel comfortable bring in a meeting, something we have to deal with in our society.  People need to get over it.”

Michael points out that Quebec is just 2 hours from Zutano’s main office and moms there have a year’s leave available to them and he’d like to see that available to families in the USA too.  “Families are really stressed people have to make decisions where children lose out in the whole thing.  We need bigger investments, not just what companies can do, society.  You do need to have a year to focus on your baby when your baby is born.  But what can we do creatively to make it work now?  In safe environments, like offices, what can do we do?  It’s valuable to keep people for a long time, to support your people you get it back.  So many of us now are working in front of computers in offices, for a log of people it can work.  We have to have that understanding and flexibility, it’s really important, it’s why we’re here.  Not just for baby clothes companies.  If we don’t support moms and babies, families, we’re going to pay for it as a society.  That first year is so important, a good start and you’re on your way.”

I couldn’t agree more.  Hopefully more and more companies will follow Zutano’s example of valuing family and supporting moms and babies leading to a stronger and healthier society for our future.

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  1. VIola Pieprzyk says:

    thank you so much for this giveaway :)

  2. What an absolutely fantastic company! I wish more companies were more family and mother friendly!

  3. Danielle says:

    This is absolutely amazing! Talk about supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies! I envy those who work for this company!

  4. What a wonderful company! I would have LOVED to have this option with my daughter. I may even still be working today if I worked for a company like this one.

  5. That is awesome that your employees have the flexibility to bring their little ones to work. I wish more places were that Understanding.

  6. Are they hiring?

  7. andrea b says:

    Love this.

  8. What an amazing company! I love their clothes but now I’m SO excited to support a company like this. Other companies should take notice!!

  9. cheryl reese says:

    What an awesome company!! Wish they were in Oregon I would love to work for a company that promotes families like this!

  10. Justine Herrera says:

    what a amazing company! I would love to bring my baby to work! Thank you for the giveaway

  11. brandi george says:

    Wow! wish I worked for a company like that!

  12. Very smart of this company to understand what the evidence says–being family-friendly, breastfeeding-friendly, benefits moms and babies AND the bottom line. More retention, higher satisfaction at the job, fewer sick days taken for sick babies–this helps families AND employers. WTG, Zutano!

  13. so awesome!

  14. I would love to be able to take my baby to work. After working years in the young infant room of a preschool and having two beautiful babies of my own, I know how difficult it is for parents to leave their babies.

  15. Tarah Mervau says:

    Thank you! What an incredible opportunity to work for a company like that!

  16. This is the best thing I’ve read all day. Are they hiring? lol

  17. Wow! If only every employer understood this families would be stronger and thrive!

  18. Zutano *is* amazing. They’re definitely a pioneer in this area, especially in that they allow babies until a year of age and are so overtly supportive of breastfeeding.

    If anyone would like assistance proposing or setting up a babies-at-work program in their organization, we’d be happy to help (we offer free help to parents to convince their companies to start programs). We also maintain a list of more than 170 organizations with active babies-at-work programs (hosting more than 2,000 babies to date), about 30 of which we helped to start programs. Most of them allow babies until six to eight months of age or when they start to crawl. Our website, BabiesAtWork.org, has lots of detail on how amazing these programs are for families *and* for businesses, as well as contact information if we can be of help. :)

    Carla Moquin
    Parenting in the Workplace Institute
    Babies in Business Solutions

  19. So awesome! Way to set the bar high!

  20. Kudos on the forward thinking! The world would be a much better place if more businesses embraced the baby positive mentality!

  21. What a great company! Thanks for sharing the story!

  22. I love it, good job Zutano! I have been fortunate enough to have my daughter come to work with me full-time since 3 mo, she is now 19 mo and still with me everyday. Not gonna lie, there are times and situations when it is difficult, especially as she is getting older. But I wouldn’t change it, I am so blessed and thankful that we get to stay together, the way it should be. So nice to hear that other companies do this as well.

  23. Great giveaway! Thanks!!

  24. Sarah M. says:

    I wish more companies would do this!

  25. Chana Rachael says:

    I’m kind of wishing you guys had a job opening. This sounds awesome!

