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The Lonely Mums Guide to Meeting other Mums

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The Lonley Mum… yes depressing title but so true!  If your new to an area, moved to Adelaide from interstate or overseas, have no friends that have children or just out of sync with friends that do – coffee dates with a newborn and just you can be well mind numbing and just lonley at times.  If you are attacking your partner as soon as they come home from the real world and craving adult conversation you may need to read on…..

I was so lucky with my first that I knew two girls who had babies at the same time as me and they invited me one morning along with their other friends. Every Monday we went for a huge walk aka Pram Patrol then had brunch at a café and chatted till were given dirty looks to order more coffee or lunch. It was and still is one of the best memories I have of maternity leave. It saved my sanity every Monday and then we increased to Wednesday by adding a baby boot camp, and as the babies got older and we got less sleep deprived, Friday night at the movies were also a treat now and then (I was known to use this as a nap sometimes).

Second time around I’m in a new state and  I don’t have a circle and I recently caught myself kinda creepily eyeing out other Mother’s Groups on the beach. I wanted to pull up a rug, give an intro, shout them all a coffee and sit with them and talk all things sleep routines, feeding schedules, being tired, ways my husband is annoying me, how long it’s been since my hair hasn’t been in a Mum Bun and really just make some cool new mum friends who are going through what I’m going through.  I needed to debrief, to download, to discuss. I realised I was a bit lonely –  and I also realised I can’t be the only one?!

If you’re still reading this, and nodding as you read, we’ve put together some ideas on how you, yes YOU can get out there and meet some Mums!

#1 Find a Mother’s Group right here!

If you’re reading this and you’re already part of a fab Mother’s Group and you’d like to share it, please put some info in the comments below. If you have regular meet up day/time/location let us know about it. It might just be the thing that turns one lonely Mum into one happy Mum!

#2 Need a village? Get down to The Baby Cino Club!

This is a brilliant idea that we love! The Baby Cino Club are a social group for Adelaide mums and dads. They run super cruisy social catch ups weekly and events for TBCC members. Their mission is to support, motivate, inspire and bring together families, to build a village like environment.
Click here to check them out on Facebook.

Not one parent has it ALL together! There -I said it!And if you do, I would love to meet you and prove me wrong.I…

Posted by The Baby Cino Club on Wednesday, 5 June 2019

#3 Bring your Baby Movies at Event Cinema

Event Cinema at Marion run “Bring your Baby” movie sessions 3 times a week at baby friendly times. Days and session times can vary but they’re normally Friday’s 10:30am | Monday’s 10:30am | Wednesday’s 12:30pm. Sit next to some other Mums and say hello! There are Mother’s groups out there who make this a regular thing and I’m sure they’d love to have you! And if you’re a Mum at the movies, and you see someone on their own, please say hello and ask if they’d like to sit with you.

#4 Bootcamp/Mums and Bubs Fitness Classes

If you’re an active Mum, or wanting to be a more active Mum there are lots of baby friendly fitness classes in all areas of Adelaide. Both indoor and outdoor classes for all sorts of fitness levels. And if you get enough burpees from your baby to not want to do them yourself, just find a walking group. Nothing beats a good pram stroll and a chat in the fresh air.

We love Nourish and Flourish who are a community of mums who support each other in getting fitter and stronger, for ourselves and our families. They run a variety of classes 6 days a week at Wynn Vale and Valley View AND they have an on site creche!

Nourish and Flourish Special Offer! 1 month of Unlimited Classes for just 50 bucks!

Here's a great offer from Nourish & Flourish FitnessNourish & Flourish Fitness is a community of mums who support each other in getting fitter and stronger, for ourselves and our families. ✅ There's an amazing on-site creche only meters from where you train, you can see your kids enjoying themselves while you get some time to focus on you! ✅ All trainers are Pre and Post Natal qualified and make sure you get a great workout while being as safe as possible.✅ A variety of classes available 6 days a week.✅ 2 Locations: Wynn Vale and Valley View.Now is the perfect time to start!Claim this special offer and try 1 Month of Unlimited Classes for only $50!www.nourishflourish.net.au/pricing/#specialoffer

Posted by Kids In Adelaide on Tuesday, 28 May 2019

If you need help finding one in your area leave a comment below and we’ll try and help you.

