Don’t let your fear of what others may think of you and your “crying baby” keep you in the house. True, many single people and parents may not be as patient with your baby as you are, but there are still a lot of options for taking your little one out in public.
One good reason why you should venture out is to help stimulate your little one’s mind. Don’t be fooled by the advertisements of toys. No matter how many sounds and noises those toys make, nothing can stimulate your baby mind like real life experiences and stimulate from the real world. The more your child sees, the greater will be her or his capacity to think. So one of your goals as a parent is to try to expose your child to as much as possible while he’s young, open-minded, and curious.
For tips on how to better manage an outing with a baby, read this article.
When you’re confident and ready to go out with your little one, here are some great places to take a baby.
Get outdoors. Not only will the vitamin D and fresh air do them some good, but there’s so much to see and do outside. View the park through your child’s eyes. It’s an endless adventure to discover. From touching grass and leaves, to looking at the different flowers, trees, and wildlife. Your child will be amazed by this adventure, and it may also help you see the world in a new light. Also, the time outside will stimulate your little one so much, they’ll be ready for a nap when you get home.
There are many restaurants with outdoor patios and this is a great option if you want to go out to eat, but worry that your baby may get fussy. Noise sounds a lot better outside in the open space than in intimate, close knit spaces.
Barnes and Noble
Confused about this suggestion? Don’t be. Book stores are the new libraries, but they’re better because so many people are there on their cell phones and having business meetings that it doesn’t require the same silence as libraries. Also, this book store has a children’s section that is a literary wonderland for children, even babies. You can grab some toys and books and have a seat at a bench or in a rocking chair while you play with your little one. It may be a little more time before your child can read, but its never too early to read to him and expose her to books. This helps establish for them that reading is just a regular part of life.
You may be thinking, my child can’t walk, why would I take him to a playground? Well, there are lots of other kids there who are having loud, rambunctious fun so you don’t have to worry about your little one crying or making noise, and you can get her accustomed to other children. Also, some playgrounds have baby swings or you can get on swing holding your little one. Every time I take my daughter to the playground, she has so much fun laughing and squealing while we’re on the swing. When they’re infants, it doesn’t take much to make them laugh.
Many people tell me that Skye, my daughter, is so social and calm in settings with a lot of people. Well, since she was only a couple of months old, I’ve taken her to public places so she can become accustomed to being around adults. I have seen that she is a lot more social than most babies her age. She is developing the social skills that are so critical to human happiness and success.
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