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Week 1 – Easy Slimming World Menu Plan

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So yesterday I posted about my hatred of the meal plan but fessed up to my major disorganisation and slightly expanding waistline. this week I’m biting the bullet and trying to attempt to take control of my eating. So this week I’m grabbing the bull by the horns and attempting a week of a family friendly, easy slimming world menu plan.

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Meal Planning for the Spontaneous

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The phrase ‘Meal Planning’ makes me sweat. It’s not the sheer amount of organisation that goes into it, it’s not even the thought of braving a supermarket with a wild toddler in tow. No, It’s just dull, isn’t it?

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As I write this, it’s Saturday and I can tell you with certainty that I do not know what I want to eat for lunch on Thursday. I can plan it but chances are Thursday will roll around and I won’t want ‘Tuna salad wraps’. I’ll fancy a Sandwich instead. It’s my right, isn’t it? My last hurrah as a woman without so much as a teaspoon of spontaneity left? I do not want to plan my meals BUT I know it would help me if I did.

Let me explain. I embody ‘chaos’, really well. Like, I can make it an art form. I do not plan, I do not schedule. I am not ordered. All this worked pretty well when I wasn’t in charge of a small human being. Apparently small people need routine, all the books say so, as does the health visitor, parenting websites, forums and all the random Internet articles you can consume on ‘how not to mess up your child’ – Yes, I’ve checked. I’ve looked for one piece of reassurance that would tell me ‘It’s OK to fly by the seat of your pants Ceri. All the best parents do it’ – Apparently not. I am a non-baby-group-attending, books-hotels-at-last-minute, never-planning, odd-socks-wearing human. And up till now, it’s been fine. Up till now I have never, ever meal planned and now I am. I almost want to de-friend myself.

I do not cook. Ever. I can cook. I like cooking but I do not cook. The end. I live with a man that cooks. He doesn’t just cook, he’s a Pro. A Fancy-restaurant-cheffing, Been-on-MasterChef-professionals, award-winning, catering company owing chef. ‘Ahhhmayzing’ you are probably thinking to yourself but no. There is a downside and it is my waist.

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Now I don’t talk weight, well not in the scales, clothes sizes kind of way. I’m all for self-confidence, feeling great in your body and a whole pantry full of self-love but I have to admit I was a little shocked when I realised I weigh what I weighed at 40 weeks pregnant! Except, I had the baby and he’s now nearly 2! There was no snapping back. there was no ‘weight dropping off while breastfeeding’ and I definitely didn’t settle into ANY kind of routine.

2 years of sleepless nights have not helped anything. I drag myself downstairs after a night of broken sleep, I regularly still go to the little one FOUR to SIX times per night. So I guess I do have a routine but it’s nothing like it should be. My routine is a vicious cycle of poor sleep, sugar – to make me feel human, no exercise – because I’m tired AND REPEAT.

I don’t feel good and the spontaneity I used to love now feels like I’m out of control. I need to take responsibility and the only way I can do that is by a) Planning what we are going to eat and b) Taking back some of the cooking (Note, I said some, Not all!).

I want to feel a little more organised. I don’t want to be feeding the little guy on the fly all the time AND I want to feel a lot more energised and I know the key to that is eating better. Small steps.

Now I know you probably didn’t come to this website for Pinterest worthy meal planning tips, so that’s a good thing but as with all writers/bloggers I am totally using this as a form of accountability. Tomorrow I shop and next week is ‘Meal Planning WEEK 1’.

I’ll be popping a post up tomorrow with some of the really simple meal ideas I’ve collected, so if you like that kind of thing look out for it and let me know in the comments what your own healthy ‘cook every week’ meals are.

Oh and make sure you have signed up for Y CLWB our weekly newsletter with exclusive content and offers because I have some great food related stuff coming up over there really soon.

The Potty Diaries – Hayley Raine-Diplock

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If only potty training was like the cute picture on the front of the potty training book I bought – the child on there looks so happy to be sat on that potty – my child screamed the moment the potty was mentioned – most definitely not a happy child!

