Join a local Parent and Baby/Toddler Group.
Parent and Baby groups can be an invaluable source of information, a great way to meet other parents and chat about the ups and downs of life with a baby.
It’s great to be able to talk to other people in the same situation as you because no matter how great your friends are, unless they have a baby themselves, they just aren’t all that interested in how baby sleeps or when to wean!
Most groups meet weekly, check out our Parent and Baby/Toddler Group listings for more information.
Take in a Movie
Several cinemas in Dublin including Movies @ Dundrum and Swords and the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield hold weekly parent and baby screenings. You can catch up with the latest releases, bring the buggy and not worry about baby disturbing other cinema goers.
With a bit of luck your baby will fall asleep in the dark on your lap and you can sit back and enjoy the movie! Or I have regularly gone to the cinema during a “normal screening” with baby in sling and never had a problem (well apart from staying awake in the early days!) Check out our Cinema listings for more info.
Try a Baby & Parent Class
There are a growing number of classes throughout Dublin for parents and babies, including introducing baby to music and movement, baby massage and yoga. Search our baby and toddler classes for further information.
Claphandies have both baby massage & Baby Playlabs classes (developmental music and play classes suitable from birth to 3 years). They are are currently offering all MyKidstime.ie readers a 10% discount on both baby massage & PlayLabs.
The Little Gym have parent/child classes to promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your child’s critical first three years. The weekly classes will help your child achieve new milestones and prepare for more advanced challenges during each stage of growth
Join a Mini Music class at Churchtown School of Music – for babies and young children aged 3 months to 5 years old. The 30-minute classes take place on Mondays and Saturdays in the Churchtown School of Music. Carefully designed to suit each of the age groups, these classes are fun and accessible with foot-tapping, memorable tunes!
Stop by a Play Centre
Go and visit Panda Play Cafe in Terenure, a dedicated playcentre for 0-5 years. Lots of soft play areas, healthy baby and toddler snacks, coffee for parents, what more could you ask for? Panda Play also hold regular baby classes.
Visit a Museum
The National Art Gallery holds a new parents’ guided tour once a month. Focusing on art depicting mothers is a pleasant afternoon out, for mum and baby!
The Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Dublin 7, also hold a monthly tour for parents, grandparents or carers with pre-toddler age children. Buggies welcome! Please note that places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The majority of swimming pools and leisure centres in Dublin hold dedicated times for parent and infant swims.
Water Babies is a multi-award programme teaches babies of all abilities from birth to four years on a progressive, structured 40-week course which is designed to make the most of a baby’s natural affinity with water, whilst teaching confidence and safety techniques. Water Babies teach in 13 swimming pools across Dublin.
Aquababies aim to teach parents/carers the correct method to teach their child to swim. They teach basic water safety and confidence techniques and use nursery songs in the toddler classes to engage the children and provide positive associations with swimming.
Look out for Special Events
Do keep an eye on our events pages, there are regular events for new parents across Dublin, including new parent coffee mornings in certain department stores, showings and screenings.
Have you got a favourite thing to do with your new baby? Share it with us in the comments below.