Meet other friendly First (and Second and even Third time!) Upper West Side moms and dads to set up playdates, explore the neighborhood and have fun! Our members share experiences, get advice and make new friends. All parents are welcome and maternity wear is considered completely acceptable attire! While the vast majority of our members are moms, dads are also welcome.
Dues are only $10.00 year, which is a fraction of the average cost of a mom/child class. We have meetups every week for different ages. Exampled of past events include music classes; baby sign classes; gym events; soccer classes; child photoshoots; trips to museums and the Bronx zoo; presentations by a pediatric immunologist; book clubs where kids are welcome; get togethers at local libraries, Whole Foods, restaurants and coffee houses; as well as stroller walks and baby friendly yoga & pilates classes. Most of our events are free or very heavily discounted. We also have had special events for moms not originally from NY, including events for Mandarin, German, & French speaking moms. We also have volunteer opportunities for moms who want to give back. Locations for Meetups range from midtown to Harlem (e.g., West 60s up to West 120s). Most events are during the week, but we do occasionally have weekend or evening events.
Our email list serve is a great way to find out "new mom" or UWS information and to give away (or receive) advice as well as the no longer needed baby gear taking up space in the apartment. We have a great network of people who are very supportive of each other and help each other through things like middle of the night sicknesses, teething, feeding issues and even doctor, nanny & preschool recommendations. Members have even used our email list serve to find recommended babysitters on their trips to places such as Amsterdam, LA, Tampa & Georgia. Some have even offered use of their nanny for last minute babysitting emergencies! What our members say about our group:
"As a rookie mom and recent Upper West Side transplant, this group has truly kept me sane. In a word, it's all about community: my daughter and I have found great friends, gone on fantastic playdates, gotten valuable insight into baby milestones. I've discovered local baby- and non-baby resources, from doctors to contractors and hair stylists, and baby gyms to sign language and music classes. I really don't know where I'd be without First Time Upper West Side Moms!"
"As a first time mother, I've loved meeting other mothers in the neighborhood who have babies of the same age so that we can figure out parenthood together! And getting tipsp and even hand-me-downs from the mothers of slightly older babies has been invaluable!"
“ The daily e-mail is great and a wonderful way to reach out and get information and support from other moms in the area.”
"Wonderful friendly group, very quick to welcome members and share knowledge!"
"Dear Upper West Side Moms:
I just wanted to thank everyone on this board for all of the information, tips, suggestions, meetings, classes, playdates and resources.
I moved to NYC a year ago, and I was a bit lost at first. But thanks to you, I found a GREAT pediatrician, a fabulous hair colorist, a great dentist (he's even really cute!), family friendly restaurants, and I learned how to move around this city with twins, which is no easy feat.
This board has been my greatest ally over the past year, and I really want to thank all of the women who participated.
You're a great bunch. You're great moms. Hope your holidays are magical." -Laura