Match Up Mums is one month old!
It feels longer… in a really good way.
Apparently there has been a heatwave recently? We haven't really noticed, it's been much too busy here at Match Up Mums for any sunbathing! We have had a very active first month, signing up hundreds of members and welcoming new ones every day since we launched. Best of all, we have already matched up 20 groups of new mum friends - that's why we started this service, to help mums make a local and like-minded support network of other mums. We really appreciate your being here from such early days and for all of your support.
Thank you all for making our first month so fantastic.
For those of you who have not been matched up yet, we are hard at work right now getting the word out there to as many other mums as possible, so that we can make some more matches. We've also been busy evolving the service based on all of the really useful feedback we have received, so thank you to everyone who has provided their input. Please keep your ideas, comments and suggestions coming.
And if you can help us spread the word about Match Up Mums, please do - maybe you are a member of a Facebook group or could tell pregnant colleagues at work. So many people have said to us "I wish this had been around when I was expecting my first baby" - so please tell all the first time mums you know! Using the promo code 'AUG-NEWSLETTER', currently they can receive half-price membership.
We have also had lots of help to spread the word from other mum-businesses. It has been great fun setting up partnerships with them - and they are such a lovely bunch, we feel like we are making our own friends too.
I'm really pleased to be able to introduce you to two of our new partners in this newsletter - Jenny from MamaKnowsBest has a few wise words about keeping a summer holiday stress-free when travelling with small children, while Jo from HomeSpaLondon tells us about her expertise in baby massage and the effect of touch on young babies. I hope you find these interesting. Please do look on the members' area for discount codes if you would like to use their services, as well as further discounts from other mum and baby-friendly businesses like JoJo Maman Bébé and Neighbourhood Midwives.
See below for their articles, enjoy the rest of this amazing summer and keep on keeping us busy - we are loving it!
Mama Knows Best knows how to keep family holidays stress free! Jenny Neville runs a parenting consultancy, offering troubleshooting and workshops for parents, and here she shares her common-sense approach to a relaxed and enjoyable summer holiday.
A change of environment, new surroundings and different climate are wonderfully exciting for young children and they will be keen to get out and explore. It’s wise to be mindful of any potential hazards a new environment may present and a good idea to explore your new surroundings together with your little ones. Look out for ponds, rivers, balconies, uneven steps or hidden roads. If you are heading off for a holiday in the sun, or even just coping with the current heatwave at home, keep everyone well hydrated by offering plenty of drinks during the day and remember that breastfed babies may want extra feeds to quench their thirst.
Home Spa London founder Joanna Cooper has 10 years experience in massage therapy, and also leads baby massage classes.
Touch is the first sense for a baby to develop in the womb, they feel the warmth of the mother surrounding them.
The very way a baby is touched and nurtured, spoken to and looked at in the first 18 months can determine how their brains develop through the release of chemicals to the brain which helps with growth and development.
During baby massage we also talk to the babies as well as lots of eye contact. Many parents have seen the benefits of baby massage through my classes, not just with the obvious benefits of sleep improvement and for helping to reduce wind pain but also as a bonding experience, strengthened through that one to one time you can give your baby while giving them a loving massage.