 

potty training boysWe delayed potty training our eldest as we knew we were moving, and thought it would be easier once he was settled in our new home – so we ripped the band-aid off two days after his third birthday and went for it.

We’d already pre-bought a fun potty, that was Thomas the Tank, and it made noises and everything.

We took him on a shopping trip to pick his underwear – but he wasn’t interested as none of the shops had Thomas the Tank pants. Finally, we managed to convince him that having different coloured pants could remind him of all the colours of the engines in Sodor.

Next, trying to convince him to actually go on the potty. He screamed every time we tried to get him to sit on it – so in a bid to persuade him that the potty wasn’t scary I sat on it and did my business – which was then followed by the potty making train noises – my child still wasn’t convinced (secretly I was quite impressed that I’d managed to get on the potty and pee!)

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We finally got him to do something in the potty and he got chocolate and stickers as a reward, and he did really well for a day or so.

Then he moved the goal posts, suddenly the chocolate and stickers weren’t enough and he refused point blank to go, and held it in – he would literally have a wee in the morning and then wouldn’t go again until just before bed – I sought advice from the health visitor who said to leave him to his own devices for him to decide when he goes – that didn’t work – he would dance around in front of me wanting to go to the loo, and then when asked if he wanted to go would politely reply ‘no thank you mummy’ – he was always very polite with his stubbornness.

We then convinced him that his wee was being sent to the fat controller – which worked brilliantly until he decided that he needed to speak to the fat controller – so I stepped up to the plate and pretended to be the fat controller, standing just outside the bathroom door and doing the fat controllers voice and everything.

Finally we had a massive breakthrough three months into potty training him – we were at soft play and he needed to go – I bribed him with the promise that he could pick some chocolate, and actually pay for it himself – he had to sit on a big toilet, and he went to the loo – I came out so happy that he’d done it – he was happy and even told the lady who sold him the chocolate about his wee!

He regressed once he started school in the new year, and it took him a couple of weeks to get into school and then it calmed down.

It’s been a rough ride, and I finally took a step back and just let him crack on with it – and so far it’s working.

Now to potty train his little brother 😱

 

This is a guest post written by the wonderfully talented Hayley Raine-Diplock.

 

The Manifesto – Please Read…

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This is definitely the most important blog post I’ve had to write. That sounds very self-absorbed but This Welsh Mother is more than just a blog to me. I have been blogging for years and in just 6 weeks you have made This Welsh Mother something EPIC. You have made it feel like a community and that is priceless.

 

Our Facebook page is filled with lovely women (& men) who engage and chat, It’s the same over on Instagram & Twitter. I’m filled with pride every time I log on and see that one of you has liked, commented or shared something. I really am.

I launched the website worrying that we wouldn’t be able to duplicate the success of our Facebook Page. I was fretting that the excitement had died down and no one would click through to our posts BUT YOU HAVE! Thank You.
I wanted to take this opportunity to set out a Mission Statement for This Welsh Mother exactly because of all the things I’ve mentioned above. This is not a blog about me. This is a place that is all about you! I’m just the bus driver for the moment. We are all riding together.

This Welsh Mother is a website for Welsh parents. It’s for Mothers and Fathers, expectant Mums/Dads, Aunties, Uncles, Nains & Taids. It’s for anyone looking for a place but be warned it will mainly have a family or a Welsh theme so if you aren’t up for either of those things, this probably isn’t the right home for you.

This Welsh Mother will have posts uploaded daily and they will be written by myself and a whole host of lovely guest posters who write their blog posts for free. We would love you to contribute and if that kind of thing interests you click here.

We are all over social media and are launching our own YouTube channel that I want you to be a part of.

We do reviews (and I want you to help me with them in return for product) and we write sponsored posts for businesses (and we get paid to do that – Just to be clear). I will do my best to create articles that you want to read, work with businesses and places you love and bring you offers and competitions you want to grab.
Blogs do not grow on their own and to make this the amazing place I know it can be I need you to help me.

