Have you a new baby? First of all congratulations!!! We have some suggestions and tips for things to do with baby in Dublin.
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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. Most groups meet weekly.
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!
Toddler Mornings at Leisureplex
Leisureplex toddler mornings for under 3s run every Monday to Friday 10am-1pm (Stillorgan 9am-1pm). And the fun isn’t confined to the weekdays, with toddler mornings now extended to the weekends until 12pm (Stillorgan & Coolock only). There is complimentary Tea / Coffee for the Parent / Guardian, €5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Applies to children under 3 years and under. T&Cs apply.
Take in a Movie at Baby Screenings in Dublin
Several cinemas in Dublin including Movies @ Dundrum and Swords and the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield hold 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!)
Try a Baby & Parent Class
There are a number of classes throughout Dublin for parents and babies, including introducing baby to music and movement, baby massage and yoga.
Claphandies have both baby massage & Baby Playlabs classes (developmental music and play classes suitable from birth to 3 years).
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!
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Stop by a Play Centre in Dublin
Zoo Adventureland at Leisureplex
Smallies will love Zoo Adventureland at Leisureplex locations in Dublin at Blanchardstown, Charlestown, Coolock, Stillorgan and Tallaght. Zoo Adventureland is a children’s indoor adventure play area, with a maze of slides, tunnels and ball pools for the kids to get lost in for hours! And for the parents, there are comfortable seating areas, so you can relax with a tea or coffee while watching the kids having fun. There’s a separate toddler area for under 3’s. Height restriction applies.
Panda Play Cafe in Terenure is a dedicated playcentre for 0-5 years. Lots of soft play areas, healthy baby and toddler snacks, coffee for parents as well as regular baby classes.
Visit a Museum
The National Art Gallery holds a new parents’ guided tour once a month as well as baby workshops. Focusing on art depicting mothers is a pleasant afternoon out, for mum and baby!
The Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Dublin 7, is also a buggy friendly museum with a café.
Splash Together at Baby Swim in Dublin
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 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 in Dublin? Share it with us in the comments below.