Mom to 4-year-old Pierce, Lambert co-owns and manages with her chef husband a one-Michelin star restaurant The Musket Room.
When she had Pierce at age 28, Lambert found the other moms in her neighborhood were part of a completely different demographic.
“Thankfully I was able to connect online with other women in the allergy and colic community.” It dawned on Gerritson that millennials such as herself could really use help with mom dating, and after joining forces with partners Julia High and Christa Terry, Hello Mamas was launched nationally in January of 2014 and has a mobile version coming out later this year.
Those millennial moms are also the target audience for a Speed Dating for Moms concept created by Hillary Frank, host of the popular parenting podcast “The Longest Shortest Time” on public radio station WNYC.
But I was looking for casual play dates and advice,” she said.
“I was looking for moms who I could ask, ‘Is this normal?
“And all my friends in the restaurant business were singles.” So Lambert turned to Hello Mamas, a web app that connects moms by using a matching algorithm with more than 150 criteria for compatibility.
“You can go to a park to try and meet someone but it’s a shot in the dark.
When Frank’s podcast followers started forming friendships via Facebook, she realized they might actually like to meet in person.
And she recalled her own struggles of making close mom friends after having daughter Sasha five years ago.
“It’s great to have a partner or family for support, but it’s so cathartic to find someone else who is going through or who has gone through it.
It helps keep you sane to know you are not by yourself.” Even as mom friends go high-tech, the old-school methods still work.