written by Jen #supermom
You have your friends, you have a strong social network near and far. Friends to go to brunch with, to shop with, to hang and watch movies with. THEN…your world turns upside down in the most amazing way and you become a first time parent! Those friends are still your friends of course, but you really want to talk to other new moms and dads about what you are going through. Other parents that you can share advice with, that you can go to for support, and for laughs most importantly. Ones that will find your poop and spit-up stories mildly interesting. For the first time in your life you need “mom friends”!
Being a new mom and dad can cause a bit of anxiety, so it’s reassuring to talk to others that are going through the same things. Thankfully there are several mommy (and daddy) groups that help bring together a network of new parents of babies around the same age. These are a few of the different options that we have available here in Brooklyn:
* Park Slope Parents: By far the most popular among new moms in our area, this site can help you link up with other parents of a specific birth month, season (“Winter babies” for example), or with a shared interest (they include stay at home moms, separated/divorced/single parents, LGBTQ, bilingual groups, etc). $35 to join. http://www.parkslopeparents.com/Help-Joining-Groups/psp-baby-groups.html
* Moms Club: Stay-at-home parents meet up for playgroups, picnics, and all sorts of activities. As a non-profit, this organization depends on contributions from the members, helping plan and facilitate the different events. http://www.momsclubofparkslope.webs.com/
* Bococa Parents: Covering neighborhoods of Brooklyn, this parent group organizes events and activities for new parents and their families. Must have a Yahoo account to sign in, but membership is free: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bococa_parents/info
* Families First Brooklyn: For the Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill communities, this non-profit offers both classes and support groups for parents. More of a support group then casual PSP meet-up, these groups are run by a specialist and charge a fee. http://www.familiesfirstbrooklyn.org/new-moms-support-group.html
* Mommybites.com: An online community for parents to sign up for online classes (preparing for a sibling or potty training 101 for example), they also help facilitate the connection of moms through support groups. Not to mention it’s a great site to read up on parenting articles. http://mommybites.com/
* NYC Dads Group: Hey, what about something for all the new dads out there???! NYC Dads Group helps support dads through group play dates, special events, dad’s night out and educational workshops. http://www.citydadsgroup.com/meetups/
* And there is always meetup.com, which hosts all different kinds of meetups, including those for new moms and dads. If you don’t find the right group for you, there’s always the option of starting your own! http://www.meetup.com/
For a listing of parent groups throughout the different Brooklyn neighborhoods, check out: http://pipandpea.com/2014/02/25/just-moved-to-brooklyn-heres-the-first-thing-you-need-to-do/
Another fantastic way to meet outside of a mommy meet-up group is in a class like “Baby and Me Yoga”, taught at independent yoga centers or the YMCA. There are always opportunities to meet new friends in music classes like those taught at Music Together or Music for Aardvarks. Or, through South Slope Pediatrics’ many classes or social events! I always say meeting new moms/dads and making those connections can feel a bit like you’re dating again. Sometimes you just hit it off immediately and other times it feels awkward and unnatural. Hang in there…you’ll eventually hit it off with other new parents and might even make new life-friends! I know I surely have.