Chronicles of a New Mum: Summer Fun with a Little One
What I’m learning firsthand is that babies generally do not enjoy hats (or sun in their eyes). The cuter and floppier, the less they like it and the more they want to toss it over the side of the stroller never to be seen again. But they look so cute and it keeps their face protected from the sun. So, in my opinion, it’s a battle worth trying to persevere through.
What do babies like? Being placed on a large blanket on the grass of a park with teething toys. If they’re not quite mobile, this plan is especially lovely for the grownups. You can bring a picnic and enjoy a gorgeous day outside while appearing like you know what you’re doing to other bystanders.
Some babies are actually pretty great at catching their ZZZs on the go. In which case, you can go for long walks, or even sit outside at a café while your tot snoozes. I like to bring along one of those light swaddle blankets as in impromptu cover to drape across the stroller to block out the sun. If your little one doesn’t fall asleep outside of the nursery very well, then definitely don’t risk it. It’s better to time your outdoor adventures to take place in between naps.
Here are some fun activities to try this summer:
Open air markets: fresh food for you, great people watching and sounds for the baby. Really, anywhere you can walk to can be a good thing for both of you.
Museums: on really hot days, museums (the kind with a lot of people and ambient noise) are a good go-to. The huge spaces are easy to maneuver a stroller through and you can take in a little culture, too.
Outdoor concerts: perfect to plop down on a blanket and make an easy escape when “someone” stops having fun.
Brunch: if your little one isn’t in the silverware-throwing/highchair-escaping stage, dining out is still not too stressful.
Dog parks: this sounds weird, but remember, babies are easy to please! Even just standing near a neighborhood dog park and letting your little one watch the pups play is great entertainment.
What are your favorite summer activities?