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  • We do most of our socialising on Facebook. There are over 1000 of us on the This Welsh Mother Facebook page. Sometimes I have to pinch myself over that number. But Facebook is a fickle beast and it hides posts if it thinks you don’t want to see them. I need you to tell Facebook you do! (No nasty emails needed). If you see posts from This Welsh Mother please, please like, comment, share (or all 3). This tells Facebook that it is something you want to see, so 1) It will keep showing you and 2) It will show other people. (update, we now have over 2400 page likes!!!!! Whooop Whooop)

 

  • You clicked ‘like’ on the This Welsh Mother Facebook page and chances are your Facebook profile is filled with other people just like you, so if you would consider sharing the page and telling people why you like it, I’ll love you forever. This means we can grow our community and brands and businesses take us more seriously as someone they should be working with.

 

  • I share a post each day. I have either written this myself of managed to convince someone to write one for the site. It takes a lot of work but us writers love it all the same. With that being said, we want it to be read so please, please click through to the site and read the posts. There are some amazing people featured AND if we want to be taken seriously as a business, we need to show that you are clicking through to visit the site as I show those numbers to companies who want to work with us.

 

  • Lastly, We have a mailing list. You can sign up to join Y CLWB. If you join us you will get a newsletter every Sunday that you can read at your leisure. In there I will pop some things you may have missed, some thoughts from me, any discounts or offers we have from companies and review opportunities. Please sign up. Being able to show that we have a really good mailing list is really helpful for our business.

But it’s not all about me asking you to do things. I want to pledge to do things for you too. I’ve thought long and hard about what I can do for you this year and I’ve set some big goals. If you help me. I will do my best to help you.

 

  • In 2017 I will take on 5 freelance writers who will be paid on a monthly basis to write for This Welsh Mother.
    All regions will be represented North Wales, Mid Wales, West Wales, South Wales & we will take on 1 writer to write a Welsh Language post each month.
    The amount I am able to pay and the speed I am able to do this depends on you but I will do my part if you do yours. (Also, if you want to be one of these writers, no experience needed. We will make sure you can do it)

Update – ( weeks in and we’ve just taken on out 1st paid writer – YESSSSSSSSSS)

 

  • Reviews, Competitions, Offers – For a blog/website to make money we need to work with companies. We will do this by writing reviews, sponsored posts and selling advertising and I want you to be involved. I want you to review products that you can keep, I want you and your family to visit attractions, maybe even go on holiday and in return write about your experience for the site. But in order for companies to take us seriously, we need to show that our Facebook page is busy and that our blog posts are being read.

Finally and this is a huge one for me. I want to help Mothers. Not many of you know my back story but I’ve spent most of my life running a London Based business. I bought a house in the homeland in 2014 and had my first child in 2015. I knew my work life was changed forever. I simply cannot earn the same money in Wales. I could never, ever come close. I look at job opportunities in my local area and I wonder how people manage. For all it’s beauty, sometimes the financial implications of living in Wales, particularly if you live rurally are tough.

  • So I want to start a scholarship. I’d love to start 2!
    I want to offer some funding to a Mother in University and Ideally, if I can do it I’d also like to offer someone in our community the chance to take a course online of their choosing and This Welsh Mother will pay. Why? Well, if we aren’t supporting each other in this Mothering game, what’s the point?

(Update – there is money in the pot – this is happening people – we just have to keep going)

So that’s my side of the bargain and let me tell you. I’m not work shy. I will make this shiz happen.

So…
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6 Habits of Successful People You Should Start Today

Michelle Reeves, goals and success coach for busy mamas

I don’t find Motherhood easy and I also don’t mind telling anyone that fact. I struggle to juggle the demands of business and writing and being a partner. I miss things, I drop the ball and sometimes I forget where all those other labels end and I, me, the woman begins.

