When you have a new baby, sometimes days can go by without ever leaving the house, especially if it’s your first child. With Internet and social media taking the place of real life engagements, finding the motivation to pull yourself together, get the baby ready and drive across town or even down the block to the store can be daunting.
Getting out of the house and meeting other parents can alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation that often accompany new parenthood. When you find the right group, or even just one other person who is on the same wavelength, you will realize you are not alone!
You Will Feel Grateful.
Grateful to talk with others and realize that your baby isn’t the only one waking up at night, although there’s always one baby who is sleeping blissfully for long stretches!
You Will Get Answers.
Answers to questions you hadn’t even thought of, like how to find a nanny share, which type of baby carrier to get, or simply learning about a new teething remedy.
You Will Find Comfort.
Comfort from hearing the stories of others and realizing everyone is having similar experiences with their babies and trying to navigate from moment to moment like you are.
You Will Hear Other Parenting Styles.
You will meet parents with styles similar to yours or even opposite, and you might gain insight and confidence in hearing what works for some and not others.
Around your last post natal checkup is a good time to start looking for parent groups. There are many types, but the most popular are Mommy and Me; walks in the park, postnatal mommy and me yoga classes and breastfeeding support groups. If you’re a parent of multiplies, preemies or have any other special circumstances, there are often specific groups available.
To find these groups you can search online for MeetUps in your area, or on Facebook. You can also check out story time events at your local library, and see if your city offers infant classes. Additionally, there is a class called “Music Together” which can be started in early childhood: www.musictogether.com.
You can also contact your local Le Leche League leader, yoga studio, your childbirth educator, or reach out to a doula in your area.