Before I became a mom, my thought of maternity leave included planning fun activities with my baby all day long. But between my marathon-long nursing sessions and trying to get things done around the house while the baby slept, I was lucky enough to even get a shower in during the day (these typically took place at 1 a.m.). As the days went by, I started getting the hang of it, and getting out of the house with a newborn didn’t seem that scary after all.
In fact, getting some fresh air and sun (Vitamin D) works wonders; not to mention, it’s also good for your baby. If you’re looking for some outing ideas with your little one, here are a few things you can do with your newborn or baby.
1. Go for a Walk Around the Neighborhood: Start off slow by going for a short walk around your neighborhood. Try to plan these early in the morning or late afternoon, when the sun is not at its hottest. If you have any dogs (remember them?), you can even take them along for a little exercise.
2. Go to the Mall: Take a stroll with your little one around the mall, preferably one that’s not too far from your house. If you’re nursing, try to ask your mom friends if they know of good places to nurse inside the mall. There are also apps that you can download on your phone that help you identify places to nurse.
3. Grab Some Brunch: Newborns do a lot of sleeping, so why not take advantage and grab some breakfast or brunch with the hubby or friends?
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4. Go to a Mommy-and-Me Class: When my son was 5 months old, we took him to his first mommy and me class. It was so much fun getting out of the house and doing an activity together. Plus, he loved the class so much and it was amazing seeing him learn and experience new things.
5. Visit Grandma: Visiting your parents’ or in-laws’ house is not only a great way for them to spend time with your little one, but it also frees up your hands. Trust me, they won’t want to put your baby down. Why not take advantage, and even take a little nap?
6. Go to a Coffee Shop: Take a cue from the French and head to a cafe or coffee shop. This was my favorite spot to take my son when he was little. He loved looking around, and the smell of the coffee was reenergizing!
7. Go to a Playground: Once your baby can start holding his head up, consider taking him to a playground. He’ll love the gentle motion of swinging back and forth on the swing.