Just before we were due to have our first children, another NCT mum and I waddled up to the woods for a bit of fresh air. We found some seats at the cafe and were about to tuck into some delicious smoked mackerel pate when suddenly the atmosphere and the volume changed as kids began streaming in. As the clock crept closer to noon, more and more mums appeared, each with what looked like 50 kg of paraphernalia, each being tugged at by grubby little hands demanding ice cream and pom bears.
It suddenly dawned on me that I wasn’t just going to have a baby to dress up in adorable clothes and cuddle. I would actually need to leave the house every now and then, work out how to feed the baby while out and about, carry around a hundred changes of clothes and baby paraphernalia everywhere I went, and know where to find the closest changing table. Worse, one day my baby would turn into a frighteningly loud toddler and would tug at me demanding pom bears.
One day I would need to know what a pom bear was.
Confronting my “Ghost of Café Visits Yet To Come” is what eventually led me to start up my website, ReallyKidFriendly.com. It's quickly becoming a valuable resource for mums and dads so they know exactly what to expect when they head out the door. No, nothing about pom bears, but we do tell you about changing tables, bottle warming, crayons and the sorts of things that can make your outings a little less stressful and much more enjoyable.
New Mums and Parents-to-be:
Are you worried about what you'll do with your days? Do you find toddlers a bit scary (I do, and I've got two of them!!)? Wondering where to meet other new mums & dads in your neighbourhood? Starting to get a little nervous about the idea of breastfeeding in public? I’d love to know what types of places you’d like to know more about so I can keep improving the website. Please add your comments below!
I’m running a little “mum-to-be” / "dad-to-be" prize draw as a thank you - prizes include some fantastic Being Dad DVDs, all-natural mummy & baby pampering kits from the Boo Boo Shop, and a home visit from a lovely massage therapist who specialises in pregnancy massage.