Meet the MMP Mamma


NiculieMeet MMP Mamma Niculie Botes, She lives in Durban and is mom to 2 year old Karo. She and her husband relocated back from the UK when Karo was just 6-weeks old. Like so many working moms Niculie has faced numerous challenges finding the right job post maternity leave. She felt employees expected her to start over despite the hours she had put in to establish her career prior to maternity leave. Three jobs later Niculie finally found a job that is exciting and offers the flexibility to spent time with Karo as well.

 1. Describe your first week of being a mom in 3 words.

Ecstatic, overwhelming, emotional

2. Give us your top 3 must-haves for new moms?

1 = Baby bath seat – it just makes bath time so much easier at the beginningNiculie 2

2 = Nappy Bin

3 = Bio oil and Palmers Cocoa butter for stretch marks

3. Give us your top 3 could-have-done-withouts for new moms?

1 = Too many new born onesies, they grow out of it so quickly.

2= All the gadgets, keep it simple

3 = Complete strangers walking up to you and giving you unsolicited advice

4. What’s the most inappropriate thing anyone said or did to you when you were pregnant?

My husband and I went on a Californian road trip when I was about 6 months pregnant. We were admiring the coastal views when he said “I can tell people I did some “Whale watching” this holiday….

5. If we take a look in your nappy bag what would we find?

Luckily as they grow older you don’t have to carry the entire house around anymore. We just potty trained so I always have an extra pair of clothes on hand.

6. What product should every mom have in their nappy bag?

Emergency nappy rash combo (Mix a little bit of bennett’s nappy cream, multi-peace with something like mycopsor) It works wonders.

7. Best piece of mom advice you’ve received, and from whom?

My Sister gave me this advice. Whenever you start giving the bottle, don’t heat it. They are just fine drinking it at room temperature. You will be the one that needs to get up in the middle of the night to heat a bottle!

8. What do you wish you had been told before having your little one/s?

That it can be hard at times especially when you are not getting sleep and its ok when someone ask you how it is going to say you are feeling a bit overwhelmed.

9. What has becoming a mom taught you about yourself?

It surprised me that I can actually be calm and very patient, especially when they get to the age where they want to do everything on their own and a simple thing like getting into the car takes ages. Also it has taught me to not to stress about the small stuff.

10. What’s the most important thing you’d like to teach your child?

To be responsible for her own happiness.


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  • Reply Edilberto 21st May 2015 at 4:27 pm

    babyshowers?how far along did u have yours? or soon after the child was born?if u waited until the child was born was it more annyoing to have people around your new born than to have people around you at 9 months?im just wondering .i am less than a week away from 9 months and my mother in law has promised me a baby shower for 3 months now. then she keeps saying we will wait until u are further into it. im due June 28th and she wants to have it the 8th or 15th she hasnt decided yet .. i almost want to say forget about it and not have one until after he is born. but on the other hand i dont want to be around her family (even ones i havent met) with a new born ..let alone 9 months also supposed to have one that my grandmother is setting up for me but again its not going to be until later .why so late? seriously i dont like being around people right now.idk but any suggestions?thats what i was thinking, id love to have everything in hand and ready so i know what i need to buy. i would love to get this done now, but i was wondering if anyone had one after there baby was born? i dont think i want to deal with people with a new born and i know what it is so why wait so late? god i wish id have this baby on the day of the baby shower just to show them we waited to long on the other hand i think i may tell her to forget about it ..but she has already bought invites and junk owell to bad for her right?

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