There’s nothing like being a first-time mum. You’re deep in the new-born love bubble and spend hours just staring at your perfect little bundle… but you’re also dealing with floods of hormones, a brand-new set of worries and anxieties and very little sleep. It’s a time of such intensity, both amazingly good and amazingly hard in equal measure.
When you’re trying to wrap your head around raising this little human, your village is crucial.
Mums groups are a great way to meet people but sometimes, especially in those early days, you may be spending lots of time at home and not feel ready to be out socialising. This can be isolating and scary. Don’t fear! There are now heaps of websites and apps designed to connect mums from the comfort of their recliner and make you feel part of something special.
These online platforms are a great place to share worries, ask questions and just offload to other people in the same situation. You’ll also find lots of mums online at 3am doing the night feeds too, so you can swap stories and send pics of your little bundle in the early hours of the morning.
Here are 5 of our favourite online mums’ groups.
This website brings people with different interests together and facilitates real life meet ups. If you check out the stay at home mums’ group, you’ll find heaps of regular catch ups near you. From breastfeeding and baby wearing to coffee mornings and playdates – there’s something to suit everyone.
This website has heaps of tips to take you through pregnancy, birth, feeding and beyond. You can browse through the different pages at your leisure, but there’s also a great community on their Facebook page. You can chat to other mums and ask for advice, or just vent if you’re having a bad day!
This awesome website also has a number of private Facebook groups, each tailored to your due date or baby’s birthdate. This means you’ll be chatting with parents who are at exactly the same stage as you. This is often a big part of forming online relationships and means you’re all starting from the same point. It’s a great idea to join these groups when you’re pregnant so you can ask for advice or share your excitement before bub arrives, and then continue the conversations once your baby is here.
Baby Centre is an absolute treasure trove of information for anything to do with pregnancy, babies and children. They have a huge online community, and again, this is categorised by your due date or your baby’s age. Join a thread and start chatting to other parents who know just how you feel.
This is a new app for mums, blending advice and articles with a social network that’s kind of a cross between Tinder and Facebook! You create a profile then find mums in your local area, with similar interests or kids of a similar age and start chatting. There are also groups and conversations you can join to get involved with the community right away. It’s really fun and easy to use, often leading to real life catch ups too!
This blog post was brought to you and your child with love and care by Julia and the itchy baby co. team x
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.