#5 Baby Sensory Classes

The Baby Sensory programme is specifically designed for babies aged from birth to 13 months. With an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, signing and massage, every activity is carefully crafted to stimulate your baby’s senses and move learning and development forwards. Plus, you’ll never experience the same class twice! There are 17 locations around Adelaide that you can find here

#6 Visit your local library

Lots of libraries around Adelaide have FREE “rhyme time” sessions where Mums and Bubs can have a sing, a dance, and meet some other Mums. This is the kind of thing you can expect at Unley Library. Pop into your local and pick up the timetable.

#7 www.singlemum.com.au

If you’re a single Mum, first of all YOU ARE AMAZING! And if you don’t already know about it, singlemum.com.au is a fantastic online resource full of information, help, advice and other Mums just like you. There is an Adelaide Single Parents Facebook community you can join.

Don’t forget – we’d love to know about your Adelaide Mother’s Group. Please leave a comment below with the details of your group, or the area you’re looking for a Mother’s Group and we’ll do our best to match you up!

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Jenn

Jenn is a Mum of two boys and a wife of one boy. She has one of the best engagement stories ever. Ask her about it one day.

45 Comments

  1. alana stead

    06/03/2017 at 6:37 AM

    i would like some help finding a Bootcamp/Mums and Bubs Fitness Classes for my area morphettville near glenelg please.

    I really want to be able to get fit and lose weight and feel better about myself but im too unfit and it will never happen.

    • Melissa Barnes

      27/07/2017 at 1:06 PM

      Alana there’s Yummy Mummy Group training at Brighton and Sporty Mum’s. They both have Facebook pages. I go to F45 at glenelg as I hate training outside in winter. Their Creche is free, but only available at 9:30am

  2. Lisa Sauchella

    06/10/2017 at 8:33 AM

    Im a lonely mum with a 6 month old looking to meet other mums in my area of richmond was wondering if you knew of any or ic you could help me start up a group
    thanks

    • Roxy

      Roxy

      06/10/2017 at 11:59 AM

      Hi Lisa. I’ve just posted on our Facebook page so keep your eyes on that post. I’m sure we can find something for you there’s no need for Mums to be lonely!!!

    • Alice

      01/11/2017 at 8:13 PM

      I have a six month old boy, live in Mile End if you wanna meet at the park for a ‘play’? I have found some mums on the Mush app to do this- it’s like Tinder for mums!!

  3. Di

    06/10/2017 at 12:22 PM

    Just moved to Adelaide from Sydney where I was involved in a great outdoor Mum and Bub pram exercise group. The exercises were flexible to cope with recent post partum, pregnant and mums wanting to get back into serious training. Haven’t been able to find anything like that here. I live in Parkside does anyone know of anything similar in the area?

  4. Katie

    06/10/2017 at 1:06 PM

    Mums Exercise Group Australia runs free exercise sessions for mum’s that are kid-friendly. They’re all across Australia and are run by volunteer mums! http://www.megamums.com.au

  5. Jess

    06/10/2017 at 2:49 PM

    There is an ap called ‘mush’ which is sort of a mum networking ap. You put in a few details (age of child etc) and your location and it shows you mums near you along with how far away they are- eg 500m. It doesn’t tell you exact location or which direction to protect privacy.
    Great way to set up or join groups and find mums with similar interests.

  6. Gloria

    06/10/2017 at 3:34 PM

    Hi there
    I am Gloria,a single mum of a super active boy
    I am so lonely in adelaide,I live in mawson lakes and I spend most of my time at home alone
    Please help me to find some friends who wants to share their time
    I feel so miserable and depressed
    😔😔

    • Roxy

      Roxy

      06/10/2017 at 3:53 PM

      Hi Gloria. No this is not OK you shouldn’t be feeling this way. We’ll do our best to find you something. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for suggestions.

