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 FROM OUR NETWORK JOIN THE CONVERSATION What's Popular 1A week after her husband was embroiled in the ball-tampering saga, Candice Warner miscarried. 2Giaan Rooney: "Last night was the most terrifying moment of my life." 3The queen 'Instagram mum' just deleted her account. Cue pandemonium. 4The truth behind the 'ban Thomas the Tank Engine' story that went viral this week. 5'This year marks 10 years since my ex suicided. Here's what it was like to be left behind.' FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?