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Some tips on making friends with other moms

As with all relationships, there are dos and don'ts for moms who want to "pick up" other moms.

Yes, you can show up at the local park unshowered for several days, with your stringy hair pulled into a pile on the top of your head. Other moms are sympathetic to that.

But you'd better have your adorable child looking a little bit cleaner.

Moms seek moms who know how to care for their kids.

You might not want to swear during your introduction. Moms seek moms who will help teach their kids good manners.

Smile. Don't pick your nose. Talk sweetly to your children. These are things that work.

But how do you make the first move?

Seana Zimmer confesses to having posed as "new to town" for more than a year after she moved to Boulder, Colo. Her best entree: "Do you know of any other good playgrounds in the area?" Also, be careful whom you approach. Is your target mom sending out "approachable" vibes, or is she engrossed in a book?

"Three moms chatting away and you try to insert yourself —- it's not going to work," warns Zimmer.