If you're not Facebook friends with me then you don't know how much I really love Facebook. It isn't because I spend hours there. I don't. It's because I love checking in multiple times a day, for just a few minutes each time, to see what my friends are up to. I have loved reconnecting with friends from long ago and staying in closer touch with the friends I see on a more regular basis.
Having a tight circle of friends, whether in real life or virtual, has been a lifeline for me through the early parenting years and I imagine it will continue to be as the years roll by. I find Facebook is a great place to go to quickly vent or ask a question or tell a funny story about the kids before it is lost in my grey matter.
This is why I think using Facebook in new ways to help new (and old) mothers connect with one another is brilliant. The Loblaws family of stores has created a Facebook page called Baby and You where moms can connect with other moms, ask questions and, best of all, get coupons. I love me some coupons! There is a Baby Talk page which seemed pretty active and a Mom Talk page (less active... hopefully there will be more content there shortly).
On their wall, the moderators have asked a series of questions to get discussion and sharing going. I really enjoyed reading through the series on what surprised mothers most about labour and delivery. The consensus seemed to be how awful the nurses were... I can relate. (I have many lovely nurse friends... too bad none of them work in maternity wards!)
The one thing I didn't like as well is that the Weekly Flyer tab is simply a reprint, from what I could tell, of the weekly Loblaws baby section flyer. When I was on the page there was nothing available under Exclusive Offers. Hopefully more will be added soon. For me, I'm all about saving money these days and I know I'm not alone. I think Loblaws could do some work on this section for sure.
If you're a mom with young'uns, go check out this Facebook page. I'm sure you'll find yet another reason to whittle away some time on Facebook and avoid that big pile of laundry!
Disclosure – I am participating in the Baby and You program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Loblaw Companies. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.