Making friends as a new mom can be challenging. First, time is strictly limited. When you’re not playing with bub, you’re changing a diaper, preparing food, serving it (or trying to), cleaning up, then repeat. Second, you’re often sleep deprived, which doesn’t always make for great conversation, and it can really impact your overall mood. But the old adage It takes a village to raise a child still runs true. Female friendships are more important than ever during this time.
These bonds have saved me, as a mom of a colic reflux baby, from spiraling into postpartum depression. I craved those connections with like-minded moms who could talk through my struggles, anguish, and joys with me. But finding them can be tough. While I had many friends without kids, they didn’t always understand what I was going through, and finding new friends who are also moms can be tough. Just because you both have kids doesn’t mean you’ll click, and to be honest, it’s just not enough. Having been through this myself, I pulled together a few tips that helped me and also asked a few other new moms what they did to establish new connections.
What are your tips for making friends as a new mom?