Babble Best Picks:
Top 12 Listserv Parent Networks
Being a new parent can be an isolating, lonely experience, but signing up for a parenting listserv provides new moms and dads with an instant community. From finding out where to buy the best children's clothing and baby gear to getting support for mastitis or post-partum depression, parenting listservs offer help and advice 24-7. Even better, neighborhood listservs are a great source of information on local resources of interest to parents, such as which restaurants are toddler-friendly and where to get your stroller wheels repaired - and they're a great way to make new friends!
Here's a list of some of the most active and engaging parenting listservs from around the country. If your favorite isn't listed, make sure you tell us about it.
EAST COAST | Bococa Parents
Name of Moderator/Founder: Carolyn Pravda (moderator), Katie Rosen & Sheryl Spivy (founders)
Year Founded: 2005
Geographic Area: Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY
Number of Members: 4,800
Fees/Membership Requirements: No fees, but must be a parent living in one of these neighborhoods.
What you need to know: In the seven years since stay-at-home mom and founder Carolyn Pravda moved to Carroll Gardens, the once working-class Italian neighborhood has become increasingly gentrified, and occasionally, resentment about this bubbles up on the listserv. (Recently, Pravda received an anonymous e-mail saying, “You should go back to wherever you came from.”) The group has recently overtaken Park Slope Parents as the largest listserv in parent-friendly Brooklyn.
What you should expect: A few psychologists, nutritionists and pediatricians on the listserv often provide information and advice. Pravda once posted that she needed someone to watch her daughter for a short time, and a mother she didn’t even know offered to come right over!