However, I have a secret weapon in my purse and I call her Michelle Reeves. Actually, everyone calls her that, it is her real name. Michelle is a goals and success coach for women, a mum of two under 8s, a PND survivor, MIND charity ambassador and creator of the Happiness Habits Routine™. She is craaazy passionate about helping busy mums find the space and grace in their day for THEM and grow their positivity, power and productivity. Check out her free resources, affordable courses and 121 coaching programmes at MichelleReevesCoaching.com or grab her free 5-day mini course ‘How to Overcome Overwhelm’ HERE

 

6 habits of successful people you should start today

 

If March arriving on your doorstop made you stop and weep at the lack of progress on your goals so far this year, you’re not alone. It can be hard push through the self-doubt and wavering motivation so many of us have when we’re trying to achieve something new!

 

We might not have the luxury of a real life mentor, someone we can meet up with on a regular basis for advice and guidance on our lives or businesses. But as a goals and success coach for women, creating resources, online courses and working one-to-one with my clients, I’ve always got a watchful eye on my virtual mentors.

 

They’re successful entrepreneurs, leading their industries and I watch to see what makes them tick. After all, if it works for them, it could work for me. There’s no reason why we can’t apply other people’s winning strategies to our own lives.
So from productivity to attitude, here’s 6 habits of successful business women, and men, that you can apply to your life or business goals today…

1. Get smart

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How SMART are your personal or business goals? You may know what you want to achieve this week, even this month or next but for successful entrepreneurs, that’s not enough. They have a clear results-based plan for their future and make sure that their goals hit 5 key criteria every time so that they’re: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based. (I teach more about my simple system for goal setting and intentional living in the Happiness Habits Routine™.)

2. Focus, focus, focus

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Just popping on to Facebook to see what’s happening? DON’T. Successful entrepreneurs have a laser-like focus and don’t let themselves get distracted. Instead, try using the Pomodoro technique – spend 25 mins on one of the tasks on your to do list and reward yourself with a 5-minute social media break. Or use timeboxing to be more productive with the time you have.

 

Download Michelle’s free timeboxing cheatsheet here

3. Collaborate

Alone we can be great, together we can be greater. Collaboration can be an excellent way to pool time, talent and resources both in business and in our personal lives – who could you partner with? How about sharing the school run with another Mum to get an hour back in the morning for yourself or trading skills with another business owner to save money on outsourcing?

4. Model others who are already where YOU want to be


Tony Robbins created his multi-million dollar business to by modelling what other successful people did and then applying it to his industry. Who are your virtual mentors? What do THEY do? What strategies do they use? What personal routines or habits do they have? If you’re in a creative industry modelling doesn’t mean copying, though – make sure you’re still authentic to your own voice and readers.

5. Just ship it

Seth Godin famously advises entrepreneurs to step out of their comfort zone and just ship their product instead of tinkering away at it until it’s perfect. In a similar way every time we post about our business on social media, write a blog post promoting our services, paint a picture or try anything new in our lives we can fear that we’re opening ourselves up to criticism, judgement or ridicule and spend hours or days worrying, editing, tweaking. Get it 90% right, press GO and move on. What’s the worst that could happen? You’ll deal with it.

6. Belief in yourself

Successful entrepreneurs have an unwavering belief in themselves. When they get knocked down they bounce back up and keep going. They’re resilient because they trust that they’ve succeeded before and so they will again. Don’t let self-doubt stop you from achieving your dreams – whether they’re personal goals or professional ones.

You can do this!

 

I’d like to thanks Michelle for writing this amazing guest post for us and I’d love you to share this post with all your busy mama friends!

You can find Michelle on all her social platforms below:

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Things To Do With Kids in North Wales

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North Wales is a vast area of utterly outstanding beauty. If you are visiting the area or just looking for some great family days out in North Wales. We’ve compiled a list of attractions to suite all tastes and budgets.

 

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(Image credit – Go North Wales)

Do you have kids that are train obsessed? If so one of the top family days out in North Wales has to be Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways.

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They say “The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. We are recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest railway company in the world, being founded in 1832. We still build steam locomotives and carriages in our own workshops and the world’s oldest steam engine, Prince, is still in regular use today – more than 150 years after it was built. Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it”

 

History buffs will love Caernarfon Castle, nestled on the seafront in this gorgeous North Wales town.things-to-do-with-kids-in-north-wales

The castle is widely regarded as the most beautiful in Wales and dates back to 1284.

