When it comes to getting recommendations for everything from doctors to tutors and more, a mom’s best resource is often a fellow mom. In February, three forward thinking LA moms ran with this idea and launched Momstamp.com—a new platform that lets parents connect with friends (and friends of friends) to find outstanding local service providers. Basically, imagine Facebook, Angie’s List and Yelp somehow had a genius baby.
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Co-founders Julie Hermelin, Paulette Light and Staci Miller quickly realized as their kids (they have ten between them) were getting older, they no longer had their mommy and me groups to turn to for advice on everything from German tutors for tots to pediatric dentists that specialize in squirmy worms to that ever elusive “dependable contractor.” Knowing how valuable this information is to busy parents, the ladies created Momstamp.com, where users can search for word of mouth recommendations from other trusted parents they know (or know by proxy) instead of opinionated strangers, like every other review site.
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Parents can search categories like kid doctors, child therapy, childcare, pregnancy/new baby, beauty, pets, and home improvement helpers, to name a few. So whether you’re looking for a personal referral for a great new nanny, a speech therapist for your little one, a pediatric eye doctor, lactation consultant, a music teacher who makes house calls, a dog trainer for the family Fido or even a caregiver for aging grandparents, Momstamp.com provides a forum for parents who already know each other to exchange invaluable recommendations. The site also allows users to organize and save the names of providers they find.
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Additionally, Momstamp lets parents collaborate online; if someone has questions about a particular provider or needs further clarification, they can easily ask their Momstamp friends before wasting time with someone who may not be the best fit. This social site is all about making parents’ lives easier through support of their personal community. Our only question is: how did no one think of this before now?
Because LA and Angeleno parents are always on the cutting edge of everything cool, Momstamp.com launched their site here first. As the site grows (and we predict it will by leaps and bounds), the founders plan to launch a mobile app that will allow parents to quickly access recommendations on the go, and expand to other (less cutting edge) cities.
What new sites or apps make your day-to-day lives as parents easier? We’d love to know in the comments below!