Mums' groups are the perfect way to connect with shared experiences, but sadly they don't have the best reputation. They don't need to be the competitive, "my baby is walking first" experience so often touted as the norm. In fact, rarely are they so. Once the first few awkward parenting chat sidesteps are out of the way, strong friendships that can last a lifetime may form. No-one understands the challenge of what you are going through like fellow newbie mums.
Your little bundle of joy has made it to their first birthday! Happy mummaversary! Whilst this is an amazing milestone..it can also be fraught with stress and panic. Suddenly there are 'to-do' lists coming out of your ears and you realise that kid birthday planning is almost as stressful as the big day itself!
Relax. There are really only a few things that you need to make the big day go down well. If you are a busy mum who doesn't have time for hours of preparation for the day, here are some tips.