About us

Mumsnet was conceived in early 2000 when JustineMumsnet embarked on a disastrous family holiday. Her idea was to create a website where parents could swap advice about not just holidays but all the other stuff parents talk about.

Nineteen years later and who'd have thought it would come to this? Mumsnet is now the UK’s biggest network for parents, with around 10 million unique visitors per month clocking up around 100 million page views.

Find out more about what Justine thinks about Mumsnet, how it started, what our vision is (yes, we have one), and what one thing makes Mumsnet tick, in this interview with Titus Sharpe of Expert Market:

Our aim is to:

  • Make parents' lives easier by pooling knowledge, advice and support.
  • We try, as far as possible to let the conversation flow and not to over-moderate. Mumsnet is a site for grown-ups.

Our advertising policy

Mumsnet is a business funded mainly by advertising and we try to be a profitable one but our overarching aim is not the pursuit of profits. We are independently owned and we endeavour to conduct business in an ethical manner.

With this in mind, we do not accept advertising from a number of companies including Nestle, because of their aggressive marketing of formula in breach of international standards, and for a number of products, including gambling, cosmetic surgery or anything that we believe does not sit well with our philosophy – namely to make parents' lives easier.

No to payday loan ads

We don't take advertising from loan sharks, as it's obvious from our forums that payday loans can cause misery for families. Read more here.

Mumsnet campaigns

Mumsnet is a community and is not a lobby group. We are independently funded and have no particular political axe to grind. That said our members are very active when it comes to something they feel strongly about. You can read more about our campaigns here.