Share your contact information — If you’re chatting with someone you click with, don’t be afraid to offer your contact information so you can plan a time to get together. Once through a breastfeeding group, a person I had connected with gave me a notecard with her phone number, instagram handle, and email address so we could stay in contact. Sometimes if can feel a little awkward trying to suss out how interested someone is in meeting up with you. When my friend offered her contact card it clearly communicated she cared about being my friend, which felt so validating! I once met someone who had made a “family business card”. It had her phone number and family member’s names—what a great idea to be able to share your contact information in a personable and simple fashion.
Join groups — Perhaps you may not have many social settings that naturally lend themselves to meeting new parents. Look for groups your community offers that corals people going through similar stages of parenting. Often times organizations offer pregnancy classes, New Mom groups, breastfeeding groups, parents of preschoolers/toddlers/etc. Try searching for organizations that work with parents or families. If you’re unfamiliar of any, try asking your OBGYN or pediatrician if they’re familiar with any. Sometimes public activities, such as library story times or prenatal yoga, can be just as good a place to make new friendships as formal groups.