When we brought our daughter home from the hospital, I could instantly feel my quality one-on-one time with my toddler slip away. For two-and-a-half years, we had bonded so closely and created countless little daily rituals together. It just wasn’t possible anymore — at least not for a while longer.
He could feel the change, and so could I.
Everyone I talked to stressed the importance of carving out that time again — just us two. In the early weeks and months with our newborn, I couldn’t even fathom how that would be possible, but as we started getting more sleep and figuring out a new family routine, I was able to give it a bit more thought.
Every week or two, I try to put aside time to have a sweet little mommy-and-me date with my son. It’s never anything crazy, or expensive, or that creative, but it’s always fun, and special for us both. I see how much it lifts his mood, confidence, and joy just knowing that he has my undivided attention for 30 minutes to half a day (really depends on the weather and what else we have going on).
Here are some of my favorite mommy-and-me date ideas to help spark your next outing:
Local library music hour. I love the one at Shrewsbury Public Library. Peep their baby classes too.
Mommy-and-me yoga class. Check out Nature & Nurture in Bolton for a list of fun classes. Another great spot for baby classes.
Grocery shopping for special ingredients for a recipe you pick out together. Healthy and easy energy balls, protein pancakes, yogurt parfaits…you name it!
Coffee/hot chocolate date. Bonus points if you bring mini marshmallows to add on top!
Seasonal fruit picking. We love Berries & Blooms in Holden, which is run by an adorable elderly couple.
Playgrounds (obviously) and they’re a great place to meet new friends.
A drive around town playing “I spy…” with each other.
Backyard picnic with finger foods and a big blanket with pillows.
Neighborhood walk to look for puppies and wave to the neighbors.
Baking cookies and then having one (or some).
Checking out the Dollar Store (a personal favorite, hah). “Pick out 3 new things…”
Going out alone with your toddler (especially when you added another child to the family) is a treat for both mom and child. It’s a chance to slow down, be present, bond, do something new, and break out of your new, busier routine for a minute. I assure you it’ll slap a smile on your faces and strengthen your relationship with your child the more you do it!