It’s difficult to be a stay at home mom to a baby. Your child isn’t old enough to enjoy most of the kid-oriented activities that moms of older children enjoy, but they’re too young to go many of the places you used to enjoy before you were a parent. Luckily, in Atlanta there are plenty of mom-and-baby activities that you can enjoy with your new bundle of joy. Your child may not remember it, but you’ll be glad to get out of the house, and you’ll remember the friends you made with other new moms as you were enjoying your babies together. Here are a few of the best ways to get out and about in Atlanta with your new baby.
1. Get back in shape. There are several fitness classes you can take with your baby. Stroller Strides is an outdoor workout where you bring your baby in a stroller. They have classes that meet in various locations in Atlanta. Oh Baby! Fitness also offers several different types of mom and baby classes, from aerobic workouts to yoga, in several locations in the Atlanta area.
2. Sing and dance. The Learning Groove offers mom and child music classes for newborns through age four. Even babies quickly learn to recognize the familiar songs, and toddlers love to learn the motions of clapping, stomping, and dancing. Music helps babies develop language skills, motor coordination, and creativity.
3. Get outside. Atlanta’s parks are free, accessible, and a wonderful place for a walk at any age. Getting babies outside is relaxing and soothing. Being out in the sunlight helps newborns adjust their internal rhythms of day and night. And seeing all the people, dogs, and children at the parks is entertaining and interesting for even the youngest baby. And walking is a free, easy way for mom to get back in shape. Piedmont Park and Grant Park offer some of the best trails for walking, and they’re great places to meet other moms as well.
4. Get in the water. It’s never too early to teach a baby to swim! Waterbabies offers private lessons as well as mom and baby playgroup classes in Atlanta. They offer a great opportunity for babies to start to get used to the water and enjoy swimming.
5. Join a playgroup. Think your child is too young for playgroup? Think again. At this age, playgroups aren’t for babies–they’re for moms. The right playgroup can become a place where you’ll find some of your best friends–other moms with babies the same age who live in your neighborhood. It’s never too early to start getting to know the families whose children are going to be growing up alongside yours. There are playgroups for special interest groups (like Koala Mommas, a playgroup for babywearing moms to learn about baby carriers) and playgroups for specific neighborhoods (like the Grant Park Parents Network). Search in yahoo groups or meetup.com for a group that meets in your area or gathers around your special interest. Some of the more general ones include Atlanta Area Mommies and Playgroups USA. Most of the intown neighborhoods have local playgroups that you can find through the neighborhood websites.