our story

our story

In the late stages of a third pregnancy, a little book with a big purpose came to life…

Unable to find a book that suited her family and that provided comprehensive guidance for her older boys about what a new baby in the family would mean, Lauren Gardiner set about writing one herself.

The baby + me book and the me mo books publishing brand represents a fusion of Lauren’s parenting experiences:

  • the experience of sharing children’s picture books and rediscovering their value as a tool for communication and nuturing the parent-child bond
  • the experience of juggling the needs of an infant and older children, particularly in the newborn stage (and haze): when Mummy or Daddy play time is interrupted; when Mummy and Daddy need space or quiet to feed or settle the baby; when days are upside down and just getting out of the house is a big deal!
  • the experience of “social stories” as a way to help children transition to new environments and situations through personalised visual representations

Add to that the insights of Debbie Isaac gained over many years as a paediatric occupational therapist and as a mum of three…

And the beautiful and bright designs and illustrations of Grace West…

And what do you get?

“A delightful book, simply written and illustrated and pitched perfectly at the older sibling of a pending new brother or sister.” Dr David Carolane F.R.A.C.P.

An image of the author of baby + me, Lauren Gardiner


An image of the illustrator and designer of baby + me, Grace West.


An image of the paediatric consultant to the baby + me project, Debbie Isaac.


More about the team behind baby + me:

Lauren Gardiner

Lauren is the author of baby + me and creator of me mo books.

Lauren lives in Melbourne with her husband and three young children. She grew up in North-East Victoria, riding horses and rolling down hillsides.

Lauren loves books and believes children’s books are one of the most powerful ways to connect with children.

Grace West

Grace is the designer and illustrator of baby + me.

Grace is passionate about illustrations, books, typography and print design and can’t wait to be a mum!

More information about Grace can be found at gracewest.com.au.

Debbie Isaac

Debbie is the paediatric specialist consultant to the baby + me project and is a paediatric occupational therapist with many years’ experience.

Debbie lives in Melbourne with her family. She has a very active inner child and loves exercising it on a daily basis.