FAQs about coming to Didcot Baby Monday
When and where are the sessions?
Great Western Park Southern Community Centre, Sorrel Crescent, Didcot, OX11 6HQ.
What age range is the group suitable for?
Newborn up to pre-crawling babies.
This is to keep the group as a low key, safe space for you to feel comfortable bringing very new babies.
You don't have to stop coming the minute your baby gets mobile, but you will know when the time has come to move on to another group with a bit more to occupy them. We are happy to point you in the direction of other local baby and toddler groups.
Do I need to book?
No, we are an informal drop-in group. You can arrive and leave at any time during the session - we know getting out of the house with a tiny human can be unpredictable!
Please sign in on arrival each time.
On your first visit, please let a volunteer on the front desk know. They will give you a registration form to complete and help you settle in.
Is there a charge to attend?
No, but optional donations are much appreciated (suggested £2 per session).
If you have change (and hands free to access it!) you can pop this in the collection tin at sessions, or there is a PayPal QR code on display to scan to make an online donation. You can also make a donation anytime online via PayPal here.
Are refreshments provided?
Yes. We provide tea/coffee/herbal teas in lidded cups and cake or biscuits. Cake is supplied by our volunteer baker Joanna of Bless You Home Kitchen.
Decaffeinated and dairy free options are available - please do ask if you would like these if you would like them.
Is there parking on site?
There is plenty of parking on site and the room is easy to access on the ground floor.
We ask that you leave pushchairs in the lobby area if possible. Of course, if your little one is sleeping in it when you arrive that's fine to bring them into the hall!
Do you run in the school holidays?
Can I bring my partner/mum/friend?
Yes, they are very welcome to come too. We welcome all parents and carers.
Can I bring my older children along too?
If you need feeding support that's fine, however we are not really set up to keep them entertained, so you may want to bring something with you to occupy them.
Can I attend before my baby has been born?
Yes. We also hold a monthly evening session especially for expectant parents - Bump Club.
Can I get support from the Breastfeeding Counsellor or Peer Supporters if I'm not exclusively breastfeeding, or if my question isn't feeding related?
Absolutely! We are here to support all breast/chest/bottle/formula feeding journeys. We believe that we all have the right to good quality information and to be supported to meet our personal feeding goals, whatever that looks like for your family. You can talk to us about anything at all that is on your mind non-feeding related too - if it's something we are not trained to cover we will always tell you and signpost you somewhere else better placed to help. And of course, sometimes all we need is a good moan/cry and some reassurance that we are doing just fine!
How can I support the group?
Make a donation towards our running costs.
Join our volunteer team - more info on getting involved here.
Give us some feedback - Your suggestions are always welcome for improvements we could make, or additional support or activities we could provide - this is your group! We are also very grateful for any positive feedback about how the group has helped you, as this is incredibly helpful when we are applying for funding. Send us a message or grab a volunteer for a chat on a Monday morning.
Spread the word - let other families know about us and the support we can provide.
Engage on Facebook or Instagram - Like and share our posts to help keep us in the algorithms' good books and visible to you and others.