Tammy Kennedy with Roth, Renee Surawski with Mac and Janelle James with Sienna, walking along the Fitzroy Riverbank in Rockhampton.
Tammy Kennedy with Roth, Renee Surawski with Mac and Janelle James with Sienna, walking along the Fitzroy Riverbank in Rockhampton. Sharyn O'Neill

Tech-savvy mums use online to organise social calendar

IT'S pretty safe to say Rockhampton mums Tammy Kennedy, Renne Surawski and Janelle James enjoy their Wednesday morning ritual just as much, if not more, than their babies do.

Every week on a Wednesday morning, the three first-time mothers pack their bags and strollers and catch up.

Yesterday they were out walking along the Fitzroy River bank getting some fresh air before stopping for coffee.

Other activities they have enjoyed include visiting the library and gardens and going to a "babes in arms" screening at the cinema.

All three mothers met at Community Child Health shortly after their babies were born and have kept in contact since.

The technologically-enabled mums use a Facebook page as their hub for communication and organisation of their plans each week.

The mums agree catching up each week is largely beneficial because they are getting the babies, all under 12 months old, out of the house and they get to enjoy the social aspect of each other's company.

They also share stories, relate and receive reassurance about first-time parenting experiences.

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  • Take time out
  • Set your own standards
  • Share the responsibility
  • Admit when you're stressed
  • Get enough sleep
  • Savour the moment

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