Whether it’s you’re first pregnancy or your third, it’s nice to have the support of people who are experienced. That where baby groups come in. Baby groups are meetings that mom and baby can attend and socialize with other moms who are going through or have gone through similar experiences as you. So, if you don’t know much about baby groups, here are five of the best reasons to hook up with one.

Baby Groups

A Sympathetic Ear

As a mom, who doesn’t need an occasional sympathetic ear? Sometimes you don’t want to burden other family members with details like the crying spell your baby had at the grocery store. Besides, some things only a mom can understand. When you join a baby group, you get the support and empathy of LOTS of other moms. No matter what you share, someone in the group has probably experienced it at some point – and it feels good knowing you’re not alone. In a baby group, you’re never without the support and camaraderie of other moms.

 Gain Wisdom and Knowledge

Even if you’ve given birth before, you don’t know it all. Baby groups give you an opportunity to learn something new. Each mom in the group brings different experiences to the table and you have the opportunity to gain new knowledge from them. Some baby groups bring in healthcare professionals and other experts to answer baby and parenting questions on occasion. Save your questions and get answers from people who are experts on baby care and baby health. What could be better than getting your questions answered in a friendly and supportive environment?

 Unwind and De-stress

Baby groups are a chance to get out of the house and be with other like-minded moms. When you’re parenting a baby or small child and immersed in their care, it feels good to connect with other adults who also happen to be moms. Though most of the talk will center about parenting and babies, you can still share your thoughts about other things and learn something new at the same time. You might discover a new book to read or a new child-friendly restaurant. It feels good to unwind, relax, and connect.

 Cultivate Friendships

When you meet with the same moms over and over, friendships naturally form, some of them may be lifelong. Baby groups are a chance to learn AND to socialize. You might discover friends you want to socialize with outside the group. Baby groups are a fun way to meet people and bringing kids along helps break the ice.

Friends for Your Baby or Child

Since most moms bring their babies and kids to the group, your baby will have the chance to connect and bond with other babies and kids as well. Early socialization is important for a child’s development and baby groups offer babies as well as moms ample chance to mingle. It’s likely that your baby’s first friendships will be kids in the group.  Who knows? Some may end up in the same class as your child later on.

Finding a Group

If a baby group sounds like what you’re looking for, how can you find one that’s right for you? Your baby’s doctor, local hospital, child care centers, community organizations, and churches are good resource. Even if they don’t offer one, they may point you in the right direction. One of the best resources is other moms. When you meet a new mom, ask if they can recommend a baby group. Don’t forget about the internet. You might find the perfect baby group in your area by networking online. Persevere until you find one that works for you.

The Bottom Line

Whether you need support, advice, or simply camaraderie, baby groups are a fun and helpful resource. Take advantage of it!