Making friends with other moms

Making friends with other moms

If you're a new mom (or you're about to be!), it's a good idea to make friends with other moms or moms-to-be.

As much as you love your baby, there comes a time where every new mom craves adult company. Developing relationships with other new moms will not only help preserve your sanity, but could also provide easy opportunities for your little ones to socialize and play together.

Here's how to go about expanding your social circle:

Start early. Strike up conversations with women in your childbirth class or the mom-to-be you often see in the OB waiting room. You'll be raising babies of roughly the same age, and you can experience parenting milestones together.

Hit the gym. Going to mom-and-baby classes at the gym or exercise studio is a great way to meet other new moms in the area. Get to chatting while your tot crawls around and gets extra tired for his next nap – it's a win-win for you both!

Get onto the forums. If you find that it's difficult to meet people, groups with websites like Meetup.com and International MOMS Club (momsclub.org) can help connect you with other moms in your area. This way you can start your friendship online, and then meet face-to-face once you get to know each other.

Set up a play date. Enlist the help of your child's teacher or caretaker to introduce you to other moms. If your child has made friends in her class, ask the moms about getting together for a playdate. While the kids play, you can work on making new (adult) friends.

Be a playground regular. Aim to take your new baby to the park at least once a week. If you go around the same time on the same days, you're likely to run into some other new moms on the same schedule.

It's likely that your new mom friends' schedules are as hectic as yours, so don't worry too much if you don't get together as often. Maximize playdates by adding as many moms to your circle as possible.

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Would like to meet new people

M 07/14/2015

Even though I live in a great place to meet people, I am not able to go anywhere because my husband needs the car for his work. In addition to that I live far away from parks. I still manage to talk to other moms on social networks, but would love to go out more.

Making friends

07/11/2015

I agree it is hard to make friends if you have a child and your friends do not. But try having play dates with children from your child's daycare or school, soon your children will be friends and you and their mom can connect and be friends as well.

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07/08/2015

I feel this message. I lost all mybfirends when I had my oldest cause none of them had any babies yet, now that they have babies they want to come around but the damage is done

meet new people

07/07/2015

It's still kinda hard for me to meet new mothers because of my job but its an awesome idea to do

Play date success

AMANDA 07/07/2015

Starting play dates by meeting other mothers and there kids at a local park for a few play date sessions is a great way to form a friendship that can even become a close friendship. When you feel comfortable with your new mom friend, the park will become just on place to have play dates. Soon they'll be at your homes, trips to the zoo, trips to the library etc

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