If you don't speak Norwegian yet, you've probably already experienced how frustrating it is to not understand what the brochures at the helsestasjon say, the fastelege's prescriptions or the baby food ingredients. Well, I can't really help you with that, BUT I can share your pain ;). And so can many other mums whom you're probably really looking forward to meet.
How to meet these mums? Well, first thing is to join the following Facebook groups:
IMoBaGO - International Mothers and Babies Group Oslo: This is a real lifesaver! You'll find other international moms living in Oslo sharing baby related information, concerns, events, organising meetups, etc. If you have baby related questions you can always post them here and you'll surely receive many helpful answers.
* There is special IMOBAGO groups for each season of the year, for instance: IMOBAGO autumn/winter 2015-2016. This is to group mom's by their baby's age. Try to find yours and request access. Most moms I got to know where through this group.
Oslo international parents group: This one is broader and contains more general information directed to expat parents. It's helpful, but it hsd a lot of business promotion kind of posts, articles, etc. Not so "cozy", but definitely useful. Don't be shy though, if you're on the lookout for other potential mom-friends just post a comment. I did that and met an amazing mom I now call my friend ;).
A Karma World: If you haven't heard of a Karma World yet, well stop reading and Google it now! It's a really cool place run by an American and an English woman -both super nice- and offers loads of baby friendly activities for moms in English. They also have coffee mornings where you can go and meet other moms. Great stuff! More about A Karma World in this post.
IMOBAGO Hovik Playground: This group organises weekly meetups for children and moms to get together and play. Could be a really nice way of meeting other moms and letting your little ones make friends, too.
Snapback: A really cool group and a great initiative for very sporty moms. This group organises mommy bootcamps and they meet weekly to exercise in the park. I have to be honest here, I haven't tried it out yet (oops), but never say never, right? Anyhow, this could be a potential source of new friends. Most moms attending this are Norwegian though, but there are surely a few that are not.
Oslo Sling Library: This group is for sling-fan moms. The founders of it are baby carrier advisers and have a weekly drop in advise session taking place at A Karma World every Monday. On this FB page they also post events like sling walks around Oslo.
Do YOU know any other cool groups that could help us meet new moms? Please, share them as a comment below! Gracias ;)
For those who don't yet know what a babypakke is, let me tell you, you're gonna like it ;). It's a package of baby goodies that you can request at different pharmacies, supermarkets and even retailers. It's a free gift for mums to be. The goal of these packages is to promote a set of brands and products. And yessss, it's free!
There are several places you can request these babypakke from. Most times you'll have to subscribe to a newsletter in exchange, but that will be it. You can unsubscribe later on ;). Here's a list of the most popular ones:
This site lists a few more babypakke deals, but for some you'll have to pay a small amount. Worth checking them out though!
This place was basically my saviour! I was new to Oslo AND new to motherhood and knew almost nobody here, specially no mums. I was desperately seeking for any sort of baby friendly activities that kept me busy during the day and... voilà! A Karma World appeared on Google and made me the happiest lonely mum in Oslo :).
A Karma World is a cozy space in Frogner led by two lovely women (British and American) that run many English speaking activities for mums and babies. They also have workshops and other kind of events, such as their very popular "Coffee Mornings". You pay 150NOK and get to spend a great time with other parents (most of them international), join half an hour of baby singing in English, have some coffee or tea and some snacks. It's really a great way to socialise and have fun with your baby! And of course, they have all sorts of facilities for babies: playroom, toys, changer, mats, etc.
When do coffee mornings take place?
Mondays from 11 to 2pm.
39 Niels Juels gate, Oslo, 0257
How much does it cost?
150NOK (you can now also pay with card)
What do they do?
Baby sang, chat, eat, meet mums, fun!
Do I need to sign up for this?
You can mark your attendance on their Facebook page or just show up.