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5 things to do with your little one to rediscover your pre-baby self

Jonathan Mayor at Mum's The Word Comedy Club, Chorlton

One of the things I’ve found hardest to get used to since Tall Boy came along is not being able to do things for me without having to plan ahead or arrange childcare. Most of the time it’s easier if he comes with me, which inevitably limits the options.

Luckily, Manchester parents are well taken care of. If you know where to look, there are lots of things you can do to remind yourself of life BC (before child), where your baby is made to feel welcome too. 

Retail therapy for Mother’s Day

Altrincham Retail Park and gift cards

Having a baby makes finding time for yourself difficult but, if you are lucky, you can manage a walk round the shops while they sleep in the pushchair.

Of course things don’t always go to plan. When it comes to babies; screaming wake-ups, nappy changes, and demands for food are part and parcel of any trip out, so when they stay asleep until you are in a convenient place to solve their problems you can’t help but feel like you’re winning.

Donate your outgrown baby clothes this Mother’s Day

Mothercare #GiftABundle bags ready to donate

Tall Boy is 7 months old. Aside from wondering where on earth the time has gone, I can’t believe how much clothing he’s been through in such a short space of time. Babies outgrow everything at an unbelievable rate; so much so that it feels like only days pass between sorting out clothes of one size before I’m rooting through the next. As a result, the mountain of ‘too small’ items builds up, and very often they’ve hardly been worn. Keep reading to find out how to put your baby’s outgrown clothes to better use this Mother’s Day. 

Would you take your baby to a rave?

Big Fish Little Fish: Around the World

Having a baby is a sure fire way to close the door on your youth. The days of partying in to the small hours become a distant memory as you learn to cherish the sacred time when baby is sleeping by sleeping yourself. Of course you can always risk a 4 am finish and deal with the ensuing hangover but, if the idea of parenting after the night before gives you a sore head before you’ve so much as ordered a cocktail I might just have a solution.