  26. Amazing! I wish we could all be so lucky as to tote the little ones to work.

  27. I think it would be amazing to be able to bring my nursling to work. Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. I definitely wish more companies had this option! I didn’t know this about Zuntano but it sure does make me excited to support them!

  29. great clothes!great company!great giveaway!

  30. Veronica says:

    What a cool company!

  31. Veronica says:

    This is amazing!! Wish all companies would follow suit!!

  32. Kelly Christy says:

    What an amazing company!

  33. I would actually consider working if more companies were like this!!

  34. This is fantastic and should be a policy more companies adopt at least through the first 6-12 months. I would absolutely seek out that type of employer.

  35. What a great company! How wonderful to be able to spend my money with a company who has values that are so in line with my own!

  36. What an amazing company! I wish that more companies were parent and child friendly. Kudos to Zutano and what a lovely, generous giveaway!

  37. If I would’ve had a closed office with a crib that I could make dark and light I *know* I could have stayed with my company longer with my nursling! This really is incredible.

  38. Awesome! I might still be working today if I had been given that option. Instead I quit. But I do get to stay home with my babies. :)

  39. Great example for other companies! So awesome!

  40. Priscilla Stumpf says:

    What a great company! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  41. vwow! I have always loved Zutano, but they have a whole new respect from me now! Thank you for this amazing story!

  42. brandy Anderson says:

    That is awesome that they value the bond between mothers and babies. :)

  43. Wow! How wonderful that this company has made such an effort to support moms and their babies! I’ve definitely been a fan of Zutano, and glad to know how great their company really is! I worked for a childcare company and had to leave my job when my second child was born because I couldn’t afford to have two kids in the daycare, even at a the discounted rate. I would have been paying them to work!

  44. I love the idea of bringing baby to work, even though I’m mostly a SAHM, I would love to get a job because it would be my “escape time” to think about other things besides my kids, don’t get me wrong, I love them and I love being with them. But also to get more money into the household as well. However most companies complain about giving you pump time let alone “bringing baby to work”. I am an independent distributor for a company and work from out of my home, but would like something more. Great blog, Thanks for the info!

  45. that is such a fantastic family program!!

  46. What an amazing thing! I wish more companies were like this :)

  47. Julie Marie says:

    I wish I could find a work environment like this. So awesome!

  48. Jennifer Dingler says:

    I commend this company for it’s family values, and speaking up for families all over the world. I would love to work for a company like this. I hope in the future there will be more companies going this route.

  49. Impressed Mommy says:

    This is amazing! I am so incredibly impressed at this company’s values. Hopefully, more companies will foster mother-baby relationships (including, but not limited to, breastfeeding) in the near future. :)

  50. Awesome… wish I had that option!

  51. I love a company that supports moms doing the hardest job out there, being a mom and trying to provide for them. great work and i will support this company now.

  52. Bethany Eskro says:

    I love mom/family/breastfeeding centered companies!! How awesome is that?!

  53. Love this idea! I live in Canada where we have the year, but I would love to be able to take my baby to work with me during a transitional stage.

  54. Jennifer J in MN says:

    Wow! What a great family friendly company! I wish more companies would follow suit.

  55. Amanda S. says:

    I would love this! We are on a tight budget and hand me downs!

  56. I keep trying to tell my boss if I can bring my baby to work I could totally come back early. I think he thinks I’m joking but I’m totally serious! Would be awesome to do.

  57. Like you, I’m already a fan of Zutano (the owls! So adorable!) so it’s great to hear how supportive they are of mothers and families.

  58. Danielle says:

    I.love.this.

  59. Christina says:

    I would love to see more businesses like this nationwide. I worked as a small business loan officer for a small company when my first son was born and then let me bring him with me till he was 6 months old… It had its challenges, but it made a world of difference to us!

  60. If I ever start a company, I hope to follow in their footsteps.

  61. Ive always been a fan of Zutano, now I am even more!! Awesome!

  62. Lindsay Baars-durand says:

    What an awesome company!

  63. Charlene Connell says:

    I wish more companies would place such a high value on parenting. Your company is an inspiration and ahead of its time!

  64. Wish more companies were like this.

  65. Rachel Hoffman says:

    I wish more companies would follow this lead. Certain colleagues of mine constantly tell me to “bring the baby sometime” but without a supportive environment, it wouldn’t do me or baby any good.