If a North Wales seaside break is more your thing then Llandudno may be exactly what you are looking for. One of the huge attractions is a trip up the Great Orme but if you already know that you don’t fancy dragging the kids up behind you, then the Great Orme Tramway may be just the ticket.

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If you are wanting to visit in peak season then it may be worth booking in advance as it can get pretty busy.

 

We’d love to know what your top day’s out in North Wales are as we are currently adding to our list. If there is something you love to do please let us know by emailing thiswelshmother@gmail.com

TWM TALKS – Overwhelm

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I know you’ve felt overwhelmed before, we all have, right? I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve not slept in about two years but this last week I have felt the weight of an old friend, a friend I dumped because we didn’t do much to compliment each other. As sad as separations can sometimes be, this was was very much needed. You see, they didn’t have my best interests at heart and I couldn’t handle the irrational, emotional mess they turned me into.

My friends name? Overwhelm

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TWM MEETS – Ruth Bullions

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This Welsh Mother Meets is an opportunity for us to point you in the direction of someone great, someone we think you will love.

 

Ruth Bullions is one of those women who looks a) effortlessly beautiful b) Like she has ALL her shiz together.

We both hail from the same small Mid-Wales town, where I went to school with her younger, equally talented sister, Rhian. Over the years I have online stalked her, while she parents children, forged a career and bossed creative sideline businesses like it ain’t no thing. Basically, she’s girl crush fodder.

In recent times she has launched her own blog & started a clothing business for Welsh Mammy’s (Ahem, you may have seen me talking selfies and rocking one of her tee’s). For the launch day of this site I wanted to shine a glaring light on her & all her online glory in the hopes that you can get to know more about who she is? what she does? and believe me, you will soon be part of the fan club.

So Who is she?

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Ruth Bullions is a Multi -Tasker. She writes her own blog Real Life Mummy & she recently founded welsh apparel site Pethau Mam. Because this isn’t enough to keep her busy she also dabbles in interiors & is Mum to two busy boys, a baby girl, and an almost teenage step daughter. 

Where is she from?

The bright lights of Betws, Ammanford with her husband and four kids, 2 cats and a few fish.

What does she do?

Aside from the Mothering, the blogging AND the clothing biz, Ruth is a Teacher of Art, Design & Technology. Amongst all that other stuff she manages to show up as a Governor at two primary schools, and make the odd cake now and again for Bluebell Cake House. Oh, and she also volunteers at her son’s Cricket Club. (She secretly thinks she may be doing a rubbish job on the Wife front – But we all of beg to differ).

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We asked Ruth

What is your favourite place in Wales?

My favourite place is Wattick beach near Dale. I grew up going on camping holidays to Pembrokeshire, but I haven’t been there for around 20 years! It is my dream destination. Smooth sand, red rock, sea like a bath. One day I will get round to finding the secret path that leads to the secluded beach. I’ll take my children and just soak up the old memories, while making new ones.

What are your favourite things to do?

I LOVE a day out. Last year I signed up to the National Trust, and it is well worth doing. We live close to Llandeilo, where you can find Newton House and Dinefwr Park. There’s long walks to the castle, deer roaming around, activities for the children to take part in, and the house is set up so that kids can pick things up, try things on, and sit on the furniture. It’s so easy to relax there, and educational too. A day out isn’t complete without a tea room pit stop too for either lunch or a cuppa and cake – it’s got to be done! We recently visited Powis Castle near Welshpool and loved every bit of it (and every bite of cake!).

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Where can people find you?

You can read more about my parenting journey at http://www.reallifemummy.co.uk, and browse my clothing collection at http://www.pethaumam.co.uk.

Already know you need to catch up on Ruth’s latest adventures? You can find her –

On facebook & check out her clothing page

Each week I want you to give a virtual hi5 to a Welsh Mother so if you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know please feel free to email us thiswelshmother@gmail.com Oh….. & have you signed up for our weekly newsletter? It’s a special read, just for you (lock yourself in the bathroom with your phone – you deserve it) 


Mum and Baby Groups in Cwmbran

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If you are searching for mum & baby groups in Cwmbran this is the place to be. When I first became a mother I was scared to head out to groups because I didn’t know anyone, double edged sword, I didn’t know any other mums because I wasn’t heading out into groups.

