WHAT’S life like with six kids under five? Busy, fun and the formula for online success.
At least, it is for northern suburbs couple Chloe and Ro Dunstan, who have turned their super popular YouTube channel into a full-time job.
Life with Beans, which has 83,000 subscribers, documents the day-to-day reality of raising Evan, 5, Otto, 4, Felix, 3, and triplets Henry, Rufus and Pearl, who are nearly 2.
“We have a huge following from all over the world,” Mrs Dunstan said.
Each of their short films on family life — ranging from “Grocery Shopping with Six Kids” to “Boys Finally Getting Their Hair Cut!” and “Baby Triplets Having a Race” — has received tens of thousands of views.
Popular videos, such as “Toddler Chased by Seagulls”, have been viewed more than 960,000 times, with big fan bases in Japan, Brazil, the UK and the US
Mrs Dunstan’s Instagram page — @chloeandbeans — has 357,000 followers and there are even a number of spin-off fan Instagram accounts about the family.
The 24-year-old said the popularity of their channel was unexpected, but had proved a boon for the young family with the couple earning revenue from YouTube and advertising deals.
“We make more than what Ro was making full-time work in the bakery so it works for us,” she said.
“Ro did go back to work for three months when the triplets were a couple of months old and I was at home on my own with a one-year-old, two-year-old, three-year-old and newborn triplets who were having multiple bottles a day and naps and it was just way too much,” Mrs Dunstan said. “That’s when we were like, ‘Nup, we have to figure something else out’, and put all our effort into (the vlog) and made it work.”
Mrs Dunstan said the vlogging — video blogging — allowed them to spend more time with their kids, but with six children and a business to run, life was very busy.
“With the kids all day it is a full-time, two-person job,” she said.
“They go to bed at about 7pm and we spend about two hours watching Netflix or something and then I get on to editing the videos and answering business emails. I usually spend four hours doing that and Ro usually does the housework. We don’t normally get to sleep until about 3am. And then we have to wake up between 6 and 7am as the kids do, so we get minimal sleep but it’s kinda worth it for us because we get to be with the kids all day.”
To watch their videos, go to YouTube and search “Life with Beans”.