  66. I’ve always thought Zutano’s clothing was adorable. But, being a fellow Vermonter and new mommy, I’m very proud to support this company after reading this.

  67. Wish I worked in a field where this would be possible. It would be worth changing fields for this kind of support!

  68. Ann Shepich says:

    Wow! I love this whole company! I wish I could bring my baby to work, but she might end up covered in hair! (I work in a salon lol!) More companies should follow this model!

  69. I would have adored this. I would have gone back to work!

  70. Sabrina Messenger says:

    This absolutely amazing! I work from home so I am pretty lucky… Providing more opportunities for moms to work remotely would be great as well. I work on the phone so I need daycare when my partner isn’t home but I don’t miss meals or bedtimes or have to waste any time commuting :)

  71. Tiffany Thomas says:

    What an awesome company!! Wish I could find a job like this!

  72. crystal a says:

    Awesome giveaway!

  73. Amazing! I definitely would have gone back to work had this been an option!

  74. What a wonderful company! Nursing at work instead of having to pump? AWESOME!

  75. This is so awesome I wish more companies were like this one!

  76. That sounds like a dream company to work for! Love their products too.

  77. Christina B says:

    I so wish I could work for a company that is so supportive to mothers!

  78. I wish there were more companies like this one!!!

  79. Stephanie brooks says:

    Sounds like an amazing company with lucky employees

  80. Where’s the application?! Do they need a social worker there??? Haha Oh what a dream it would be to have this kind of environment. Pretty sad that it’s such a novelty :-(

  81. Michaela says:

    Wonderful! Definitely hope to see this more. So important to find ways to support families during such an important time in life.

  82. Awesome philosophy!

  83. This is great! A local store here in St. Louis does the same and I am always impressed when I go there :)

  84. Incredible company. I love that their pants fit over cloth diapers. I

  85. Sarah Fuhrmann says:

    amazing! love it!

  86. I love Zutano! I had never heard of the brand, but after my 6-month-old was born we received several gifts of Zutano clothing. They are so soft and he is ALMOST big enough to wear the outfits now – yay!

  87. What a fantastic opportunity for families!

  88. They have awesome cloths and the fact that they allow mom’s to bring their babies to work makes them fabulous!

  89. Zutano is simply an amazing company. New mothers are stressed out enough and to have the doors open to a new mom and baby is absolutely amazing. The world would be so much easier if every company would adhere to Zutano’s same policies:)

  90. Bravo Zutano! More companies should have programs like this!!

  91. Lindsi Archabald says:

    This is such a great example! I find I can get more done with my baby around than I can feeling guilty or worried about how they are doing. You never stop being a mom!

  92. What an awesome company!

  93. What an amazing company! This is a business model, that seems to be working well for them, and should serve as an example to other companies. I’m extremely impressed!

  94. I love Zutano! I wish my job had this program! I loved my job but loved my child more to chose him. Now I am looking for stay at home work.

  95. Stephanie says:

    I love this! More companies should learn from Zubanos example!

  96. Christine says:

    What an amazing thing you are doing! I wish more companies would follow in your tracks.

  97. This company sounds wonderful to work for! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  98. This is great article! I use to work for a company that offered daycare for their employees. I worked as the lead daycare provider. It would be good to see more companies offer these kinds of benefits to their employees .

  99. What a neat idea, I’ve always loved their clothing but now love the company even more!

  100. If only there were more companies like this the world would be a much better place.

  101. Susan Snead says:

    We should all be so lucky .. what a great company. And Thank you for the giveaway … I just got lost on your website for a while … dreamy :)

  102. what an inspiration this company is! i hope more follow in their footsteps soon.

  103. Kathleen says:

    My former colleagues encouraged me to bring my child to work before I left on maternity leave. A few days before I was due back, I found that this would not be okay with organization as a whole. I was devistated and left scrambling to figure out another option. I would love to see more workplaces have a set policy in place that allows new families more time to bond with their babies. Zutano rocks!

  104. WOW! If only other women’s / children’s companies (in Vermont) could be as supportive! Sounds like a positive and supportive place to work, especially as a new mom!

