When I became a parent I wanted my children to feel loved and secure and to become well balanced happy individuals.I wanted them to have the space to play and develop, other children to interact with and opportunities to experience new things in life. I have to say this is easier said then done with all that life throws at you in different ways. I have felt the despair of being a mother of a child that would not stop crying, I sat and cried with her when I felt I could do nothing for her, and seriously felt like shutting her up with a cushion when I felt so sleep deprived I could not think of anything else to do. Support groups are invaluable at times like that.
A friend of mine Alana goes to a breastfeeding support group locally. She tells me
They're fab and they've made a huge difference to my life, not just with helping me feed my son but just in keeping me sane. They have weekly group meetings and do home visits and antenatal classes and everything. They're all volunteers and they do a brilliant job
They've even got a Facebook group Full of advisors and mums who can help out and support each other online. They're a lovely bunch of ladies and sometimes just going to the group on a Monday to chat to other mums and have someone make me a cuppa and be there to answer all my irrational worries is fab.
So groups like the one Alana attends would have been a great help when my daughter was young, I felt isolated and alone and thought I must be doing something wrong, that it was all my fault. But these groups require funding, and this is where Pampers come in with their #Betterforbaby scheme. Pampers want me to share this scheme with you and to encourage you to apply for one of their bursaries.
But first of all why not have a look at their video, I love the words of the lullaby. There are very few of us can resist a cute baby, or answering a toddler who talks to you.
How you can make life #BetterForBaby?
What better time to celebrate the love that babies bring than Christmas? This festive season, Pampers want to help spread the cheer by pledging to help make life #BetterForBaby in local communities. Is there something you’d really love to see built in your community? Maybe you want to improve some much-needed changing facilities, supply nappies and blankets to a local shelter, or update playtime equipment for a community nursery… anything goes! If so, Pampers want to know exactly what you’d do to make life #BetterForBaby - tell Pampers your pledge using #BetterForBaby to be in with a chance of winning one of five £1,000 bursaries!
My daughter says this would come in handy for the mother and toddler group she attends. They have been displaced out of their usual hall as the local primary school is being rebuilt and the school are using the large hall in the community centre that all the local groups usually use. They have been moved into a smaller hall with no baby changing facilities and only one toilet which has no heating it. The money would allow them to seek alternative premises encouraging more parents to bring their children along.
Anne tells me The Forehill, Holmston & Masonhill Community Council in Ayr is undertaking a number of projects in 2016. One of our projects this year is the upkeep of the Kyle Cycle track behind Kyle Academy. Another is Friends of Castlehill Woods where we will start a clear up early in 2016 to make the area a safer (and nicer) place to walk and play.There are just three ideas I am sure there are many more locally, and there must be some in your area. So what are you waiting for search #BetterForBaby @Pampers_UK for more information!