7 Social Activities for Tired New Parents

Embracing parenthood is a wonderful journey. However, it’s also true that it can feel isolating for many new parents. You’re no longer as free as you were to attend social gatherings or spontaneous events. Instead, your world is largely centered around your little one. But don’t worry, having a child doesn’t mean the end of your social life! Here are seven social activities perfect for new parents who are tired but still want that adult connection.

places to go as a new mom to be social

1. Parent-and-Baby Classes

Parent-and-baby classes are a fantastic way to socialize and learn simultaneously. From baby yoga classes at a local studio to music classes at Kindermusik or Gymboree, these spaces offer an opportunity to meet like-minded parents. Another great and free option is finding a baby storytime at your local library. (This is one of the first places I met a new mom friend!) And hey, if dressing up makes you feel more human, do it. If you need to arrive in your spit-up covered shirt and leggings, you won’t be the only one and that’s totally fine too!

2. Online Parent Groups

Parenting forums and social media groups, like Peanut, can be a lifesaver for those days when stepping out seems impossible. They offer a platform to connect, share experiences, and get support from parents worldwide. There are even expert-led Peanut Pods which are like teachings and discussions on various topics. Find me on there for pods about your identity and relationship after baby!

3. Play Dates

Playdates aren’t just beneficial for kids. They’re also a great opportunity for parents to socialize. You can find local playgroups or arrange personal playdates with friends who have children of similar ages. When the weather is nice, a baby-friendly park is great and you can add on a nice stroller walk. For indoor days, there are many play cafes in most cities. The hardest part of a playdate is usually just asking someone if they want to get together (and trying to align nap schedules!)

4. Family-Friendly Meetups

Look for family-friendly events happening in your area. Sites like Meetup can help you discover local parent groups hosting various activities, from park outings to museum trips. Think about things you already like to do and can bring your baby along for. If you love hiking, grab a great baby carrier and get back to a hiking group. If you enjoy festivals, find local ones and strike up conversation with other parents you see there. We’re all looking for new parent friends, so starting the conversation is a gift!

Note: This is the hiking carrier our family chose after a lot of research. It’s not cheap, but it is reliable and comfortable. I recommend checking your local FB marketplace for a used one if you want to save $$. (Of course, always THOROUGHLY check a used piece of baby equipment.)

5. Exercise Classes for Parents

Staying active post-parenthood is essential for your well-being. Find gyms or studios that offer parent-friendly classes, like FIT4MOM, where you can exercise without worrying about childcare. Many parents love gyms that offer childcare drop off so that you can go enjoy a class while your little one does too. In Columbus, Ohio, a studio called Flux and Flow has this incredible baby/parent dance class I wish I had when I was a new mom!

ways to meet other new moms after having a baby

6. Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re passionate about a cause, involve your child in volunteering activities. Organizations like Doing Good Together and Seeds of Caring offer family-friendly volunteer opportunities, fostering a spirit of giving in children while allowing parents to socialize.

7. Online Courses and Groups

Join online courses or groups on topics you’re interested in. Platforms like Coursera offer a wide array of subjects, some which might include virtual group meetings. Learning something new not only enriches you but can also lead to meaningful discussions in your social circles and introduce you to people with similar interests. Remember, maintaining your social connections and personal interests is not just beneficial for you, but also for your child.

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As author and developmental psychologist, Dr. Peter Gray, rightly states, “Play, by its nature, helps children to develop social skills and to make friends.” The same can be applied to us adults. Participating in social activities allows us to forge new relationships and nurture existing ones, even in our busy lives as parents. So play a little bit. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Say hello to the stranger at the playground. Go to a class that’s just a little bit out of your comfort zone. Try something you’re not an expert at and let the learning be fun.

While the transition might be challenging, embracing these activities can offer a semblance of the ‘old normal’ in the new parent life. So go on, pick an activity, and start rebuilding your social life today!

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