  105. Interesting blog post — and thanks for offering this giveaway!

  106. Wow – what a great concept and even greater attitude!! Zutano just went even higher on my “cool” list. =) I’m expecting my first baby in November, and while the original plan was for me to stay home that is no longer in the cards. This would be a win-win scenario!! Awesome and go zutano!!

  107. I have always loved Zutano’s clothing, but it’s great hearing about their Bring Your Baby to Work program. What a fabulous way to give mothers more time with their thriving baby!! Makes perfect sense to me!

  108. Tania Cooper says:

    This is so great! I wish more companies would do this!

  109. Dawn Sollitto says:

    Wow! My job was so unsupportive when I had my son. This amazing! I wish all companies would follow your lead. I will be a repeat customer! Love your company!

  110. Kelsey Olsen says:

    Bring your baby to work?! Love it!
    One more reason for me to LOVE Zutano! They seem to truly care for not only their employees but the families too.
    Thanks Zutano and Leaky Boob for a great article and giveway!

  111. I love these clothes for my little boy! So comfty and breathable! Thank you for the chance to win!

  112. This is beautiful! I wish more companies would get on board like this!

  113. I wish more companies would follow Zutano’s lead!

  114. This is fantastic! I own my own hair studio and my 8 month old daughter comes in often with the nanny to BF and my clients are happy to have her visit.

  115. I would love the opportunity to bring my baby to work. Zutano not only has the cutest clothing, but they are forward thinking. :-)

  116. This is truly amazing. The ROI with this program is huge, not just financially, but ROI on employee happiness!

  117. I would love to be able to do this myself. I wish other companies would realize how beneficial this really is! Some types of work wouldn’t allow for it (I’m a rare book and paper conservator in a library, so this wouldn’t be possible), but there are so many places where this would work!

  118. Wow! What an incredible policy!! I wish I worked for this company!

  119. How inspirational!

  120. What a refreshing attitude. I think people forget that we were all babies once. I wish more companies would follow Zutano’s lead.

  121. Stephanie says:

    This is great. I wish more companies would have policies like this.

  122. simone t. says:

    Good to know there is another reason to support them! Thanks!

  123. This is awesome. I’m a SAHM, but I would definitely consider still working if I worked for a place like this.

  124. What a great company! Definitely a way to “walk the walk”. Way to go Zutano!!!

  125. What an amazing opportunity for Zutano’s employees!

  126. So cool.

  127. What an amazing place to work!!!

  128. How awesome is that?

  129. This makes me love Zutano even more!

  130. Awesome company!

  131. Great company! Thanks for the giveaway!

  132. As a full-time working mom with 2 little bitties, I found this post extremely encouraging!

  133. love this!

  134. Jessica Mortimer says:

    Cite!

  135. What a great company! It would be amazing to be able to bring baby to work! Thanks for the giveaway!

  136. Meredith Lovell-Thayer says:

    I absolutely LOVE Zutano and didn’t think I could love them more, until now!!

  137. Best story I’ve seen all day!! If more companies were like this, the world would be a much better place!

  138. Fantastic company:)

  139. Simply amazing!! This is how work should work.

  140. Brittany Blankenship says:

    How AMAZING is this company! I’ll happily support them!

  141. That’s awesome! I wish I could find someplace to work where I could bring my son with me. Right now I’m a SAHM, but things would be easier if we had the extra income. Way to go Zutano!

  142. Lori Richardson says:

    I love how amazingly supportive this company is of their employees and their families! We definitely need more companies to follow suit :)

  143. every place should do this !

  144. Evan Lovell-Thayer says:

    My wife would dress our son in Zutano everyday if she could.

  145. Tonya Barger says:

    Love this! I recently started my own CPR business. Whenever I have another lil one I plan to BW him/her to the classes that I teach. Just wish I could for the classes I teach for the hospital.

    Go Zutano!

  146. What an awesome policy! I wish more companies would adopt such practices.

  147. I wish I could work at a company like this!

  148. Elizabeth says:

    I wish I could bring my baby to work with me! I would LOVE to work for this company!

  149. More companies should have programs like this. Zutano is truely inspirational!

  150. That is so amazing! I wish more companies were more supportive of families. I find it to be hassling and feel like an inconvenience to use my breaks to even pump for my baby. Good going Zutano!

