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Joining an Area Mum's Group

mother needs peer supportWe know being a parent can feel isolating sometimes. You’re going through a period of rapid changes, and there is an ever-present pressure to do the best you can for your child. Meeting up with mums in the same boat can give you physical and mental health benefits. It will provide you a network of support, expose you to other ways of parenting, give you a break from your home routines, allow you to find new friends, and provide an opportunity to discuss babysitters and child care.

In Australia, new mums are invited to a mothers’ group. We encourage you to take advantage of this offering. These meetups offer four primary benefits: peer support, the development of a routine, understanding important milestones and readying your child for their future schooling.

Get Peer Support

Postnatal depression and anxiety can be exacerbated by a feeling of social isolation. Though a meetup might initially seem like an opportunity to socialise, it can improve your wellbeing and reduce your stress level. A remarkable study was recently done by the Australian government called Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. It shows that parents who participate in groups when their children were young are twice as likely to say they get support from their friends as their children got older.

Social isolation can be a risk factor for postnatal depression and anxiety. So, what seems like a social outing, is fulfilling an important role for mothers’ wellbeing by reducing maternal stress and strengthening social bonds.

Develop a Routine

Being at home with your baby can be a tremendous change to get used to. Having fixed routines can be a massive help to adapting to your new life with your bundle of joy. If you attend one and don’t think it’s for you, try another at a time that works for you. You can learn a new skill, get out and exercise or find out more about a subject you’ve always been interested in but haven’t had the time to research.

Measure Those Milestones

Every baby is different. It may be useful to see other children in the same age group as they develop. If you find yourself feeling concerned over what your child is doing or not doing, you can mention it to your GP at your child’s next checkup.

Prepare Your Baby for School

A mum’s group or a playgroup can be your child’s first chance to practice going to school. By the time they begin, they’ll be used to a group setting, getting along with other children and doing activities together. It’ll likely make for a smoother transition.

Meetups in Melbourne

Are you wondering where to start looking? We recommend visiting the following sites for lists of things to do, places to go and meetups for certain age groups, lifestyles and more.

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