1. Head to the library
The children’s section of your local library is a magnet for other mums with young children. Check out when it runs story times or sing-along and your little one can have fun while you make new mates.
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2. Join a class
Whether it’s baby massage, music or whatever else takes your fancy, at a class with your little one you’ll not only be meeting other mums, but you’ll both be learning something new, too. “I go to a baby signing class at our village hall and have met some great girls,” says Jenny Waters, 29, from London, mum to Ryan, 7 months. “Everyone lives in my immediate area so meeting outside class is easy. As I’m a stay-at-home mum, my usual, non-mummy friends are at work while I’m free during the day, so it really has become my grown-up saviour.” Check out our Neighbourhood section to find local groups and classes in your area.
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3. Get on Facebook
If you’re already a fan of social networking, head to the ‘Meet a mum make a friend’ Facebook group, where mums looking for friends can post their details to find other women with similar-aged kids in their local area. There is also our Made for Mums page, where you can catch up with other mums and join in loads of competitions.
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4. Join a forum
Online forums are fantastic for making friends and getting advice, especially if you’re having problems getting out and about or are finding it hard to make local friends. “You can be completely anonymous, chat about whatever you like, and you’re only a few clicks away from someone in exactly the same boat as you are,” says Ali Campbell, life
coach and author of Just Get On With It!. “I joined www.practicalparenting.co.uk when I was struggling to come to terms with expecting number two when my first-born, Jack, was just 7 months old,” says Laura Head, 21, from Bury St Edmunds, mum to Jack, 2, and Lola, 1. “My cyber-sisters have helped me feel more confident as a mum.” Check out our online forums and see what mums are talking about!
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5. Ask your other half
If you’re a stay-at-home mum and your other half is at work, ask him if he has any colleagues with kids the same age as yours. A couples’ dinner and a bit of networking for him could be the start of a beautiful friendship for you.