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Summer Play Dates for Baby

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

SUmmer Play Dates for BabiesIt’s time for summer play dates! As a first-time mom, I was clueless last summer on what to do with my daughter. She wasn’t walking yet, and I felt she was just too little for most activities. Here are some great summer play date ideas—because babies just wanna have fun.

Play Dates Where You Pay

There are many activities infants and moms can do together during the summer where you pay admission fees. Many cities have infant friendly zoos. Where I live, there is a special children’s zoo. We did take my daughter to the zoo last year. Just remember that your trip may be shorter than usual with an infant. Check out your local pool or aquatic center. Many places have kiddie structures and splash areas perfect for little ones who aren’t walking yet. These play dates are super fun, especially if you have a friend with little ones to tag along. If your little one loves animals, find a local petting zoo to visit. Season passes are a great idea because if you do have to leave pretty quick into your visit, you can always come back another time.

Outside Play Dates

Picnics in the park were one of our favorite play dates last summer. Bring an old blanket and some snacks. My friend and I would sit on the blanket with our girls and watch them interact and share toys. Babies love to study each otherLet baby swing on the baby swings or bring a ball to roll back and forth. My daughter is very interested in bubbles. Find a friend with a bubble machine or just buy some bubbles at your local dollar store. ! Parks are great for taking stroller walks with a friend, too. Remember to not take baby out in extreme heat, and bring plenty of water if you’re going to play outside.

Easy and Cheap Play Dates

Invite a friend and her little ones over. Have some snacks and goodies for the moms and kids. Lay out a blanket outside or inside and have music or art time. Babies love to play with pots and pans, and other music-making things around the house. Invest in some safe finger paints and let your little ones get creative. Try out a water table! If you have a swing set or sandbox, let baby explore your back yard with you.

Whatever fun you choose to have this summer with your little one, just remember to make it memorable. Play dates for babies are a fun, social time. They also are a great refresher for mom’s sanity and help make lasting friendships.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a stay-at-home mom in Northeast Indiana. She can’t wait for summertime so she can explore the outside world with her 20 month old, Johanna Grace!

Get Outside!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

photo-3As the weather starts getting a little warmer, I get spring fever and want to be outside as much as possible. With a young baby it may seem hard to get outside, but it can be lots of fun with a little planning.

One of the easiest things to do is to go for a stroll around your neighborhood. You can put on a baby carrier and head out; this gets you a little exercise and gets your baby some fresh air. If you have an older kid, they can ride their bike or a scooter and get exercise as well. If you want some more challenging exercise you can always go for a run around your neighborhood with the kids in a jogging stroller. Keep in mind age requirements for jogging safely with baby: Most baby joggers can’t be used until baby can sit on his own.

Another fun option that might take a little more planning is heading to a park. Babies love to watch other kids; if you have just one child, you can take a blanket and just people watch. If you have more than one, you can put your little one in the carrier so it is easier to play and keep an eye on the older ones. Parks are a great place to meet other parents or have play dates.

Before kids, my husband and I loved to play golf together. We have been able to continue this while taking both of our kids. When we play golf with kids, we always make sure to play when there are not very many other players out on the course. This is both for safety of our kids and out of respect for others. Our three-year-old enjoys going golfing with us; her first time golfing was at about 6 months old. Today we golf with two young kids which is an experience, but also a lot of fun. We enjoy teaching our kids a sport that we enjoy and they can play their whole life.

There are so many fun things to do outside; with a little planning many of these can be adapted so that they can be done with baby.  Remember sun safety as well; if you follow our blog you see a post on sun safety soon.

Kristen Beggs is a cloth diapering, baby wearing mom of two who loves to get out!