Ch­eryl seeks ‘MUMMY RE­AS­SUR­ANCE’

Ch­eryl is de­ter­mined to be a hands-on mum to baby Bear, but she’s turn­ing to the women clos­est to her for ap­proval and guid­ance

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Last week, Ch­eryl made only her sec­ond pub­lic ap­pear­ance since the birth of her son, Bear Payne, now seven months old, as she walked the run­way at Paris Fash­ion Week.

Since she be­came a mum on March 22, she’s pre­ferred stay­ing at home with her tot to at­tend­ing glam­orous show­biz events. She dotes on baby Bear and has kept him away from the spot­light.

But like other mums, Chezza has her in­se­cu­ri­ties and has been seek­ing re­as­sur­ance from ex-Girls Aloud band­mate Kim­ber­ley Walsh and her mum, Joan Cal­laghan.

‘Hav­ing your first baby is a learn­ing curve,’ a source tells us. ‘Ch­eryl is con­stantly lean­ing on Kim­ber­ley, Joan and her boyfriend, Liam [Payne], but she’s do­ing a grand job her­self.

‘Ch­eryl’s mum has been in­stru­men­tal in show­ing her the ropes, but left her with th­ese words of wis­dom – there is no rule book, and no baby is the same. She’s told her not to keep cri­tiquing her­self over how she’s do­ing.

‘If Bear is cry­ing, it’s be­cause that’s what ba­bies do, and it’s OK to let him cry.

‘Joan joked to Ch­eryl, “He’s just like you – want­ing to be the cen­tre of at­ten­tion from an early age!”’

It seems it’s only Ch­eryl, 34, who is putting pres­sure on her­self over her par­ent­ing skills. Her baby daddy, for­mer

One Di­rec­tion singer Liam Payne, has gushed that she’s a ‘su­per­woman’ who has shunned the help of nan­nies and is tak­ing on the ma­jor­ity of du­ties her­self.

In May, Liam, 24, re­vealed, ‘We started off with a rota of who was go­ing to do what but, when I was do­ing night feeds, she’d wake up any­way. So she was like, “Look, babe, I know you want to join in the night feeds and stuff, but there’s no point in us both be­ing tired and I might as well do it.”

‘She says that she knows I’m go­ing to be away [for work] and that she’s got to learn to do this. She hasn’t had any nan­nies or any­thing like that to help. She’s an ab­so­lute boss – she’s the best mum in the world.’

‘WE SPEAK ABOUT OUR BABY WOR­RIES’

We’re told that Ch­eryl’s mummy friends have dif­fer­ent the­o­ries and ways of deal­ing with their ba­bies, which has left her won­der­ing what’s best.

But Kim­ber­ley has stepped in with triedand-tested meth­ods that she’s used with her own sons, Bobby and Cole.

‘I have play­dates with [Ch­eryl and] all my close friends,’ Kim­ber­ley told us last week. ‘Ev­ery­one’s go­ing through the same thing, and you have some­one to talk about your

baby wor­ries with.’

Our source ex­plains, ‘Ch­eryl still sleeps with one eye open, as she’s so para­noid – it’s nor­mal for all first-time mums.

‘She is also strug­gling with lack of sleep. De­spite her crazy hours in show­biz, she ad­mits she has never ex­pe­ri­enced tired­ness quite like this.

‘It’s re­ally hard when a baby cries and doesn’t set­tle for no ap­par­ent rea­son. Bear is a hun­gry boy and gets very griz­zly, so get­ting his feeds right has also been tricky and frus­trat­ing.’

But the source sums up, ‘Ul­ti­mately, Ch­eryl is cop­ing well. She has [a lot of] ex­pe­ri­ence with look­ing af­ter the young­sters in her fam­ily grow­ing up.

‘Her life has gone from rock ’n’ roll glam­our to not wash­ing her hair for an en­tire week! Her days are busy fill­ing nappy bags and hav­ing burp-offs with her son – but she wouldn’t change it for the world.’

Now that Bear is seven months old, Ch­eryl has been read­ing books by baby nu­tri­tion­ist Annabel Karmel to help her with his next phase.

‘Ch­eryl is swot­ting up on wean­ing. [Ad­vice] in­cludes freez­ing cubes of fruit purées and broc­coli,’ adds the source.

The singer has re­cently been ac­cused of mak­ing other new mums feel in­ad­e­quate. She flaunted her trim post-birth body in a crop top dur­ing her first pub­lic ap­pear­ance at the Game4Gren­fell char­ity foot­ball match in Septem­ber.

Made In Chelsea’s Binky Fel­stead and re­al­ity TV star Chanelle Hayes, who have both re­cently given birth, felt Ch­eryl was pro­mot­ing an ‘un­fair’ and ‘un­re­al­is­tic’ rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how easy it is to lose preg­nancy weight.

Fans have also been frus­trated at Ch­eryl and Liam for keep­ing baby Bear un­der wraps – so far, he’s not been pic­tured in pub­lic. Yet, our source tells us, Ch­eryl is de­ter­mined to keep his life pri­vate for as long as pos­si­ble.

Ch­eryl was in Paris last week for the city’s fash­ion week

Baby daddy Liam is her big­gest fan

Kim with her two gor­geous boys

Liam’s sweet birth­day pic of his hands-on son

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