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Loughborough Care Home Residents Advise New Mums to ‘Ditch the Baby Books’ This Mother’s Day

Published: Monday 23rd March 2020


Staff and residents at  Woodthorpe Lodge  in Loughborough have been sharing their advice and special memories about raising their children this Mother’s Day.

Kay Knifton, aged 78 said, ‘The most important thing to teach your children is to not make big decisions in a rush’. The mother of two believes new mothers shouldn’t always take baby books advice as gospel, adding ‘trusting your own instinct and knowing what your baby likes is more important’.

Resident, Gillian Smith, thinks new mums will soon learn what is normal for their babies, adding,‘When I was raising my two boys you soon begin to understand what they’re crying for and how to help!’. Gillian believes being a mum is a blessing and you will soon forget about the sleepless nights.

Senior Carer, Louise Gumbs, thinks her most valuable advice to new mothers is to sleep when your baby sleeps. Louise said,‘I love my two children so much, I am very proud of the people they are today and for giving me four beautiful grandchildren’.

Care Assistant, Yvette Bingham, has four children and believes motherhood is a huge learning curve for all new parents, stating ‘New mums and dads shouldn’t be too hard on themselves – it’s a tough job raising children’. When considering the most valuable lessons a mother could teach, she said, ‘A strong work ethic’.

General Manager, Preet Hundal, said,‘We had a lovely first Mother’s Day at Woodthorpe Lodge - Mother’s Day is always such a special time and this year was no different.  We still made a big fuss of all our ladies and we have lots of ways to make sure that they are always in contact with their loved ones.’

Take a look at our residents chatting about motherhood on our heart warming video here: