What every mum REALLY needs daily_blabber April 19, 2011 Forget the gadgets and so-called must-buys. Here’s what really makes parenting easier, and a whole lot more fun… By Fiona Gibson mumneed1A mum friend on speed dial If you’re on maternity leave, or a full-time mum, it’s natural to sense a void where your friendships with colleagues used to be. mumneed2A flexible attitude A week can stretch to infinity when you’re at home with a small child, which is why meeting up with friends, taking your child to activities, hel mumneed3A bright ideas box A box filled with paints, crayons, glitter and craft materials is the cheapest and easiest way to keep your child happy at home. From our partner mumneed4Hands-on support It comes as no surprise that 60 per cent of dads prefer to play with their kids rather than get stuck into the nitty-gritty (scary fact: one in five mumneed5Time out No one can be in sparkling ‘mum mode’ 24/7. We all need breaks, with no one demanding biscuits/drinks/cuddles every second. mumneed6A place to get messy Experts are calling it the ‘cotton wool generation’, due to our fear of letting our kids run wild outside and get dirty. mumneed7Helping hands It might seem easier to tackle chores yourself, but the earlier your kids start helping, the more adept they’ll become at getting jobs done (one iVilla From our partner mumneed8A rainy-day stand-by Ah, those rainy days which seem to stretch forever. mumneed9A child-friendly sanctuary Every mum needs a child-friendly place that’s not home, and not the park either (let’s face it - few things are more dismal mumneed10A night off! When asked what they miss most about their pre-baby lives, over half of new mums said their social lives, according to one survey. 1 / 10 Previous Next JOIN THE CONVERSATION FROM OUR NETWORK What's Popular 1A dad has written a savage CV for his "lazy, ignorant" teenage daughter. 2'A PSA for all Australians: It's time to pack our bags and start again in New Zealand.' 3Woman of the people Julie Bishop just expertly shut down Karl Stefanovic on live TV. 4"I tried to do my hair like the Kardashians. It's harder to pull off than you think." 5Awesome, Klever, Amiracle and Sirprince: The very best of American baby names in 2017. FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?