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9 Ways SmartMom is the Best New Mom Support Group

Photo by Jenny Lewis

Community is the concept that came to mind over and over again while we were developing our SmartMom app. How could we build a community of moms that could help and support each other? Well, we think we’ve done it. Here are nine reasons that SmartMom is the best new mom support group. 

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1. Ask questions. It’s easy. Just download the app, create a profile and start asking your mommy questions. Trouble breast feeding? Your child is a biter? You don’t know what that rash is on your little one’s foot? Everyone has them and now you can connect with other moms that have the answers.New Mom Support Group 1a

2. Answer questions. Maybe you are a wizard at getting your child to sleep at night, but solid foods are giving your little one fits. After you ask about eating, be sure to help out those who are sleepless. Your trick might solve someone else’s problem, and someone out there might know how to make strained peas yummy.

3. Form local play groups. Hey, there are moms online day and night to chat with, but sometimes you need to get out to the nearest park and get some sunshine. Live in Monroe, Michigan or Placerville, California? Reach out on SmartMom and see who might live in your town.

4. Form support groups. Does your child have a specific diagnosis? ADHD or acid reflux? Tethered spinal cord or William’s Syndrome? Having trouble finding others who are going through the same thing? Come on over. SmartMom can help you find others who know how you feel. Sometimes that can make all the difference – chatting with someone (online or offline) who understands your daily challenges.New Mom Support Group 2

5. Activity. There are over 500 questions and answers posted to SmartMom every day. You can see who liked your answers on the Activity tab and you can follow certain questions or just see whose question hasn’t been answered yet. There are all sorts of ways to interact with individuals on SmartMom.

6. Followers/Likes. Your questions and answers really count. Not only do they help other moms, but you can develop followers and earn points for other moms liking your questions or answers. These points can go toward contests or other promotions.New Mom Support Group 4

7. Contests. New moms (all moms) need stuff! Come see our contests and win a diaper bag or a shopping spree at Old Navy. Things change quickly, so check back often and win some clothes or baby gear.

8. Blog. Still need some advice? Our SmartMom blog regularly tackles topics like play date etiquette, table manners and great holiday foods for toddlers, among many other things. Our group of experienced moms could answer a question you didn’t even know you had yet.

9. Twitter. Need more SmartMom? Join us on Twitter. Our community manager welcomes all followers and tweets out new blog posts, interesting links and generally great information for new moms. Did you read the latest article in the New York Times about importance of reading to babies? We did, and now you can, too.

So download SmartMom and start sharing your wisdom, get answers for the things that drive you crazy, post your triumphs and let us all “ooh and ahh” over pictures of your little ones. We are waiting for you.

Get more great advice and meet other moms. Download the SmartMom app today.

Introducing SmartMom

Introducing SmartMom – Now live in the App Store!

On the one hand, it’s the greatest thing you’ve ever done.

You brought a little life into the world, and your life is forever changed. Parts of you are unlocked you never thought existed. You feel a love that’s utterly unique.

On the other hand, you’re terrified. Terrified you’re going to be the kind of mom you want to be. Terrified that you’ll be able to juggle everything successfully. Terrified that you won’t have what it takes.

You often feel both simultaneously. During that ride home from the hospital, going 15 miles an hour in a 45 MPH zone- just in case. Leaping out of bed at the first sniffle. Even standing in the aisle at Target fretting over whether organic baby food would actually going to make a difference.

NEW STAGES, NEW QUESTIONS

You gain confidence as they grow. Eventually you develop routines that work for your family. But each stage brings its own set of questions.

  • When’s the right time to introduce solid foods?
  • What are the best ways to deal with a sick kiddo?
  • Do some approaches to discipline that work better than others?
  • How can I prevent my toddler from melting down on an airplane?

In the first few years you encounter hundreds of questions like this. You’re smart, and fully capable of handling whatever your little one throws at you (sometimes literally.) But do you ever wonder what it would be like if you had a support network to help you quickly get answers to these kinds of questions, right when you have them?

  • What if you didn’t have to consult a book?
  • What if you didn’t have to spend hours reading product reviews?
  • What if you didn’t have to schedule a doctor’s appointment every time I had a concern?

INTRODUCING SMARTMOM

SmartMom is our attempt at answering this question. We set out to create a friendly, safe community for moms to help each other. And after months of work we’re finally ready.

Available today for iPhone and Android, SmartMom makes it super easy to ask questions and get fast, helpful answers from the community.

Throughout the day you’ll receive occasional push notifications with a question (you can control the frequency, and even turn these off). Pop in, answer the question in a helpful way, and move on with your day.

As people like your answers to questions, you’ll begin to accumulate points. These points go toward monthly contests we’ll be offering to the most active members of the community. This month, for example, we’re giving away a B.O.B. Stroller. It’s our way of saying thank you for helping the community out.

We’ve been in limited beta testing for a while, and the early results have been super encouraging. The average question has gotten answers within 10 minutes, and has received 7 helpful answers within 24 hours. No waiting for answers from a forum, no pettiness. Just fast, helpful advice.

This is just the beginning, and we plan on making improvements to the app as we go. As you use it, please give us feedback so we can make it better. We hope you find SmartMom as useful and rewarding as we do.

We’d love to have you join our community, and other moms absolutely love the app. Download SmartMom today!