  151. I work for a company (The Giggling Green Bean) where I can bring my baby to work with me. It rocks…for me and her!!! Thanks for being awesome, Zutano!!!! We support your business!

  152. What a fantastic policy! Way to go, Zutano!

  153. Wow, a company that cares about family. Are they hiring? LOL

  154. So Cool! Love it! Wish I could work there :)

  155. Ashley Todd says:

    I wish I could work for them !

  156. what a dream job! I had to leave a job I loved after the birth of my son because they could not offer me part time or flex time to be with him. I wish more companies were so supportive and flexible!

  157. Great corporate role modeling! I’m much more likely to shop with this company because of their values. I wish more companies were as family-supportive as they are. Well done!

  158. Kelly Messervy says:

    WoW. I wish I could work for a company like this. I am away from my babies for 13 hours a day. My son it almost 7 months and we are still breastfeeding

  159. I really wish more companies had programs like that. :)

  160. This is awesome. Going to check out their clothes!

  161. Great clothes and an even better policy!

  162. Wow! This sounds like a wonderful place to work! Way to support new mothers!

  163. Fantastic Company and thank you for the great Zutano gift card giveaway!

  164. So cool to hear about a company like this! I wish there were a lot more businesses that did something like this- I would actually consider working right now if I could take my little baby with me.

  165. Oh, how I WISH I could work for a company like this.

  166. This is great! I have often wondered why more companies in America don’t do this!

  167. Wow- what an amazing company!! Are you hiring in California?? ;)

  168. Awesome!!!! I wish more people would be so understanding of babies’ need for mommy…

  169. Wow! So wonderful. Would love to see this in more work places.

  170. Ariana Brown says:

    What an amazing company!! Hopefully more companies will follow! Imagine what that would do for families!

  171. What a nice thing to read today. Wish everybody got the point, the bigger picture of this…

  172. What an amazing program! How fantastic would it be to work in a company that actually encouraged you to bring your baby with you, instead of inventing more work to keep you apart! Love it!

  173. Mary Beth says:

    This is an amazing program. I have to admit that I’m really jealous and I wish I could work for a company as family-friendly as Zutano!

  174. Shannon N says:

    What a fabulous company and wonderful corporate attitude! I love their approach and will have to look into their products now as well. Babies belong with their parents!

  175. This is such a great idea!! I wish there were more work places so family oriented.

  176. What a great company, wish more would do the same.

  177. Love this article so much! I already loved Zutano’s clothing, but I am happy to support such an excellent company. :)

  178. It is wonderful that this company supports their employees this way. I wish more would follow suit!

  179. Jennifer K says:

    I am so impressed, I hope that other employers can try to be more open to the melding of family and work life and not just niche small ones.

  180. LOVE ZUTANO even more now! Awesome!

  181. Love this – wish other companies would take note!

  182. Awesome and awe-inspiring!

  183. Michelle says:

    Very, very cool! I loved Zutano clothing before, but now I love the company itself!

  184. What a great company!!

  185. What an amazing man and amazing company. I wish I worked for him. My son wishes so too. You have my vote for company of the year. God bless.

  186. Wow how wonderful! Wish my company would do this!

  187. alexis johnson says:

    this is absolutely amazing! i wish more places would participate in a program like this! thank you to the owner and company for being a positive influence on this topic.

  188. This seems like such common sense, and I know I personally would get more work done if I weren’t busy being depressed over leaving my baby everyday!

  189. This is great. Wish my company would do this

  190. I absolutely agree with the US needing to do more to support families for longer than 6 weeks after birth. I can’t imagine actually leaving my newborn at just a month and a half old to return to work- taking the optional unpaid leave in addition to my maternity leave was a no-brainier for me. I am just VERY lucky to be in a position where financially I can afford that luxury. And it REALLY shouldn’t be a luxury, but an option for every new mum (and dads too, please!).

  191. Ashley E says:

    Awesome. I’ll be buying Zutano from now on!

  192. Sarah Lincoln says:

    I wish more companies offered programs such as this! Totally awesome!

