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We are opening slowly!

Oh how we have missed our beautiful space – but we are back!

Groups are slowly coming back to The Baby Room but it’s going to take time, lots of groups are run by volunteers or are facing restrictions to keep everyone safe so please be patient with us.

Nappuccino is back on – you can book a slot here on Jen’s website  the unique mix of Cloth Nappies, Slings and breastfeeding support is one not to be missed!

Breastpumps are available to hire by messaging us here… 

Sing and Sign is back too! You can book a slot via their website and get going! There are 3 aged groups to choose from.

Antenatal sessions are running too Sarah from Calm Birth and Baby she also hosts baby classes but keep your eye out for the release of these as she’s not quite ready yet…

First Aid training is so important, would you know what to do?…. Liz from Mini First Aid is our First Aid expert book on a class to find out more.

If you want to buy something from The Baby Room and you cant book on a class please message us and we will help you in person.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

But hard.  Christmas can be really hard.

If you are new parents (or veteran ones) it can be a tricky and isolating time.  So my Christmas message is to please be kind to yourselves this Christmas!  Try not to do too much – especially if your little ones are tiny.  Don’t get me wrong – kids love presents and food (and so do adults of course!)  But actually, the precious memories are the family walk in the park or on the beach; the crazy game of monopoly where someone cheated and everyone laughed, the gravy dripped on baby’s head because s/he’s right where s/he wants to be, snuggled on your chest while you struggle to eat one handed the (late) Christmas dinner that your partner just chopped up for you.

So try not to do too much.  Share the load with your partner and/or family, and let things go where you can.  (I share a comic/post about mental load a lot – and oh my does mental load kick in for women at Christmas.  Check it out here).

Over Christmas essential services are cut back (the Baby Room is shut until Friday 4th January when Nappuccino is back 12-2.30, and Saturccino is on Saturday 5th 10-12) – but the NHS never stops.  Here is a list of useful numbers and contacts:

Maternity Triage Service – if you think you are in labour or are still under a midwife and need one urgently call this number 24/7:  01392 406616

Health Visitors – No clinics are running from Friday 22 December over the Christmas period, they return on Wednesday 2 January.  If you need to speak to a Health Visitor you can text Chathealth – this is a text message service where you can contact the health visiting team with a query and they will reply between 9.00am and 5.00pm Mon-Fri (not including bank holidays) Text 07520 631 721 or call the Public Health Nursing Hub on 0333 234 1902  (Mon-Fri 9.00-5.00 excluding bank holidays).  The Hub can arrange appointments over the Christmas period where necessary.

GP – Your first point of call, even on bank holidays is your own surgery.  A few surgeries in the city have appointments available even on Christmas day.  Your surgery should have a recorded message letting you know how to access a doctor – it may be through Devon Doctors on call.

111 – Call NHS for non emergency support 24/7.  If in doubt don’t worry, give them a call, it’s what they are there for.

999 – In an emergency call 999

Pharmacies – in Exeter these are your Christmas options:

25 December – Lloyds Pharmacy, 59 Fore St, Heavitree – 14.00-16.00
– Pinhoe Pharmacy, 1a Station Rd, Pinhoe – 15.00-17.00

26 December – Boots Exe Bridges – 06.00 – 18.00
– Boots High Street – 07.00 – 17.00
– Sainsbury’s 1 Hill Barton Road, Pinhoe – 10.00 – 17.00

– Sainsbury’s Alphington Road – 11.00 – 16.00

1 January         – Boots Exe Bridges – 09.00 – 17.00
– Boots High Street – 09.00 – 17.00
– Sainsbury’s Guildhall – 09.00 – 17.00

– Sainsbury’s  1 Hill Barton Road, Pinhoe – 10.00 – 17.00

– Sainsbury’s Alphington Road – 10.00 – 17.00

 

Most of all – don’t overlook online support.  While Social Media may be quieter as everyone tries to switch off and focus on family there will always be someone around.  The Exeter Breastfeeding Mums group is an excellent place for any feeding questions, and Mums in Exeter is great for almost anything!   Set up whats-app groups with other new parents, find your safe people you can call to vent to and ask for help and please please DO ask for help or support if you need it.

I hope you all have a really wonderful and stress free Christmas with no need for any of the information in the post!  Jen and Gill will be back at The Baby Room for Nappuccino on Friday 4th January at 12.00, and we wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!