Get more great advice and meet other moms. Download the SmartMom app today.

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A Week with your Elf on the Shelf

We have just over a week left until Christmas!  Are you running out of creative ideas for your Elf on the Shelf?  We’ve combed the internet for the most creative ideas.  Check them out here!

Soaking in the Rays, and Catchin’ up on this month’s Elves Illustrated

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via indulgy

Potato Sack race with Elf and his friends

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via Picklehead Soup

Hard-working Elf really needed a shower!

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via i Heart Naptime

Looks like Barbie was due for a teeth cleaning. Elf the dentist had to oblige!

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via A Small Snippet

And there’s Elf, just chillin’ on his home made swing.

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via A Small Snippet

Gone Fishing in the sink – for the most delicious kind of fish!

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via Rocking my 365 Project

As the month wears on, Elf is tired of traveling back and forth to the North Pole!  It’s time for a bit of shut-eye.

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via Sweet Shoppe Designs

Get more great advice and meet other moms. Download the SmartMom app today.

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What I’ve Learned: Isabel Furie, Photographer

Isabel Furie is a Boston-based lifestyle photographer and mother of 2 boys.  You can check out her website, blog, or follow her on instagram

“We have two boys. Jack is 8 and Leo is about to be 5.  Jack is my scholar: an old soul who devours books and loves our record player. Leo, on the other hand, is completely wild.  He will most definitely be either a rock star or a stunt man.  They both share my love of fashion, art, and thrifting.

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My first-time mom experience is a little different than some.  In January 2005 we (my high school beau and I) found out we were pregnant with Jack. I was 19 and Chris was 20. We were married in May of 2005 and the rest is history.  I had to learn a lot on my own.  Being a young mother is an incredibly alienating experience, but I really do feel like my life began when I gave birth to Jack. It was as though I was buried in the dust and he just swept away all the sand and glass. In the 8 years I have been his mother, more and more of that sand and glass is brushed away and he helps me to see who I can be, both for him and for myself. My husband and I have really been growing up along side our kids (and I mean that in the most appropriate way possible!) so it’s been a hard road, but the reward is a 9 year marriage, two beautiful thriving children, and the years we have ahead of us to keep dreaming and growing.

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I have never felt very comfortable in my own skin.  The visual, physical, and emotional experience of watching my body change, feeling this thing growing inside of me shaping me. I suddenly cared about his birth and breastfeeding.  I suddenly became protective of my choices before he even came.  Those were all very new thing to me. I felt certain of something and I stood behind it.  He has made me brave…that is a vast understatement.  He has made me more sure of myself, who I am and what my goals and hopes are.

I think the greatest thing that becoming a mother has taught me is that you need friends for hugs and to cry with and  commiserate with.  But at the end of the day, you need to be able to decide what works for you and your family.  There are so many conflicting voices out there telling us how to be the best mom or the best parents. My husband is so wonderful and a very present partner and father. I’ve been really lucky in that way.  But if i’m being honest, I usually get in touch with a friend to ask if it’s an appropriate time to start drinking or how not to swear at my kid to his face.

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I LOVE watching my kids get excited about things: new people, food, music, a hike, a good grade, or a painting. It brings me great comfort and joy that they find such pride and pleasure in a wide range of places and experiences.  It makes me hopeful that I am raising confident boys who will feel free in this world to be whoever they are. it’s all hard and bittersweet but there are moments when you can see so clearly that despite the number of days you’ve told yourself you did nothing, that you failed, that you yelled too much or said f*** too many times, they are ok. In fact, they are better than ok. They are thriving and wonderful and quirky in their own ways. They aren’t scared of home or making mistakes or the outside world.  I love that too.

Smartmom Isabel Furie What I've Learned

I guess I officially started my photography business in 2010.  I can’t say i’m one of those people who had a camera in my hand from the beginning.  Cameras were just always there. My dad was a photographer and both of my parents worked for newspapers. We always had The New Yorker or Time or National Geographic. We always brought the camera along for outings and traveling. When I was growing up as an only child, a lot of these things became a part of an obsession. I loved to study images of people in all different facets of life. Both my parents were movie and music buffs. My dad’s favorite wall art was a good movie poster. I grew up with the poster from Silence of the Lambs on the wall and it’s my absolute favorite movie of all time. I’m quirky and shy and weird and dark and I’ve always been into how you can play with images and people in these ways.

But I did the typical thing of taking a million photos of my kid/kids and wanting to make more of the images i was taking. I took a leap, spent a tax return, got some gear and started teaching myself.  Up until that point, the only SLR I had shot on was film. Learning digital was tough, and now that I know it better I feel myself being called back to film. I like to dabble in both.

Making images of people, capturing something about them that isn’t apparent on the surface- it gives me a rush.  Using light to try and show who a person truly is or what they are feeling in any given moment is what I do compulsively.  I would do it whether I had a business or not.Smartmom Isabel Furie What I've Learned

I like to blog but I haven’t written in far too long. I’m working on changing that. But this (image below) is an all time favorite post of mine, especially looking back at it now.  Leo is in school full time and this has been my first year alone while they are at school.  These little trips are what I love about being a mom; that I can do these spontaneous things that are enriching and easy and end up meaning so much more to these boys than i could ever imagine.”

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Get more great advice and meet other moms. Download the SmartMom app today.