6 tips for making new mum friends
This advice is brought to you by Parenting Expert Holly Zoccolan, Founder of the Carol App
Pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood, especially the early years, are an incredibly magical, special yet vulnerable and lonely time in a mums’ life. Finding a support system as a new mum is so important to be able to have relatable conversations about the hard times and the good times of motherhood, share advice, ask each other questions and for mums to know that they aren’t alone. Not only this, but when mums go on maternity leave and then return to work, they often have an array of feelings from alienation, mum guilt, fatigue, and more often than not feel a lack of support from their workplace. Nobody gets it quite like other mums, and therefore mum friends are so important!
Take your little one to the local baby groups
Baby groups are great ways to meet other like-minded mums with children of the same age, and also are a great way to bond with your little one and get out of the house. You can find local baby groups on social media, Facebook, Instagram as well as searching on Google or by checking your local village hall notice boards.
Take your little one to the local park
If baby groups aren’t for you, taking your little one to the local parks a few times a week is a great way to meet other mums who live close by! Generally other mums are open to chatting and looking to make friends too, as well as your child interacting with other little ones and burning off some energy, too! It’s a win win!
Find a parenting app that supports and helps you meet new mums in your local area. Carol connects and supports mums throughout their Motherhood journey. Mums can meet like-minded mums who live close by, have children of the same age, join and create their own groups to share tips and advice, as well as have access to 100’s of expert led resources across Pregnancy, Postpartum, Baby Sleep, Baby Feeding, Baby Development and The Early Years, all for free! Carol is available on the App Store.
If you’ve met a mum with a child of the same age and you had a great time chatting, offer to swap numbers and set up a playdate! It can feel daunting, but the other mum is more than likely feeling the same so suggest swapping numbers and follow up to organise a playdate.
Attend post natal fitness classes
Post natal fitness classes are a great way to meet other mums, whilst doing something for yourself. The other mums in the room will most likely be similar in wanting to make mum friends as they may have attended the class to start chatting to other mums, so say ‘Hi’ and take it from there.
Get out and about
We all know that getting out the house can make us feel that little bit better. You never know who you will bump into in the local cafe, and it could be another mum wanting to make a friend just like you! The local library is often filled with other mums browsing for books for their child, so it’s a great way of meeting new mums who live near you. Some libraries also offer baby rhyme time which is a great chance to attend a free class that both you and your baby will enjoy.