NCT Bumps & Babies

NCT or National Childbirth Trust is a UK based charity which aims to support parents. give impartial advice and introduce people to their local parenting network, in turn giving practical and emotional support.

“Our vision is of a world where no parent is isolated and all parents are supported to build a stronger society.”

They run both antenatal and postnatal courses, the course content depends on which course you choose to attend. There are 3 different antenatal classes, I chose to go to the “signature” classes, which covered everything from birthing options to breastfeeding, we spoke a lot about having a positive labour and birth, taking control and being informed.

You can buy preloved items at the regular “Nearly New Sales”, I have not been to one of these events yet, but have heard they are really great.

There is an abundance of amazing and honest information on their website and facebook pages, you can join your local NCT facebook group to find out about events and opportunities in your area.

One of the events run by volunteers at NCT is “Bumps & Babies”, these meetups are a great place for Mums to meet other Mums, to talk about the highs and lows of parenthood. In my surrounding area, there is a different meetup on pretty much every day of the week! The meets are spread across the county and are often at local cafes, free of charge. You literally just pay for your food/drink!

Baby groups do not need to be expensive, although it is not a baby class, it is a great place to meet other Mums and babies, ask for advice, share and enjoy some cake.

bumps. babies and beyond NCT

Today, I am going to my local Bumps & Babies meet at The Cafe at the Corner.

Coastal Walk

I wasn’t sure if I would be able to meet up with my Mummy friends today as I had to wait for an engineer to come out and set up my phone line so I could get internet, (woo, finally I have internet in the flat!) my time slot was 1PM-6PM, my Dad was also popping round on the morning to fit some blinds for me. The other Mums were meeting at South Shields Metro for about 2PM.

Thereย was a knock on my front door at 8:20AM, I went to answer the door with Isla, saying “is this your Granddad?” on the way down the stairs. I was surprised when I opened the front door and it was the engineer! He got started, then 10 minutes later came and told me that he had a lot to do, he needed to do some stuff outside and then he would come back. Then there was another knock on the door, this time it was Granddad. He hung my blinds and fitted a baby gate on the living room door, then we had a coffee and he played with Isla a bit. The engineer was done, my Dad left, I got me and Isla ready.

It was coming up to 1PM, I got the bus and met the Mums. The plan was to walk along the coast, but five babies all in different routines meant we had to make a few pit stops. We stopped at Cafe Nero before setting off to feed the babies and enjoy a coffee, unfortunately these days it is quite hard to feed Isla as she is just so interested in the world around her, she is too easily distracted.

And off we went, we walked along Ocean Road, and then through Marine Park, and down toward the beach. We talked about all sorts from the steam train in the park to local restaurants. The babies fell asleep while we walked.

We walked along the beach, and stopped again at The Sanddancer, we ordered some chips and fed the babies, they had a play about, babbled and giggled at each other. The Mums spoke about having a night out (which we all need and deserve!) We talked about weening, breast feeding, possibly giving formula, sleeping patterns and everything else.

We went on our way, but Isla would not settle, I knew the sling would come in handy. I pushed the empty pram while Isla watched the world go by from up a height, she was much happier in the sling. We walked a bit further, and stopped at a bench then decided to head back, as it was already 5PM and most of the Mums had to get a metro back to Sunderland.

Isla slept all the way back to the bus station. The weather was not the greatest, but we really enjoyed getting out in the fresh air.