Join The Club
The Baby Cino Club (TBCC) was born out of a desire to create an inclusive community for parents, to feel less isolated, more connected and ultimately supported, TBCC is growing weekly as more parents get involved. It’s such a wonderful concept that we are so on board with and FYI they also sell really cute merch to raise money for their monthly events (that team KIDDO are all wearing). We sat down with founder, Hannah Dobson, to find out more.
How did the idea for The Baby Cino Club come about?
The idea evolved from my CAFHS mothers group of soul sisters; being surrounded by parents who were in the thick of it just like me got me through those first months of parenting. These mums were non judgemental, supportive and we all kept an eye out for each other. I kept meeting mums outside the group who didn’t have what I had and I wanted to make them feel less isolated and more connected. Connection exists via social media, but it’s lacking the core needs for humans; we need a real person, a sense of humour, an understanding soul to remind you that you’re doing a good job. I wanted to replicate what I had but on an all-inclusive level; so here I am giving it my best shot.
What is the TBCC and what does it offer?
The Baby Cino Club is a non-exclusive social group for mums, dads, grandparents – whoever. We’re a playgroup with deeper ideals and a safe environment for parents to talk and feel supported. A coffee (tea, or babycino) and a zero-judgement space to socialise, because being stuck at home with the kids all day can make you crazy.
Parents don’t need endless advice; nurture comes naturally. They need reminded “yes, you’re doing a good job, you’re a good parent”. Pressure needs to be taken off expectations put on parents and I hope TBCC does this.
Why is it important for parents to connect?
We live in an age where we’re always connected but have never been so disconnected. Humans need other humans. Lonely isn’t a nice feeling, especially for parents, and places to meet other parents are few and far between. By connecting parents they know they’re not alone.
Why is it important to embrace the “it takes a village” mentality when it comes to raising children?
We all have a role in raising children, it requires more than 1-2 adults to teach them everything. There are so many lessons that are vital in the life of a child- they learn from grandparents, teachers, members of the community, aunts, uncles, babysitters; everyone’s role is vital.
What have you loved the most about connecting with like-minded parents?
That even though we have all different kinds of people and parenting styles, we support each other. I’ve loved how amazing these parents are, how normal they make me feel and how much I’ve laughed.
How can people get involved?
Come along and join us, see if you like the club and if it’s something you would like to be a part of! Jervois Street, Plympton at 10am Wednesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting). We sell merch to raise revenue for our monthly events and we love partnering with businesses.
Your best advice for new parents? You’re doing a good job; you know what you’re doing, don’t doubt yourself.