These groups are perfect for mums and babies, toddlers and are generally based in the Torfaen area comprising of Cwmbran and Pontypool. The area has great bus and train links but also lot’s of small groups are listed so there should be something in your general area.

The most up to date resource I found for classes is a Facebook group you can request to join here.

They helpfully post each evening to alert you to available classes the next day. This helped me be more organised and able to get up and out in the morning – we all know it can be a struggle.

The group shows a great mix of classes both morning and afternoon with some weekend classes available as well.

If you are unsure what to take with you to a mother and baby group in Cwmbran, keep reading for my tips.

 

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The price of groups vary and sometimes they simply ask for a donation so I always like to keep some change in the front of my changing bag that I could grab at a moments notice.

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Though Cwmbran itself is well stocked with shops it always makes you feel like you are parenting on all cylinders if you have all your stuff together. Check for spare clothes, nappies, bags, wipes, a drink or feed, snacks if needed (if only just for you) and a couple of your own distraction toys.

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I’ve frequented many a church hall playgroup. Somehow they are either freezing or tropical so I try and put light layers on the young one and always go in prepared with something to wrap up in of the temperature is icy.

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I’m not going to lie and tell you I’ve made lifelong friends at mum & baby groups, I’ve not. But it does make me feel like I’m less alone. It helps to tire my boy out and also makes me feel like I’ve done something with him = a little bit of a better parent. Just go in open. I’ve had deep chats with older ladies, laughed with peers about my lack of sleep and generally always leave feeling lighter. Remember, we are all in the same boat.
So if you are looking for mother and baby group in Cwmbran please click here to join this ace Facebook group that is going to keep you right up to date and remember to enjoy it. it should be fun for you and your little one(s).

Know any other resources that keep mums up to date? Feel free to let us know here

Mum and Baby Groups in Pontypool

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If you are searching for mum & baby groups in Pontypool  this is the place to be. When I first became a mother I was scared to head out to groups because I didn’t know anyone, double edged sword, I didn’t know any other mums because I wasn’t heading out into groups.

These groups are perfect for mums and babies, toddlers and are generally based in the Torfaen area comprising of Cwmbran and Pontypool. the area has great bus and train links but also lot’s of small groups are listed so there should be something in your general area.

The most up to date resource I found for classes is a Facebook group you can request to join here.

They helpfully post each evening to alert you to available classes the next day. This helped me be more organised and able to get up and out in the morning – we all know it can be a struggle.

The group shows a great mix of classes both morning and afternoon with some weekend classes available as well.

If you are unsure what to take with you to a mother and baby group in Pontypool, keep reading for my tips.

 

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranChange
The price of groups vary and sometimes they simply ask for a donation so I always like to keep some change in the front of my changing bag that I could grab at a moments notice.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranFull change bag
Though Pontypool itself is well stocked with shops it always makes you feel like you are parenting on all cylinders if you have all your stuff together. Check for spare clothes, nappies, bags, wipes, a drink or feed, snacks if needed (if only just for you) and a couple of your own distraction toys.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranCardi/jacket
I’ve frequented many a church hall playgroup. Somehow they are either freezing or tropical so I try and put light layers on the young one and always go in prepared with something to wrap up in of the temperature is icy.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranOpenness
I’m not going to lie and tell you I’ve made lifelong friends at mum & baby groups, I’ve not. But it does make me feel like I’m less alone. It helps to tire my boy out and also makes me feel like I’ve done something with him  a little bit of a better parent. Just go in open. I’ve had deep chats with older ladies, laughed with peers about my lack of sleep and generally always leave feeling lighter. Remember, we are all in the same boat.
So if you are looking for mother and baby group in Pontypool please click here to join this ace Facebook group that is going to keep you right up to date and remember to enjoy it. It should be fun for you and your little one(s).

Know any other resources that keep mums up to date? Feel free to let us know here

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