Having a network of friends during early parenthood is crucial. But if you’ve recently moved or are the first mom in your friend group, it’s not so easy. It may seem daunting at first, but making mom friends can help you ease into your new role and relieve your parenting woes.
Build new connections and find a group of fellow moms you can vent to, get advice from and schedule play dates with a few of our helpful tips.
Look to your Neighborhood
This may seem like a no-brainer, but finding moms within close range can make life a lot easier. It can be as simple as getting out for a walk more often or having your cup of joe on the patio.
You’ll be surprised how many people will stop and look at your baby in a stroller. It’s the perfect time to strike a conversation. Introduce yourself, and get to know the neighborhood kiddos. More likely than not, there will be other moms in the neighborhood with kids the same age as yours.
Join a Local Mom Group
In this day and age, there’s a mom group for just about every family and situation. Not only are they handy for collecting advice and scheduling play dates, mommy groups can connect mothers with similar parenting backgrounds or locations. Introduce yourself in a post and ask questions. Moms are eager to help and offer you a lending hand.
Whether you’re a single parent, mom of multiples or looking for religious mom advice, check out our list of mom groups to consider around the Metroplex here.
Find Community Programs and Classes
Take advantage of what your community offers, such as local library programs. Most have weekly story times for your little ones. It’s a way to get out of the house and socialize with moms and kiddos you might not have met otherwise. (Editor’s note: While they might be on Zoom these days, public libraries across DFW are still holding reading programs virtually for kids.)
And if you plan on taking your kiddo to infant swim classes or indoor play areas like Little Gym, you’ll get to know moms over time and form bonds. Making repeat contact with moms through weekly classes can lead to lifelong friendships.
Check Out The Peanut App
If you want to meet up, are struggling with feedings or just need someone to vent to, Peanut is the app for you. Think of it like a social media app for women and moms. Plus, you can ask questions, create polls and share advice about all things baby and pregnancy-related straight through the app. It’s an easy way to network with women when you’re feeling overwhelmed and need help.
If you’re in need of more new mom centered apps, check out these nine helpful apps, from tracking sleep and feedings to finding new friends.
Put Yourself Out There
Most importantly, put yourself out there. Small talk can be awkward, but you’ll never know what could happen if you don’t try. Ask other moms questions such as, “Where are you from?” and “How old are your kids?” to help break the ice. Just remember, every new mom is in the same situation and all need a shoulder to lean on.
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