Caring for your baby can leave you feeling overwhelmed and drained at times. If you are a new parent, here are some ideas for getting out and about with baby. Finding baby-focused activities is a great way to get out and to meet other mums and babies in a supportive and friendly environment.
Avail of the support provided by the Kildare branches of La Leche League in their monthly discussion meetings on various aspects of pregnancy, parenting and breastfeeding. Babies are welcome too!
Join a Parent and Baby/Toddler Group. There are groups throughout Kildare, in most towns, so you are sure to find one near you. Most groups meet weekly and they can be an invaluable source of information and a great way to meet other parents. If you have an older baby/toddler its a great way to let them socialise too.
Classes for Babies and Toddlers in Kildare include music, yoga, baby massage,and baby sign.
Bring baby swimming. Children under 3 years can use the pools at the K-Leisure Naas and Athy for free. Although it may be nerve-wrecking the first time, you will both really enjoy it.
Get out for a walk with baby. There are lots of lovely walks around the county (many suitable for buggies) and you will feel great after some fresh air and exercise. Its the perfect activity if you have older children so you can all get out of the house together.
Do keep an eye out for Events for new parents around Kildare. Also cinemas often run “Newbie” screenings, on Weekday mornings ,which are screenings of new releases for parents with new babies. The lights are slightly higher, and volume lower, so you can still enjoy the cinema, with your new baby.
No reason not to still dine out – check out our list of Family Friendly Eateries in Kildare.
Also,times have thankfully moved on and most places have now provided baby changing facilities. Separate changing/feeding facilities are available at Whitewater Shopping Centre Newbridge, Mothercare Newbridge, Manor Mills Shopping Centre Maynooth, Kildare Village – always good to know when out and about with baby!
- K-Doc provides out of hours emergency service. Make sure you have their phone number stored in your phone.
- The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have a Food Allergy SMS Service.
- The Meningitis Trust has a list of the signs and symptoms of meningitis – and you can download a copy for easy reference.
Enjoy your new baby!