Dealing with all the stresses of parenthood can be tough, especially for first-timers. But it’s a little easier if you can find other new parents to commiserate with about late-night feedings, diaper changing and how to stop incessant crying. Sometimes it seems like wherever you go, someone is always there to give you parenting advice, even when it’s not welcome. Here we offer some of the best places to make friends with new parents in Baltimore, so that you can get welcomed advice from people who truly understand what it’s like!–Melissa Dahne
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
The library isn’t just a place to check out books, it’s also one of the best places to make friends with new parents in Baltimore. Several days each week, the Enoch Pratt Free Library hosts age-appropriate activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Parents rave about “Mother Goose Baby Steps,” an interactive story-telling session that features 30 minutes of rhythm, music and movement set to nursery rhymes. This event is available at the library’s central branch on Cathedral Street, as well as at other locations throughout the city. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (October through May only).
A part of the nonprofit organization The Mommies Network, Baltimore Mommies is a thriving online community that helps local moms connect with one another. It’s free to join, and members have access to chats, photo galleries, events and more. Private discussion forums allow parents of all levels to swap ideas and share stories. Each month, the group hosts in-person events for members, their children and their families. One of the site’s most popular features is the recipe database, where new parents will find ideas for quick, easy and nutritious meals. See website for specific dates and locations of events.
11 Dutton Court
Baltimore, MD 21228
Go to Baltimore’s Child website and you’ll see there is something going on for parents every day of the week. The magazine keeps an updated calendar of events, including a section specifically for parents. New parents will find activities such as MOMS Club meetings, tot swaps and parenting classes. Baltimore’s Child also announces special deals, such as discounts on admission fees to local attractions. See website for specific dates and locations of events.