As a new mum, I learnt pretty quickly that having other mum friends close by is as critical to my well-being as showering occasionally and remembering to eat.
But what if none of your friends has kids? Or if they do, they don’t live in your area?
Enter: Mush – or as it is commonly referred to on the circuit, "Tinder for Mums".
Mush is a location style App where you create a profile for yourself with a bit about you and your baby, where you live, and an adorable photo. Mush will then show you connections of other ‘Mushers’ around your local area.
Take a peek at the mum profiles closest to you and see if you have anything in common. Maybe you have a baby the same age, both love yoga, or you just happen to live on the same street.
If you think you could be friends, send out a connection request. The other Musher has the option to accept your request, then bam! You have a little chit-chat through the app and decide if you want to meet up in real life.
Mush gives you some ideas on where you can meet your new mum friends by filtering your location for nearby parks, cafes and kid-friendly venues. The app will let you share your favourite places as well.
Helpful hint: Most mums love coffee as it keeps us ticking over. Suggest a coffee date and I would happily be your friend, especially if the cafe does a triple shot as their stock standard.
I have made some lovely mum friends through this app, including a weekly park meet up that keeps growing. It’s amazingly easy to bond with just one common link as your conversation starter is sitting right there, gurgling away on the picnic blanket beside you.
If you are new to an area or don’t have a mothers group, Mush is another way of getting to know some of the mums you probably walk passed every morning on your daily please-go-to-sleep-walk.
Go on, put yourself out there! As scary as dating for friends as a grown up is, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
When my daughter started daycare, I spent a lot of time trying to find the right fit for her and our family. I did a lot of research and asked a lot of questions. Over and over again though, the answer to my question would come back the same, "she'll be fine."