Moms everywhere know that nothing compares with having a fellow mom to vent to. And during early parenthood for first-time or new parents, having a network of fellow mom friends is crucial to easing into your new role and relieving your parenting woes.
But making new mom friends may seem daunting at first, especially if you’ve recently moved to a new area or are the first mom in your own circle of friends. So how can you build new connections with other moms? Here are a few 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 on online post and ask questions. You’ll find that moms are often eager to help and offer you a lending hand. Check out our list of mom groups in Dallas-Fort Worth, including groups specifically for single moms, moms of multiples (twins, triplets, etc) and faith-based groups.
Find Community Programs and Classes
Take advantage of free community program, such as weekly story times at your local library. It’s a way to get out of the house and socialize with moms and kiddos you might not have met otherwise. And if you plan on taking your kiddo to infant swim classes or indoor play areas like The 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, the Peanut app is for you. Think of it like a social media app for women and moms. 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. Plus, it’s free!
Peanut is one of several highly-rated apps for new moms. Check out our full list of nine helpful apps for new moms for more options to help track your baby’s sleep and feedings, finding new friends, and many more uses.
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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