    • sharee

      07/10/2017 at 9:10 PM

      hi gloria we have a great playgroup at paradise if its not too far every tues and thurs you are welcome come have a coffee chat with other parents with activities for babies to school age let me know if interested

    • Alison

      25/11/2017 at 10:09 PM

      Hi Gloria my names Alison I live not far from Mawson lakes and have just had a little boy who’s 4 weeks would love to get out and meet some new mums if want to catch up for coffee or something?

  7. Leah

    11/10/2017 at 9:24 PM

    We’ve recently moved back to
    Adelaide after living in Melbourne for the last 7 years. Would love to find a mothers group for my 5month old son and I!
    We are Southwest, near Brighton 🙂

  8. Annie

    19/10/2017 at 7:30 PM

    Hi, I’ve recently had my first baby, a 4 week old daughter who is going well but it is very overwhelming! I feel she cries a lot ( but many tell me it’s just normal to feel like that with the first child) and so don’t know about joining formal groups just yet – although am looking forward to when I can brave the library/fitness groups. I live in Clarence Gardens and won’t be linked up to a mothers group through CAFS until January! My husband has recently gone back to work and I’ve not many friends with babies and don’t know how I’ll get through the next 2+ months hanging in the house myself.

    Would love to know if there is anyone with babies similar age who want to just catch up for a walk and coffee south of the city once a fortnight or so. Once we feel more confident out and about we could then join the other events around the city 🙂

    • Izabela

      15/01/2018 at 8:19 PM

      Hey 🙂 I live in Cumberland Park and have 3yo and 4 weeks old. Would you like to catch up?

    • Allie

      02/04/2018 at 5:05 PM

      Hi, did u find a group? Happy to hang out, great parks near you. 🙂

  9. Jess

    25/10/2017 at 9:27 AM

    Hi
    My name is Jess and I’ve recently had my first child, Logan. I live in Mawson Lakes and would love to join a mother’s group near by. I’m originally from the Gold Coast so I don’t know anyone down here and would love to make some new friends.

    • Ashleigh

      30/10/2017 at 1:59 PM

      Hi
      My name is Ashleigh and I have a 3 1/2 week old baby boy, Harry. I live in Enfield SA and would love to meet some other mums with babies around the same age in the area. We’d both love to make some new friends 😊

    • Leah

      01/11/2017 at 10:23 PM

      Hi Jess

      I’m in ML too and moved here from northern rivers of NSW (just south of GC) earlier this year too and have a 3 and a half year old! I’m not in a mums group but in the same boat as you and would be keen to catch up.

    • Sarah

      06/11/2017 at 7:08 PM

      Hi Jess, have you found a mothers group yet? If you like, you could join ours – we live around Hillcrest/windsor gardens so not too far away. All our bubs are around 4 months old x

    • Alison

      25/11/2017 at 10:12 PM

      Hi Jess my names Alison I would love to meet up as I don’t have many friends with babies and would like to meet new mums. I have a 4 week old boy named Riley

    • Kelly

      16/02/2018 at 7:53 AM

      Hi Caitlin
      I am also in ML looking for a mothers group. Have you had any luck yet? 🙂

  10. Marlene

    01/11/2017 at 7:07 PM

    There’s also an app called Bubbed.
    The details can be found here
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubbed/id1209377010

  11. Nancy

    12/11/2017 at 8:32 PM

    Hi girls my name is nancy I live in Mawson Lakes and don’t have many friends with kids so does get abit isolated. I have a 2 yr old girl and a 4 month old boy would love to meet some ladies with kids to have a chat 🙂

    • Alison

      25/11/2017 at 10:15 PM

      Hi Nancy my names Alison I have a 1 month old boy and would like to meet new mums if want to catch up

  12. Rachel

    17/11/2017 at 7:46 AM

    Hi there, just moved over from uk with my partner and our 1.5 year old boy and looking to meet new people as I don’t want to feel lonely in this new country! We are currently staying in Gawler but will be moving nearer to the city (st Marys) on 15.12.2017. Would be lovely to meet some new mummies!

    • Jess

      25/01/2018 at 8:53 AM

      Hi Rachel
      I have a 10 month boy. Would love to catch up for coffee!

