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Photo: nimito (Shutterstock) After you have a baby, you may be expecting to bond with all the other new parents you meet and parks, playgroups, and sing-alongs—but while those folks are certainly easy to meet, it’s surprisingly hard to keep those relationships going. I’m not talking about when kids are school-aged, playing on sports teams, and you’ve got a ready-made community within which to network. I’m talking about when they’re babies or toddlers and their community is you . (And maybe Daniel Tiger). Opportunities to interact with other fumbling new parents abound, what with mommy & me classes, library story times, and playground run-ins. But while you might have a nice momentary connection, many other factors must conspire before you can triumphantly add them to the short list of people you can SOS text for an emergency play date to avoid going postal before dinner. It’s not like those carefree college days when a mutual love of alt-country, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Taco Bell could forge a lifelong bond. As new parents, we always have somewhere else to be, something else to do, and somebody wiggly and whiny to dress, change, bathe, feed, wipe. (Including, on occasion, ourselves.) After much real-world testing, I’ve finally figured how to hang on to these potential parent friends (PPFs). Allow me to walk you through this simple, 8-pronged compatibility test to determine whether you will be able to cultivate lasting friendship with that cool-looking parent who was similarly disheveled and forgivably unbathed […]