When I had my son six years ago, none of my friends had kids. None of them. Pregnancy wasn't even on their radar, let alone thoughts of playdates, breastfeeding and diapers. While this didn't phase me during the nine-month in utero period, it hit hard after I brought my baby home.
Spending 10 hours alone with a newborn will make anyone feel a little lonely. Eventually, I realized if I wanted to make it out of the baby phase alive, I needed to find mom friends fast.
Truth be told, I have no shame. Despite my strong introvert tendencies, desperation motivates me. I will talk to anybody. I've approached fellow mothers in grocery stores, airplanes (flying with children builds automatic camaraderie), coffee shops, and doctor's offices.
Over the years, I have discovered a few tried-and-true friend-making methods. Here are my top five.
1. Join a parent-baby class.
Yes, join, even if you are an introvert and hate that kind of thing. You can find family music classes and parenting classes by searching online, checking your local newspaper and library, or asking your pediatrician.
When my son was a couple months old, I joined a nearby mom and baby group, and it was a lifesaver. Having...