  193. Danielle F says:

    I would have loved to have a company where i could bring my baby to work, i only worked with our 1st then became a stay at home mom, I think its great you support the familys that work for you!!! I would love to win this drawing for our baby #5 due this fall :)

  194. Fantastic article! I wish more companies did this. It not only promotes a great relationship between mother and baby, but also between employee and employer.

  195. Veronica Rinker says:

    Love Zutano Prints, We like all the clothes.

  196. JeanLaura says:

    I will be telling all my friends and family too support this wonderful company!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  197. D. Calton says:

    How amazing!!! I had to leave my baby at 8 weeks. Luckily, it was with my mother-in-law, but it would have been awesome to be able to bring my baby to work, rather than dropping him off and pumping in the staff bathroom.

  198. Zutano sounds awesome! I had heard of them before reading this article but didn’t know anything about them, and I am so impressed with what I just read. Zutano seems like a great place to work!

  199. Lety Murphy says:

    That is so awesome of a company to do that for their employees. That would be the model I would support if I had my own company. Even a daycare at work would be awesome as well. I would def work at this place.

  200. What a great program! We need more companies like this.

  201. This is such an amazing idea! I wish more companies would focus on family and understand that when the employees are happy their productivity is greater.

  202. Rebecca Sharp says:

    what an amazing company. We need more places like that. How awesome to be able to bring your baby to work!

  203. This is awesome!! I wish more companies would do this!

  204. Crystal Vick says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I think this program is great! Way to go Zutano!

  205. Amanda Bradley says:

    I’ve admired Zutano for years, primarily because of this very reason. Great article and giveaway. Thanks!!

  206. What an amazing company! I knew I loved their clothes, but now I love them so much more. Way to go, Zutano!

  207. Yet another reason to love Zutano!

  208. Thanks for the giveaway and I love the fact Zutano allows babies to go to work and be with their mamas.

  209. How great to discover Zutano! I hope you inspire more companies!

  210. Cristi Martin says:

    I absolutely love Zutano clothing…fingers crossed for this giveaway!

  211. this is amazing.. i wish they had more companies like this.. but so many people are in rush to put there kids in daycare.. i dont know how some people do that . i have a hard time letting someone watch my kids.. my daugther starting preschool in sept. and i having a hard time with her starting. its so hard to trust people now ..

  212. Kayla Stutler says:

    This is AWESOME! I wish all companies could have the brains to do this. Considering our sad maternity leave policies in this country being able to bring baby with you would help SO many mothers keep their BFing goals!

  213. What an amazing company! I go back to work in 8 weeks :( :( after a 16 week mat leave and I could only dream of a job that would allow me to bring my baby with!

  214. I am so impressed and touched at how in touch this company is… and has continued to be long after their children were grown. What a great model for so many other employers! WELL DONE!! keep up the great work!

  215. that is an amazing policy!!

  216. I love to see a company following through on their beliefs with actions!

  217. Anne Petre says:

    I wish I was able to bring my baby to work with me! I hate that I have to work and therefore have to have my child in daycare…and my job requires evening meetings & weekends too that I cannot easily bring my baby with to – so that is additional time on top of my 40 hours in the office that I have to find childcare (if my husband is working too) and be away from him. The US really needs to work on their maternity policies and views of working mothers and babies!

  218. great policy (and sorry if this ends up being a double post, but I keep getting error messages)

  219. What a wonderful company to work for!!! That’s certainly a business that I want to support!!

  220. Michelle Green says:

    I love Zutano! And I love them more knowing what a mommy minded company they are! Thanks Zutao! And thanks for the giveaway!

  221. Zutano is a fantastic company- one more reason to love them!

  222. That’s great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  223. This is awesome. I wish more companies would do this!

  224. Rachael Bender says:

    Super impressed with this company. I wish there were more out there like this.

  225. anne perry says:

    Awesome company!! I love their clothing too!!

  226. This is such an awesome company! I didn’t even know companies (if there are others) that do this for their employees. It would’ve been amazing if I could’ve been w/ my son for the 1st yr.

  227. Sounds like a fantastic company. Kudos to them!

  228. Gizella DiVenere says:

    I’d love to work for a company like this! How inspiring! I hope more companies will follow in these footsteps!

  229. I love love that your company is so baby and family friendly!! So many more companies need to take this approach, it seems so much better for all involved!