  13. Jess

    25/01/2018 at 8:54 AM

    Hi
    I have a 10 month boy would love to meet new mums too!

  14. Sonya

    07/03/2018 at 3:47 PM

    Hi. My daughter almost 21 year old daughter has just come out of a DV relationship and is basically a prisoner in her own home. She only has one true friend left now and she lives 2 hours away. I would love to be able to get her out and about again with some ladies with kiddies around her age. Her little boy is just about to turn 2. I love being her friend but you need more than just your mum! Gulfview Heights.

  15. Louise wabnitz

    01/04/2018 at 2:51 PM

    I love MOPS!
    MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) groups meet in various places around adelaide. They are unique community’s for mum’s to come just as they are and be real about the challenges and joys that mothering brings. While the mum’s meet to be inspired and encouraged the kids are cared for in a seperate programme just for them. Check out mops.org.au for more info and group locations.

  16. Dannielle fisher

    14/05/2018 at 4:21 PM

    I’ve just had my first baby and I’m looking for mother’s group, I live down south I don’t have many friends with babies. Would love to find a walking group

  17. Dana

    10/07/2018 at 10:36 PM

    Hi, I have a 4 month old and looking to meet mothers and bubs in the Goodwood area. Thanks

    • Jade

      23/07/2018 at 8:10 AM

      Hi. I have a 1 month old and am in Unley if you want to catch up?
      Jade

      • Lauren

        28/08/2018 at 3:07 PM

        Hi, I’m in Unley too 🙂 I’m always up for a walk or for hanging out at the park. I have a 13 month old.

  18. Kathryn

    03/09/2018 at 8:40 PM

    Hi, I’m Western Suburbs and keen to find a Friday Mums and bubs exercise group (recommendations welcome). Happy to meet up for coffee (or wine) with mums in the area. I have a 1 & 3 year old.

    • Erin

      11/07/2019 at 10:48 PM

      Hi Kathryn, Did you find a Friday mums and bubs group in the western suburbs ? I really need to find something not too far soon.

      • Sarah

        19/08/2019 at 10:16 PM

        Erin did you find a group or other local mums? I have a almost 4 week old and live in semaphore park.

  19. Gabrielle Kuhndt

    11/12/2018 at 9:23 PM

    Hey girls, I’m 26yo mum, have a week old little boy, located in semaphore and don’t have even a single friend at the moment- extremely lonely and would like to get out n make some.

    • Cathy

      14/12/2018 at 7:26 PM

      Hi Gabrielle
      I live in Ferryden Park. Iim a min in their early 30s My boy was born on the 12 of June. I’m free if you want to.

    • Erin

      11/07/2019 at 10:52 PM

      Hi Gabrielle, I would love to meet if you’re still looking. I’ve been pretty sad myself at times

    • Erin

      11/07/2019 at 10:53 PM

      Are you still living in Semaphore as I live there too 🤗

  20. Tamara

    13/04/2019 at 5:55 PM

    Hi my name is Tamara just moved to Adelaide my baby is 4 months old and I’m looking for a mother’s group feeling pretty lonely with no family or friends here …any suggestions ?? We live in Modbury

  21. Beth

    28/05/2019 at 10:08 AM

    I’ve just moved to SA, living in Flagstaff Hill, I have a 2 year old and 6 month old and would love to get active and meet new people. Any suggestions???

    • Deb

      15/06/2019 at 7:28 PM

      Hi Beth, I’ve just started going to Kanga Training at Woodcroft and Warradale (both not too far from Flagstaff Hill). You wear your baby and do a one hour fitness class and can bring your other child too. You can find it on Facebook Kanga Training Woodcroft and surrounds. I have a 5 month old and 4 year old and it’s a great way to meet other mums!

  22. Neha

    05/06/2019 at 5:50 PM

    Hello,
    I moved to Adelaide last year for work and currently 16 weeks pregnant with my first one. I have started working from home now but started feeling lonely.
    I don’t have any friends in here. I am in Prospect and would love to meet mums to be or mums.

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