When you're a new mom, old friendships may take continuous blows until slowly dying out. You're in different stages in life, it's hard to find time to meet up, you're trying to find time around multiple schedules or you may want to meet some new people who are also new parents.
With the internet being such a huge part of our lives, it is easier than it used to be when it comes to connecting with other new moms. There are good websites and apps, as well as more local opportunities to meet other new moms if you know where to look.
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There is a fairly new app called Mush. It's similar to a dating app, but it's explicitly geared toward moms. You simply fill out some information about your location, the "type" of mom you are, some traits you hold and the ages of your kids (as well as their genders) and it will show you other moms who have the app nearby. Mush lets you connect with these moms just like a dating app would let you connect with a potential date. It has gained some traction but isn't used a great deal in some locations. The more people who know about the app, the better chance you have of connecting with other users.
Meetup is another site that we have been loving for meeting other new moms. To arrange a meetup, you have to pay a fee, but it is completely free to search and join local meetups. Meetup offers the possibility to create events specifically for moms as well as for nearly any other group you can think of.
Facebook groups are another great way to meet local new moms. There are tons of private groups for different kinds of parenting, as well as public events that are open to everyone.
BabyCenter birth boards are another way to connect. These last two may not lead to local friendships or meeting in person, but you can make online friends- which can be just as good and rewarding.
Local "Mommy and Me" or "Mommy and Baby" events are another option. They are not available in all areas, but if you live in an area with "Mommy and Me" and "Mommy and Baby" classes, sign up for the one you're interested in- that will easily give you a quick icebreaker.