Define ‘Supermum’

Being a mum is one of the toughest (and best) jobs in the world. The hours are long, you’ll never get a promotion, and most of what you do goes unnoticed. Some days you don’t get time to eat, a full night’s sleep can be a distant dream (if you had time to dream), and you don’t get to take any holidays.

Not only that but we tend to feel societal pressure to make having a baby look easy. The term Supermum has long been used to describe those mums out there who appear to be able to do it all and make it look good – from home-cooked meals to a clean and tidy house, night-time wakings and laundry, or even a perfect postnatal body. And who doesn’t want to be a Supermum? But what is a Supermum, really?

In our books if you have managed to get out of your pyjamas by the middle of the day, met a friend for a coffee or even succeeded in buying everything on your shopping list without having to go back to the supermarket at least twice (thanks, baby brain!) then you’re winning at mum life – especially in the early days.

But even if you don’t manage any of those things today – you’re still doing an amazing job! Because being a Supermum isn’t about having a beautiful house or looking your best – it’s quite simply looking after your little one and meeting all their needs. But that doesn’t mean it’s not hard work. Giving yourself over to a tiny, helpless being IS hard work – it requires a total adjustment of your priorities and way of life.

It’s not just the lack of sleep if your little one is getting you up multiple times a night and not playing ball in the nap department. It can be really hard readjusting to life at home with a small person when maybe you’re used to a busy working life. Swapping meetings for milk feeds, and lunch with colleagues to clearing up dried-on porridge. Babies don’t start at 9am and end at 5.30pm, or allow for time off or sick leave.

So please give yourself a break! It does not matter one ounce of formula / breast milk if the washing isn’t done, you haven’t prepped that wholesome meal for tonight’s dinner or you left the house with baby sick down your back. Your baby is happy and healthy, so you ARE a Supermum and you’ve got this nailed.