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
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