**Update from late March 2019**
Sadly, despite ours and Action for Children’s (who run the Children’s Centre) wishes we have lost our venue as West Exe Nursery are unable to accommodate us. Therefore we are no longer able to offer this group and support in St Thomas at the moment. If you have suggestions for an amazing central venue in St Thomas do contact us and we may look at returning. In the meantime if you need breastfeeding support there is a West of Exe Breastfeeding Support Group at St Thomas Tots, on Thursdays from 9.30-11 in the St Thomas Centre, and you can always find Gill and Jen at The Baby Room on Wednesdays 9.30-2.30 and Fridays 12-2.30 (the A bus from St Thomas is just a short walk).
(Photo credit to the wonderful Paula Fernley – please check out her website if you are looking for baby photos).
We have been talking about it for a long time, and we are so pleased to announce that Nappuccino is coming to St Thomas!
Following lengthy talks with Children’s Centre, Devon County Council, Commissioners and anyone else who wanted to chip in we will be running the group at The Hall in West Exe Children’s Centre on Cowick Street.
Breastfeeding support from trained peer supporters, sling and nappy advice from Gillian Travis and Jen Harris. Breastpump hire too!!
Tea and cake, listening ears and a warm welcome!.
Jen and Gill are still based at The Baby Room, so we will be bringing a small selection of slings and nappies. If you are hoping for us to bring anything in particular please let us know in advance!
The group will run on Fridays from 9.30-11.30am (then we will be dashing across town to do Nappuccino in The Baby Room from 12.00-2.30 – no rest for us!)
One of the wonderful things about having our own venue is the ability to hold extra events. The Pudding Club is one of these. The Pudding Club is a special antenatal class devised by Jen and Gill. We know that conventional antenatal classes and programmes are often geared towards preparing for labour and delivery, so we don’t spend much time talking about birth. What we are interested in is what happens next.
After all these months of growing and preparing you suddenly have a whole new person to get to know. And no one warned you they would have opinions!
At the Pudding Club we talk a lot about normal newborn behaviour and what to expect from your little one. Jen will give a run through nappy demos including different types of nappy and how to use them, and some useful tips on routines and methods. Gill will show you a variety of different slings and some tips on how/when to use them. We also chat about breastfeeding and will answer your questions as best we can on all these subjects.
But I nearly forgot the most important part!! To help sustain us all through the evening – we will bring a selection of homemade desserts to enjoy while we chat!
We welcome couples for £20 or individuals for £12.50. If you’d like to come along message us here, and we’ll look forward to seeing you this Thursday (14th June) at 7pm.
This week is Real Nappy Week! It’s all about helping you make the changes to cloth nappies and learn a bit more about them. We have our usual sessions at The Baby Room – Nappuccino on Wednesday 9.30-2 and Friday 12-2.30 plus the NCT group (non NCT members also welcome) on Thursday from 1-2.30. The highlight of the week will be the secondhand sling and nappy sale on Saturday from 10-12.
To Buy: Come along to The Baby Room between 10 and 12. Pay £1 on the door and get shopping! Have a cup of tea or coffee and keep shopping! Jen will be on hand to give nappy advice, and Gill for sling advice. When you’re ready to go head for the till and pay! Cash only please so come prepared!
To Sell: Bring your items to The Baby Room at 9.00 am (or bring to any of our groups on Wednesday 9.30-2, Thursday 1-2.30 or Friday 12-2.30). Label them clearly (stickers are easiest) with your name, description of item including brand/size etc, price. (Please also mention any faults, particularly if it might not be obvious at first glance)
EG: Gill Travis, Size 6 Didymos Woven Wrap, £60, small pull in taper, cosmetic only
Jen Harris, One Size Stuffable Nappy £5
Come back at 12 to collect your remaining items and your cash! We ask sellers to make a donation to The Baby Room from their takings (suggested donation 10%, more always welcome!) If you choose to you may donate your remaining items to us. We will sort through what is left with us, and depending on the condition we may keep it for future sales, absorb into trial kits or library, donate to other charities or recycle. But one way or another it will not be wasted!!