So you’ve just had a baby. Bub’s settled into a routine, hubby’s back at work, and you’re finally getting “just enough” sleep. Watching re-runs of Offspring was fun at first but it’s now wearing thin. Baby admiring, taking photos and tummy time can pass the hours, but it would be nice to leave the house once in a while. So what to do?

1. Meet with other mums

The best thing I ever did was to ring up a friend; a more experienced mum-of-two who offered for me to come over for a weekly catch-up where our bubs would play on the mat and we could enjoy cups of tea – just like old times. I also continued to meet with my newborn mothers’ group. We would meet together for the first 12 weeks through the local Early Childhood Health Centre, and from there all it took was one or two mums with some initiative and a new social group was born. There was always something to do with the group that was enjoyable for both mum and bub – lunch at the park, play dates at a house, or simply an enjoyable coffee in a café.

Elissa Tomlins, Local MumI enjoyed being “off work” at the start, but now I know my real job is to provide experiences for my bub, giving her the skills to play, learn, socialise and develop.

2. Become more active

That was enough for the early months, but when bub grew up, she needed more activity. So we started finding playgroups. So much fun! There are lots of toys to play with as well as freshly made cakes and a whole new group of mums to meet. Playgroups are inexpensive, and lots of local churches and community groups offer them.

3. Educate your toddler

I’ve tried to give my toddler lots of learning experiences, such as being part of a music group (Mainly Music), taking her to the local sports centre (Softplay) and taking her to swimming lessons. The activities don’t have to be expensive, and don’t forget there’s always the local park.

I enjoyed being “off work” at the start, but now I know my real job is to provide experiences for my bub, giving her the skills to play, learn, socialise and develop.

Elissa Tomlins, Local MumHornsby Pool has just reopened, and I found it great for my toddler. It has several exciting water features to splash, spray and soak the bub while she toddles around in the partitioned pool. The water is super warm, and the parking is handy. The facilities are clean and new, and I’m looking forward to utilising the crèche when I want to do some lap swimming. Thank you, Hornsby Council.
Splashing around at the reopened Hornsby Pool