You know there are tons of women out there who just had kids—but being a new mom can feel surprisingly isolating. You want to go out and meet new people who can relate to your 3 a.m. wakeup calls and your sudden obsession with your child’s poo, but where to even begin? Not to mention, you’re so tired you can hardly catch up on the last season of Orange Is The New Black, and that came out, like, two months ago…
So where should you start? These six ideas will have you buddying up with fello new moms pronto.
Whether you live in a city or suburb, the first place you should probably look is a mommy and me class. You’re bound to find plenty of music, art, yoga, swimming, and gymnastics offerings for children of all ages. A simple Google search should help you locate whatever kind of class strikes your fancy. Or check out weekly programming at your local library or museum.
Early parenthood is one of the best times to take advantage of parks and playgrounds in your neighborhood. If you bring snacks, you can share them with the other moms and kids, which will help you break the ice. Don’t be shy about offering up your contact information and suggesting getting the kiddos together in the near future.
If you’re also itching to get back to the gym, you can always multitask by working out with your baby and other moms who are similarly interested in fitness. Stroller Strides is a national exercise franchise that hosts 60-minute group classes with a focus on power walking, toning, and strength training. It’s an easy way to meet fit-minded friends.
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Go to meetup.com, click the “Parents & Family” filter, and then search by your city or zip code to find playdate groups in your area. There’s different groups for new moms, older moms, step moms, and moms-to-be.
A lot of faith-based organizations like churches and synagogues host parent groups. Go to weekly services, scope out other moms, and then stick around to find out about any opportunities for hanging out with other parents and tots. Or check out mops.org to find out what churches have local chapters of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs)—groups for moms with kids between birth and kindergarten.
Like Tinder—but for moms looking to connect with other moms—apps such as Hello Mamas, MomCo, Kinnecting, and Smile Mom are a great way to pre-screen potential friends. Many of the services match you with other women in your ‘hood who have similar interests and children of similar ages. And tons of parenting websites, like CafeMom, BabyCenter, and Circle of Moms, have regional boards that make connecting with other women who are new to the mommy scene a total cinch.
Source: Women’s Health Mag