Being a first time mum or a new mum to Perth can be a tough time, especially if you’re at home all day with bub or have left behind a great support network. Finding other mum pals can help ease the loneliness and provide you with support, friendship and someone to have a cup of tea and a chinwag with. Don't forget that babies love having little friends to interact with too, so finding mum friends will only benefit you both.
Children need real friends, not just dolls. So many dolls.
But where do you find new mum friends? They are around – you just have to know where to look. If you’re about to become a mum for the first time, consider joining a mothers group once you have the baby. The child health centre in your area will usually run the initial sessions before all you new mums are encouraged to meet up independently.
The child health nurse will pay you and baby a visit in the early weeks, so be sure to ask about the mothers group meeting. While the sessions are geared toward new parents, there's no harm in going along to meet other mums if you are a second or third time mum with a newborn. You can find out more by calling 1300 749 869.
Even if you have older children, you should be able to join your local mothers group with a newborn.
You’ll also find other parents at your local playgroup. Playgroup WA has branches throughout WA and there is a small fee to join. Most ask that you volunteer some time to help with playgroup fundraisers or events – the perfect way to interact with other adults for an afternoon. Your local council may also offer free or low cost playgroup sessions, such as the Beeliar Hub playgroup but check with them for more details.
Consider joining a playgroup and meet other mums in your area.
If you’re a Facebook user, you can find other Perth mums with similar interests to you, such as a baby-wearing walking group. Eventually you won’t be able to carry the baby in the Baby Bjorn, but by then you may have made some lasting friendships.
Why not join or start a Meetup group?
On the subject of Facebook – why not join the Perth Mums Group discussion group where you’ll find plenty of other mums in Perth. All you have to do is put a shout out on the page or suggest a meet up. Perth is such a wonderful place for free parks and playgrounds (some with coffee…) so you just have to ask.
Meetup is another online means to meet other mums. Simply type in ‘mum’ to the search bar (make sure your location is set to Perth) and browse the groups. Worried you won’t have anything to talk about? Well, you’ve always got something in common with other mums – your kids!