There’s something a little strange about eyeing up a fellow mum on Peanut.
Swipe up and give Jenny a “wave”? Or swipe down to say “maybe later” because her baby is only six weeks old and yours is 16 months, or because she says she’s into “Wine time” and is “Always on vacay” and you’ve chosen “Spiritual gangster” and “Sleep deprived” as your personality traits? (Yes, Peanut asks you to join Packs when you sign up. They’re fun and lighthearted tendencies with which all mums can identify.)
If this sounds a bit like dating for mums, it’s because that’s almost exactly what it is. Since statistics suggest that nine out of 10 new mothers feel lonely, it makes perfect sense for Peanut to be helping mums to hook up with other local women who are either expecting babies or already have children.
Once you’ve given another mum a wave, you can wait for a wave in return, or message them directly to see if you can make an arrangement to meet up.
What’s great about Peanut is that it really does find people who live near to you (so much so that you may even stumble across your own next door neighbour's profile).
In the dating world, whether you’re on one side of a city or another is never all that important. When you’re a mother, having someone around the corner to rely on is a must – because just leaving the house at all when you have a new baby is difficult enough.