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Making friends and finding support

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If most of your friends don’t have babies then you might want to get in touch with other people who are going through the same stuff that you are.

 

Even if it seems like you don’t have much in common at first there’s lots to talk about when you start chatting about your baby. They might be finding the exact same stuff hard that you are!

 

Here are some good options:

Mothers’ Groups  Ask your child and family health nurse about local groups  
 

Search MeetUp for a group in your city 

 Google ‘mothers group’ in your suburb
 Your local health service can help you find one 
  
Pram walkingFind one in your state
groupsStart your own group
  
PlaygroupSearch Playgroup Australia for a playgroup in your area 
AustraliaPhone: 1800 171 882

 

Sometimes you might feel like you don’t relate as well with older mums. If you don’t enjoy a general mother’s group, try again with a young mum’s group instead.

 

It can feel awkward making new friends but here are some tips:

  1. Get the mobile number of one of the mums you like in your mothers group 
  2. Ask them if they want to plan a trip to a baby store next time you need to pick up a new rug or clothes 
  3. Ask people to do baby friendly things like having a picnic or going out to a coffee shop
  4. Don’t get disheartened if they say that they don’t have time right now 
  5. Keep trying – you never know when a true friend will come into the picture 
  6. Look for blogs and Facebook groups on parenting– or start one yourself!