"Bumps to babies"

About: Abbey and Lady Bay Children's Centre

(as the patient),

Bumps to babies run by the surestart centre is more than just a baby group. I have been as a 'bump' and returned many times since in my sons 6 month life. It is always so welcoming and well run. I have 2 particular experiences that stand out where the support has always been fantastic. The first was when my 3 month old was refusing to breastfeed. To have a session specifically to support mums breastfeeding locally is just amazing. Many times you hear of mum's stopping breastfeeding because of a lack of support. This group provides a vital need in this way. I turned up a sleep deprived, very emotional mum and left feeling calm, cared for and having enjoyed myself.

The second time was when my son had started weaning and had dropped all milk feeds! Again was given such sensible and calm advice. I stayed for the rest of the session and as soon as I got home my son demolished his milk!

The group is very popular, well run. My son adores the sensory room and as a fussy baby this provided us with many ideas we have replicated at home to entertain him! The singing at the end is always a highlight. Every one I speak to is always amazed by the incredible way that the lady who leads it always remembers every babies name (even when there are 20+ babies! ) the best way to feel personally part of a truly special group.

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Responses

Response from Tina Hancock, Sure Start Children's Centres Service Manager, Broxtowe District, Sure Start, Health Partnerships

Hi

Thank you for your very thoughtful comments about your experience at the bumps to Babies Group at your local Children's Centre. It is always great to hear from families like yours who have benefitted from the support the centre provides within the local community.

Reading stories like yours where you have benefitted from continuous ongoing support shows the importance of having a network where you can access the right support at point of need is important to us and these comments will help us to plan and deliver ongoing services to future service users.

I hope the network this group creates helps you to talk and share your parenting experiences and that the peer support group provides this for all who attend.

May I wish you and your family many more happy Children's Centre experiences in the future - we are happy to help

Tina.

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