Hush-Hush: Notes From The Mommy Network’s Handbook

Forty Red Bangles will be at The Mommy Network Pop-Up.

Forty Red Bangles will be at The Mommy Network Pop-Up.

On The Mommy Network, close to 2,000 women seek information and advice related to raising a child daily. Which is a good day care centre? From where do you get a reliable nurse? Which is the best pre-school? From where can one hire a clown for a child’s party? These are some of the questions posed every day on the closed Facebook group for new mothers living in Mumbai managed by entrepreneurs Shreya Lamba, Kiran Amlani and Tejal Bajla.

The partners, who launched the group in September 2014, have deliberately restricted access; only an existing member can invite someone to the network, after which one of the founding members will screen the person before adding them. The idea is “to create a safe space for like-minded moms to get well-researched and authentic tips and responses from other mothers”, said Shreya Lamba. On Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8, Amlani, Bajla and she will hold The Mommy Network Pop-Up at AntiSocial in Khar, a curated exhibition and sale of kids’ clothes, furniture, toys and linen that will feature labels such as Mal The Store, Nee & Oink, Forty Red Bangles, PodSquad and Little Kokoro. For the sake of mothers not yet on the group, we asked the trio questions that first-time moms frequently post:

The best place for new baby essentials, from clothes to cribs.
Design Touch Bank of India Building, opposite Nature’s Basket, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2645 5827.
Just Moms Narendra Bhuvan, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy. Tel: 022 2352 1400.

The best place for children’s clothes.
Mal The Store JVPD Scheme, Juhu. Tel: 022 6529 4224.
Nee and Oink
Little Kokoro
Mi Dulce An’ya

The best pre-natal classes.
Dr. Rita Shah’s Nine Months Pregnancy and Sonali Shivlani’s Baby 360 Degrees.

What is a jhapa and from where do you hire one? 
A jhapa is a trained baby maid, typically from Bengal, who handles infants aged up to three months. They give the newborns baths and massages and also help the mother recover in the first few months after delivery. There are several agencies. A lot of mothers also hire professional nurses. You can try Bina Nurses Bureau Third Floor, Madhu Mansion, near Gurukripa Hotel, Sion. Tel: 022 2409 3830.

What educational toys do you recommend and where do you get them? 
Melissa and Doug shape shorter puzzles, available at Manoj Stores, Bhulabhai Desai Marg, Breach Candy. Tel: 022 2367 5553.
Eduedge puzzles, available at Title Waves, St. Pauls Media Complex, opposite Duruelo Convent School, 24th Road, off Turner Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2651 0841.
Puzzles and activity triangles by Shumee Toys.
Mega Bloks and magnetic drawing boards, available at Hamleys, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 4347 3444. Also at First Floor, Phoenix MarketCity, LBS Marg, Kurla. Tel: 98337 85633.
Brainsmith Quantum Cards, available here.

The best creche.
Backyard Bears Third Floor, Parijat House, next to Shah and Nahar Industrial Estate, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli. Tel: 022 2490 9616.

The best play centre. 
My Gym Silver Pearl Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 96199 69496.

The best venues for a kid’s party. 
My Gym Silver Pearl Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 96199 69496.
Hop n Bop 444 The Corporate Lounge, Second Floor, Linking Road, opposite Khatwari Darbar, Khar. Tel: 022 6619 7400.
Le Sutra above Out of the Blue, Union Park, Khar. Tel: 022 2649 2995.
Bungalow 9 St. John Baptist Road, ahead of Salt Water Cafe, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 6117 9999.
Millk Gate No.4, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 2495 4456.
Dolled and Dapper Second Floor, Notan Plaza, Turner Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2655 9667.

The best place for a baby’s day out. 
Jogger’s Park near Otters Club, Carter Road, Bandra (West).
Tiny Tots Park in the middle of the Bandstand promenade in Bandra (West).

Name some organisations that work with special needs kids.
Ummeed for kids with developmental disabilities.
The Aditya Birla Integrated School

The Mommy Network Pop-up will take place on Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8, from 11am to 8pm at AntiSocial, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, off S.V. Road, Khar. Tel: 022 6522 6324. Get directions here. See the Facebook event page for more information.

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