Rebecca Judd

Rebecca Judd with 2-year-old Allegra (no relation to Rebecca). Photo: SDP Media

Rebecca Judd, a model, TV personality and a new mother to Oscar (her six month old son with AFL star Chris Judd) is a self-confessed happy snapper. She has recently been appointed ambassador and judge for the Harvey Norman’s Search for Australia’s Best Baby and Toddler Moment 2012.

Rebecca, you’ve just been announced as the ambassador for the Harvey Norman Search for Australia’s Best Baby and Toddler Moment 2012. What drew you to this role?”

I’m a bit OCD with the old photo taking, but…they grow up so fast and capturing the journey is so important. 

I’m a bit OCD with the old photo taking, but …they grow up so fast and capturing the journey is so important. As a proud mother myself I’m thrilled that the Harvey Norman’s Search for Australia’s Best Baby and Toddler Moment offers mums and dads across Australia the chance to celebrate their treasured moments.

What makes a beautiful baby?

That’s impossible to say - Every mother thinks their baby is the most beautiful in the world. The other judges and I will be looking for photographs where their personalities shine through.

 How many children do you have?

I have one child.  He is 6 months old.

What has surprised you the most about becoming a mother?

How quickly your little one grows up.  The last six months have gone so quickly!  My little one is changing every day and it’s so special to see them evolve in to little people.

Do you miss anything about your life prior to having children?

No.

What is the hardest part about being a mum?

Being a mum is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs in the world.  You have to quickly learn to juggle a busy schedule which never seems to stop.  Some of the challenges of motherhood, like lack of sleep and always being on the run, are, in my opinion, always outweighed by the most simple joys such as your baby’s first smile, first kick and their sweet innocence.

 What advice do you have for new mothers or mothers to be?

Enjoy every moment because they grow up so quickly.  We have tried to be as vigilant as possible with our camera and try to snap as many moments as we can of Oscar’s baby life.  These captured moments are priceless and capture Oscar’s very special journey. 

 What are you great at?

I would say I'm very organised and have Oscar in a very good feed and sleep routine. Because of this, I was lucky enough to have him sleeping through the night at a very young age which in turn makes for a very happy and energised mum and dad!

What are you terrible at?

Sleeping during the day. Everyone says, "sleep when your baby sleeps" but I can't for the life of me sleep during the day despite how hard I try. There are always bottles to be sterilised, clothes to be washed, dishes to be done etc etc.

How has your attitude to work / career changed since becoming a mother and how do you manage the juggle of family and work?

My child will always be my first priority however I’m lucky to be in a situation where my job sometimes doesn’t feel like work. 

What do you think about “me” time?  Do you practice it, preach it or have you resigned yourself to the fact that you will have to play catch up later on – and how do (or would) you spend your leisure time?

I do try to give myself a couple of hours a week for “me time” and think that it’s very important. 

Who do you admire? Why?

Single mums. I find raising a bub all consuming and exhausting a lot of the time (although always joyful) and I receive fabulous support from my husband and family with Oscar and around the household. Single mums who have to do it all by themselves and don't have family or the means for support are truly inspirational and I applaud them.

How do you know of the Essential Baby community? Is there anything you would like to say to them?

I know of the EB community initially from checking up on the various weeks of my pregnancy- I would read the weekly guides and found the information very useful. I have also gained lots of information from forum questions and answers. It seems lots of mums have the same questions and issues as me whether it's reflux or commencing solids or feeding regimes- its nice to know you are not alone.

What do you do too look after yourself and stay a calm and relaxed mummy?

I work 1 day a week which makes me feel refreshed and more appreciative of the time I spend with Oscar. I also enjoy exercise classes and pilates a few times a week

Finally, a question all mums must face (no matter who they are!) – What are you feeding your child(ren) for dinner tonight?

Oscar has just started on solids and is a big fan of pumpkin and sweet potato puree.

Entrants for the Harvey Norman’s Search for Australia’s Best Baby and Toddler Moment 2012 may submit their photos until March 25th, in store, via mail, or online via www.harveynormanphotos.com.au