10 Ideas for Dates with Your BabyLike most women, during my first pregnancy I spent a lot of time imagining what motherhood would be like. At the time I was working full-time outside of the home and how I'd spend my days on maternity leave was something of a mystery to me. Would I pass the hours glazing gleefully at my baby as he slept? Would I learn to knit or take up scrapbooking or make pasta from scratch like my mother-in-law did? As it turned out, it was a definite no to all of the above. My baby had colic and when he slept I was most likely deciding between taking a shower and eating my first meal of the day at 3pm. I was also not one for hobbies, being as exhausted as I was. When I think back to that time of my life, the new-mommy period I'd thought so much about, the one word that describes my experience is this: isolated. With the exception of the occasional visitor I spent much of my days alone, except for my child. Looking back I wish I'd gotten out of the house more instead of staying stuck in my new-mommy bubble. I'm not sure I would have known what to do, though. Now that I've had not one but three babies, I like to think I know the ropes. I've listed 10 ideas for Mommy-Baby dates below. They're not expensive and they don't require much planning at all. Best of all, they help nurture the bond you share with your child.
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1. Start small with a walk around the block
The breath of fresh air will help you more than you would expect.
2. Take your baby to the mall for a bit of window shopping
Even with baby in tow, shopping can still be a mood-booster!
3. Go to Grandma and Grandpa's house for an afternoon visit
They'll love to see Baby just as much as you'll love to leave the house.
4. Head to the local bakery
A sweet treat for Mom and some cuddle time for Baby are just what the doctor ordered. And for the sight of real adults doesn't hurt either.
5. Visit the library together
Some new books will give you a break from the same routine.
6. Go on an evening drive together
This one is especially helpful for collicky babies. Car rides are especially soothing for some.
7. Put Baby in a wrap or sling and walk to your favorite coffee shop
The fresh air and your favorite spot will put a new pep in your step.
8. Sign up for a Mommy-Baby yoga class
This one is a commitment, but it will really help you feel refreshed and healthy!
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9. Visit the farmers market with your baby
Let him hold the veggies and fruits as you describe each one.
10. Check out a street fair or festival
Don't be afraid your baby is too young -- she'll love all the sights and sounds!
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