Top 50 Signs of Being a Mum

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By In The Playroom

Know all the words to ‘Let It Go’, and have a stash of snacks and nappies in your handbag…? Yup – these are the signs of being a mum!

Take a look down this top 50 list and see how many things you tick off the list.


Top 50 signs of being a mum. So true!


1. They long for a lie in

2. Have a photo of their children as a screensaver

3. They rush everywhere

4. They know all the words to popular kids TV theme tunes

5. They are permanently knackered or ‘wired’

6. They always have a pack of wet wipes to hand

7. They can function on very little sleep

8. Can’t leave the house without asking everyone if they’ve been to the toilet

9. Always carry a massive bag or multiple bags

10. Always have tissue in their handbag

11. They know the name of characters from kids TV

12. They appreciate their own mum more

13. They go out shopping for the day and only return with stuff for the children

14. Thinks nothing of sharing stories of difficult births, miscarriages, breast feeding etc

15. They have a cupboard dedicated to medicines

16. Never go anywhere without a phone ‘just in case’

17. Super organised

18. They don’t get queasy at the thought of poo, wee or sick

19. They buy gallons of milk

20. Always watch TV through catch-up of Sky+ – never live

21. Go to bed at 9pm every night

22. They own lots of comfy shoes

23. Total inability to watch sad things about children on the telly

24. Going for comfort over style when choosing what to wear

25. The kids TV channels are always on when they have visitors

26. They’d rather get an early night than have a night out when the kids are at a sleepover

27. They go to the toilet just to get a few minutes peace

28. They know the words to ‘Let it Go’

29. They have a massive family organiser on the wall

30. Bigger pants are more comfortable

31. They get drunk quicker on one glass of wine

32. The realise other work colleague seem so young

33. They can fall asleep anywhere

34. Have a strong opinion on schooling and education

35. They cry really easily when watching TV or films

36. Social media post are suddenly all baby pictures

37. Always have a box of raisins or snacks in their handbags

38. They swear under their breath

39. Instinctively grab a someone’s hand when crossing the road – regardless of the age of their company

40. They panic about a late night

41. They are more likely to have seen the newest kids release at the cinema than the latest blockbuster

42. Nappies are always in their handbag

43. You have ‘mum’ nights out

44. They say ‘sugar’ and ‘fudge’ instead of swearing

45. They learn to sleep on the edge of the bed because their child in asleep horizontally next to them

46. Suddenly a people carrier is a good idea

47. Accidentally cut sandwiches into triangles

48. Jiggling the shopping trolley as if it was a buggy when they’re in the supermarket

49. They can spot a high temperature at ten paces

50. You know all the words to irritating pop songs.

Not forgetting the one sign that makes all the lack of sleep, rushing around and dealing with bodily fluids worthwhile – you know what it’s like to have your heart walking around outside your body. And when you speak about your kids, under your tiredness, anyone can see the pride and love shining in your eyes : the ultimate sign of a mum.


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Lauren Venters at Asda which commissioned the survey to celebrate their in-store baby and toddler event which ends on Sunday 8th February, said: ‘’Mums have a natural instinct to be prepared for all eventualities when they have children. She added: “We know that being a mum is the hardest job in the world, so we want to help as much as we can by getting in all the best deals on baby essentials so mum can focus on learning the words to Let It Go instead of traipsing round loads of supermarkets. ‘’Whether you need wet wipes or nappies, milk or comfy bras or actually just a nice bottle of vino for that rare 5 minutes of R&R, we’ve got it covered.’’ 

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."

Images: Mother lifting daughter up high (modifed) / Happiness Mother with Child / Background (modified) Shutterstock

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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.

4 thoughts on “Top 50 Signs of Being a Mum”

  1. I love your list; it’s just great. I recognize myself “always have tissue and wipes in my bag”, “strong opinion on schooling and education”, “can’t leave the house without asking everyone, if they have been to the toilet”, etc.

    Thanks for sharing the list.

  2. Your list brings back memories. Mine have grown up and left home and I miss them so much. I would happily give up some of my sleep time, lie ins and tidy house to just have a few days with them. (Wait till yours grow will also wish for them back!!) . FYI- I still carry tissues, wet wipes, sewing kit, paracetamol and vaseline in my hand bag just in case someone might need them!!
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