#mumlife: finding your Croydon mum tribe

Posted on May 11th, by Rachael Cox in Culture. No Comments

Becoming a new mum isn’t always easy. Here’s how to find support groups close to home…

During my pregnancy, I spent a lot of time worrying about maternity leave. I wasn’t sure that I’d enjoy it. Living in a cosy (let’s be honest… small) flat, unable to drive, I was scared that I’d become isolated when my husband returned to work. My daughter was due in September, … Read More »

#dadlife – how a new Croydon dad is learning on the job

Posted on January 23rd, by Martin Leay in Politics & Society. 2 comments

New daughter, new dad

Five months ago, I had never changed a nappy – not one! But I am now a dad who knows his way around a changing mat and is proficient with a wet wipe and a soft flannel. In fact, I am proud to have served as first responder during some very powerful poo-namis.

The prospect of fatherhood had been daunting. I was … Read More »

How Croydon’s baby cafés help mothers and babies to get out and about

Posted on December 5th, by Rachael Cox in Culture. No Comments

Here’s one that the Best Independent Café Awards hasn’t looked at – where’s Croydon’s best café for breastfeeding mothers?

It’s worth stating right from the start that this is not an evangelical column espousing the wonders of breastfeeding,  or critiquing any other method of feeding your child (there are many!). It is instead a chance for a first time mum to share her experiences of feeding in and around Croydon, in … Read More »