Do you want to connect with other local Moms? Want to find playgroups and playdates for your kids? Of course you have a circle of friends and family, but no one gets what you’re going through as well as a Mom whose kid is the same age, or going through the same life stage.
That’s why support matters so much, and finding a Moms Group is a great first step. There are groups just for Stay-at-Home Moms, just for working professionals, for Moms of Color, for single Moms, and probably every other distinction, too.
Whether you grew up here in SoCal or you just moved to town, finding a group of Moms nearby is a game-changer.
Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Seeking out and participating in supportive moms groups can significantly enhance your overall well-being and make your experience as a parent more fulfilling – not to mention more fun!
The Importance of Moms Groups
LA is home to numerous moms’ groups that cater to a diverse range of interests and parenting styles. These moms’ groups provide a welcoming environment for sharing advice, making new friends, and finding emotional support during the exciting yet sometimes challenging journey of parenthood.
Take the leap and explore some of the moms’ support groups available in Los Angeles. You might be surprised at how quickly you bond with other moms and create lasting friendships. Don’t hesitate to join one or more of these groups to make your parenting journey in LA even more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Making Mom Friends Made Easy
Joining a mom’s group can be a bit intimidating. Maybe you have a hard time meeting people, aren’t surrounded by much family or friends, or don’t know anyone who is going through the same struggles you are as parent. But trust us: it’s worth it. Finding a moms group for the friendship and support can be beneficial for you.
Another great way to connect with other moms while helping your child grow and learn is through Mommy and Me classes. (Check out our post!) These fun and interactive classes cater to children of different ages and often involve activities such as yoga, dancing, or messy play. You and your child can practice yoga poses together, encouraging mindfulness and balance.
In-Person Moms Groups in Los Angeles
“MAEVE (Motherhood, Alliance, Empowerment, Village and Equity) is a national non-profit, charitable organization that seeks to empower all who mother in support of one another and their communities.” There are 43 chapters nationwide, with 12 chapters in California alone, including the Burbank chapter, which has 256 members. This group hosts many great events, like Moms Night Out, weekly playdates, book club, educational workshops, Dads and Partners Night Out, family playdates, holiday parties, and a monthly community service project. MAEVE is non-partisan, non-religious, and supports all those who mother.
Moms Offering Moms Support is where this International organization gets its name from. Originally founded for Stay-at-home Moms, MOMS Club now welcomes Moms no matter where they work. Local chapters host monthly meetings and help members form age-based playgroups. Another supportive aspect of the group is the service projects they offer, like helping to provide meals and assistance when members give birth, as well as hosting fundraisers for local charities.
FIT4MOM workouts are created by instructors who are moms and there are nine different varieties of workouts to participate in during various stages of motherhood: MamaWell, FIT4BABY, Stroller Strides, Body Well, Strides 360, Stroller Barre, Run Club+, Body Boost, and Body Ignite. Class locations vary from Burbank, Glendale and Sherman Oaks. The first class is free! There are also FIT4MOM Our Village Events and Playgroups to further enhance ones connection to other moms and one does not have to be a member of FIT4MOM to join the Our Village weekly playgroup. It is free and open to the public. They have weekly playgroups, mom’s night out events, and mommy and me type classes. Being surrounded by likeminded moms and seeing them regularly, a conversation and possible friendship is bound to arise!
This Santa Monica boutique houses all things baby and was established in 1986 and is well known to those on the Westside. They have a ton of classes and workshops offered to expecting and preschool age parents with topics ranging from sleep and breastfeeding to coping with panic finding the right preschool. Although they don’t have an organized moms group, there are mommy and me classes that last 10 weeks that take place at their Santa Monica store or online via zoom, so hopefully a friendship can blossom there!
Babywearing LA is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 that provides free baby wearing education and support. It is not an organized moms group, but has 2 hour meetups at local parks where one can speak directly and ask questions to a baby wearing educator about all things baby wearing. If you are new to baby wearing or have been searching for the right wrap or carrier, then this is the meetup for you. If anything, you can go to scope out other carriers in person and get first hand accounts from other moms about what carrier they favor or not.
MOPs was founded in 1973 when a group of moms got together to discuss their parenting journeys. They are now a Christian based group that partners with churches and various worldwide organizations to help moms “realize their potential as mother, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church.” There are online and in person meetups to gather and discuss various parenting issues and numerous learning opportunities through workshops, speakers, and demonstrations.
Founded in 1997 as a safe space for Mothers of color, Mocha Moms has chapters all across the country. This National group focuses on providing support and sisterhood to Moms who have chosen to focus on parenting at this stage of their lives. Local chapters host monthly meeting for moms to connect, as well as hosting community service and fundraising events.
Founded with the goal of supporting Single Mom households through financial literacy and business development programs, this group holds both online and in-person events. Dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty and providing support for Single Moms, membership benefits include access to mentorship and networking, Summer camp programs for kids and families, and parenting support.
HeyMama is a members-only social and professional network for mothers who are growing careers and families, dedicated to bringing together working moms – entrepreneurs, advisors, executives, founders, builders, and makers of all kinds — to provide each other with support, connection, and collaboration at every stage of life and career.
If you’re a mom looking for support and information on breastfeeding, you should consider joining the LA Leche League. This group is focused on helping mothers learn to breastfeed their infants successfully while creating lasting bonds with other moms. Here, you can find various resources, meetings, and guidance that cater to both single and partnered mothers. With mentorship from experienced moms, you will feel empowered and confident in your journey as a breastfeeding parent.
Connect with Moms Groups Online and Virtually
When you can’t connect in real life, virtual groups and connections are there for you. There are hundreds (probably thousands) of Private Moms Groups on Facebook, some organized by location and some based on specific interests, so take the time to search for the kind of groups you’re looking for.
There are many Los Angeles Facebook groups for moms, and they’re perfect for crowd-sourcing when you need advice. Most groups allow anonymous posts, too, in case you have a sensitive topic and you still want feedback.
There are also Apps for meeting other Moms, like Peanut.
LA Mommies is a private Facebook group with over 65,000 members and is open to Los Angeles moms. Members post questions about wanting to know the best double stroller for travel, to finding a colorist for your hair, to seeking best party rentals, to how to deal with PPD, to referrals for a night nurse, to where to go on a girls night-it’s really across the board with requests, but can be a great resource. There can be high-spirited discussions, but there is a code of conduct that moms have to follow when requesting to become a member. One can always search by subject interest, it can help give awareness to different viewpoints or simply provide recommendations for certain products.
The Peanut App is a great place to get started if you want to go the app route. Peanut is a “safe space for women to meet and find support. Connect with women who are at similar stage in life-from fertility, pregnancy and motherhood through menopause.” When joining the app you specify your age and ages of your kids (if you’d like) to match up with other moms with similarly aged kids in your area. You can also go into more depth with describing yourself, making a selection from a list of personality traits such as: outdoorsy, routine queen, thrifty, tv and movies, exercise queen, adventurous, or beer buds.
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