So, you’ve welcomed a beautiful new baby into your life, and suddenly, your world has been turned upside down. Amid the sleepless nights, diaper changes, and endless cuddles, finding time to nurture friendships can feel like an impossible task. Trust me, I’ve been there! But, I’m here to tell you that connecting with other new moms is not only possible but also essential for your well-being. In this post, I’ll share some tried and tested tips to help you find quality mom friendships even when you’re busy juggling your new parenting responsibilities.
Before we get into the practical ways to find new mom friends, rest assured that completely natural to feel a little awkward when you intentionally seek new mom friends. It might not seem like it, but countless moms are in the same boat, searching for connections and support as they navigate their new roles. So, embrace the process and know that reaching out to other moms is a positive and empowering step in your parenting journey.
Local Mom Groups
The easiest way to find new mom friends is through local mom groups! These groups are a fantastic way to meet new mom friends—even if you’re an introvert!
Now, where can you find these groups?
The MomCo (formerly MOPS International): MomCo/MOPS International encourages and equips moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church.
Edmond Mothers of Multiples: Edmond MOMS is a non-profit volunteer organization open to all mothers of multiple birth children. They are a support group in the Edmond and Oklahoma City metro area whose activities are directed toward the needs of parents and expecting parents of twins, triplets, and other higher order multiples.
Meet-Up: For more specific local and online meet-ups, check out the Meet Up website. Lots of great specific need resources here!
And don’t forget online resources!
The Peanut App: A safe space for women to meet and find support online. Connect with women who are at a similar stage in life–from fertility, pregnancy and motherhood through to menopause.
Baby Center: Such a great site to keep up with everything once you start trying to conceive to post-partum. When I was pregnant with my kids, I found so many answers to the many questions I had about my changing body! I’ve known friends who have found their tribe online and even ended up going on girls trips after their kids were older!
If you’re thinking about exploring these options but you’re worried about stepping out of your comfort zone.. no problem! Just remember, you’re not alone—many new moms feel the same way.
TIP: Ease into it by engaging in online discussions first, then gradually attend in-person meetups!
Meet Other Moms at Child Friendly Locations
For this one, think about checking out the playground or story time at the library.
But let’s be honest – approaching other moms without feeling weird can be a bit of a challenge!
I want to give you a few tips that can help you can strike up a conversation that feels natural and enjoyable.
First, keep it casual and friendly. Start with a compliment or a light-hearted comment about something you both can relate to, like your kids’ activities or the chaos of motherhood.
For example, you might say, “Your little one is really enjoying the swings! How old are they?” This opens up the conversation without putting too much pressure on the other person. Make sure to listen actively and ask open-ended questions that encourage them to share more about their experiences.
If you find common ground, don’t be afraid to suggest exchanging contact information or planning a future playdate. You can say something like, “It’s been so great chatting with you! Would you like to exchange numbers and maybe get our kids together for a playdate sometime?” Or, “Do you guys usually come here around this day/time? I know our kiddos had so much fun playing together!”
Remember, many moms are also looking for new friends, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you feel a little nervous.
Just be yourself, show genuine interest, and let the conversation flow naturally.
Use Social Media to Connect with Other New Moms
Social media can be a fantastic tool for connecting with other new moms outside of your current friend group.
There are so many options out there, so I pulled together my experience with the experience of my clients and friends to give you the best (groups/Facebook groups) for new moms in OKC and Ada.
Once you find the right mom groups or online communities that resonate with you, jump in by asking questions, sharing your own experiences, or even offering advice to moms.
One of the great things about leveraging social media for mom friendships is that in addition to finding OKC mom groups, you can find groups based on your specific interests, values, or parenting style.
For example, if you’re passionate about eco-friendly living, there are groups dedicated to green parenting where you can connect with like-minded moms. Or, if you’re navigating the world of attachment parenting, you can find communities that share your outlook and offer support.
This targeted approach makes it even easier to find moms who share your outlook on life and parenting – you already have something in common!
Remember that building these connections takes time and effort, but it’s truly worth it in the end. These connections not only provide a support system during challenging times but also enrich your life in countless ways.
Be patient with yourself as you embark on this journey. Embrace the process and stay open to new friendships, whether you find them in local mom groups, at child-friendly locations, or through social media.
Did I miss any of your favorite resources or groups? Let me know in the comments!