Parents understand the power of a social network. From the day we bring baby home, we defer to experienced “been-there, done-that” parents and other newbies to answer pressing questions like, “what’s the tooth fairy’s going rate?” or “what’s the trick to getting a picky eater to eat?” almost daily. And what better place to expand your knowledgeable network than through the Internet’s original virtual network—Facebook. So whether you’ve got questions about baby wearing, need a play date in your ‘hood or want to trade out your tyke’s bike, we’ve got a group for you.

Seattle Parents of Preemies

Moderated by the Seattle Parents of Preemies leadership team, this dynamic, private Facebook page provides a virtual space where parents of preemies can connect once their little ones have been released from the NICU. It’s a place where moms and dads, who might otherwise feel isolated and alone with their littlest bundle, can get those much-needed "me too's!” that let them know they’re not alone in their experience. Beyond this virtual platform that’s filled with questions, resources, and emotional support, families can connect in the real world, too. SPP hosts monthly parent-led support group meetings, and exciting educational events and expert speakers around the city for preemie families, too.

Online: facebook.com/groups/SeattleParentsOfPreemies

photo: Amy Purling

Good to Know: Many of these groups are closed, so you will need permission from an administrator to join. Some require answers to quick questions, others are more rigorous and some are just a formality. So, ask away!

Do you have a favorite Facebook group other Seattle parents should know about? Do you belong to one of these? Tell us in the Comments below. 

— Allison Sutcliffe