It can be easy when your baby is very small to spend most of your time at home with them and to find the idea of going out socialising a bit daunting because of all the preparation that going out involves. For some mums, this period of being at home is great and they really enjoy the one-to-one with their new baby, others may prefer to get organised and go out and about.
Once you reach the time when you do want to start going out, one way is to go to a mother and baby or mother and toddler group. This has the advantage that everyone else is in the same situation as you, so you don’t need to worry if you’ve had a bad night and feel that you look awful, someone else is bound to be feeling the same. You get the advantages of conversation and shared experience.
Depending on your baby’s age and developmental stage, they may be completely unbothered by being in a group or may be apprehensive and cling to you. It doesn’t matter as long as you are able to give them the attention they need whilst you are benefiting from your conversation with other parents. Once your baby is old enough to start exploring and enjoying the contact with other babies, they will benefit from this early learning by becoming a more sociable person.