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New York City mom Barbara Lambert was so desperate to meet like-minded moms that she was willing to try another app inspired by online dating technology.
Mom to 4-year-old Pierce, Lambert co-owns and manages with her chef husband a one-Michelin star restaurant The Musket Room.
These days, as she contemplates having another child, she uses it as a resource for day-to-day happenings in the city.
Meg Gerritson, co-founder of Hello Mamas, says the app is about empowering moms to get out of the house and meet other moms in an efficient way.
As a new mom, Gerritson had to contend with her son’s severe peanut and egg allergies.
That’s when she realized the importance of finding understanding friends. You go out and hang with these new mom friends but they aren’t a good fit because they don’t know what to do when your child is screaming and throwing up all over the place.
I was in a small two-bedroom apartment and working nights,” she said.
The actual schedule of these and other themed speed dating events varies as well and is determined by market demand and our ability to ensure a relatively close gender balance.
Of more than 2,000 mom's polled, 82 percent said they find it hard to make mom friends.
And yet, when asked if they would use an app or other online matchmaking service to find friends, 57 percent said they would not compared to 43 percent who said they would.
“I was looking for moms who I could ask, ‘Is this normal?
’ and I just wanted someone I could joke about parenthood with.” Lambert had a few playdates and a continuing text friendship with moms she met through the app.