- Meetup.com -search for groups in your area. I am in an Austin French Bulldog Meetup Group and also a mommy one for my neighborhood. There is even an iphone app so you can skim events, contact people, and post from your phone.
- MOPS! MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) is a worldwide Christian organization that connects and serves mommies all over the world. MOPS meets at churches all over and you can search for groups by your zip code. We meet twice a month, enjoy child free (there is childcare!) breakfast, inspiring speakers, crafts, and fellowship.
- Facebook- my neighborhood has a Moms and Tots Facebook page and y'all....it rocks. Moms post with questions about overnight diapers, doctor recommendations, date night ideas, playdates, etc. Just this week a mommy posted about being on strict bedrest at 32 weeks prego with a toddler and within a day, we had a CareCalendar set up for her. Love this community!
- Church- we go to The Austin Stone and at any moment you can pick out about 50 pregnant women and 100 new mommies in every service. Okay I may be exaggerating but we love the demographics of our church and being able to do life with people in our same life stage. Last week we had 2 separate couples come up to us because they were new to Austin and wanted friends...and we've had 2 playdates this week!
- Park/ice cream shop/bounce house/storytime- here is your opportunity to be bold. You may see the same mommies at the park every Tuesday morning and exchange pleasantries but take the first step and ask for their number. Especially if your kids get along. I keep a tab open on my phone for the website Free Fun In Austin to plan outings each week. Search your city too!
- City Moms Blog Network- search for mommy blogs in your area to get more information about playdates, moms night out, etc. If you follow personal blogs in your area, don't be afraid to email the blogger to meet up.
For some of you, being bold and introducing yourself to random people may be out of your comfort zone but give yourself a goal. One new friend every week and one new playdate once a month. I feel like once you become a parent, all awkwardness goes out the window. I was talking to a new friend at a meetup this week and she was getting anxious about an upcoming move. We were encouraging her that all it takes is a few women to tell their friends and those friends know other mommies and on and on. The web grows. We are all in this together, we need each other. You never know if the cool looking mom you've been dying to talk to at story time is craving community as well.