Being a parent is the most important job on earth, but we all know it can be challenging at times. With the help of our incredible volunteers, our local NCT communities help you to combat isolation, make new friends, share stories and information, and most importantly, have fun with your baby.
"Once Mark went back to work, I felt incredibly lonely. I had a crying baby and was very, very tired. I almost lost sight of who I was. My confidence was low. A friend told me about NCT’s new mums coffee morning. It took a bit of courage, and a lot of make-up, but I found myself walking into a café of mums with babes in arms like me. The volunteer was super welcoming and kind. Before too long I was hearing stories that sounded so familiar it made me laugh. I realised, I was not alone."
Local parent support activities
NCT meet-ups are a chance for expectant parents and those with babes in arms to get together and informally share stories about their parenting adventures. These can be held in someone's home or a local café or similar.
Breastfeeding support groups
It can take time to feel confident feeding your baby. You can get information and support from one of our NCT breastfeeding counsellors at local breastfeeding support groups.
If there isn't one in your area, you can get one-to-one support through our infant feeding line on 0300 330 0700.
Bumps and Babies
Bumps and Babies events are a fun and informal way for parents/carers, babies and parents-to-be to meet, play and make new friends. They’re usually held in a local hall or centre and can include inviting external guests.
Bumps, Babies and Beyond
Bumps, Babies and Beyond are an NCT meet-up for more mobile babies.
Some local NCT communities have large halls full of development play equipment, while some are smaller.
All are a great chance to connect with other parents and watch your babies and toddlers learn to socialise. Plus, there’s usually cake, too.
Loan and equipment hire
Some local NCT groups provide a loan or hire service of items that can help with your parenting choices. These may be cloth nappy libraries, baby-carrying or sling libraries, breast-pump hire and valley cushion loans.
Find your local parent support activities
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