“Mummy friends” are best, finds new poll

Eight out of ten mums relied upon the support of “mummy friends” they made while pregnant or as a new mum, while four out of ten are still in contact with those mums up to ten years afterwards, according to a new survey by What’s On 4 Little Ones.

Over half of new mums made friends with others at mother and baby groups, while antenatal classes and introductions from other friends came in joint second place.

“I made some of my best friends when I was pregnant with my daughter Alice. Five years on, many of these are still firm friends and I’m sure we still will be when our children are having children of their own!” said Sam Willoughby, founder of Whats on 4 Little Ones and winner of the Practical Parenting Business Mum of the Year award.

“Taking part in local activities gave me the chance to meet other mums, share tips and advice and make lasting friendships. Plus Alice had the chance to have fun, meet other children and learn new skills too.”