  230. Thank you for being such a parent/child minded business!

  231. Lauren Horton says:

    This is fabulous! Thank you!

  232. Crystal B. says:

    I think all companies should be like this. Props to them.

  233. melissa richardson says:

    awesome giveaway :)

  234. What an incredible company!

  235. wicked awesome company

  236. Wow, that sounds like a really awesome place to work, I wish more places did that.

  237. Heather r says:

    Love zutano, love this post!

  238. Megan Darnell says:

    What a great company to work for!!

  239. They sound great! Wish my company was like them!

  240. Just another reason to love Zutano! I was lucky enough to find a small business in my city that I could bring my baby with me. I worked there with a toddler too (he was about 2 1/2 yrs old when I went on leave for my second baby). And, after the birth of my second, I was able to bring both of them occasionally too. What a great option.

  241. No wonder Zutano clothes are so darn cute! You’re surrounded by inspiration!

  242. Gina M. Rees says:

    That’s awesome. I wish there were a lot more companies that were willing to do the same. I guess time and education-hopefully!

  243. This must be a great company to work for!
    Zutano has such cute stuff! I’d love to win.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  244. What a great place to work! And this giveaway will be a blessing to whoever wins!

  245. Andreea T says:

    Love their colorful onesies!

  246. I wish I had known of their workplace policies sooner. I will definitely be supporting the company and telling all of my girlfriends this story. What a brilliantly simple solution. I wish my deskjob had afforded me that flexibility. When I returned to work they offered me the filthy public restroom to pump in, complete with 3 stalls and no lock on the door, of course.

  247. I love bringing my baby to work, though I can’t do it everyday!!

  248. Megan Grant says:

    What a fantastic company! I wish I worked for them! :D

  249. Thank you so much for sharing this! It is so amazing to hear that someone out there “gets it”!

  250. gaby austin says:

    I think this is so great. Good for them! More companies should follow their lead!

  251. I wish there were more companies like these!

  252. I liked Zutano before, but after reading this I love em. I would have worked with my daughter if I worked for a company like this.
    Good luck to everyone

  253. I would have loved to bring my babies to work! This company is great!

  254. OMG, what an amazing policy! I wish ALL companies were this progressive!

  255. I wish I could bring my new one back to work.

  256. Amanda Iden Howell says:

    LOVE IT!!!!! I wish more companies would model themselves after your company!

  257. Angela H. says:

    Wow! What an amazing policy!

  258. This is so wonderful!

  259. What an awesome company to support the relationship between mother and baby.

  260. LOVE Zutano and now I have another reason! Consistently cute and cozy clothes for BOYS! So hard to find.

  261. emily jones says:

    Makes me so happy to read about a company like this!!

  262. Such an amazing company!! Glad to see companies stepping up & helping out families

  263. Love their things! We’ve had several hats. Cute for boys or girls :-)

  264. Lexie Van de Ligt says:

    Whay a great company and give away!

  265. Rebecca Roland says:

    what a great company! I love when breastfeeding is supported in the work place. It makes everything so much easier!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  266. Mandapanda says:

    What a great company! Breastfeeding being supported the way it should be. :)

  267. What an incredible company! I wish more businesses shared their same values!

  268. Drea Knoell says:

    This is the coolest thing I have heard! I’m so impressed with this company and their support of not only breastfeeding but bringing life into the world!

  269. Amazing! I’m so impressed with their support of breastfeeding, women, an bringing life into the world!

  270. I’d love to win, since I’m pregnant!!! :D

  271. amy arnold says:

    i love Zutano clothing (my son is wearing them right now) and love the company even more now. I have the luxury of bringing my little one to my office with me (i nurse him on the couch), but have been with the company for 15 years and it is more like a family. The fact that Zutano has this policy makes me want to support them even more!

  272. Holly Franks says:

    What a great company. The employees are sooo lucky to be able to work and bond with there babies.

  273. Megan Fulford says:

    What an amazing work policy!

  274. Jessica Poulsen says:

    Great giveaway!

  275. what a great program. I need to find a family friendly company like Zutano to work at!

  276. Great giveaway! Great support for breastfeeding moms!!!

  277. Roxanna Flood says:

    What an awesome company! I would love to try their products.

  278. Great company!