7 signs you suffer from Melted Mum Brain Syndrome


Young woman panicking and stressed, tugging at her hair

It’s no secret that a woman’s brain changes when she becomes a mother…some like to perceive it as having been rewired for the purposes of being a mum – to help motivate and care for her offspring in parenthood. I like to see it as having been smashed like an egg or melted like a Dali watch, otherwise known as Melted Mum Brain Syndrome (MMBS) – the root of all mum problems and mysteries. Think MMBS could be the source of your mum struggles? Here are 7 signs and symptoms to check for…

Mum holding her head in her hands screaming

1.You have the attention span of a goldfish

You literally can not have a conversation with anybody without your thoughts being hijacked about some pressingly urgent thing you should have done an hour ago before.

2. You can’t tell the difference between the fridge and the dishwasher

You try to put the milk back in the dishwasher and the forks in the fridge. Seriously, what kind of special kind of idiot are you?

3. Your brain is on permanent fast forward setting

Your brain literally does not know anymore how to operate at a normal pace. It pings around a bajillion different things from the minute your eyes open, moving your limbs at breakneck speed despite all the odds, in a Benny Hill-esque mission to complete the laughable amount of tasks you have to do for the day. It’s flight or fight, all day, every day.

4. You suffer from Mum Can’t Make Decisions disorder

Trying to make a decision when you have a little one whinging for attention at full volume is the number one culprit for this increasingly common condition. You wonder you could place a small ad along the lines of Wanted: Someone to make decisions on behalf of mum.

5. Your reflexes are at superhero level

You can catch falling tots, glasses and an array of bump-inducing, noise emanating contraptions ย with your eyes closed at break neck speed. At least that comes in rather handy.

6. Your sense of pleasure is now entirely warped

It only responds to cake, sleep, silence and wine, and that’s at a push!

7. Your language neurons have mutated

Once capable of unlocking a wide range of eloquent vocabulary, the cogs of your brain are now jammed on the words no, don’t touch that, stop that, and there’s no TV if you don’t do that.

So how did you fair – do you suffer from advanced Melted Mum Brain Syndrome (MMBS) or perhaps only early onset?

If you feel like you might need a little help living with your Melted Mum Syndrome, head over to the #Mommitment Facebook page and group and join other like-minded mums trying to piece their heads together!ย 



  1. I was praised for my goal keeping skills last weekend at a [kids] party as I went from sitting on the floor to diving at floor level to catch dangermouse from a toppling plastic chair. Child saved, dignity, not so much.

  2. Oh my goodness, yes! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thankfully I’m gradually regaining my faculties as my two get older. I’m pleased to say the superhero reflexes are still there on occasion though, which commands astonished respect from said kids.

  3. No 2 is me (and I get it from my mum). But don’t hate me, I get a LOT of cake, sleep, silence and wine. I won’t even tell you what time I lay in until today, the first day of half term (in fairness I went to bed at 4am after working) and my kids just made their breakfast and watched a film. I actually had to double check they were still in the house later on while I was working as I could barely hear them.

    And yet…YES…my brain is melted. No excuse. x

  4. All of the above. I also caught myself doing that “Mum thing” of calling one of the Tots every name of every body I’ve ever met before finally working out his actual name. Shocking!

    Ps. What is this cake sleep silence and wine phenomenon of which you speak? Can I book to go there please? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Brilliant as always.
    Dawn x

  5. I suffer! Especially thinking about things days in advance, my brain never stops. Another sign is taking hours to cook a simple meal while one child is at your leg and the other in your arms, both whingeing, huff!

  6. Now I have a diagnosis at last! Yep I suffer from all of these, I also start jobs all over the place then get distracted by a threenager emergency and completely forget about the jobs, so by Mr C gets home the house will be in complete chaos with a hoover in one room, pile of washing in another. You get the drift ๐Ÿ™‚ #coolmumclub

  7. I’m OK with the fridge and the dishwasher, but the washing machine and the tumble drier are a different story… I put my dirty clothes in the drier yesterday, very effectively baking in all of the stains, smells and smears my kids and husband had accumulated over the last few days. Delightful.

  8. Hahaha yes I definately suffer from melted mummy brain. I have all the symptoms! Especially the last one. It’s just as well that I haven’t gone back to my job in HR because I don’t know how I would ever be able to articulate myself like I used to and talk about things wider than sleep, poo, food and play groups! Kat x #coolmumclub

  9. Being a mother to a pregnant 18 yr old still living at home and due to give birth in 6 weeks, a four year old with special needs and a mini tornado that is my two year old I definately suffer from this. Sometimes I can’t even hear myself think and forget what the decision was that I was trying to make in the first place! Still, they keep me on my toes and at least I can say that life is never boring ๐Ÿ˜‰


  10. I definitely suffer from this! I have every single one and my kids are no longer toddlers. Having a teenager and a very active, talking, and imaginative 9 year old though, does still leave me with all of these symptoms. LOL! My teenager is actually the easier of the two. Haha! #coolmumclub

  11. Brilliant! So glad that it’s not just me who puts forks in the fridge and milk in the dishwasher! And yes, I definitely feel that there are days when my vocabulary is limited to “no, don’t do that”, “get down off the sofa”, “play nicely!” etc. I find myself wondering if it would just be easier to record myself saying these things and play it on repeat throughout the day…! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. YUP. This sums is up. And I feel like I’m not even officially a Mum yet. He’s still an alien to me haha. My spidey senses are definitely enhanced, I hear the smallest little coo and I’m climbing the walls! #coolmumclub

  13. Yep I am all of the above. This explains why a walk into a room and forget what I’m doing and look around helplessly. Not only do I forget the words for everyday things and people I can’t seem to spell anymore either. I guarantee I know where every bit of chocolate is in the house though! #coolmumclub

  14. Hahahahaha, this is exactly me!!! I am always chasing thought around as they whizz past me, usually while I’m mid-convo! Drives hubster mad when I stop talking mid-sentence, I don’t even realise I’ve gone quiet! #coolmumsclub

  15. Oh yes! I definitely have this syndrome ๐Ÿ˜‰ An example from this morning was me cursing at how I couldn’t unlock the front door to the postman and the delivery driver later on. My little boy being ever so helpful trying to post things through the letterbox. I had to go out the back door and round the side of the house in the end. I was turning the key the wrong way. I am forever losing my phone and today everything I put down I struggled to find again mid baby-brain haze.. I remember thinking how bonkers my sister sounded when she told me she put the polish in the fridge after she had her first child.. We all have MMBS!

  16. […] It is like thereโ€™s a force field between your bedroom and living room. You get up off the sofa, propelled by a desire to get something. You pass through the door and poof!, your memory is gone. What am I doing in this room? I know I came in here for something. You are not going insane, you just have insufficient RAM at this time. Your short-term, or โ€˜workingโ€™, memory, is analogous to the RAM on your computer. It is temporary storage of information you need to keep in your head while you perform tasks that require that information. I like to call it Melted Mum Brain Syndrome. […]

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