Need a Playgroup for #2-why not hijack one?

Written by: Beth Cohen-Dorfman

When my daughter, Evie, was born in the winter of 2006, I quickly realized how isolating it can be to have a baby.  Add to that the fact that she was a spitter-upper, a loud crier AND it was a freezing cold February and I thought I was going to lose my mind!  Thank goodness for my NPN New Moms Group.  Meeting other women who were going through similar changes, challenges and successes saved me in many ways.  These women were integral to my survival for Evie’s first year and I love that I still meet up with some of them on a weekly basis more than four years later!

When Nathan was born in the summer of 2009 he pretty much joined Evie’s playgroup.  By the time he was three months old I realized that poor Nathan didn’t have any friends his own age but I wasn’t really sure what to do about it.  I felt a bit strange signing up for a New Moms Group since I was no longer a “New Mom” and I was so busy chauffeuring Evie around that I didn’t know when to fit Nathan’s need for his own buddies into our existing schedule.

The answer to my problem fell into my lap in March of 2010 when I was asked to take over the management of NPN’s New Moms Groups.  We tried to run a group for “older” babies (6-12 months) in April of that year that totally fell apart so I decided that I was going to “hijack” it in May so that Nathan could have a playgroup of his own!

It was incredible to meet other moms whose babies were in the same developmental places that mine was!  I’d forgotten how liberating it was to know that I’m not alone in this struggle.  It was exhilarating to begin the process of getting to know a new group of moms and babies again and I genuinely enjoy meeting up with them each week.

Since then I’ve had a couple of 2nd (and 3rd) time moms host New Moms Groups with the express purpose of stealing them for their younger kids.  They’ve all had great experiences with hosting and because they know the benefit of maintaining these groups, they’ve had a great deal of success and longevity with their groups as well.

I highly recommend “hijacking” New Moms Groups for any younger siblings that you might be welcoming into your family.  It’s lovely to have some special time just for that littler baby’s growth and social time.  One of the moms in Nathan’s playgroup is expecting #2 in November and one mom in Evie’s playgroup is expecting #3 in December.  Both told me they plan to snag a group for these new babies; what about you??  If you’re interested, shoot me an email at beth@npnparents.org.  I’d love to hook your newest addition up with a group of friends all his or her own!

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM